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 program chair.

Going Global Conference

 Launched in 2011, the UCLA International Institute’s Going Global Graduate Student Conference provides a forum for graduate students across disciplines to present their research that examines critically a wide variety of global issues from different angles and perspectives.  


9th Annual UCLA International Institute Going Global Conference
Agency and Community in Combating Global Challenges
May 26th, 2022

The conference is on hiatus in 2022-23.  

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Conference speaker Prof. Cindy Fan  (bottom row, left) and the 2021 organizing committee


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