Master in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies

University of Bridgeport

Program Description

Master in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies

University of Bridgeport

The Master of Arts in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies is a 12-course, multidisciplinary degree program designed for current and future professionals who require an in-depth understanding of this pivotal engine of the world political economy.

The curriculum is intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct research and interpret developments in the Pacific Rim, as well as develop a foundation in an East Asian language. The program is highlighted by practical hands-on training. As a capstone experience, students complete an overseas internship.

The program prepares students with the crucial background needed for a successful career in this emerging region, whether in business, government or academia. Students may choose from four area concentrations. Students develop an understanding of the political, economic and social issues of East Asia as well as an understanding of the role that language and culture play in its growing political economy.

Students accepted into the program may choose one of four concentrations:

  • Negotiation and Diplomacy
  • International Political Economy and Development
  • Global Management
  • Global Communication

Employment Outlook

Are you ready to succeed in the Pacific Rim?

Between 2000 and 2010 United States exports to China climbed markedly. By the end of the decade, they had increased by 468%.


However, in the State of Connecticut, exports to China exploded 1,237% during that same period.

With the stunning economic rise of China, a new generation of American professionals is needed. The U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Commerce point to the spiraling demand for trained professionals who understand the culture, traditions, and critical languages of the Pacific Rim, which encompasses China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, as well as the United States, Canada, Chile, and Australia. Those with the needed expertise will lead the way in allowing their governments, firms and agencies to break through in these areas both locally and internationally.

The University of Bridgeport’s Masters in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies will help you to develop needed expertise, and do so in UB’s College of Public and International Affairs learner-friendly environment. The career tracks and possibilities are countless. Professionals with expertise in the Pacific Rim are needed today for:

  • Cross-cultural management
  • Client relations
  • Risk analysis
  • Diplomacy
  • Investment strategy
  • Regional marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Journalism
  • Non-governmental and intergovernmental organizational management
  • Education and Research

Learning Objectives

The East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies program has the following Learning Objectives:

  • Introducing and comparing extant models of socioeconomic development with a special focus on those development models that have been used successfully in the Pacific Rim
  • Introducing the Sociopolitical Implications of the religions that are common in the Pacific region
  • Introducing and comparing models of trade
  • Equipping students with the quantitative and qualitative research skills needed to undertake effective planning, analysis, and implementation of projects
  • Identifying and fostering an appreciation of the prerequisites for successful governance and amiable trade practices within developing countries
  • Development of skills in negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Development of practical skills in problem-solving and in project management through an internship in the Pacific Rim; U.S. students will be expected to do their internship in Northeast or Southeast Asia and students from Asia will be encouraged to pursue an internship in Latin America or in a country other than their own in East Asia
  • Development of a at least a working knowledge of an East Asian language – normally Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Japanese, or Russian
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 15, 2016
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