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MA East Asian Studies

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

47590 USD
47590 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
East Asian Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)301
GMAT (avg)660

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About this course

The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke offers a master's degree in East Asian Studies, as well as a certificate in East Asian Studies (available to students enrolled in other degree programs at Duke in the Graduate School, the Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences, the Law School, the Fuqua School of Business, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Sanford School of Public Policy).

Duke's 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; film, media and visual studies; comparative studies of capitalism; and religious studies. Duke’s interdepartmental concentrations in Japanese history and East Asian colonialism, and in modern Chinese literature, film and cultural studies are among the deepest in the nation. Duke also has close ties with East Asia faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and students can receive credit for courses at either institution.

Students accepted into the East Asian Studies program may also be invited to join the Critical Asian Humanities (CAH) track of the program based on their training and interests.  Students in this track will remain part of the overall East Asian Studies program while receiving specialized tutelage in cultural studies and critical theory in the fields of literature, film, and other forms of cultural production.  Questions about the CAH track should be directed to Professor Carlos Rojas.


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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants with TOEFL scores of 100 and above or IELTS scores of 7 and above are preferred.
  •  While priority is given to applications received by the Graduate School deadline of January 30, East Asian Studies will consider fall applications until May 1.
  • Your score must not be more than two years old from August 1 of the application year. For example, if you submit your application between August 2016 and January 2017, your score report must be dated August 1, 2014, or later.
    We do not accept personal copies, attested copies, or notarized copies of test scores.
  • If your first language is not English, you must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The scores will be a decisive factor during the application review process. The Graduate School only admits applicants who have one of the following minimum scores (some departments may require a higher score):

    577 for paper-based TOEFL
    90 for an Internet-based TOEFL
    7.0 for the IELTS

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Course Modules

  • The regular-track master's degree requires ten courses (30 semester hours -- including an integrated core course), of which at least eight courses (24 semester hours) must be graduate East Asian studies courses, drawn from two or more departments or programs. Two language courses (six semester hours) may be counted as part of the ten courses needed for the degree. In lieu of a thesis, each student, after consulting with his/her advisor, will submit a research paper, produced in a capstone course taken during the program, to their capstone committee, composed of three faculty, at least two of which must be from the APSI core faculty list. The degree is dependent on the acceptance of the capstone research paper and successful completion of an oral examination on this paper by the capstone committee. At the conclusion of the program, students must have attained advanced proficiency in one East Asian language, equivalent to three years of college level study. It is strongly recommended that applicants complete at least one year of language study before beginning the program at Duke. Students who are native speakers in East Asian language are encouraged to take one year (two semesters) of another East Asian language.
  • Requirements for the CAH track East Asian Studies degree differ in that students may use courses on literary and cultural studies taken with non-East Asianist faculty to fulfill part of the eight course (24 semester hours) graduate level course requirements.  Additionally, at least five (15 semester hours) of the courses taken toward this eight-course requirement must be registered in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES).
  • The certificate requires completion of four courses from an approved list of courses relating to this region, as well as minimum language proficiency (two years) in an East Asian language.
  •  The Duke University Graduate School offers master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 70 departments and programs of study, as well as certificate programs and dual and joint degrees and graduate programs at Duke Kunshan. Our graduate students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty across Duke’s nine other schools and to conduct research in connection with numerous campus research institutes and centers.

  • We conduct external reviews on our programs approximately every six years to evaluate the quality of the research and teaching and to recommend ways to enhance the programs’ effectiveness


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How to Apply

  • Applicants must hold either a US bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. If the degree was granted by an institution outside of the US, the institution must be accredited by the governing educational body of the country (such as the ministry of education).
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  • Duke University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission or to terminate enrollment if there is any discrepancy between the submitted application data and the subsequently verified data.

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