MASIA Degree Requirements
The M.A. in Asian Studies (MASIA) degree consists of 36 credits. Students must complete 9 credits towards the core course requirements, 9 credits towards the concentration courses, and 18 credits of electives towards a second concentration, a certificate program, or electives. Students must also complete language proficiency in an Asian language, complete an internship requirement, and earn a 3.0 GPA to graduate. The MASIA degree also offers an optional thesis course. To build the cohort experience of the MASIA program, students will complete 24 credits in the first year. Students can elect to complete their remaining 12 credits all in the fall semester or between the fall and spring semesters.
The internship requirement was created to enhance the professional rigor of the program and to assist with student’s professional development. Students are expected to complete this requirement either in the fall, spring, or summer semesters of their first year of studies. The MASIA program can waive the requirement for individuals with substantive work experience, current full-time employees, military personnel, candidates sponsored for government service, and other circumstances per the Director of Asian Studies.