The Graduate Program

About the Program

The 4+1 B.A./M.A. program, established in 2016, is a unique Master’s graduate program in which all current UCI undergraduate students can build upon their undergraduate work to complete an MA in Asian American Studies in one additional year beyond the completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

As the first hybrid B.A./M.A. program in the country, the program in Asian American Studies allows high performing students advanced training in the following areas:
  1.  Interdisciplinary theories and methods for social justice driven research.
  2.  Direct involvement with local, national, and global Asian American communities.
Graduates of the M.A. in Asian American Studies will be better prepared to pursue any career requiring strong communication skills, critical thinking, and intercultural competence. Some examples include:
  • Academia (Doctoral Degree, Professoriate)
  • K-12 Education
  • Social Welfare
  • Law
  • Arts
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Public Health
Students will have the opportunity to work with UCI Asian American Studies faculty who are nationally and internationally known for their research. The curriculum is designed to be flexible, allowing for students to pursue their own research and interests.

All those interested in the program should contact Dr. Christine Balance, Director of Graduate Study, or Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Humanities Graduate Counselor, to discuss program eligibility and coursework opportunities.

Time to Degree

Upon admission, students will begin graduate level coursework during their final year of undergraduate study. All degree requirements and the Master’s thesis or comprehensive exam will be completed within one year (three quarters) once students have transitioned to graduate student status. Maximum time to degree is two years after the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Coursework
36 units; 9 courses
  1. ASIANAM 200A- Theories and Methods in Asian American Studies
  2. ASIANAM 200B- Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies
  3. ASIANAM 200C- Leadership and Social Change in Asian American Communities
  4. ASIANAM 200D- Introduction to Asian American Studies Research
  5. ASIANAM 201- Graduate Topics in Asian American Studies
    OR ASIAN 250- Advanced Topics in Asian American Studies
  6. Three sections of ASIANAM 290- Directed Research
  7. One elective graduate seminar
Language Other Than English
Students must complete college-level course work equivalent to UCI’s sixth quarter of study (2C level, or for Latin or Greek, one 103 and one 104, or two 103s or 104s) in a language other than English or equivalent competence. The final course must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better.

Degree Conferral
Students will be conferred the Master’s degree in Asian American Studies after the successful completion of all coursework, the language requirement, and the Master’s Thesis or Comprehensive Exam. The Master’s Thesis will be approximately twenty-five to thirty pages in length. It will consist of independent research supervised by the Faculty Advisor. The Comprehensive Exam will be administered by the Faculty Advisor and the thesis committee. The exam can be a production of creative work (e.g. feature-length documentary film, full-length solo performance, or exhibition, for example). A written evaluation of said work (e.g. evaluation report, annotated bibliography, or exhibition catalogue), approximately ten to fifteen pages in length, will also need to be submitted for review.

Application Eligibility

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply to the Asian American Studies 4+1 program:
  1.  Current UCI undergraduate student status.
  2.  Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
  3. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3 in Asian American Studies coursework.
  4. Applicants who are non-Asian American Studies majors must take a minimum of two Asian American Studies courses prior to applying to the program; one course in ASIANAM 50, 51, 52, 53,54, or 55 and one other course in Asian American Studies (lower or upper division).

Application Process

  1. Set up an application advising appointment with Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Humanities Graduate Counselor.
  2. Complete the online application. The link to the application will be sent to the applicant after the application advising appointment.
  3. Submit the following supplemental application materials:
    a. Official Transcripts of all post-secondary work.
    b. One letter of recommendation.
        The letter of recommendation must be written by an Asian American Studies core or affiliate faculty
        member. The submission of the letter will be managed via the online application system.
    c. One writing sample.
       Requirements: Ten pages in length (one sample ten pages or two samples five pages each). This sample
        should be academic in nature and highlight your research and writing abilities. All samples must be
        submitted electronically to hinojosa@uci.edu no later than 11:45pm on the application deadline. All
        submissions must be PDF and saved as last name (space) first name (space) application ID number. You
        will be assigned an application ID number at the time you begin the online application process.