22 Master of Art Degrees in Asian studies

A Master of Arts, or MA, is a globally recognized academic achievement that builds upon the skills obtained in a related bachelor’s degree program. Students admitted to Master of Arts programs have typically completed coursework in a broad variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, English, history, humanities, philosophy, theology, fine arts, and social sciences. Just what is a… Read more

A Master of Arts, or MA, is a globally recognized academic achievement that builds upon the skills obtained in a related bachelor’s degree program. Students admitted to Master of Arts programs have typically completed coursework in a broad variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to, English, history, humanities, philosophy, theology, fine arts, and social sciences.

Just what is an MA in Asian Studies? Students who sign on for a Master of Arts in Asian Studies program thoroughly examine Asia’s increasingly prevalent role in global commerce, politics, and culture, and they are generally prepared to take on roles that relate to highly complex economic, diplomatic, and cultural issues. Common topics of study in an Asian Studies MA program include Asian history, politics, security, language, and culture. Successful graduates gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a wide variety of local, national, and international positions.

Advanced Asian Studies degree holders have the skills necessary to take on a broad assortment of well-paying positions involving history, commerce, political science, anthropology, sociology, and foreign languages. They are prepared to work in numerous global positions and can generally command higher salaries than their bachelor’s degree-holding career competitors.

The cost of obtaining a Master of Arts varies greatly from school to school and country to country, so it’s critical that interested students contact each school of interest for specific tuition information.

Students who successfully complete a Master of Arts in Asian Studies degree program are prepared for work in a broad variety of global positions and industries, and they are able to obtain professional positions related to government and politics, international services, research, education, and business, among other related fields. 

If an MA in Asian Studies sounds like something you would like to pursue, explore the numerous options available globally using Masterstudies’ extensive database and lead form. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Trier University
Trier, Germany

Dealing with current issues of governance and government requires a deeper understanding of contemporary policy and governance challenges in different parts of the world. This ... Read more

Dealing with current issues of governance and government requires a deeper understanding of contemporary policy and governance challenges in different parts of the world. This Master's program covers two major world regions, the European Union and East Asia. Students will learn to analyze how these regions adapt to often disruptive and transformative economic and political changes. Read less
MA
28 October 2020
Full-time
4 semesters
31 May 2019
English
Campus
 
The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Washington, USA

The Master of Arts program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the functi ... Read more

The Master of Arts program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the functional principles that define Western, Central, and Eastern Europe in conjunction with Russia and Eurasia. Read less
MA
January 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Turku
Turku, Finland + 2 More

The Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia.

The Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia. Read less
MA
August 2020
Full-time
2 years
22 January 2020
English
Campus
 
University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
San Francisco, USA + 2 More

The University of San Francisco M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program (MAPS) explores in depth the economic powerhouses of 21st century Asia and their embrace of the explosive ... Read more

The University of San Francisco M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies program (MAPS) explores in depth the economic powerhouses of 21st century Asia and their embrace of the explosive forces of modernization. Located in the exciting center of America's most Asia-focused city, MAPS is an innovative program that studies both the economic and social dynamism of modern Asia and its rich history and cultural continuity. Read less
MA
01 August 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia

We provide a comprehensive curriculum in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, languages and societies, a flexible and personalised study plan, and a multinational stu ... Read more

We provide a comprehensive curriculum in Asian and Middle Eastern economies, politics, languages and societies, a flexible and personalised study plan, and a multinational study environment. The programme creates tailor-made study packages at our partner universities across Asia and the Middle East and values the need to fine-tune your practical skills through internships (included in the programme) in private companies, state organisations and NGOs. Read less
MA
02 September 2020
Full-time
4 semesters
15 March 2019
English
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands + 9 More

The Master's in Asian Studies (Research) brings you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their langua ... Read more

The Master's in Asian Studies (Research) brings you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their languages. Read less
MA
February 2020
Full-time
2 years
15 October 2019
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom + 1 More

The two-year programme is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in South Asia. It provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study ... Read more

The two-year programme is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in South Asia. It provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions, with an opportunity for intensive training in a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit) as well as studying a range of modules across the disciplines. Read less
MA
September 2020
Full-time
2 years
30 June 2020
English
Campus
 
University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Nottingham, United Kingdom

An ideal foundation for a career in Asia, this course includes the opportunity to study in China or Malaysia, developing your knowledge of the culture and politics of the regi ... Read more

An ideal foundation for a career in Asia, this course includes the opportunity to study in China or Malaysia, developing your knowledge of the culture and politics of the region. Read less
MA
01 September 2020
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Ocean University of China
Qingdao, China

The College of Liberal Arts, Journalism, and Communication at OUC offers this Master’s of China Studies program for international students with a keen interest in China who ho ... Read more

The College of Liberal Arts, Journalism, and Communication at OUC offers this Master’s of China Studies program for international students with a keen interest in China who hope to broaden their previous studies or experiences of China, and for those who may have had little exposure to China in their studies to date and are limited by their Chinese language ability. It also aims to equip advanced, specialized personnel with a sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of China. Read less
MA
01 September 2020
Full-time
2 years
15 July 2016
English
Campus
 
International Black Sea University
Tbilisi, Georgia

This English-language MA reflects the requirements of social cohesion as well as the labour market and is aimed at building state institutions in a harmonious society. Taking ... Read more

This English-language MA reflects the requirements of social cohesion as well as the labour market and is aimed at building state institutions in a harmonious society. Taking into consideration the specificity of the Caucasus region, the programme will train qualified and competitive specialists in the following disciplines: Anthropology, Linguistics, Political Science, and International Relations. Read less
MA
01 August 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Washington, USA

The Elliott School’s Asian Studies program prepares students to navigate this dynamic environment and address complex diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural issues.

The Elliott School’s Asian Studies program prepares students to navigate this dynamic environment and address complex diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural issues. Read less
MA
January 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands + 9 More

Both the two-year and one-year MA programmes in Asian Studies offer further specialisation in a country, region, or aspect of Asia. This structure allows us to accommodate stu ... Read more

Both the two-year and one-year MA programmes in Asian Studies offer further specialisation in a country, region, or aspect of Asia. This structure allows us to accommodate students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds, objectives and expectations. Read less
MA
February 2020
Full-time
15 October 2019
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom + 1 More

The SOAS MA programme in Taiwan Studies is the first postgraduate degree focussing on contemporary Taiwan in the English speaking world. It provides an unrivalled programme of ... Read more

The SOAS MA programme in Taiwan Studies is the first postgraduate degree focussing on contemporary Taiwan in the English speaking world. It provides an unrivalled programme of advanced interdisciplinary courses on Taiwan’s politics, society and culture, film, rights and law, and languages. SOAS is the world’s leading centre for the study of Taiwan. Each year its Centre of Taiwan Studies runs a very vibrant series of academic events, film screenings, concerts and conferences that are designed to create a unique environment for the study of Taiwan. Read less
MA
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
30 June 2020
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom + 1 More

This two-year programme combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean. Students study the ... Read more

This two-year programme combines the strengths of the MA History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with intensive language training in Japanese or Korean. Students study the arts of China, Korea and Japan, exploring a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, in historical and contemporary periods. Read less
MA
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
30 June 2020
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom + 1 More

On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, to ... Read more

On this programme students engage with some of the most dynamic and contemporary aspects of Asian and African art, as well as issues of collection, display, representation, tourist art, and shifts between regional, national and global identities. By focusing on theoretical and methodological questions, they are equipped with the terms and approaches needed for in-depth study of contemporary art. This is combined with the study of contemporary art from a range of Asian and African contexts. Read less
MA
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
30 June 2020
English
Campus