MA MEAS - Prospective Students

Study Programs

Concept of the MA MEAS Program

The Master’s in Modern East Asian Studies is an English-taught degree program on contemporary East Asia for graduates with a BA in East Asian regional studies and outstanding knowledge of an East Asian language. Depending on the student’s skills in the social sciences, economics or regional studies, an adjustment year, which we call 'MEAS + 1', may be required.

The MEAS program aims to train students in the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of East Asian societies, politics and economies.

The program’s objective is to deepen and enrich students’ skills in assessing contemporary change, the challenges facing the East Asian region and the implications of such developments for Europe, doing so on the basis of strong language skills (in Chinese, Japanese or Korean) and a sound knowledge of discipline-specific methods and theories.


Students completing the MA degree will be prepared for further studies at doctoral level, for high-level positions in multinational corporations, in politics (including political consulting), in governmental and non-governmental think-tanks, and in international organizations where intensive knowledge of East Asia and language proficiency are in high demand.

Our Institute offers opportunities to continue in a PhD program within the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), or in 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).

Program Structure

The MA program offers Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and a choice of a discipline (sociology, political science or economics). The program combines acquired language skills with interdisciplinary and discipline-specific modules focusing on Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies. Methodological training is integrated into the Advanced East Asian modules.

Ma Meas 2016 Studienverlauf

During the first semester of the one-year (two-semester) MA program, MEAS students deepen their Chinese, Japanese and Korean language skills by focusing on advanced reading of essays and newspaper articles. Additionally, students choose three out of eight Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS) modules, complemented by one elective module.

During the second and last semester of the MA MEAS, 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.

The MA MEAS + 1 program consists of 4 semesters of which the semester 3 and 4 correspond with semester 1 and 2 of the MA MEAS. Semester 1 and 2 of the MA MEAS + 1 offers modules from the different disciplinary areas or regional studies. Since these courses are offered in German only students of the MEAS + 1 program are required to possess advanced German language skills (C1 or above). In semester 2 one module on Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS) is chosen. Students may also choose to continue their language training.

Further details of the program and all modules and classes can be found in the Examination Regulations and Module Handbook in the Downloads section.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • July 15 for non-EU citizens
  • September 15 for EU citizens

Early submission of your application is strongly recommended! You are advised to apply as soon as possible (starting from January for October of the same year) 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) and arrive in time for the start of the program in early October.

We are permanently processing incoming applications, so early applicants will be informed – and successful ones admitted – on a first-come, first-served basis irrespective of the deadlines.

Application Procedure

You may send your application via E-mail or regular mail: Application addresses

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 are strongly recommended to accept the 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 on the Master's program.

Required Documents

The Letter of Recommendation needs to be issued by a university professor. It is necessary that he or she sends 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 have to 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.
  • proof of advanced East Asian language proficiency (Chinese, Japanese or Korean), e.g. HSK, JLPT, TOPIK, 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, Vietnamand Mongolia
  • proof of German language proficiency, e.g. TestDaF, DHS or equivalent, relevant only for MEAS + 1 applicants whose mother tongue is not German

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.

Application Addresses

Please send your application via E-mail:


or regular mail:


University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of East Asian Studies
47048 Duisburg  ·  GERMANY

Application Procedure for BA MOAS Students/Graduates

For BA MOAS graduates, we have a simplified application procedure.

To apply, please send the following documents by E-mail (as early as possible) before Sept. 14 to :

  • current and complete CV with photo
  • current Transcript of Records (Notenspiegel)
  • A list containing information about all courses you still need to pass for obtaining the BA MOAS degree and about your BA thesis
    • Include the following information: module ID (e.g. OA 7, Soz 1, E 3 …), complete module and course title, name of instructor, date of examination/deadline
    • name of BA supervisor and current status of BA thesis (date of registration, date of submission)
  • (in case you are interested in going abroad in the 2nd semester of MA MEAS (summer term), please check “Information on Possible Stays Abroad” (/in-east/study_programs/ma_meas/students.php) and submit all required documents according to the deadlines given. Please note that you need to already have a solid plan for your MA thesis and your MA supervisor’s approval in order to apply for a stay abroad at a partner university.)

The required GPA for being accepted to MA MEAS is 2.5. The examination board can decide about exceptions from this rule. After receiving the application we will invite you for an interview.