M.A./Ph.D Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MAAS)

MAAS offers two tracks based on choice of exit option, Thesis (30 credits) or Master's Essay (Non-Thesis) (33 credits).

Core Coursework (6 credits)

  • 3 credits of Modern Asia (ASN 5315)
  • 3 credits of Methods in Asian Studies (ASN 5050)

Core Concentration Coursework (18 credits)

Students will choose from two concentrations, International Political Economy of Asia and Asian Cultural Studies.

  • 12 credits pertaining to main concentration
  • 6 credits in other concentration

Students may take up to 6 credits in independent studies or internship coursework.

Masters Exit Options

Thesis Option (6 credits)

  • ASN 6972 Master's Thesis (6 credits)

OR

Master's Essay (Non-Thesis Option, 9 credits):

  • ASN 6912 Master's Essay (3 credits)
  • Area Studies Courses (6 credits)

Ph.D. in International Relations

Core Coursework (18 credits)

The following courses should be taken within the first two years of the program and can be counted by both the MA and the PhD programs.

  • 3 credits of Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations (INR 5609)
  • 3 credits of Research in International Relations (INR 5615)

The following are the remaining Core courses for the PhD program.

  • 3 credits of Space, Place, and Identity (GEO 6473)
  • 3 credits of International Relations Theory I (INR 6604)
  • 3 credits of International Relations Theory II (INR 6608)

Major and Minor Fields (21 credits)

  • 12 credits in major field of study
  • 9 credits in minor field of study

The following should also be taken within the first two years of the program and can be counted by both the MA and the PhD programs.

  • 3 credits of Political Economy of International Relations (INR 6706)

Electives (21 credits)

  • Additional elective coursework

Comprehensive Exams

  • Once students have achieved 60 credits, they must sit for written examinations on the core sequence of their fields

Dissertation (15 credits)

  • 15 credits of PhD Dissertation (INR 7980)

Students should make sure to meet with an advisor from BOTH programs on a regular basis to ensure the courses they are taking are gearing them towards their dissertation and the joint degree. Both advisors should be consulted to determine which courses can count for both programs. A few select courses that double-count are listed above.