Program Requirements

Program requirements

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

The Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies requirements include:

  • A year-long (1.0 full course equivalent FCE), interdisciplinary core seminar, ASI1000Y: Issues in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies. Topics vary from year to year.
  • 0.5 full course equivalent (FCE) on East or Southeast Asia, or in Asia-related courses within the home department or any other departments (subject to approval from the program director).
  • A Major Research Paper, usually written in the context of a 0.5 FCE independent study course (e.g. ASI 1001H: Independent Research in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies). This requirement can be met by the student’s home department requirements for a major research paper, as long as the topic is related to Asia, and is approved by the program director. NOTE: in the rare circumstances when a student will undertake a Master’s thesis in a home department, the additional course requirement will be waived. The topic must be on Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies.

By the time of graduation from the Master’s degree program, every student is strongly encouraged to have a working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language as needed for his or her program of study.

The minimum period of enrollment in the Collaborative Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian 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
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Social Work (includes both 12 and 24 month programs)
  • Sociology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Master of Global Affairs
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Public Policy & Governance
  • Social Work (includes both 12 and 24 month programs)


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