Asia-Pacific Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

East Asian Studies—MA
Global Affairs—MGA
Political Science—MA
Public Policy—MPP
Social Work—MSW
Women and Gender Studies—​MA


The Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies is designed to provide graduates with advanced training in a particular discipline and in the historical and social science studies of modern East and Southeast Asia. The major topics of emphasis are political economy, modern and contemporary social history, international relations, gender, political and social change, economic development, and cultural studies. The program contributes to the development of an integrated and interdisciplinary research community in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University.

The graduate programs listed above participate in the Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto. The collaborating units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for master's-level research. This program is administered by a Program Committee chaired by a Program Director.

Applicants are expected to meet the admission and degree requirements of both a home unit and the program in Asia-Pacific Studies. The collaborative master's degree program requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements. Upon successful completion of the master's degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative program, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Asia-Pacific Studies” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 946-8832
Fax: (416) 946-8838

Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
Asian Institute Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, Room 228N
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3K7


Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative program must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative program and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • To be considered for admission to the collaborative master's degree program in Asia-Pacific Studies, applicants should have taken the equivalent of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with substantial Asia coverage by the time of application, or should have had substantial working or living experience in East or Southeast Asia.

  • Applicants use the online application process and must forward the following to the Director of the collaborative master's degree program:

    • ​​a hard copy Supplementary Application​ package

    • official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended previously and currently

    • at least two letters of reference with specific mention of Asia-Pacific st​udies background or Asia-Pacific experiences

    • a statement of purpose

    • a curriculum vitae (CV)

Program Requirements

  • ASI 1000Y.

  • 1.0 FCE that may be in the form of one of the following:

    • ​​​​a master's thesis

    • a major research paper in one of the FCEs related to Asia-Pacific

    • a thesis-equivalent research paper in an independent research 0.5 FCE. This option must be combined with an additional 0.5 FCE on Asia-Pacific listed on the website

  • By the time of graduation from the master's degree program, every student is strong​ly expected to have a working knowledge of an East or Southeast Asian language as needed for his or her program of study.

Course List

ASI 1000Y Issues in Asia-Pacific Studies

Please consult the Asia-Pacific Studies website for courses offered by participating graduate units. ​​