MAs in Asian studies

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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. 

 

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M.A. in Asian Studies/M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations (Dual Degree)

Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Campus Full time September 2018 USA South Orange

The Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy offer a dual degree program with a focus on East Asia. A solid understanding of East Asian history, language and culture complements students' competence in international relations. The dual degree program can be completed in 60 credits, instead of the 81-84 credits that would be required to complete the two programs separately. [+]

The Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Diplomacy offer a dual degree program with a focus on East Asia. A solid understanding of East Asian history, language and culture complements students' competence in international relations. The dual degree program can be completed in 60 credits, instead of the 81-84 credits that would be required to complete the two programs separately.

Curriculum

Diplomacy and International Relations Component (21 credits)

DIPL 6000 - International Relations Theory DIPL 6001 or DIPL 6180 - Politics of Cultural and Ethnic Pluralism or Comparative Foreign Policy DIPL 6002 or DIPL 6005 - International Organizations or Public International Law DIPL 6105 or DIPL 6155 - International Political Economy or Advanced Economic Aspects of International Relations DIPL XXXX - Diplomacy Electives ... [-]

Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS)

University of Turku
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Finland Turku

The master’s degree programme in East Asian studies (MPAS) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia. [+]

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Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS)

Gain in-depth knowledge of today’s East Asian societies and become a specialist in the most dynamic region of the world!

The master’s degree programme in East Asian studies (MPAS) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia.

Students gain expertise in East Asian contemporary history, politics and societies and learn social science research methods to become area specialists on East Asia. East Asian languages are studied as part of the degree to support students’ acquisition of knowledge and Master’s thesis research.

Students in the Programme have good opportunities for student exchange in East Asian universities as well as to receive East Asian study and research scholarships. The Programme provides expertise to enter international public, private and third sector professions. Students also become qualified to apply to PhD programmes and to pursue an academic career.... [-]


Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (MAREES)

Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Washington

Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (MAREES) provides a solid grounding in the languages and cultures of the vast Eurasian, Russian and East European region and interdisciplinary depth in the social sciences. [+]

The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) at Georgetown University offers one of the nation's preeminent Master's degree programs and hosts a rich outreach program of events on the area from central Europe to the Pacific and the Baltic to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas. Founded in 1959 to prepare scholars who understood the Soviet Union and could analyze its secretive system, the Center has evolved in the wake of the Soviet Union’s demise and today incorporates a variety of scholarly disciplines for the study of this culturally rich region.

With an active program of community outreach, CERES provides a broad and deep understanding of Eurasian, Russian and East European affairs to audiences at Georgetown and throughout the Washington community. In addition, CERES oversees Turkish studies at Georgetown University and hosts several programs with the Institute of Turkish Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA)

Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA Washington

Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA) aims to produce students who are conversant at the expert level in the languages, politics, economics, history and societal aspects of Greater Asia. [+]

Housed within Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA) program provides students a unique combination of functional training and regional expertise. This degree equips students with the necessary skills to engage with private and public sector interests in Asia while solving global issues related to the region. MASIA at Georgetown is a terminal, 36-credit (12-course) program, where students have the opportunity to study core disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to Asia. Students also pursue one or more thematic/geographic concentrations. A thesis option is available.

This innovative balance of traditional area studies and functional training offers students a package of scholarly expertise and substantive skills that enhances the intellectual value and the marketability of their degree, whether they pursue employment or a Ph.D. after graduation.... [-]


MA Asian and International Studies

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

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. [+]

Overview

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.

You will study at our UK campus for the first semester, moving to the University's campuses in China or Malaysia for the second. This provides you with the genuinely distinctive opportunity to study the countries of Asia and the relations between them and the rest of the world.

This course is taught by academics across the University's UK, China and Malaysia campuses, who are experts on Asian politics, history and international relations.

The Global Asia module will introduce you to Pan-Asian themes such as nationalism, globalisation, environmental challenges, resource politics and gender relations. It challenges the prevailing conception of 'Asia Rising' as a new phenomenon and will also allow you to specialise in a specific country or regional studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in Asian Studies

The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Washington + 1 more

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

Asia’s growing significance in the 21st century is certain. Its unprecedented economic and demographic growth is transforming what was for centuries a predominantly agricultural region. Urbanization and international trade are major drivers of the continent’s burgeoning centrality in international relations. Problems still endure, however, as the continent is home to many of the world’s most intractable geopolitical flashpoints and the benefits of economic development remain unevenly distributed. The Elliott School’s Asian Studies program prepares students to navigate this dynamic environment and address complex diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural issues.

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M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The Master in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program develops valuable cultural competency of the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting the diversity and innovative spirit of San Francisco, the program offers a wide range of courses in the history, literature, politics, business, and culture of Asian regions. [+]

Program Details

Our two-year, 28-unit program provides knowledge and analysis of the societies, history, literature, economics, and politics of the world's most dynamic region. The 28 credits typically consist of five to six core courses, a capstone project, and two elective courses.

Classes are held in the late afternoon or evening, Monday through Thursday, which provides students the flexibility to balance their graduate studies with work and personal responsibilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the MAPS Program will be able to demonstrate:

an ability to apply research tools and methods to analyze critically topics within class disciplines and contemporary interdisciplinary fields of Asia Pacific Studies. an understanding of sociocultural histories and traditions, political and economic patterns of development, organizational practices and behaviors, and contemporary events as evidenced in the Asia Pacific region. oral and written proficiency in an Asian language corresponding to the fourth semester of USF undergraduate courses, or the equivalent level in languages not taught at USF. practical experience in Asia-Pacific related contexts via opportunities for academic and professional development such as internships, fieldwork, conferences, symposia, public programs, class excursions and other types of experiential learning. Program of Study ... [-]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program is committed to integrative, cross-cultural study and research in Asian religions and philosophies from the classical period through the present and into the future. [+]

Asian Philosophies and Cultures MA and Ph.D. Programs

The Asian Philosophies and Cultures Program (APC) combines both classical and modern approaches to the study of Asian religious and philosophical traditions while addressing contemporary social issues.

Our program is based on the principle that spiritual transformation contributes to academic excellence. Within an integrative framework, students can choose to study Hinduism, Buddhism, or Chinese philosophy. Students study sacred texts and writings in historical context; they also explore cross-cultural hermeneutics, traditional religious practices, and Asian philosophical perspectives on fundamental issues—from well being to the environment.... [-]


Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt

The Master's in Southeast Asian Studies offers prospective students, who have a good working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia and who are acquainted with the region, the opportunity to pursue advanced studies on the languages, cultures and societies of Southeast Asia with a special focus on the Malay World (Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and East Timor). [+]

The Master's in Southeast Asian Studies offers prospective students, who have a good working knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia or Bahasa Malaysia and who are acquainted with the region, the opportunity to pursue advanced studies on the languages, cultures and societies of Southeast Asia with a special focus on the Malay World (Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and East Timor).

A philological cultural studies approach to area studies is combined with an individual freedom to draw on the various excellent resources of different departments present at the Goethe University of Frankfurt in order to encourage interdisciplinary and innovative research for the Master's thesis in Southeast Asian Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in Caucasus Studies

International Black Sea University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Georgia Tbilisi

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. [+]

About the Programme

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. Specifically, the purpose of the Caucasus Studies MA is the following:

To train professionals and provide deep theoretical and practical knowledge in all fields of this interdisciplinary programme To focus on teaching principles oriented toward frequently changing market requirements, allowing students to become competitive specialists according to rising international standards To impart deep theoretical knowledge via discussions of case studies covering international and regional problems, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations To cultivate in students a sense of responsibility and methods of self-development To prepare students for employment or continued studies at a PhD level To increase the number of local and international experts in Caucasus regional issues To contribute to defining a new geopolitical role for the South Caucasus region in the contemporary world Upon completion of the programme, the student will have Explored the issues of the South Caucasus regional identity and the merits of regional cooperation Investigated the historical role of the Caucasus in the world Researched the role of the Caucasus in the Cold War and post-Cold War periods Programme advantages ... [-]

Master of Arts in Sinology

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 2 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt

The Master’s program is largely research-oriented and prepares students for professional research activities relating to China, for teaching activities, and for any other activities relating to China that require an academic qualification. The program also develops students’ Chinese specialist knowledge and language skills. [+]

The Master of Arts in Sinology will deepen and expand the knowledge obtained in a Bachelor’s program in Sinology, Chinese Studies or East Asian Studies. The Master’s program is largely research-oriented and prepares students for professional research activities relating to China, for teaching activities, and for any other activities relating to China that require an academic qualification. The program also develops students’ Chinese specialist knowledge and language skills.The specialist knowledge, methods and skills included in the program are:

advanced skills in the standard modern Chinese language good knowledge of the traditional written Chinese language profound knowledge of the historical and cultural foundations of Chinese civilisation and the social structures of China considered handling of China-related data, sources, texts and methods, familiarity with research methods in sinology including empirical research into China, familiarity with the Chinese academic world, proficient oral and written communication skills with Chinese people ... [-]

Master of Arts in Modern East Asian Studies

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt

The departments for economics, law, social sciences and cultural studies of Goethe University have joined their forces to create a new interdisciplinary M.A. program in Modern East Asian Studies (MEAS). In a truly interdisciplinary sense, the biennial M.A. program accommodates both students with a B.A. degree in Asia related cultural studies, and students with a B.A. degree in economics, law, or social sciences. [+]

The departments for economics, law, social sciences and cultural studies of Goethe University have joined their forces to create a new interdisciplinary M.A. program in Modern East Asian Studies (MEAS). In a truly interdisciplinary sense, the biennial M.A. program accommodates both students with a B.A. degree in Asia related cultural studies, and students with a B.A. degree in economics, law, or social sciences.

In the basic course program, students with a background in cultural studies will be introduced into the methodologies and concepts of economics, law and social sciences, whereas students with a background in economics, law, or social sciences concentrate on the adoption of one Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Indonesian).... [-]


MA Asian Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 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. [+]

The master’s programme in Asian Studies at Leiden University offers an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Choose from eight specialisations

The Asian Studies master's programme offers one-year specialisations on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the History, Arts and Culture of Asia and the Politics, Society and Economy of Asia and two-year specialisations on China, Japan, Korea.

Learn from internationally-acclaimed scholars

Expertise on Asia at Leiden University is internationally renowned and spans the whole of Asia. Small classes give you direct and regular contact with your lecturers. You will learn from some of Europe's best scholars in the field, many of whom are at the leading edge of Asia-related research.... [-]


Master of Arts in China Studies (English Taught)

Ocean University of China
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 China Qingdao

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. [+]

Ocean University of China (OUC) is a comprehensive university which offers courses in Science, Engineering, Agronomy, Economics, Liberal Arts, Pharmaceutics, Management, Law, and Education. OUC has been approved as one of the national key universities with “Project 985” and “Project 211”. OUC is located in the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao, the 29th Olympic Sailing Regatta in 2008, also a renowned summer resort and an attractive historic tourist city of scenic beauty and temperate climate.

China Studies

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.... [-]


MA Asian Studies (Research)

Leiden University
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Asian Studies scholarship in Leiden has a justly deserved worldwide reputation. Its breadth and depth are not only unparalleled in the Netherlands but represent the very best of Asia-related research and teaching in Europe and beyond. [+]

The research master's programme in Asian Studies gives you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their languages.

Benefit from Leiden’s renowned expertise

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's Asia Studies (Research) programme offers access to unique resources and expertise. Asian Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for excellence that is unmatched in Europe. You can choose subjects from a curriculum that spans virtually the entire Asian region both in geography and time.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

You will be able to focus your studies on a region, such as China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia, or one discipline, such as politics, religion, art and material culture, languages and literature, with the option to work with a primary language. A comparative, area studies approach to learning encourages a broader, contextual understanding of the issues at hand. The programme not only encourages intra-Asian comparisons but cooperates closely with the Middle Eastern Studies (Research) programme. This cooperation is institutionalised, for example, through a common introductory course on Area Studies.... [-]