MA CEAS - Prospective Students
The Master’s in Contemporary East Asian Studies is an English-taught social science-based program with a contemporary and interdisciplinary profile. The program offers research-focused training for highly qualified graduates with a BA or similar in politics, international relations, sociology or economics. Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses.
The principal focus of the MA program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of societies, politics and economies in East Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea) and includes intensive training in an East Asian language.
Its aim is to deepen and enrich the student's skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe.
Students completing the MA degree are qualified for further studies at the doctoral level, for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think tanks and institutions, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language proficiency is in high demand.
Some of our alumni have gone on to further their academic training by pursuing a PhD degree. Local destinations for research-oriented graduates of our MA programs for example include the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) or the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr (in cooperation with the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-University Bochum), supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR).
The two-year Master’s Program (MA CEAS) (equivalent to four semesters) offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and the choice of a discipline corresponding to the student’s previous degree (sociology, political science or economics). It combines intensive language training with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian Studies modules.
Semester 1: Three compulsory introductory modules help students to familiarise themselves with East Asian studies from different disciplinary perspectives. In addition, students start their training in the language of their choice (Chinese, Japanese or Korean native speakers are not allowed to choose their mother tongue).
Semester 2: There are 18 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS), with ten offered in the winter and eight in the summer term. These modules present problem-oriented and discipline-based perspectives on politics and the society or economy of China, Japan and Korea or the entire East Asian region. Students are expected to select two AEAS and one elective module after which they submit their choice to their advisor for approval.
Semester 3: Students complete their language training and select two additional AEAS and one elective module.
Semester 4: Students concentrate on writing their Master’s thesis. The thesis is an independent piece of research about a cutting-edge topic on contemporary East Asia. It is intended to provide evidence of the student’s newly acquired knowledge, theoretical and methodological skills in East Asian regional studies, and language proficiency.
Further details of the program and all modules and classes can be found in the Examination Regulations and Module Handbook in the Download section.
- July 15 for non-EU citizens
- September 15 for EU citizens
You are advised to apply as soon as possible and long before the deadlines expire. This is to ensure that you have enough time to obtain a visa (if you are from a non-EU country), take care of all necessary preparations and arrive in time for the start of the program in early October. Please see below for details according to your nationality.
EU applicants: Early submission of your application is strongly recommended. We are permanently processing incoming applications all-year round, so early applicants will be informed – and successful ones admitted – irrespective of the deadlines. However, if you are close to finishing your BA degree, it might be most efficient to wait until you have your final cumulative grade point average (CGPA), if not your BA certificate. Please also see our FAQ, “Can I apply now, even if I have not yet finished my BA?”)
Non-EU applicants: Please note that we have recently reformed our university-wide application system for non-EU applicants. Starting from
Application period non-EU applicants:
As EU citizen, you may send your application via E-mail:
As Non-EU citizen, please follow the steps outlined under “Application deadlines” and upload your application via the online platform of our International Office.
We are looking for highly qualified international students with excellent skills and motivation to take on the challenges of our demanding study programs.
Successful applicants who meet the requirements receive an invitation for an interview to test their aptitude and motivation for the study program.
Candidates from abroad can be interviewed via video conference.
After the evaluation process, the most promising candidates are offered a place in our Master’s program.
Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses. In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term. The additional classes are determined individually by the examination board of IN-EAST. We thus strongly recommend applying as early as possible if you are unsure about the sufficiency of your prior training.
The Letter of Recommendation needs to be issued by a university professor. He or she should send the completed form directly to us via E-mail.
In addition to the application for admission and the letter of recommendation, the following documents should be submitted, either in English or German. Diplomas, degree certificates, transcript of grades, evidence of language proficiency, etc. need to be scans of the originals or certified copies. If any documents are not already in German or English, you need to submit scans of certified translations.
- Proof of English language proficiency, e.g. TOEFL (university code Duisburg-Essen: 1703), IELTS, CET, etc.
- Complete and up-to-date CV showing your professional experience and education and including a color photo
- Copy of high school diploma (for Germans: Zeugnis der Hochschulreife)
- Copy of BA degree certificate, including a transcript of grades showing an average grade of 2.5 or higher, based on the German grading system, and also including a transcript of any semesters spent abroad (Please use the so-called Bavarian Formular to calculate your CGPA in the German grading system)
- Statement of reasons for applying for this program, including your interest in East Asia (1–2 pages)
- APS Certificate (= Certificate of the ‘Akademische Prüfstelle’): relevant only for graduates from universities in China, Vietnamand Mongolia.
EU citizens: Please send all application documents in one single pdf file by E-mail, except for the letter of recommendation, which should be submitted by the writer. In order to merge several documents into one single pdf file, please use free software and programs, which you can easily find online. Please note that we do not accept any other file type but pdf for security reasons.
Non-EU-citizens: Please use the online platform of the International Office to hand in the application documents, except for the letter of recommendation, which should be submitted by the writer directly to us by E-mail.
- Frequently asked questions
- MA CEAS Examination Regulations, including a module description (in German)
- MA CEAS Module Handbook (version 2011; new updated version coming soon!)
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