Master’s Accelerator

The MA in Contemporary East Asian Studies (CEAS) is an interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia. This program provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, or Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies.

Program oversight is provided by the CEAS Director, Graduate Advisor, and a graduate committee composed of CEAS faculty affiliates. This concentration can be used either for professional advancement or as preparation for a doctoral degree.

Accelerator Admission Details

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 (no part score below 6.0) 6.0 (no part score below 5.5)
TOEFL IBT 84 (no part below 23 except speaking) 70 (no part below 19 except speaking)
GRE Required No No
Program Start Date Spring or Fall Spring or Fall

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

Preference for social science or humanities background, but all four-year bachelor’s degrees considered.


Additional entry requirements:

Language proficiency in your regional/specialty area upon completion of Master’s degree – we recommend you have at least elementary language skills upon starting the Master’s Accelerator or it may take longer to complete your degree.

Sample MAP Coursework

  • Approaches to International Studies (closed course)
  • Students will choose from a list of Area Studies courses for the program in which they wish to study

Progression Details

Once students successfully complete their MAP curriculum and meet the progression requirements for their degree, students progress into their master’s degree. They will bring 6 or 9 credits with them that count towards the total number of credits required for their degree. Students will pay KU’s standard cost per credit hour for the duration of their degree. The average graduate student will take 9-12 credits per semester, based on workload, course availability, and number of credits needed. Direct MAP students are enrolled in their degree program from the start and do not need to meet any requirements to progress.

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6
Progression Requirements Maintain status Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
No grade lower than a B
Total credits required for degree: