Program Requirements

Program requirements

Students enrolled in Asia-Pacific Studies are required to satisfy the degree requirements of both the disciplinary department and the collaborative program. The Asia-Pacific requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements.

The Collaborative Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies requirements include:

  1. A year-long, interdisciplinary core seminar (ASI1000Y “Issues in Asia-Pacific Studies”)
  2. A choice between:
    • Master’s thesis option
    • A Major Research Paper option, in combination/in addition to a full course equivalent on Asia-Pacific
    • A Thesis-equivalent research paper in an independent research half-course. This option must be combined with an additional half-course on Asia-Pacific.

Every student is expected to have a working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language by the time of graduation.

The minimum period of enrollment in the Collaborative Program in Asia-Pacific Studies is normally 12 months, except for students in home departments whose programs are two years in length. The time for completion of the program is expected to be:

12 Months 24 Months
  • Anthropology
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Social Work (includes both 12 and 24 month programs)
  • Sociology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Public Policy & Governance
  • Social Work (includes both 12 and 24 month programs)


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