The Asia-Pacific region has emerged in the past half century as a major force in global economy and politics. The interdisciplinary Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies is designed for students wishing to pursue professional careers that will require them to understand this vibrant and sometimes tumultuous part of the world, whether their chosen fields are in academia, business, government, international or non-governmental organizations. It also provides a strong background for a doctoral-level academic focus on Asia-Pacific.
The Collaborative M.A. Program is offered by the graduate departments of Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies. The Collaborative M.B.A. is offered by the Rotman School of Management, the Collaborative M.S.W. is offered by the School of Social Work, the Collaborative M.P.P is offered by the School of Public Policy & Governance, and the Collaborative M.Sc.Pl. is offered by the Planning Program in the Department of Geography. The program will provide graduates with advanced training in traditional disciplines and also interdisciplinary expertise in historical and social science studies of modern East and Southeast Asia. The major topical areas of study include political economy, modern and contemporary social history, international relations, gender and the family, political and social change, economic development, and cultural studies.
Located at Canada's premier research university, the newly created program limits the number of students to 20 in order to facilitate learning and intellectual exchange in a small group setting. The program is housed in the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Munk School includes over a dozen graduate and undergraduate centres and teaching programs that focus on interdisciplinary research and cross-regional comparison in the global context.
The deadline for application to the Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies is February 1, 2012.
Home departments have their own application deadlines. For specific information please check the home department web site or contact the Graduate Administrator.
All MAPS students are provided individual carrels and computers in a MAPS research and study space in order to foster intellectual exchanges and collaboration beyond the classroom.
The graduate experience is also nourished by a variety of extra-curricular opportunities including involvement in the online resource, the Asia Pacific Reader. MAPS students are invited to join the Munk Centre Graduate Student Network, aimed to expand their academic, social and professional networks and opportunities. The Network helps to organize events such as the World Bank Munk School Graduate Conference.
Domestic MAPS students are automatically nominated by MAPS for entrance scholarships in Asia Pacific Studies, and these nominations have been very successful. Many domestic students have also obtained Dr. David Chu awards for summer research in various parts of East and Southeast Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. For more information on the Dr. David Chu scholarships, please click here.
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