M.A. On Campus

South and Southeast Asian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

12 months
26544 USD/year
26544 USD/year
11442 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This South and Southeast Asian Studies program from University of California, Berkeley offers emphases in the following languages and cultural traditions: Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Tamil, and Khmer.


The South and Southeast Asian Studies program from University of California, Berkeley  provides opportunities to explore the rich cultural, social, and religious histories of South and Southeast Asia as well as the living contemporary cultures of these areas. The curriculum covers cultural history, the classical literary canon, religious literature, folk and popular works, oral traditions, and performance media (including recitation, musical and dramatic performance, dance, and film), and modern literatures of the colonial and post-colonial periods.

Learning outcomes

Advanced proficiency in the language of emphasis is a central goal, as is the ability to undertake the sophisticated textual study of a broad range of literary works in that language.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary linkages by pursuing courses offered by the South and Southeast Asia faculty in other departments on the UCB campus. Students are also encouraged to pursue courses and independent reading that will familiarize them with pertinent methods in the various disciplines (such as contemporary literary theory, ethnographic theory, historiography, and cultural studies theory). Appropriate comparative work on Asian and non-Asian cultures is encouraged as well.

The PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies prepares students for academic careers in teaching and research not only in South and Southeast Asian Studies, but also in comparative literature, religious studies, history, asian studies, and cultural studies.

Programme Structure

  • A minimum of twenty units of course work in graduate status at UCB, including at least two graduate seminars in the language of emphasis (which may be taken outside the Department, with permission of the Head Graduate Adviser) and the departmental Methods Seminar (SSEAS 294);
  • A historical knowledge of the area of emphasis, demonstrated by appropriate course work.
  • Completion of a Master’s thesis, supervised by a committee of three faculty members;
  • Advanced competence in the language of emphasis, as demonstrated by course work through the third-year level or the equivalent and completion of seminar and thesis research in that language;
  • Advancement to M.A. candidacy.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale; and
  • enough undergraduate training to do graduate work in your chosen field.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Fee: The application fee is not re­fundable. If you are a U.S. citizen or current permanent resident, the application fee is $105; for all others, the fee is $125

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13272 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    26544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13272 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11442 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5721 USD per semester during 12 months.

Nonresident Supplemental Tuition $7,551

Living costs for Berkeley

1750 - 2820 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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