Dual Degree

MA in East Asian Studies and Master of Business Administration

Admission Requirements

Students must separately apply to and be accepted into both the Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) program in The Kelley School of Business and the M.A. degree program in East Asian studies. The normal criteria for admission to each program apply. Students may apply for admission to both programs simultaneously. Alternatively, students may begin their studies in either school and then apply to the second program after admission into the first program. Either way, students will likely spend one year in the College of Arts and Sciences, one year at the School of Business and the final year completing the final requirements (including the thesis) of both programs.

EALC Course Requirements

30 credit hours, including three social science courses, two history courses, and one humanities course. Ordinarily, at least 18 of these credit hours must be from among the courses listed under “Culture and Area Courses” on the list that follows. At least three courses must be at the 500 level or above. Third and fourth year languages courses do not count towards the requirement that one take at least 3 courses at the 500 level or above, but do count toward the 20 credit hours required for  the major. Except for overseas study credits, normally a maximum of 3 credit hours of E595 may be counted toward the degree. With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, up to 6 of the required 30 credits may be business classes.

Business Course Requirements

Required and elective courses to total 42 credit hours of graduate course work. The possibilities of course combinations are many and will depend on your specific career path. For current degree requirements and other details, contact the M.B.A program office, 812-855-8006.

Language Requirement

Satisfactory completion of three years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or the equivalent, as determined by examination. Language courses at the third year level and above may be counted toward the degree. Language courses at the first and second year level will not count toward the degree.

Jointly supervised by EALC and Business faculty, the student may choose either a thesis or an essay, combining expertise in East Asian studies and business.


• Normally 50–80 pages
• Demonstrates the student’s skills in the use of primary sources and scholarly research.
• The thesis option is strongly recommended to students who wish to be admitted to the Ph.D.program.

• Normally 40–50 pages
• Demonstrating the ability to master, use, and critically evaluate a body of scholarly literature in the student’s field.