Dual Degree (MA + MBA)

MA in East Asian Studies and Master's in Business Administration

EALC’s dual degree with IU’s internationally renowned Kelley School of Business provides an opportunity for students to develop deep knowledge of both East Asia—a dynamic and central nexus of the 21st century global economy—and business administration.

Admission Requirements

Students must separately apply to and be accepted into both Indiana University’s Master's in Business Administration (MBA) program (Kelley School of Business) and the MA in East Asian Studies program (East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, Hamilton Lugar School). 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 Hamilton Lugar School, one year at the Kelley School of Business, and the final year completing the final requirements (including the thesis) of both programs.

MBA Course Requirements

The possibilities for course combinations are many and will depend on your specific career path. For current degree requirements and other details, contact the MBA program office at the Kelley School of Business, 812-855-8006.

MA in EAS 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 language 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 (Individual Readings) 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.

Language Requirement

Satisfactory completion of three years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, 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 levels will not count toward the degree. Students planning to apply to a PhD program in fields that typically require a second East Asian language are strongly encouraged to begin language work during the MA program.

Project Requirement

The student may choose either an MA thesis or an essay.

(1) A thesis (normally 50-80 pages) demonstrates the student's skills in the use of primary sources and scholarly research. May be taken for up to 4 credit hours. (The thesis option is strongly recommended to MA students who wish to be admitted to a PhD program after completing their degree.)

(2) An essay (normally 40-50 pages) demonstrates the ability to master, use, and critically evaluate a body of scholarly literature in the student's field. May be taken for up to 4 credit hours.

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