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Affiliated Degree Programs

Degree Programs

Many units across the university offer degrees related to Japan. Follow the links below for information on Japan Studies–affiliated programs at the UW.

Area Studies – Jackson School of International Studies

The Henry M. Jackson School offers BA and MA degrees in International Studies with a focus on Japan and East Asia with a broad interdisciplinary approach centering around the social sciences.

Asian Languages & Literature

The Department of Asian Languages & Literature offers instruction in the principal languages and literature of Asia, including East, Southeast, Central, and South Asia. Emphasis is placed on the roles of these languages within the cultures they serve as well as on linguistic, textual, and literary analysis. For Japanese language and literature, the department offers BA, MA, and PhD degree programs.

Asian Law Center, School of Law

The Asian Law Center encompasses both a major research program that includes the sponsorship of a variety of symposia, workshops, and cooperative research projects involving scholars around the globe and an extensive instructional program for JD, LLM, and PhD candidates.

Concurrent Degree in Business

The Michael G. Foster School of Business offers a concurrent degree program which combines the curricula of the Foster School MBA with the JSIS Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS). The MBA/MAIS program is designed to be completed in three academic years. During the first year, students complete the MBA Core requirements. Years 2 and 3 are used for completion of MAIS required courses and eight 4-credit MBA elective courses (32 credits).

The Foster School also offers a Certificate for International Studies in Business (CISB): Japan track. The CISB is an exciting academic program created to develop strong business skills and to achieve a global vision. The Japan track in this program allows students to focus on business in/with Japan. For more information visit the Center for Global Business.

Concurrent Degree in Public Administration, Evans School of Public Affairs

The Evans School of Public Policy and Governance has established a concurrent degree program with JSIS, allowing students to earn two degrees simultaneously. The program combines the curricula of the Evans School MPA with the JSIS Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS). The two degrees take approximately three years to complete, and final project requirements of both programs have to be met. Each program has unique benefits that offer a chance to build an area of strong expertise with a solid foundation of public affairs. You can wait to apply for a concurrent program up to one year into study with the Evans School, but we suggest enrolling in both programs at the same time for optimal flexibility in earning your degrees.

Additional Departments

Students are encouraged to work with their advisors in considering classes focused on Japan found in the following departments when applicable: