Graduate Program in Asian Studies

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UBC’s Asian Studies Department is the flagship Asian Studies department in Canada and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in North America. It has over 20 regular faculty members, specializing in the languages, literature, religion, thought, and history of East and South Asia. It offers instruction in multiple Asian languages (Cantonese, Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese, Modern Japanese, Classical Japanese, Korean, Hindi-Urdu, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Tibetan) and a wide range of courses on the cultures of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

The two graduate degree programs in Asian Studies, Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), attract students from across Canada and around the world. Graduates have gone on to careers in business, public service, and academia, including faculty at universities in North America (Toronto, McGill, Waterloo, Harvard, Stanford) and throughout Europe and Asia (Leipzig, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tunghai University, Oita University).

For Prospective Students

Programs: Master of Arts in Asian Studies | Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies
How To Apply | Available Funding | Prospective Supervisors
FAQ for Applications | Visiting Students | Postdoctoral Fellows

For Current Students

M.A. Degree Requirements | Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Graduate Courses | Funding
Graduate Student Handbook

Forms and Instructions

Forms for students (committee, thesis, advance to candidacy, etc.) and Teaching Assistants
How to submit a request

People and Contact

Program Faculty | Current Students | Alumni Spotlight
Useful Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies links