24 months
33245 USD/year
33245 USD/year
18143 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Asian American Studies program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) aims to equip students with theoretical and conceptual tools for critical thinking and critical analysis and prepare them for careers in both private and public domains.


About the Program

The Asian American Studies program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) provides students with an interdisciplinary analytical lens to explore the historical and cultural experiences of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Faculty members bring a wide range of expertise and theoretical approaches to the graduate cohorts: from traditional disciplines of applied social sciences to emerging fields of digital media and informatics, with an emphasis on combining quantitative with qualitative methods, empirical and speculative inquiry, and on developing comparative and cross-cutting approaches to understanding of the range and complexity of Asian and Pacific Islander American experiences. Below is a sampling of the topics currently worked on by Asian American faculty in teaching and research: foundational concerns of ethnic studies, critical race theory, environmental justice, queer diaspora, food culture, social documentary, South-North relations in literature, civil engagement, and Asian American religion.

Our faculty works closely with graduate students and favors participatory models of pedagogy that emphasize field work and collective efforts. Graduate students are encouraged to consult their faculty advisers throughout their stay in the program, especially in developing projects that both reflect their own interests and contribute to their completion of the M.A. degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Perspectives on Asian and Pacific Islander American Communities
  • Critical Approaches to Emerging Issues in Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies
  • Critical Issues in Asian and Pacific Islander American Literature and Culture
  • Critical Issues in Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies Methods
  • Asian American Research Methods
  • Asian American Jurisprudence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


44 alternative credits

Quarter Unites


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are also expected to present evidence of their previous interest in Asian American Studies, such as courses taken at the undergraduate level, research papers written independently or for related classes, or work experience in an Asian or Pacific Islander American community
  • Statement of Purpose: should address your reasons for pursuing an M.A. degree in Asian American Studies, past and present experiences within the field, and your involvement with the Asian American community. The statement of purpose should be approximately 1-page (500-word limit)
  • Writing Sample
  • Three letters of recommendation are required
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores are not required for the application, but if they are submitted, they may be evaluated with your entire file
  • All international applicants whose first language is NOT English are required to certify their proficiency in English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33245 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    33245 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33245 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18143 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18143 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Beverly Hills

1100 - 1600 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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