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Overview

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.

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Concentrations

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.

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: gmp.ku.edu/fao

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

Contacts

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

ceas@ku.edu
 

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:

Clare Thoman, Graduate Academic Advisor

clarethoman@ku.edu

 

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FLAS Fellowships are available through CEAS for the study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, and Uyghur. Learn more at Deadline for application is February 15. Find more information here.

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