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Southeast Asian Studies

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25526 USD/year
25526 USD/year
12200 USD/year
Tuition fee
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At the University of Wisconsin Madison we offer a master degree in Southeast Asian Studies. The program requires two years of coursework (or the equivalent) in a Southeast Asian language and 30 graduate credits in Southeast Asian studies courses.


The M.A. degree in Southeast Asian Studies, offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison, is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the unique needs of two broad groups of students: those seeking certification of area expertise en route to a disciplinary doctoral degree and those seeking a terminal M.A. en route to a wide range of careers in Southeast Asia, including employment in business, journalism, and various government and international organizations. 

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies administers a formal graduate program in Southeast Asian studies and facilitates interdisciplinary study on Southeast Asia in intercollege, professional, and other degree programs throughout the university. The Southeast Asian studies program provides students with the opportunity to concentrate their study of this dynamic region in several disciplines and professional areas: anthropology, communications (journalism), development, education, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, linguistics, literature, music and dance (performing arts), political science, public health, religion, sociology, and urban and regional planning, as well as natural resources, business, and law, and public policy. Faculty expertise and library holdings are particularly strong for in-depth study of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The goal of the program is to provide students with a strong area and language background on Southeast Asia and to prepare them for a range of academic and professional careers.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of one or more regions of Southeast Asia, focusing on a research question(s), problem or case study situated within a broader analytic framework and knowledge of the cultures, religions, history, anthropology, geography, economics, literature, and/or languages within scholarship on Southeast Asia.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, speaking, and listening in one or more Southeast Asian languages, at least at the proficiency level of four semesters.
  • Analyze and synthesize information and ideas within the context of interdisciplinary Southeast Asian studies.
  • Understand, respond to, and construct arguments across disciplines relating to the study of Southeast Asia.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Asian Studies: Cambodian Genocide
  • Islam: Religion and Culture
  •  Southeast Asia:
  • Vietnam to the Philippines
  • Hmong Refugee History
  • World Regions in Global Context 

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®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the M.A. degree program in Southeast Asian Studies should submit the online application on the Graduate School websit
  • The following materials are required and should be submitted to the center: statement of purpose, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study, three references, and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for U.S. citizens
  • Most international students are also required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25526 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25526 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12200 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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