The Asia-Pacific region has emerged in the past half century as a major force in global economics and politics. The interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Studies (formerly Asia-Pacific Studies, or MAPS) is designed for students wishing to pursue professional careers that will require them to understand this vibrant and sometimes tumultuous part of the world, whether their chosen fields are in academia, business, government, international or non-governmental organizations. Located at Canada’s premier research university, the program limits the number of students to 20 in order to facilitate learning and intellectual exchange in a small group setting.

The program provides graduates with advanced training in traditional disciplines and also interdisciplinary expertise in historical and social science studies of modern East and Southeast Asia. It also provides a strong background for a doctoral-level academic focus on East and Southeast Asia. The major topical areas of study include economic development, political economy, modern and contemporary social history, international relations, globalization, gender and the family, political and sociocultural change, and cultural studies.

Please note that this is not a standalone graduate program. Students wishing to be admitted to the collaborative program must apply online to one of the home departments. For more information about the application process, including a list of participating home department units, please visit the program website.