Application deadline for Fall 2020 is May 1 (Priority review of applications received by January 15).
The Master of Arts in East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia is an interdisciplinary program intended for students who want in-depth exposure to East Asia at the graduate level while also gaining competence in an East Asian language. The program is designed for students who seek a rich knowledge of East Asia as preparation for careers in business, government service, and media, or as preparation for entering professional schools or doctoral programs. We encourage students who have begun college-level study in Chinese or Japanese to apply. In addition, we offer language training in Korean and Tibetan.
Students in the M.A. program explore a variety of course subjects suited to their individual interests and career goals. The range of possible specialty tracks within the program extends from modern and contemporary China or Japan to the East Asian religious traditions. Classes concentrating on East Asia are offered in the departments of Anthropology; Art (art history); East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures; History; Media Studies; Politics; and Religious Studies.
The MA in East Asian Studies is a terminal Master’s program. Students usually take 21 months—-two academic years and the intervening summer—to complete all requirements for the degree, though the program can be completed more quickly if no additional language work is necessary. Second-year teaching assistantships are available to qualified students. M.A. students are also eligible to apply for Ellen Bayard Weedon Travel Grants to support travel to Asia in the intervening summer to pursue language study and conduct research.
Recent students have praised the program for the degree to which it allows students to design their own course of study. The program is flexible and allows students to combine Asia-related courses from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with courses from both the Business and Law Schools here at the University.
Although there is not a standardized career path for our M.A. students, past graduates of the M.A. and M.B.A./M.A. programs have gone on to work for: Continental Bank, McKinsey & Co, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bank of Tokyo, Sanwa Bank, General Motors and a variety of government and academic jobs. A small number have entered PhD programs, including Berkeley, Columbia and UCLA. Former students are working in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and the United States.
Students should consult the Graduate Record for the general requirements for a Master of Arts in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As they approach the midpoint of their program, students should take note of deadlines for completing the M.A. thesis, applying for graduation, and filing final copies of M.A. theses on the Thesis Submission and Graduation website of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: http://graduate.as.virginia.edu/thesis-submission-and-graduation.