M.A. in East Asian Area Studies
Candidates for the M.A. degree are able to design an interdiscplinary program of study based on individual scholarly and professional goals. Students choose from courses offered by departments and professional schools across the university, concentrating on one country (China, Japan, or Korea) or developing region-wide expertise. Students work closely with faculty advisors to design their program of study and to complete the required Masters thesis. There are over 80 faculty members affiliated with the East Asian Studies Center whose teaching and research interests focus on the countries of East Asia.
- EASC 592: Proseminar on Issues and Trends in Contemporary East Asia (4 units)
- 1 of the following cultural history course (4 units):
>EALC 531: Chinese Cultural History
>EALC 532: Korean Cultural History
>EALC 533: Japanese Cultural History
>HIST 534: Studies in Modern Japanese History
>HIST 535: Studies in Japanese History
>HIST 536: Studies in Chinese History
>HIST 540: Studies in Modern East Asian History
>HIST 560: Transpacific History
- 4 additional courses (16 units) from the course list with the approval of the graduate advisor.
Example list of courses offered recently (not comprehensive):
|>IR 534: East Asian Security Issues
>IR 551: International Political Economy
of the Pacific Rim
>IR 561: Japanese Foreign Policy & International
Relations of East & Southeast Asia
>IR 563: Chinese Foreign Policy
>POSC 637: Seminar in Chinese Politics
>PPD 559: China from a US Policy Perspective
>PUBD 520: Regional Studies in Public
Diplomacy: East Asia
>CMGT 580: Chinese Media and Society
>EALC 503: Chinese Poetry
>EALC 504: Selections from Modern Chinese Lit
>EALC 507: East Asia in Cross-Cultural Theories
>EALC 509: Transnational Korean Cinema
|>EALC 515: Classical Japanese Poetics
>EALC 520: Modern Japanese Writers
>EALC 530: Race, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism
in East Asia
>EALC 535: Proseminar in Chinese Visual Culture
>EALC 545: Japanese Literary Criticism and Theory
>EALC 556: Seminar on Women and Family in China
>EALC 561: Topics & Issues in East Asian Linguistics
>LBST 505: East Asian Humanities: Classics
of China, Korea, and Japan
>REL 599: Readings in Japanese Buddhism:
Setsuwa and Miracle Literature
>REL 599: Religion and Politics in East Asia
>AHIS 518: Seminar in Chinese Art
>AHIS 519: Seminar in Japanese Art
- EASC 594a: Master's Thesis (2 units)
- EASC 594b: Master's Thesis (2 units)
Check the USC Graduate School website for thesis submission guidelines and deadlines.
Equivalent of 3 years of Chinese/Japanese/Korean language proficiency, either through coursework or placement test.
Total: 28 units + language
Applications are accepted for fall semester only. USC Graduate Admissions offers a web-based application in order to make the application process as easy and convenient as possible. Timely submission of required test scores and supporting documents by the application deadline of January 10, 2014 for academic year 2014-2015 is necessary for your application to be considered complete. Once you create your account, you will receive a USC PIN and password so that you may return to work on your application over several sessions. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our Admissions Committee.
|Completed Graduate Application:||Access the online application here: https://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/applyonline/|
|Application Fee||$85 - Can be waived for USC employees, USC students/alumni, McNair Scholars, and those with financial hardship. Please see more information on the USC Graduate Admissions FAQ.|
|Official Transcripts||From all colleges/universities attended. Please follow the instructions on the USC Graduate Admissions website and have transcripts sent to their office. Note: USC requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale in which A=4.0).|
|Official GRE Scores||The minimum GRE score for consideration is 153 Verbal/144 Quantitative. Send your official GRE scores using the ETS institution code for USC: 4852.|
|Statement of Purpose:||Describe your reasons for applying to the M.A. program in East Asian Area Studies in 2-3 pages.|
|Three Letters of Recommendation:||Your letters should come from those who could best address your ability to successfully undertake graduate level work. These individuals may include professional colleagues, business superiors, or past faculty. Letters of recommendation from co-workers, someone you have supervised, or personal and family friends are inappropriate. The online application allows you to e-mail your recommenders and request that they send their recommendations through e-mail or mail them as hard copies. If you receive hard copies of your recommendations, you may scan and upload them in your online application in the “Supporting Documents” section or send them to the USC Graduate Admissions address below.|
|International Applicants Only:||
|Writing Sample:||Optional and can be uploaded in your online application in the "Supporting Documents" section.|
|Mail Documents To:||University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
*Please do not mail any official test scores or other application documents to the East Asian Studies Center. Follow the instructions on the USC Graduate Admissions website and send all documents their office and upload supplemental documents through the online application.
For academic year 2013-2014, USC tuition is $1536 per unit. Therefore, the tuition cost to complete the 28-unit Master's degree program in East Asian Area Studies is approximately $43,008 plus additional fees. Visit the USC Financial Aid Office website for more details.
As a part of a cooperative program between USC and UCLA, graduate students may be eligible to take courses at the other school as part of their degree program. Please see the USC/UCLA Resource Sharing Program Cross-Enrollment Procedures for USC Students.
Applicants for the joint M.B.A./M.A. must first apply and be accepted into the full-time Marshall School of Business M.B.A. program. Students may apply for the M.A. in East Asian Area Studies during their first year of study in the M.B.A. program. If accepted, students earn a joint M.B.A./M.A. degree.
- East Asian Studies Center
- University of Southern California
- 823 W. 34th Street
- College House (CLH 101)
- Los Angeles, CA 90089
- Phone: (213) 740 - 2991
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