Interdisciplinary MA in East Asian Studies

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Interested in developing your Chinese, Japanese or Korean language skills while also designing your own personalized interdisciplinary study of East Asia?

The Ohio State University’s Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies Master of Arts Program allows you to do just that, placing heavy emphasis on interdisciplinary study as well as the development of appropriate language skills as a foundation for work in related professional and academic careers.

Building on the rich resources of The Ohio State University, the program affords students the opportunity to study with 55 faculty in 17 disciplines and access to an outstanding and ever-expanding library collection of East Asian language materials and numerous study abroad opportunities.


The Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies is designed to be a two-year interdisciplinary and terminal degree program for students who desire concentrated training in East Asian language and culture. The degree prepares students for continuing study of East Asia in a discipline-specific Ph.D. program or for non-academic careers in:

• government or the military
• pre-college and community college education
• administration of non-profit institutions with related cultural missions
• the private sector in fields such as law, journalism, business, etc.

Program Requirements

The program requires 16 courses (48 semester credits), and typically takes two academic years to complete. All students take the "Introduction to Graduate East Asian Studies" in their first year of study to learn broad theoretical and methodological issued associated with area studies perspectives. In addition, students choose one geographical area of East Asia (China, Japan, or Korea) and a discipline of concentration. Students also take courses in other areas and/or disciplines. Students take the East Asian language of their choice during each term they are enrolled in the program, and are required to complete at least the third level of the language before graduation. In consultation with their M.A. advisory committee, students choose either a thesis or non-thesis track.

For detailed information on program requirements, see the appropriate version of the student handbook.

Course Offerings

OSU’s East Asian course offerings are growing annually, with 160 East Asian language courses and than 300 East Asian area studies courses offered annually. The home of the only federally-funded National East Asian Language Resource Center, OSU’s East Asian language offerings are second to none. We offer six years of Chinese language instruction, five years of both Japanese and Korean, and three years of Tibetan through the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. OSU also offers summer intensive language programs in Chinese and Japanese that allow students to complete a full year of language study in just one summer.