Asian Studies and MPAff

Dual Degrees in Asian Studies and Public Affairs

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Public Affairs and the Master of Arts in Asian Studies. The program combines advanced policy studies with interdisciplinary area studies, responding to an increased need in both public and private sectors for policy specialists with a thorough understanding of Asian politics and cultures.

Program Structure

The dual degree program allows students to earn both master's degrees simultaneously in three academic years. Some students, particularly those who enter the program with a language deficiency, may find it necessary to enroll for an additional semester or summer session in order to complete all the requirements of the program. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in public affairs and 33 semester hours in Asian studies, including a master's professional report. Although the program is flexible, students will generally take courses in both public affairs and Asian studies every semester and take the required internship in the summer between the second and third years. Curriculum requirements include: 

Public Affairs

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 9 hours public affairs electives
  • Summer internship (in or related to Asia) 

Asian Studies

  • 30 hours of coursework in Asian history, language and disciplinary electives
  • 3 hours professional report