The Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies, which had previously been suspended, will be accepting new applications for Fall 2015. For more information and to learn more about the MA in Asian Studies program requirements, please send an email inquiry to
This is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the Asian Studies faculty of its cooperating departments. Students applying for the M.A. in Asian Studies must apply for admission to the University and simultaneously provide official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose to the graduate advisor of the department.
1. A Bachelor's degree with a major in Asian Studies; or
2. A Certificate in Asian Studies, awarded at CSULB, or its equivalent as evaluated by the Graduate Advisor of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies. Equivalency will, normally, be granted for work in Asia‑related studies at CSULB and/or at other academic institutions, including a minimum of 18 units in no more than four disciplines with a minimum of six units in each of two disciplines of concentration plus two semesters of an approved Asian language. Only courses with a substantive Asia‑related content are acceptable; or
3. A bachelor's degree in one of the fields in social science, humanities, or fine arts with 24 units of upper-division Asia‑related courses. These courses must be comparable to those required of a major in Asian Studies at this University. Deficiencies will be determined by the graduate advisor after consultation with the student and after evaluation of transcript records. Students whose undergraduate prerequisites are inadequate will be required to fulfill these deficiencies before advancement to candidacy and will receive unclassified graduate standing until all deficiencies are removed.
1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
2. Completion of 6 or more of the required units (not including language) with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA;
3. Approval of proposed program of study;
4. Satisfactory fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
1. A minimum of 30 units of approved upper-division and graduate courses including the following:
At least 18 units must be in the 500‑600 series composed of units earned at this University in graduate courses, graduate seminars, Directed Studies/Research or Thesis. All seminars and independent study courses may be repeated to a total of six units, provided the topic is different. Directed Studies, Readings and Research, in any combination, may not exceed a total of six units: A/ST 698 (thesis) must be taken for a minimum of four and a maximum of six units will be given for A/ST 698 for those taking the thesis option.
2. A minimum of three upper-division units in each of two disciplines of concentration must be taken preparatory to seminar work. Students should take at least six units of 500/600 level work in each of the two disciplines or concentrations.
(N.B. Determination of the disciplinary status of any Asian Studies or any other courses taken at CSULB or other academic institutions shall be at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor in consultation with faculty, review of syllabi and reading lists, assessment of transcripts, etc.)
3. Comprehensive written examination in each of the two disciplines of concentration or a thesis. Students must have received permission of the Graduate Advisor, faculty advisor and prospective committee members before being allowed to file for the thesis option. Once selected, a student may not change his/her option.
4. Six units (beyond the B.A. level) in Chinese or Japanese or an Asian language approved by the Graduate Advisor. Waiver of this requirement, either by transfer of credits from another institution or by assessment of proficiency by resident faculty, is at the discretion of the Graduate Advisor of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies.
A/ST 320, A/ST 490, A/ST 499; ANTH 332, ANTH 333, ANTH 335, ANTH *416, ANTH *417, ANTH *419, ANTH 427, ANTH *490; AH 466, AH 467, AH 468, AH 469, AH 470A/B, AH 471A/B, AH *497, AH *498; CWL 403, CWL *448, CWL *499; CHIN 380, CHIN 390, CHIN 410, CHIN 430ABC, CHIN 451, CHIN 490, CHIN 499; GEOG *494, GEOG *497; HIST 384, HIST 385, HIST 386, HIST 406A, HIST 409, HIST *495, HIST *498; JAPN 350, JAPN 451, JAPN 471, JAPN 490, JAPN 497; PHIL *499; POSC 362, POSC 455, POSC *497, POSC *499; R/ST *490, R/ST *499; WGSS *406, WGSS 406A, WGSS 490, WGSS *499
* course must be an approved Asia-related topic.