Asian Studies, M.A. | Cornell University | Ithaca, United States
24 months
29500 USD/year
29500 USD/year
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This program in Asian Studies offered by Cornell University, is designed for students who did not major in Asian Studies as undergraduates or who want more work in language and area studies before entering the professional, business, or Ph.D. fields. 


One to two years of study is required, depending on language proficiency. The M.A. Field in Asian Studies is described at greater length below.

Graduate study at Cornell University is centered around a close working relationship between the student and his or her committee, and especially the principal advisor (the chair of the committee). Thus students admitted to the Asian Studies field are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor/chair very early in their first semester of matriculation to develop a cogent plan for attaining their academic goals.

The Graduate School requires that students fulfill two "residence units," i.e., two semesters of on-campus study. The Field requires proof of language competency, completion of certain coursework with satisfactory grades, and submission of a thesis.

The Field of Asian Studies has three concentrations, and each student will choose one: East Asian studies, South Asian studies, or Southeast Asian studies. Students are, however, welcome to work between these geographical boundaries as they attain mastery of the language(s) and culture of one.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop appropriate competence in an Asian language necessary for their research and/or applied objectives.
  • Demonstrate significant knowledge of a particular humanistic. social-scientific, or applied area within a recognized Asian regional or national zone.
  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken presentations.
  • Uphold standards of academic integrity scholarly and/or applied research.

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject:

  • East Asian linguistics (minor)
  • East Asian studies
  • South Asian linguistics (minor)
  • South Asian studies
  • Southeast Asian linguistics (minor)
  • Southeast Asian studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL or IELTS for foreign nationals

Tuition Fee

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1128 - 2460 USD /month
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