East Asian Studies M.A.


  • About Us

    The M.A. degree in East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary program intended to enable students to develop a broad understanding of an individual East Asian culture or to engage in comparative study of two or more East Asian cultures.

    Students pursuing the East Asian Studies M.A. are normally expected to concentrate on one particular country by choosing a variety of courses in various departments. These may include those covering other areas of Asia, those partially covering East Asia, Asian-American Studies, as well as relevant methodology and theory courses. Upon petition to the program and with the consent of the student's faculty advisor, individual programs may be designed to fit specific interests.

    In most cases, the M.A. degree in East Asian Studies is suitable for those who seek to develop a general range of knowledge of the area as preparation for careers in fields such as journalism, business, law, government service, public health, or secondary school preparation.  Many of our students continue their studies in Ph.D. programs in variety of fields. 

    Areas of Study

    The program recognizes three areas of specialization: China, Japan, and Korea. Comparative fields may be incorporated into an area of specialization with consent of the student's faculty advisor.

  • People

    EAST ASIAN STUDIES
    FACULTY ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE 2017-18

    William Marotti, Chair, East Asian Studies

    William M. Bodiford, Ph.D. (Asian Languages and Cultures)
    Michelle Liu Carriger, Ph.D. (Theater)
    Torquil Duthie, Ph.D. (Asian Languages and Cultures)
    Michael D. Emmerich, Ph.D. (Asian Languages and Cultures)
    Andrea S. Goldman, Ph.D. (History)
    Christopher P. Hanscom, Ph.D. (Asian Languages and Cultures)
    Katsuya Hirano, Ph.D. (History)
    Burglind Jungmann, Ph.D. (Art History)
    Hui-Shu Lee, Ph.D. (Art History)
    Namhee Lee, Ph.D. (Asian Languages and Cultures)
    William Marotti, Ph.D. (History)
    Sean Metzger, Ph.D. (Theater)
    Kyeyoung Park, Ph.D. (Anthropology, Asian American Studies)
    Shu-mei Shih, Ph.D. (Asian American Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature)
    Mariko Tamanoi, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
    Michael F. Thies, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    James Tong, Ph.D. (Political Science)

    ACADEMIC COUNSELING

    Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
    UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
    Office of Academic Advising
    10373 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

    Tel: 310-206-6571
    idpgrads@international.ucla.edu

    Academic Counseling drop in hours:
    Monday-Friday
    10:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm in 10373 Bunche (10th floor)

    Our Students' Testimonials:

    UCLA East Asian Studies MA Program: Interview with Kevin

     

    Shuan Ko

     M.A. Awarded 2016

    Although I had an opportunity to study various countries in East Asia, I specifically focused my studies on the contemporary Korea to gain a better understanding of one of the most precarious and volatile countries that currently exist in the world. As a student at East Asian Studies M.A. Program, I had the privilege to study and learn from Professors including John Duncan, Nam Hee Lee and William Marotti, to name a few. They provided me with constant support whenever asked and as such, they are more than just professors to me, they had become my mentors and friends. I was fortunately notified early of this year that I had been accepted and was granted admission to several law schools in the country. For my successful admissions to various law schools, I firmly believe that my M.A. degree in East Asian Studies played a significant role; put differently, I had proven that I can withstand and persevere through intense academic curricular pressure that ultimately distinguished me from other potential law school candidates.

    James Drake

    M.A. Awarded 2016

    The International Institute at UCLA provided me with the greatest opportunities to further my educational goals. Through the rich resources offered by UCEAP I studied abroad in China on two separate occasions: Fudan Fall 2015 and Beijing Normal University Summer 2016. Studying abroad allowed me to physically interact with my studies and furthered my interests in Chinese political economy. Because I had the opportunity to complete both my B.A. and M.A. at UCLA, I feel the resources directed towards the international Institute can fulfill even the most demanding of research requirements. In addition, the counseling resources are truly commendable and some of my best memories at UCLA are associated with my academic counselor at the International Institute. Studying at UCLA under my Professors made me who I am today, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped me along this path.

     

  • Degree Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Nine courses are required for the degree, at least five of which must be graduate seminars (200 level classes). The other four may be upper division courses (100 level classes) or additional graduate courses. Please note: lower division language classes (below the 100 level) do not count toward completion of the required nine classes.

    Of the nine courses, at least five must be in the student's area of concentration including one survey course chosen in consultation with the Graduate Studies Chair. At least one course should be in a cultural area other than the area of concentration. No more than two courses in the 500 series (independent studies) may apply toward the nine courses and only one of these courses may be counted toward the minimum of five graduate courses required for the degree. For a complete outline of degree requirements, see "Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees" available in the program office and on the Graduate Division homepage.

    International students may also be required to take English as a Second Language 33A, 33B, 33C, 34, 36, or other English as a Second Language courses.

    Language Requirements

    A minimum of three years of an East Asian language, either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or demonstrated equivalency is required in addition to the nine courses required to complete the degree.

    Some students enter the program already proficient in their East Asian language of choice, and may therefore be able to complete the degree in a shorter period of time. For those students seeking further language development, the East Asian Studies MA is a great way to pursue an additional year (or perhaps two for some students) of language study while simultaneously engaging in graduate level coursework. Taking such language courses will, however, inevitably lengthen the time necessary to complete the degree. Finally, students who have mastered one East Asian language are free to use their time to study a second East Asian language, but such classes will be purely electives and will not count toward the degree. Students requiring significant language study are encouraged to do intensive summer work either at UCLA or abroad.

    Students should be advised that some graduate level classes require advanced proficiency in an East Asian language (or perhaps its ancient variant such as classical Chinese or Japanese) in order to enroll. While such enrollment requirements are not the norm, they are not uncommon.

    Academic Advisers

    Upon entrance into the program, the chair of the program will serve as each student’s temporary academic advisor. In this capacity, the chair and the advising office will serve to aid incoming students during the first quarter.

    Because the East Asian Studies degree does not offer a thesis option, however, students in the program will not have an official faculty advisor. That being said, many students will choose to work closely with a particular faculty member in an unofficial capacity. Students interested in working with a particular faculty should contact them directly to express their interests, and indeed potential applicants are encouraged to contact such faculty before applying to the program. Working closely with a particular faculty member is not required, however.

    Capstone Project

    The Capstone Project consists of the submission of three research papers (at least one seminar and two upper division papers) and evaluation of them by the ad hoc committee. The original evaluators of each paper will constitute each student’s three-person ad hoc committee.

    The average acceptable paper for comprehensive examination is between 15 and 20 pages in length. Each paper submitted should include the professor’s comments and their evaluation (this may take many forms, edits on the paper, notes written in the margin, typed comments, etc.).

    Students submit submit hardcopies of each paper to the program’s counseling office (Bunche Hall 10373) during their last term. The papers should be submitted by the last day of classes during the quarter the student wishes to graduate. The departmental chair will review the comments from the grading professors to determine satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Please submit the three papers in bound form with the Comprehensive Exam Approval Form provided at the very beginning.

    Of the nine courses for the East Asian Studies MA, at least five must be at the graduate level and at least five must be in the concentration area, including one survey course. All coursework must relate to East Asia, i.e., any research paper or project must focus on the region.

     

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    Registration and Enrollment; Course Load

    Students are advised to remain aware of all campus deadlines applicable to registration and enrollment (which appear in the CALENDAR section of the UCLA Schedule of Classes). Failure to meet stipulated deadlines can result, at minimum, in the levying of late fees or other fines.

    For each quarter (Summer session excluded), all graduate students are required to be either:

    • registered and enrolled,
    • registered in absentia, or
    • on official leave of absence


    Students register by paying registration fees by the deadline. Students are advised to enroll in at least 12 units per quarter unless approval by the Faculty Advisor stipulates otherwise. An exception to this policy exists only for graduate students, near their time to degree, who may be eligible to pay a filing fee. Students should monitor their academic progress online via My.UCLA and always check their records for accuracy. Any discrepancy should be immediately brought to the attention of the relevant faculty member.


    Registration and Enrollment Procedure
    All students can access their UCLA Billing Statement online through My.UCLA which will alert them to all payment amounts due for each quarter (such as registration fees, fines, outstanding debts, financial awards, and refunds).

    ENROLLMENT for all courses may be done online through My.UCLA before the stipulated deadlines. Some courses (such as most graduate level seminars) may require that the student requests a Permission to Enroll number (or "PTE") from the appropriate instructor before enrolling in a course. More detailed information about this procedure is also available through various Campus publications and from the Coordinator of Student Affairs.

    A PROJECTED COURSE LIST for each academic quarter will be distributed to every student prior to the beginning of each academic term. Each quarterly list will indicate courses that may be applied to MA degree requirements. The Faculty Advisor must check and approve all courses. Approval for enrollment in courses not appearing on this list must be obtained from the Program Chair/Faculty Advisor.
    Course lists are always subject to change without prior notice and information (such as Course ID#s, class times & locations, and instructors) should always be verified by consulting the quarterly UCLA on line Schedule of Classes.


    Leave of Absence
    Students may formally petition to take a temporary LEAVE OF ABSENCE for one to three quarters during their graduate tenure. There is a maximum of three quarters of leave permitted to UCLA students. Leave of absence is not automatically granted and there must be a valid reason for the leave to be approved. Students are eligible for leave of absence only for one of the following reasons: outside employment, medical, parental obligations, other family obligations, military, emergency, financial hardship.
    Students on a leave of absence are not eligible for any financial assistance from the university and are not covered by the Graduate Students Health Insurance policy (GSHIP).

    Registration in Absentia
    A registered student can apply for Registration in Absentia when (s)he needs to conduct research outside of California. Student’s research has to be directly related to his/her degree program.
    For more information on the Leave of Absence and the Registration in absentia please click here.


    Withdrawal
    Registered students wishing to officially WITHDRAW from the Program are advised to notify Graduate Division via formal petition. Failure to do so can result in the seizure of the student's Transcripts and Official Records and/or legal action by the University.


    Incompletes
    An "Incomplete" (appearing on the student transcript as an "I" rather than letter grade) indicates either that the student has not satisfied the minimum requirements for a given course or, alternatively (and rarely), indicates that the instructor (through prior agreement with the student) has allowed a temporary grade assignment of "Incomplete" to stand for one quarter and be immediately changed into a letter grade the following quarter (this typically occurs only with courses spanning more than a single quarter).
    Incomplete grades can become very serious!!! If the student fails to satisfy the required coursework by the end of the following quarter, the Incomplete Grade will revert to a Failing Grade of "F" (not easy to later remove from the student's transcript).
    In order to petition for any grade change or to remove an Incomplete grade, a form signed by the Chair/Faculty Advisor must be submitted to Graduate Division with a processing fee, supporting documentation, and an explanatory letter from the course instructor.

    Fees
    Current fees are listed on the UCLA Graduate Division website . California residents are exempt from  Non-Resident Tuition. Non-California residency are encouraged to obtain California residency for tuition purposes as soon as possible. Students should contact the Academic Advisor for more information. International students are not eligible for California residency and should expect to pay the Non-Resident Tuition throughout their studies at UCLA.

    For more information on graduate studies rules and regulations please check the "Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA".

  • Funding Opportunities

     

    Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database - Search Form

    GRAPES is not a fellowship or scholarship, rather it is an extensive database created by UCLA to help graduate students search for funding opportunities from institutions all over the world. Graduate students in need of funding (from all disciplines) are encouraged to become very familiar with the GRAPES database, and to reference it regularly.

    Funding opportunities stemming directly from UCLA are sometimes limited. With GRAPES, however, graduate students may search for hundreds of potential funding sources from many universities and institutions outside of UCLA.

     

    General Fellowship Opportunities

    Boren Fellowship

    Boren Fellowships provide funding for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The fellowship is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only.

    Maximum awards for the Boren Fellowships are $30,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. 

     

    Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship

    The Burkle Center awards outstanding minority graduate students who have financial need and research interests relating to globalization and international relations with scholarships up to $4,000.00 each academic year. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants who demonstrate leadership skills and academic achievement.

     

    Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP)

    This one-year fellowship program provides recipients with a stipend plus tuition (and nonresident supplemental tuition if necessary). Professional degree supplemental tuition, if the awardee is enrolled in a professional degree program, is not covered. The program supports a limited number of entering students pursuing either terminal or professional master's degrees.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students who qualify for nonresident supplemental tuition exemptions under AB 540 (eligibility for undocumented AB540 students is effective January 1, 2013). The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. Applicants should review the GOFP Application Instructions and complete both the Fellowship Application for Entering Graduate Students and the Admissions Application Diversity Statement. These forms will be reviewed as part of your fellowship application.

    Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    The U.S. Department of State funds about 600 students for summer language institutes abroad at various skill levels. CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State and provides fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen graduate students. Scholars will complete language coursework as well meeting with a native speaker language partner. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Language levels are classified as Beginning, Advanced Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

    All CLS Program costs are covered. Funds international and domestic travel, related costs for a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C., visa fees, language instruction, room, board, program sponsored travel within the host country. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this fellowship

    Hilton Global Summer Scholars Program

    The Hilton Global Summer Scholars will undertake a training fellowship on initiatives focused on reducing poverty and achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the summer of 2018, scholars will be placed with civil society and/or think tank partners around the world to conduct intensive fieldwork projects. Before, during, and after these summer experiences, scholars will contribute to building the evidence base on what works to improve the lives of the poor and most marginalized communities, while gaining valuable international experience and gaining the opportunity to share findings with a range of stakeholders.

    Teaching Assistantships

    Graduate students interested in teaching positions are encouraged to subscribe to the TA Marketplace group. Departments that need to fill TA vacancies post job announcements through that group.  Students need to be registered in order to have access to the group announcements. 

    African Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship

    The Judith Boyajian Travel Fellowship is designed to provide graduate students with support for purposeful travel to and cultural immersion in Africa. Electing either to pursue study in an extant program or to design an original project that would be carried out in partnership with both a UCLA faculty member and an appropriate agency based in Africa. Key for any student who applies for the grant would be a commitment to public service, and whether in an established program or under an original project, students will also be required to be engaged in it.

    The fellowship will provide up to $4,000 to cover travel and approved related expenses and fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 45-days in-country. Fellowship cannot be combined with other funding.

     

    East Asian Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    East Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

    Academic Year and summer fellowships for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and area studies.

    The Asia Institute administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for East Asia at UCLA, supporting graduate and undergraduate training in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and related area studies. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships are provided by a grant from the US Department of Education Title VI program. The purpose of the program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should be planning to use their training to teach, to serve in government or international agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.

    New and continuing UCLA graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines may apply for the Academic Year FLAS awards. Continuing students only may apply for the Summer FLAS. Undergraduate students must be studying the target language at the intermediate or advanced level to be eligible.

    Taiwan Studies Graduate Research Fellowship

    Through a grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, the UCLA Asia Institute will offer awards of up to $6000 to UCLA graduate students for pre-dissertation or dissertation-level research in Taiwan for summer 2015 or academic-year 2015-16. Students from any discipline may apply, but research must incorporate topics or methodologies of the humanities or social sciences.

    Eligibility: According to guidelines established by the funding agency, students who are native citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong, or the People’s Republic of China are not eligible to apply.

    Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowships

    The Wagatsuma Fellowship was created in honor of the late UCLA Anthropology Professor Hiroshi Wagatsuma, who for many years served as an important bridge of mutual understanding between students and academics in Japan and the United States. He pursued cross-cultural studies in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and law until his death in 1985. Applications should be submitted online.

    Awards of up to $7000 will be made to students working on a dissertation or comparable research project with a substantial cross-cultural or comparative dimension, preferably one concerning Japan or other Asian country and North America. Applications should discuss how the proposal meets the requirements of the award to continue in the spirit of Prof. Wagatsuma's work. 

    Korean Foundation, Korean Studies Scholarship Program

    The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annually offers 10 yearlong scholarships to graduate students majoring in Korean studies in North America. These scholarships support a master or PhD student's coursework and/or research while enrolled at their home institutions. It covers students only through the year that they are advanced to candidacy and only if they are in residence (not overseas research). Scholarships are for one academic year only. Scholarship recipients may reapply in succeeding years for additional support. Fellowship recipients are required to submit reports on their research or coursework at the conclusion of their one-year fellowship period. 

    Latin American Studies Fellowship Opportunities

    Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

    The Latin American Institute administers the federally-funded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program supporting language training in Quechua, Nahuatl, Portuguese, and Advanced Spanish for graduate and undergraduate students at UCLA. Separate awards are available for summer language study and for academic year study.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. New and continuing UCLA graduate students and continuing undergraduates may apply for academic year and/or summer awards. Incoming undergraduate transfer students may apply for academic year awards.

    UCLA Blum Center Summer Scholars Program

    Through this program, graduate students live and work in a region of Latin America and work with universities,international institutions and/or community organizations involved in activities focused on improving health and social conditions of local populations.

    Each student will be mentored both by a faculty member from their respective university and a representative from the sponsoring host organization in Latin America.

    Monica Salinas Summer Research Scholarship 

    Currently enrolled in UCLA Latin American Studies Graduate MA Program. Departmental Scholars are eligible. Applications available Winter quarter. 

     

     

  • Admissions Information

    Have questions about the program? Please join us for Google Hangout on July 11, 2018 from 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm PST.

    Click HERE to join the Hangout.

     

    Note that the East Asian Studies graduate program offers a Master's degree (M.A.) only.  There is no PhD in East Asian Studies offered at UCLA.

    General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.

    Applications are only accepted for Fall term. The deadline to apply to the East Asian Studies interdepartmental graduate program is December 1.  All applicants must apply electronically for graduate admission.  The applicants will be notified about the admission decision by mid-March. 

    All materials must be complete before the application is considered.

    The following materials are required components of the admission application:

    • Statement of purpose (maximum two pages, double space).   Statement of purpose should describe academic, East Asia-related and/or professional experience
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Graduate Record Examination scores (use Institution Code 4837 and Department Code 5199
    • Official transcript.  An unofficial transcript may be uploaded via on-line admission application, however, we require one copy of official transcript to be sent to the program's office in a sealed envelope.  If transcript is not in English, an authorized translation has to be provided.
    • A  research paper or other writing sample that well demonstrates writing and analytical skills (10 pages maximum). The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to write professionally and clearly. For that reason, the writing sample should be written in English.
    •  TOEFL  scores (international applicants only).  Applicants who hold a degree from a university located in U.S. or another country where English is both a primary spoken language and the language of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full time study at such institution are not required to submit TOEFL scores.   For more information please review English Requirements page.

     

    East Asian Studies M.A. Program Inquiries:
    Telephone: (310) 206-6571
    E-mail: idpgrads@international.ucla.edu

    UCLA International Institute
    East Asian Studies Graduate Admissions
    10373 Bunche Hall
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487 

  • Information for Incoming Students

    Housing Options

    For students seeking housing near UCLA’s campus, there are a number of options provided by the university and by independent housing offices. Incoming students who have recently accepted an offer of admission will be contacted directly by the university via e-mail with details about how to apply for university housing. In general, most graduate students seeking university housing near campus will be competitive for housing agreements in the Weyburn Apartments.

    Weyburn Terrace Apartments

    While university housing is not guaranteed, many students in the MA program are able to secure housing in the Weyburn Terrace Apartments next to campus. The Weyburn apartments are located right next to UCLA and are within walking distance of the main campus. In addition, a very convenient university bus route connects Weyburn to the university with shuttles arriving every few minutes.

    Weyburn offers individual studio housing and housing for students seeking a roommate. Furnished and unfurnished housing options are both available. For detailed information about rates for Weyburn Terrace housing, please click here.

    Parking is available for students who obtain housing in Weyburn Terrace. A parking permit for Weyburn may be applied for during the online application process.

    Student housing is not managed by the MA program, however. As stated above, students who have recently committed to UCLA will be contacted by the university directly with information about how to apply for housing. To explore more UCLA housing information, including off-campus university housing options, please click here.

    Non-University Housing Options

    There are plenty of non-university housing options for incoming students. Craigslist is an excellent option for many students seeking housing near UCLA. Many UCLA students successfully find housing using websites such as Zuma Housing ,  Westside Rentals, ApartmentlistTrulia  and Zillow.

    The neighborhoods that are located in proximity to UCLA and have good bus connection to UCLA include:

    • Beverly Hills
    • Brentwood
    • Culver City
    • Mar Vista
    • Palms
    • Santa Monica
    • West Hollywood
    • West Los Angeles
    • Westwood

     
    Parking options

    A daily parking permit for on campus parking is $12.  

    Students may also apply for quarterly parking permits, known as orange permits. Orange commuter permits are $231 each quarter. Commuter permits only secure parking at on-campus locations. Detailed information concerning parking permits including deadlines to apply may be found here.

    Public Transportation

    Students who find off-campus housing may also use the many convenient bus routes that connect UCLA to the greater LA area:

    • Students residing in Culver City and Palms will find the Culver City Bus very accessible.
    • Students residing in Santa Monica, Mar Vista, West Hollywood may easily commute to campus by using the Big Blue Bus.
    • Los Angeles County Metro (bus and rail) allows students to commute from many other areas of Los Angeles.
    • You can use Metro Trip Planner to find the best bus connection when traveling around Los Angeles.

    The practicality of commuting to campus using city bus lines will be determined by the distance between the student’s housing and UCLA. While extremely affordable, some students may experience commutes of up to an hour in each direction to and from campus. Students are encouraged to consider all these factors while selecting appropriate housing.

    Obtaining California Residency for Tuition Purposes

    Out of state students can apply for California residency after completing their first year at UCLA. If approved, students will be able to pay the in-state tuition during their second or any subsequent year at UCLA. For more information, such as required documentation and deadlines to apply please visit the Registrar’s website.

    Please note that this information does not apply to international students.

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