Joint Degree

MA in East Asian Studies and Master of Public Affairs

Admission Requirements

Students must separately apply to and be accepted into both the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) program in The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) 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.

EALC Course Requirements

24 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.

SPEA Course Requirements

36 credit hours of graduate course work to be distributed as follows: (1) professional development practicum courses; (2) courses in the SPEA core; (3) specialized concentration course, which may include SPEA, EALC, and other courses, to be selected in consultation with a SPEA advisor. For details, contact the SPEA graduate student services office, SPEA 260, 812-855-9485.

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.

The student may choose either a thesis or an essay.


• 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.

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