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M.A. in Asian Studies University of California, Santa Barbara



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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is dedicated to the study of the civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea in all their richness and diversity. Study involves not only East Asia's recent and increasingly vital role on the world scene, but also an examination of the complex and profound features of its long history. The focus is on the humanistic traditions, with particular emphasis on literature, history, religion, society, and cultural studies. The program stresses advanced language training as the foundation for research on East Asian cultures. Coursework concentrates on history, literature, religious studies, anthropology, and applied linguistics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a MA in Asian Studies:

Core Knowledge

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in Chinese or Japanese.
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of East Asian cultures.
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of bibliographical, methodological, and theoretical issues in a sub-field of East Asian studies, including but not limited to history, literature, religious studies, anthropology, linguistics and the arts, as well as social and cultural anthropology and sociology.

Research Methods and Analysis

Students should be able to:

  • Target and conduct research in a sub-field in the academic study of East Asia.
  • Master the range of methodological and theoretical issues adopted in the sub-field.
  • Conduct original research using sources in Chinese, or Japanese.

Scholarly Communication

Students will be able to:

  • Make a coherent academic argument that presents and evaluates evidence to support claims.
  • Cogently review, analyze, and synthesize relevant literature.
  • Write in a level and style of English consistent with that found in leading academic journals.
  • Follow proper styles of scholarly documentation, such as citing, referencing, and formatting found in East Asian research outlets.
  • Make clear and cogent oral presentations on academic occasions, such as conferences and classrooms.


Students will be able to:

Make effective contributions to professional service outside academia, such as government services that require knowledge and skills related to East Asia.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study M.A. in Asian Studies.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

$15,102.00 (11,06,591) per year


26 Sep, 01 Oct


College of Letters and Science

2217 Cheadle Hall, MC 2080,

University of California, Santa Barbara,



93106, United States

Entry requirement for international students

To be considered for admission to UCSB, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university prior to the quarter for which admission is sought.

TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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