M.A. Program Requirements

MAAS offers three exit options: Thesis (30 credits), Non-Thesis Master's Essay (33 credits), or Non-Thesis Research Essay plus Self-Study (33 credits)

Core Coursework (6 credits)

  • Topics in Modern Asia (ASN 5315)
  • 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

Minimum Grades: MA students are allowed only one B- to be counted towards the 30 (Thesis Track) or 33 (Non-thesis Track) credits in the program.

Note about Language Requirements: Proficiency in an Asian language may be required if relevant to thesis project. Relevance will be determined by the thesis committee.

Students must take full responsibility to ensure the completion of all requirements. Please keep in mind that graduate students MUST be enrolled in at least one credit of graduate coursework in the semester in which they plan to graduate. If the student is completing the Thesis Option they must be enrolled in at least one Thesis credit in the semester in which they plan to graduate. Failure to enroll in the appropriate credit may result in the postponement of graduation.

To set up an appointment for advising, please contact Asian Studies by phone at 305-348-1914 or by e-mail: asian@fiu.edu.

If you would like to track your progress in the MA Program, a checklist for degree progress is available at the Asian Studies office or online.