Certificate in Asian Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies is offered by the Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA). It can be earned by post-baccalaureate students in any Boston University graduate or professional program who fulfill the requirements outlined below, in addition to the requirements of their degree programs. No additional coursework is required because courses completed for the Asian Studies Certificate also fulfill course requirements toward students’ degree programs. The certificate helps students to gain a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and cross-national understanding of Asia.

This certificate can easily be undertaken by students in the MAIA, IRRN, IRIC, IR/MBA, and IREL programs. Combination with other Pardee degree programs is possible but may prove logistically difficult.

  • Successfully complete at least 16 credits of coursework in courses primarily focused on Asia , with a grade of B or better in each course.
  • Concentration requirement:  At least three of the four courses must focus on a sub-regional or substantive area (e.g. East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia; comparative government, cultural/archeological preservation, Buddhism).
  • Include classes from at least two departments or schools.
  • Include no more than 4 credits of coursework in directed study or research.
  • Complete a significant piece of research, such as an MA Paper or doctoral dissertation, or two substantial research papers in graduate-level seminars on Asian topics.
  • Demonstrate reading knowledge of an Asian language relevant to the course of study. For students in Pardee degree programs, this can be done via the standard Pardee foreign language exam.
  • 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.

Please note that some classes accepted toward the Asian Studies Certificate may not count toward a student’s degree. Students should be careful to choose courses that will be accepted toward both the certificate and their degree program.