The MA in Contemporary East Asian Studies is a new interdisciplinary degree program focused on 20th and 21st-century East Asia that will provide students with 1) in-depth, interdisciplinary knowledge of the modern history, politics, economies, and societies of one East Asian country, e.g. China, Korea, or Japan; 2) broad knowledge of modern East Asia, and 3) social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies.

Admission Criteria and How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, students must meet the following criteria:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average in their bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in an East Asian Language at either the second or third level, depending on the concentration.

To apply to the CEAS M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, submit an application and supporting documentation online through the Office of Graduate Studies Application website. Before applying, please be aware that the following items will need to be uploaded with the online application:

  1. A two-page statement of purpose explaining your educational and academic objectives.
  2. One official transcript for all post-secondary education.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, each accompanied by the Graduate Letter of Recommendation Form [PDF].
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) result. All applicants including international applicants are required to submit a GRE score from the General test (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing).
  5. International students must submit TOEFL scores taken within the past two years. The Applied English Center may also require incoming international students to complete an examination to show their English proficiency upon arrival in Lawrence. Information about the minimum acceptable English scores is available through the KU Office of International Programs and through the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and basic research capacity.
  7. A current C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) or resume.
  8. An application fee paid by credit card or by electronic check (For the amount. Domestic applications are normally $55 and international applications are normally $65).

Although May 1 is the final deadline for submitting an application for a Fall semester start, our graduate committee will complete a first round review of applications on or before April 1. To ensure that your application is included for first priority consideration, please ensure that all materials are received no later than March 15.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Fall semester admission.  However, it may be possible for students to begin the program in the Spring or Summer semesters. Please contact the Director, Dr. Megan Greene at mgreene@ku.edu or the Assistant Director, Dr. Ayako Mizumura at mizu@ku.edu to discuss this option.  

If you wish to learn more about the coming M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at The University of Kansas, please contact:

Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director

Center for East Asian Studies

ceasma@ku.edu

Megan Greene, Director

Center for East Asian Studies

mgreene@ku.edu

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas will offer a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. This 12-month interdisciplinary area studies program focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia will provide students with

1. in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of the modern history, politics, economy, and society of one East Asian country;
2. broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and
3. social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies.

A wide range of course options across academic disciplines will enable students to earn expertise in their target country while also enhancing their regional knowledge and global perspectives. With the creation of this program, KU has become one of the few universities in the United States to offer an M.A. program focusing on contemporary East Asia that can be completed in 12 months by students with prior language preparation.

All candidates for the M.A. degree are required to complete 30 semester hours of graduate credit, including an introductory course, a social science research methods course, and a research seminar, at a satisfactory level, and to demonstrate proficiency in an East Asian Language at either the second or third level, depending on the concentration. In addition to completing required coursework, students must prepare at least one research paper and successfully pass an oral defense of that paper to the satisfaction of an M. A. examination committee.

There are two concentrations to choose from: 1. Contemporary East Asia 2) Foreign Affairs Studies (FASt): Contemporary East Asia in Global Content.

If you are a Foreign Area Officer interested in our program, please read Information for FAOs.