Master in Asian Studies with PhD in International Relations

The combined MA in Asian Studies/Ph.D. in International Relations program allows qualified graduate students to pursue both degrees simultaneously. To be accepted into this program, students must simultaneously submit applications for the MA in Asian Studies and the Ph.D. in International Relations by March 15 in the year in which they wish to begin their studies. Applicants must meet the admission eligibility requirements and follow the admission procedures for both programs.

Students must fulfill the requirements for both programs, and up to 33 credits may count for both degrees. To graduate, students must complete the requirements of the International Relations doctoral program, including the required 75 hours.

In addition to the requirements for the two degrees, during their first two years of enrollment in this dual degree program, students will enroll in the following course which fulfills the MA in Asian Studies methods requirement:

  • INR 5615 Research Design in International Relations

The following International Relations courses will also be taken by MA in Asian Studies students during the first two years of the program and will count toward the MA:

  • INR 5609 Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations
  • INR 6706 Political Economy of International Relations

Master of Arts in Asian Studies Requirements

(30 credits Thesis Option / 33 credits Non-Thesis Option)

  • Core Courses (24 credits):
    • 3 credits Topics in Modern Asia (ASN 5315)
    • 3 credits in a research methods course in a discipline related to the student's primary area of study
    • 12 credits pertaining to main concentration
    • 6 credits in other concentration
  • MAAS offers two exit options, Thesis or Non-Thesis
    • Thesis Exit Option (6 credits)
      • ASN 6972 Master's Thesis
    • Non-Thesis Exit Option (9 credits)
      • Master's Essay (3 credits and two additional courses (6 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations (75 credits)

  • Core Courses (18 credits)
    • GEO 6473 Space, Place, and Identity (3)
    • INR 5609 Contemporary Dynamics of International Relations (3)
    • INR 5615 Research Design in International Relations (3)
    • INR 6604 International Relations Theory I (3)
    • INR 6608 Contemporary International Relations Theory (3)
  • Major and Minor Fields (21 credits)
    • 12 credits in major field of study
    • 9 credits in minor field of study
  • Electives (21 credits)
    • Additional elective coursework
  • Comprehensive Exams
    • Once students have achieved 60 credits, they must sit for written examination on the core sequence of their fields

Students in the Ph.D. program who who have satisfied all other requirements for the M.A. apart from the exit requirement (i.e all coursework and the foreign language competency) are eligible to receive an M.A. degree. Passing the doctoral comprehensive examinations serves as equivalent to the M.A. comprehensive examination. Ph.D. students who have satisfied these requirements should consult with the Graduate Program Director about the necessary paperwork and procedures to receive the M.A. degree in the course of their Ph.D. studies.

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
    • INR 7980 Ph.D. Dissertation