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Asian Studies

California State University Long Beach

12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Master of Arts (MA) in Asian Studies at California State University Long Beach provides a comparative understanding of the cultural, economic, and socio-political significance of Asia in the 21st century. It requires competency in one or more Asian languages. To achieve this, MA students are encouraged to study abroad for part of their course work.


The Department of Asian and Asian American Studies fosters multi-ethnic and cross-cultural understanding from a global, multi-disciplinary perspective and pursues an active language education program to promote cross-cultural awareness and intercultural understanding.


Graduates from the MA program in Asian Studies at California State University Long Beach can expect to be much more competitive for positions in the Foreign Service, State Department, K-12 and community college education and administration, international finance and industry, non-governmental organizations, academic publishing, professional translation work, and Ph.D. programs in Chinese, Japanese, or Asian Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Asian Studies and Languages: Research and Methodologies
  • Comparative Traditional Cultures of Asia
  • Asia and Globalization
  • Current Affairs in China
  • Chinese Culture and Tradition 
  • Contrastive Analysis of Chinese and English
  • Masterpieces from China
  • Japanese Civilization
  • Japan: Its Land, People and Culture
  • Japanese Culture as Social Process
  • Readings in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree a major in Asian Studies, or a field with an emphasis on Asia, including Cultural Geography, International Business, and International Studies and Linguistics.
  •  A 3.0 (“B”) GPA in Asia and Asian language related courses taken as an undergraduate. (A student whose GPA is less than 3.0 may appeal to the Department’s Graduate Committee for a possible waiver of this requirement.)
  •  Asian language requirement:
  •  Two letters of recommendation (preferably from academic sources).
  •  A short statement of the candidate’s objectives in pursuing the A/ST MA degree.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • If you are not a resident of California you must add $396 to the above totals for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 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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