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Graduate Programs

Master's Programs

There are three options for those interested in pursuing an Asia-focused master's program.

The M.A. program in Asian Studies is anchored in a well-rounded curriculum taught by leading experts in Asian Studies. The program, focusing on policy and foreign affairs, combines rigorous study to sharpen analytic skills with highly practical course work. The Asian Studies program is world-renowned for its strengths in East Asia but also offers expertise in South and Southeast Asia. Students can concentrate on contemporary Asian politics and society, the international relations of Asia (including security issues), Asian economies, and modern Asian history.

Read more: Asian Studies degree requirements

MA Program Information

Asian Studies Courses

Students who have graduated from the Asian Studies program have gone on to positions in government, NGOs, journalism, and the military.

Doctoral Programs

Although the Asian Studies program does not offer a doctoral degree, there are many opportunities for Asia-related Ph.D. study, all of which leverage the University's great strengths in a variety of disciplines. For students who desire to pursue a Ph.D. on Asian topics, the Department of Political Science and the Department of History both have substantial expertise on the region and provide excellent support for those interested in pursuing Asian Studies at the doctoral level. Students are encouraged to contact these departments directly for further information. Although the Department of Economics does not train area specialists, students who want to pursue research and study involving the Asia Pacific are encouraged to contact that department as well.

For more information on the Asian Studies programs, please contact:
Emmanuel Teitelbaum
Director, Asian Studies Program, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
2115 G Street, N.W.
Room 411, Monroe Hall
Phone: 202-994-9125

Office Hours:
by Appointment


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