Curriculum

Degree Requirements

Georgetown University's M.A. in Asian Studies (MASIA) is a 36 credit (12 course) degree program. Students are required to take three foundation courses in their first semester of study:

(1) ASST 668- Theory and Policy in Asia
(2) ASST 511- International Political Economy of East Asia
(3) A course that focuses on History, Culture or Society of Asia - Students may choose from a variety of courses to complete this requirement.

In addition to the three foundation courses, students must take at least three courses towards a single concentration.  Additional coursework can be used to fulfill a second concentration, apply towards one of Georgetown's graduate certificate programs or serve as available credits for electives. Asian Studies students have the option of writing an M.A. Thesis.  

To graduate on time, students must successfully complete 4 courses plus 1 language class (if applicable) each semester. 

Concentrations

The M.A. in Asian Studies (MASIA) program offers three functional concentrations and two subregional concentrations.  Students simply take three courses focused upon one of these five options.  It is possible for students to achieve two concentrations within their degree program.  Since MASIA offers a large emphasis on the study of East Asia, students who wish to specialize in South Asia or Southeast Asia can pursue one of the two sub-regional concentrations. 

Functional Concentrations:

  • Politics and Security of Asia
  • History, Society and Culture of Asia
  • International Political Economy/Business of Asia

Subregional Concentrations:

  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia

Thesis Option

Students have the option of completing an M.A. thesis in conjunction with a faculty supervisor, upon approval of the Director of Asian Studies. If the candidate chooses to write an M.A. thesis, the candidate must enroll in a thesis seminar (or independent tutorial), which is traditionally taught in the second semester of the program.  

Language

Students must demonstrate proficiency in an Asian language at the completion of the program by:

  • successful completion with a grade of B+ or better of advanced language study equivalent to third year at Georgetown or a comparable language program during their time in the M.A. in Asian Studies Program; or
  • specified grade of proficiency in US Government or equivalent language testing while as a graduate student at Georgetown; or
  • pass a proficiency test at Georgetown University; or
  • successful completion of other testing approved by the Director of Asian Studies and the Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture.

Upon arrival at Georgetown, all students planning to further their language studies will be required to participate in a language placement exam. Advanced language learners who wish to test out of continued language study while at Georgetown must pass a proficiency exam to satisfy the language requirement.  Native speakers of an Asian language, as determined by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Director of Asian Studies, are considered exempt from the language proficiency requirement.  

Certificates

In addition to regular degree requirements, students may use elective courses to complete a certificate in one of the following areas: