MA CEAS - Prospective Students
- Concept of the MA CEAS Program
- Program Structure
- Application Submission
- Application Procedure
- Required Documents
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 14 different modules on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS), with eight studied in the winter and six 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.
The Letter of Recommendation needs to be issued by a university professor. He or she should send the completed form directly to us, preferably 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, degrees, transcript of grades, evidence of language proficiency, certificates etc. need to be verified:
- 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 include transcript of semesters abroad
- 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, Vietnam and Mongolia .
We strongly recommend electronic applications. Please send all application documents in one single pdf file, except for the letter of recommendation which should be submitted by the writer. Originals of documents have to be presented at a later stage of the admission process.
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