College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
*The information on this page applies to students already admitted to and/or enrolled in the CEAS MA program. While we are no longer admitting students through the Center for East Asian Studies, the program will be moving to Global & International Studies program as a concentration in East Asian Studies.*


The M.A. in Contemporary East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia, with emphasis on cultural and social issues. This program provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, or Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies.

Program oversight is provided by the CEAS Director, Graduate Advisor, and a graduate committee composed of CEAS faculty affiliates.

KU is situated in Lawrence, Kansas, and is a vibrant college town. The state's flagship university has many resources for academic and financial support. Lawrence has an active arts community, and there are many opportunities for cultural engagement, health & wellness activities, and professional development. Feel free to check out KU's comprehensive Guide to Graduate School. 


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.

Click here for the MA Contermporay EAst Asia Flyer (May 21 updated)

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

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:

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


Current and prospective graduate students can contact CEAS to set up an appointment with the Director of Graduate Studies. For advising questions regarding research progress, course credit towards degree, and M.A. research paper/thesis, please contact: 

Dr. Ayako Mizumura

For advising questions regarding the application process, university requirements, resources, petitions, program milestones, exam scheduling, graduation, and any other questions related to student success, please contact:

Alec Graham 

Graduate Program Coordinator CEAS Graduate Program, College Office of Graduate Affairs


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East Asia Events

During Spring 2022, there will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. Please check our events page & follow us on social media @KUEastAsia for updates. 


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Apply for FLAS Scholarships!

FLAS Fellowships are available through CEAS for the study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, and Uyghur. Learn more at Deadline for application is December 20. Find more information here.

CEAS Faculty Travel or Development Funds Application

Applications for 2022-23 are closed. 

Applications for 2023-24 open on December 15, 2022.

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