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East Asian Studies

Duke University

24 months
57900 USD/year
57900 USD/year
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Students in the Master of Arts in East Asian Studies program at Duke University engage in the interdisciplinary study of China, Japan and/or Korea.


Duke University's Master in East Asian Studies program offers comprehensive coverage of East Asian politics, societies, history, and cultures, with particular strengths in literature; modern history; comparative history and culture; anthropology; film, media and visual studies; comparative studies of capitalism; and religious studies. Research on East Asia at Duke is supported by extensive library holdings managed by subject librarians for China, Japan and Korea.  Duke also has close ties with Asian Studies faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and students can receive credit for courses at either institution.

Program features

  • Students can select courses from a broad range of offerings in area studies, political science, literature, history, art history, religion, cultural anthropology, sociology, music, and visual and media studies
  • Students may enroll in up to one course per semester at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Students typically complete the program within two years (four semesters); the final semester is typically reserved for writing
  • Students may complete a Master of Arts thesis or revise two academic research papers completed during coursework

As a student at Duke University, you will have unfettered access to all the resources of one of the nation’s most prestigious universities consistently ranked in the top ten.  The university attracts some of the most renowned performers, speakers, public intellectuals and leaders to campus each year. Duke University's students have opportunities to participate in collaborative research, develop professionally, experience campus culture, enhance their wellness and tap into a global alumni network.  

Program opportunities

  • Prepare to enter a new profession in the diplomatic corps, law, education, journalism, consulting or business
  • Enhance your current career path with advanced academic training
  • Build a solid foundation for further study in social science or humanities doctoral programs
  • Attain proficiency in a regional language
  • Experience a unique exchange program in Tokyo, Japan, at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Political Science and Economics

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches and Practices in Second Language
  • Pedagogy
  • Research Contemporary China
  • Traffic in Women: Cultural Perspectives on
  • Prostitution in Modern China
  • Chinese Media & Pop Culture
  • Queer China
  • Translation: Theory/Praxis
  • East Asian Cultural
  • Modern Chinese Cinema
  • Global South and the Eastern Hemisphere
  • Theories of Minority Discours

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution (transcripts required, including an estimated GPA and a grade scale)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent—official results
  • English Language Testing (TOEFL or IELTS)—official results 
  • Interview and/or a video introduction
  • Nonrefundable application fee of US$75— paid by credit card, or by a check made payable to Duke University

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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