MA MEAS - Applicants and Prospective Students

Study Programs

Contact

mameas@in-east.de
Ms. Melanie KOGLER, M.A., Coordinator
Campus Duisburg
Office LE 602 in LE building
Please contact me by E-mail to set up an individual appointment.

IN-EAST Consultation – Talk to a student
In this virtual consultation hour you can ask all your questions regarding our BA and MA programs directly to a student, every Tuesday from 2 to 3 pm on Skype.

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, advanced knowledge of an East Asian language, and a strong social science or economics background in a field of relevance to the region. Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training (e.g. a BA degree with less than 240 ECTS credits), conditional admission may be granted requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses.

The principal focus of the MA MEAS program is the theoretical and problem-centered analysis of East Asian societies, politics and economies (China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea).

The program’s aim 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.

Career Prospects

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 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 one-year (equivalent to two semesters) MA MEAS program offers advanced Chinese, Japanese or Korean language and a choice of a discipline corresponding to the student’s previous training (sociology, political science or economics). The program combines strong 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, 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 up to nine Advanced East Asian Studies (AEAS) modules, complemented by one elective module (which can be chosen from the AEAS and E-modules offered) in consultation with their study coordinator or supervisor. These modules provide problem-oriented and discipline-based perspectives on the politics, society, or economy of China, Japan, and Korea, as well as the entire East Asian region.

During the second and last semester of the MA MEAS, students focus 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 demonstrate the student’s newly acquired knowledge, theoretical and methodological skills in East Asian regional studies, and language proficiency. Depending on individual progress and planning, the second semester may serve as window of opportunity for study stays abroad (subject to approval by coordinator/supervisor, place availability at partner universities etc.) or internships.

Depending on an applicant’s prior education and training, conditional admission may be granted, requiring up to 30 ECTS credits in additional courses (for example for applicants with a BA degree of less than 240 ECTS credits in total, or if the admission committee identifies gaps or weak areas). In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term. Additional classes will be determined individually by the IN-EAST examination board. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible if you are unsure about the adequacy of your previous education.

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

Application Deadlines

  • 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/education.

EU applicants and EU-educated non-EU applicants (BildungsinländerInnen): Early submission of your application is strongly recommended. If you are close to finishing your BA degree, please also see our FAQ “Can I apply now, even if I have not yet finished my BA?”)

Non-EU applicants: Starting from May 1st to July 15th, you can apply for starting our study program in October of the same year via the online application platform where you need to upload your application. Please use the instructions on our homepage to inform yourself about the profile of MA MEAS and about the required documents beforehand. We strongly recommend to apply as early as possible – ideally, you prepare the documents before May 1st and apply as soon as the online platform opens.

Application Procedure

EU citizens and EU-educated non-EU citizens (BildungsinländerInnen): Please send all your application documents except the recommendation letter in one single pdf file by E-mail:
mameas@in-east.de

Non-EU citizens: Please follow the steps outlined under “Application deadlines” and upload your application via the online application platform of our International Office.

For details regarding the required documents, check here. If you have any questions about the application process and deadlines, please feel free to contact us anytime.
 

General Information:

We are looking for highly qualified students with excellent skills and motivation to take on the challenges of our demanding study program.

As a second step in the application process following the written application, the Admissions Committee may choose to interview applicants to confirm their qualifications and motivation. The interview can be conducted as a video call.

After the evaluation process, successful 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 (for example for applicants with a BA degree of less than 240 ECTS credits in total, or if the admission committee identifies gaps or weak areas). In this case, the student can also be admitted for the summer term. Additional classes will be determined individually by the IN-EAST examination board. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible if you are unsure about the adequacy of your previous education.

Required Documents

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 form and the letter of recommendation, the documents listed below are to 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 available in German or English, you need to submit scans of certified translations into either English or German.

  • Proof of English language proficiency, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CET, etc.
  • Proof of advanced East Asian language proficiency (Chinese, Japanese or Korean), equaling at least 60 credits or equivalent certification, e.g. HSK, JLPT, TOPIK, etc.
  • Complete and up-to-date CV showing your professional experience and education
  • 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. The best possible grade in Germany is 1.0, the minimum passing grade is 4.0)
  • Statement of purpose: Please explain a) the disciplinary training and skills you have acquired so far at university and how do they fit into our MA program in terms of your intended focus (political science, sociology, or economics); b) your motivation to study our specific MA program; c) your interest in and possible experience with East Asia (500 words each for a, b, and c).
  • APS Certificate (= Certificate of the ‘Akademische Prüfstelle’): relevant only for graduates from universities in China, Vietnamand and India.

EU citizens and EU-educated non-EU citizens (BildungsinländerInnen): 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 directly to us by E-mail. 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 application 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.

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 mameas@in-east.de:

  • current and complete CV with photo
  • current Transcript of Records (Notenspiegel)
  • 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 your BA supervisor and explain the current status of your 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 and as early as possible. 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 CGPA for being accepted to MA MEAS is 2.5. Exceptions from this required CGPA are not possible. After receiving the application, we will set up a counseling meeting to discuss the switch from BA MOAS to MA MEAS.

FAQ and Downloads

 
Contact

If you need further information or have open questions, please contact the Coordination Unit at
mameas@in-east.de
Ms. Melanie KOGLER, M.A., Coordinator
Campus Duisburg
Office LE 602 in LE building
Please contact me by E-mail to set up an individual appointment.

Data Protection

Your details are covered by the full set of data protection laws that are valid at the time of writing.
https://www.uni-due.de/en/privacy-policy.php

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