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Asian Studies - MA

Full program details & costs, with admission requirements. Discover your dream program.

Program facts

  • Program type
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

  • Language taught in
  • Start date
    August, January

Program Overview

What California State University, Long Beach says about their program:
"The Master of Arts (MA) in Asian Studies (AST) provides a comparative understanding of the cultural, economic, and socio-political significance of Asia in the 21st century. It requires competency in one or more Asian languages. To achieve this, MA students are encouraged to study abroad for part of their course work. For students interested in teaching Asian languages, this degree also offers the Chinese Studies option in “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language,” or the Asian Studies option “Japanese Language and Pedagogy.” Graduates from the MA program in Asian Studies can expect to be much more competitive for positions in the Foreign Service, State Department, K-12 and community college education and administration, international finance and industry, non-governmental organizations, academic publishing, professional translation work, and Ph.D. programs in Chinese, Japanese, or Asian Studies."

Admissions requirements

We will guide you through the application procedure; please see the details below.


  • TOEFL 61
  • IELTS 5.5
  • Duolingo 95
  • CAE 162


  • TOEFL 80
  • IELTS 6.0
  • Duolingo 115
  • CAE 169


  • US GPA 2.8 or 3.0 for STEM; some undergraduate programs might require audition or portfolio


  • Completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended
  • Minimum GPA 2.5 (recommended 3.0) for the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted (typically your last 2 years of university coursework)

Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - US$16,338 per year
  • Graduate tuition - from US$14,604 - $22,800 per year

Study California Scholarship

The Study California Scholarship will be awarded each fall to five international students planning to continue at a Study California member institution.

The amount of each award will vary from year-to-year but will be $1,000.00 per student. The scholarship is not renewable. Only students who have not yet been awarded the Study California Scholarship are eligible.

The award will be in the form of a check made payable to the student and is intended to be used for educational purposes (tuition, fees, books, supplies). Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than December 31st and awards will be disbursed shortly afterward after verification of full-time enrollment.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen on the basis of academic ability, financial need, and leadership qualities. Scholarship applicants must have a minimum cumulative/overall GPA of 3.0 in their most recent academic program.

Visa requirements for California State University, Long Beach

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements