M.A. On Campus

Asian Languages and Cultures

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Wisconsin Madison offers a new interdisciplinary M.A. and Ph.D. program in Asian Languages and Cultures. Students may take advantage of the many opportunities within the department and on campus to do in-depth research on Asia from multiple disciplinary perspectives and across the traditional area studies divisions of East, South, and Southeast Asia.


The Asian Languages and Cultures program offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison is home to nearly twenty faculty whose research and teaching specialties range from traditional medicine in India, the history of yoga, contemporary mindfulness practice with insights from Tibetan Buddhism, to human rights in Thailand—from Chinese ghost stories, traditional poetics and philology, to sociolinguistics and discourse analysis of the Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian languages—and from analysis of classical Japanese tale fiction, early modern comedic narratives, manga, and anime to Japanese counterculture.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures has developed a lively intellectual community around Transasian Studies and is supporting student-led seminars, reading groups, workshops, and other events. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to reach out to faculty members who share their academic and research interests. We welcome applications from students who are interested in working transregionally, transdisciplinarily, or both. This includes students with a traditional background in Asian Studies and related academic fields as well as those whose path to studying Asia has been through professional work. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the primary field(s) of study in a historical, comparative, and global context.
  • Discuss the major theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry in the selected area of the student's focus.
  • Integrate theories into practice.
  • Articulate and communicate knowledge in specialized field(s).
  • Recognize and apply principles of professional and ethical conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Hinduism
  • A Survey of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Modern Indian Literatures
  • The Vietnam Wars
  • Politics of South Asia

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution
  • ALC Departmental Application form
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV or Resume
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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