Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies is available to graduate students who fulfill basic requirements in Asian area studies within an existing degree program (graduate degrees are not awarded in Asian Studies). Candidates interested in Asian Studies take advanced degrees in the departments of their choosing while selecting courses with Asian content from any of Boston University’s schools. While the BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) is housed in the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, graduate students in any of BU’s schools can earn a Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies.

Course Requirements

A list of pre-approved courses can be found on the certificate program’s website.

  • Complete at least 16 credits of coursework (four standard courses) in courses primarily focused on Asia, with a minimum grade of B in each course.
  • Concentration requirement: At least three of the four courses must focus on a subregional or substantive area (e.g., East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia; comparative government, cultural/archaeological preservation, Buddhism).
  • Courses must be chosen from at least two departments or schools.
  • No more than 4 credits can be in directed study or research, except with written permission of the Director of BUCSA.
  • Students must complete a piece of significant independent work such as an MA or MFA thesis, doctoral dissertation, or two substantial research papers in graduate-level seminars.
  • Reading knowledge of an Asian language relevant to the course of study. This is demonstrated by passing the language proficiency test of the student’s own department where it is required. For students in schools or departments that do not offer language proficiency testing, BUCSA will arrange an assessment of reading proficiency.
  • Receive approval of completion from the Director of BUCSA and the student’s departmental faculty advisor. Students are expected to consult with the BUCSA Director at the beginning of their studies in order to ensure that their planned courses will fulfill the goals of the certificate program.