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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian 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 specified for each concentration:

1. Contemporary East Asia

A conventional M.A. program usually completed in 18 months to two years, depending on prior language training. This concentration can be used either for professional advancement or as preparation for a doctoral degree.


  • B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average in their bachelor’s degree
  • Recommended prerequisite for the conventional M.A.: Proficiency in an East Asian language at the second level demonstrated by college coursework or testing.

2. Foreign Affairs Studies (FASt): Contemporary East Asia in Global Context

An accelerated (12-month) program designed for students with second-level (intermediate) language proficiency and substantial first-hand experience in East Asia. This concentration is usually selected for professional advancement.  For Foreign Area Officers, more information is available at:


  • B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average in their bachelor’s degree
  • Additional prerequisites for the 12-month FASt concentration:

1) Proficiency in an East Asian language at the second level demonstrated by classwork or testing

2) A prior period (or periods) of residency in East Asia

Fee: a $2,000 per semester fee is assessed for the first three semesters of the FASt program


The applications should be submitted no later than May 1 for fall semester admission. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the fall semester admission to take advantage of course sequences, but spring and summer admissions are possible with the approval of the CEAS director and graduate advisor.

Apply to the CEAS M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies on the KU 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. International students must submit TOEFL scores or IELTS scores taken within the past two years. Information about the minimum acceptable English scores is available through the KU Office of International Programs and through the Office of Graduate Studies.
  5. A writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and basic research capacity.
  6. A current C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) or resume.
  7. An application fee paid by credit card or by electronic check (For the amount. Domestic applications are normally $65 and international applications are normally $86).

Please Note: Though the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission, it is recommended. KU Code: 6871.

More information:

For more information on both concentrations, contact the director or graduate advisor of CEAS:

For more information on the FAO M.A. programs, contact the Assistant Director of the Office of Graduate Military Programs, Randy Masten: or 785-864-7455.

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