Skip header content and main navigation Binghamton University, State University of New York - Grad School
Graduate Academic Offerings Database

Asian and Asian American Studies Fact SheetAsian and Asian American Studies Fact Sheet (PDF)

Asian and Asian American Studies

The Master of Arts in Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) enhances intercultural understanding and promotes rigorous scholarly study of Asian societies, political economies, cultures, histories, linguistics, migrations, etc.  The Department of Asian and Asian American studies is recognized for its multidisciplinary approach, language expertise and innovative collaborative curriculum spanning Asian and Asian American Studies.

The MA program consists of six fields: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, South Asian Studies, Asian American and Diaspora Studies, and Global Asia Studies.  Graduates from the program will be positioned to enter competitive PhD programs or pursue careers in education, business, government, public policy, non-profit government organizations, and arts & culture.

Learn more about the program highlights and department faculty.

Graduate Degree Offered

  • MA in Asian and Asian American Studies

Related Programs

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MA Review of applications begins
January 15


Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of no longer than two pages, single-spaced and standard font, describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores
  • Writing sample. The writing sample is an example of your written work, such as a paper submitted in an advanced undergraduate or graduate course.

And, for international applicants:

    • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
    • Official bank statement/proof of support
    • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
      • Asian and Asian American Studies applicant minimum TOEFL scores:
        • 79-80 on the Internet-based exam
        • 550 on the paper exam
      • Asian and Asian American Studies applicant minimum IELTS score:
        • 6.5, with no band below 5.0
      • Asian and Asian American Studies applicant minimum PTE Academic score:
        • 53

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

How to Apply button


Fran Goldman, Assistant to Department Chair

Department of Asian and Asian American Studies website

Connect with Binghamton:
Twitter icon links to Binghamton University's Twitter page YouTube icon links to Binghamton University's YouTube page Facebook icon links to Binghamton University's Facebook page Instagram

Last Updated: 1/23/15