International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

Strategically Designed Study Concentrations

Originally conceived in 2003 as the International Master’s Program in Taiwan Studies and the International Master’s Program in China Studies, the International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) was the first English-taught program of its kind in Taiwan.

During the globalization process, the Asia-Pacific region’s rapid development captured the world’s attention, and research on the region has become ever more important. In response to this general trend, the College of Social Sciences of National Chengchi University began offering English-taught courses as part of the International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies.

IMAS specializes in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the important aspects of the region. The program utilizes the talent of accomplished English-speaking faculty throughout the campus to achieve the program’s educational goals.

Students of the International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits of graduate coursework, including 6 credits of required courses, choosing 6 of the 9 credits offered, and 27 credits of elective courses. 

Each course is worth 3 credits, which means that to graduate students need to complete 11 courses.

The majority of IMAS courses focus on either Taiwan or mainland China and fall under one of three disciplinary tracks:

Political Economy

Socio-Cultural Studies

International Relations

Students may also take up to 9 credits of English-taught programs offered by other departments of National Chengchi University allowing  to craft their personalized curriculum.

Doctoral Studies in the Asia-Pacific Region

The International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) is closely related to the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS). Their curricula focus on several main subjects – Taiwan and China studies, and other Asian regional studies. All courses are taught in English and cover a wide range of topics that include developments in the economy, ethnology, culture, society, and politics of the Asia-Pacific region.

The IMAS and IDAS curricula improve student’s specific knowledge of the region, broadens their horizons, and connect them with local students and professors in a multicultural environment. IMAS’ ideal candidates are social science undergraduates with research or work experience in both the public and the private sector.

In the end, by teaching our students to systematically analyze and understand the Asia-Pacific region, we believe they will broaden their worldviews, foster the ability to handle international affairs and enhance their global competitiveness.