12 months
35064 USD/year
35064 USD/year
20175 USD/year
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The Master of Arts program in South Asian Studies from University of Washington offers students a framework within which to carry out the interdisciplinary study of the peoples and nations of the South Asian subcontinent – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Bhutan. 


Key facts

The curriculum combines rigorous training in one or more South Asian languages with study of various aspects of modern and classical South Asian civilizations. The University has a distinguished faculty of scholars who provide instruction in diverse areas of South Asian studies, offering a rich variety of courses on these topics.

Students in the South Asian Studies from University of Washington studies may specialize in one or more areas of expertise represented by the faculty. These include language, religion, culture, cinema, environment, international development, human-animal-interactions, ethnicity and nationalism, human rights, gender, migration, and contemporary politics.

Students may draw on the notable strength the program has in classical South Asian languages, literature, and religions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. Several of the South Asia faculty teach courses in Comparative Religion. Areas of expertise include the religious literature of northern India in the late middle ages, and South Asian Buddhism.

In modern and contemporary South Asia, topics covered include international development, public affairs, architecture and urban planning, law, business, women and gender studies, environmental protection and nature conservation, health and demography, communications, dalit studies and postcolonial literature. For instance among these faculty are experts teaching courses on international feminism, cultural aspects of international development, social ecology of the tropics, South Asian architecture, media and communications, international relations and human rights, , contemporary political changes and government. Faculty with research and teaching interests in South Asia work in departments or interdisciplinary programs including Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Business, Chemistry,  Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, Comparative Religion, Communications, Economics, English, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, International Studies, Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, Psychology, and Women Studies.

Languages of South Asia offered on a regular basis by the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures include Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, and Sanskrit. There are special offerings of other major languages, such as Pali, Gujarati, Panjabi, and Nepali, as well as special fields such as sociolinguistics, Vedic literature, Bhakti literature, epigraphy, and Paninian grammar. Instruction is available both in English and, for advanced students, in the languages involved. South Asian Studies graduates have gone on to graduate programs in various academic disciplines, as well as careers in government service, journalism, teaching, research, international trade, and the travel industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia 
  • Seminar on South Asia
  • Students must complete at least 21 credits in course work from at least two different departments. Most of this course work should be focused primarily on South Asia, or in courses taught by South Asia faculty on topics relevant to specializations the student has chosen. 
  • Students may take a maximum of 10 credits not focused on South Asia, nor taught by South Asia faculty, but help to fulfill disciplinary or professional objectives. All courses are planned in consultation with the program adviser to ensure that both individual and program goals are met.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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30 alternative credits


On Campus

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • All students confirming enrollment must provide an official (sealed) transcript and degree statement (with date of award & title of degree awarded) for verification to Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS). 
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution

Tuition Fee

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    35064 USD/year
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  • National

    35064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    20175 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20175 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 USD /month
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