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Asian Studies
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Asian Studies

In today’s global marketplace, an M.A. in Asian Studies can take you far — whether you’re planning a career in government, international services, research, teaching or business. This program illuminates Asia’s cultures and languages, blending history with contemporary developments. Hailed as one of the  pioneers in the nation  for more than 50 years, Seton Hall’s Asian Studies program has been recognized for its outstanding faculty and quality programs. We offer three versions of this degree, so wherever you’d like to end up, we can help you get there.


M.A., Asian Studies

  • 64 Years of Asian Studies Instruction
  • 5 Books Published by Faculty Members Last Year
  • 4 Degree Track Options
  • 9 Average Class Size in Fall 2015
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Why Pursue a Master's in Asian Studies?

Prepare for a career in government, research, teaching or business. Learn the languages and cultures of Asia.

Xinran Dong

"The solid curriculum in Seton Hall's master's degree in Asian Studies prepares students for future instructional positions. Not only do we gain theoretical knowledge, we also get hands-on experience teaching. The faculty in the program are caring and warm, and they always provide guidance."

Xinran Dong, M.A. ’13
Chinese Lecturer and Chinese Language Coordinator, Fordham University


Translated into Chinese, Seton Hall University means “The East-West University.” It’s a fitting name, especially in our Asian Studies program. Our students take courses in Chinese civilization, the history and culture of Japan, and modern and contemporary East Asia. Some also choose to study Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese. You may pick from three versions of this degree: a traditional M.A., with or without thesis (39 credits), an M.A. with a track in teaching Chinese language and culture (39 credits), or a dual M.A. with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations (60 credits).

Faculty Listing

Offering instruction in Asian Studies for more than 50 years, our faculty members have established a national reputation in the field. In fact, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, published by The New York Times, recently cited the department for excellence in the quality of its faculty, as well as its program’s internationally recognized research and teaching programs. Our faculty specialize in Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese languages and civilization and current developments in Asia, emphasizing China, Japan, India, and Korea. The Asian Studies faculty have an impressive history of research and publication in areas including contemporary Chinese humanities, Japanese intellectual history, and democratic development in East Asia.

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Our Graduate Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to providing graduate programs to educate the professionals, scientists, educators and leaders of the future. Our goal is to impart the skills and knowledge that graduate students need to develop and follow successful career paths and to prepare them to contribute meaningfully to society through service and/or the advancement of knowledge. We believe that an education grounded in the principles of liberal arts and dedicated to societal advancement through research and interdisciplinary studies is the best instrument for producing well-rounded citizens with intentions that are both personally fulfilling and noble.

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