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.

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.


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