MA Program

Master of Arts Program

East Asian Studies offers two tracks through its M.A. program: M.A. through coursework and M.A. with thesis. It is possible to switch between the two tracks as long as all requirements are fulfilled.

M.A. through Coursework

For the M.A. through coursework students must successfully pass 4.0 full-equivalents (FCEs) in non-language graduate level courses. As the majority of graduate courses are worth 0.5 FCE, for the M.A. through coursework students usually have to complete 8 courses. Some graduate courses in other departments are worth 1.0 FCE, which would reduce the total number of courses.

At least 2.0 FCEs must be in East Asian Studies and include EAS 2020H Critical Approaches to East Asia. A maximum of 2.0 FCEs may be taken in other departments.

An average course load per semester is 2-3 courses. The M.A. through coursework can be completed in one year (3 sessions, full time), but may more likely require 4 sessions because not many graduate courses are offered in the summer session.

Students are encouraged to continue with necessary language study but language courses are not counted towards the 4.0 FCE requirement. Students who want to develop their language proficiency during the program normally take two years to complete the program. They may also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad during the summer session.

Courses are selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

M.A. with Thesis
For the M.A. with thesis students must successfully pass 3.0 FCEs in non-language courses. This is usually fulfilled through 6 graduate level courses (worth 0.5 FCE each).
At least 1.5 FCEs must be in East Asian Studies courses and include EAS 2020H Critical Approaches to East Asia. A maximum of 1.5 FCEs may be taken in other departments.
Courses are selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

Students are encouraged to continue with necessary language study but language courses are not counted towards the 4.0 FCE requirement. Students who want to develop their language proficiency during the program normally take two years to complete the program. They may also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad during the summer session.

The thesis counts as 1.0 FCE. Students who wish to write a thesis must, with the help of the Graduate Coordinator, identify a thesis supervisor from among East Asian Studies faculty and receive their agreement to supervise by the end of February of the first year at the latest.

The East Asian Studies M.A. thesis is written in close consultation with the Supervisor. It is approximately 60-80 pages in length and deals substantially with sources in East Asian languages. The Supervisor will decide if the thesis is deemed worthy of acceptance and will recommend conferral of the M.A. degree to the Graduate Coordinator.

Students proceed through the M.A. with thesis on different timelines, according to their own interests and resources. The most common timelines are:
• One year (3 sessions, full time): coursework is completed during the fall and winter sessions and the thesis is written over the summer. As long as the thesis is approved and formally submitted by mid-September (check the FAS calendar for the exact date each year), the student does not have to pay fees for the second fall session.
• One and half years (4 sessions, full time): coursework is completed during the fall and winter sessions and the thesis is written over the summer and second fall sessions.
• Two years (6 sessions, full time): coursework is completed during the first year and the thesis is written in year two.

The minimum time required for the M.A. program is one year (3 sessions, full time) and the maximum time allowed is three years.

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