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Students take courses in a modern area language and have the opportunity to pursue their interests in such subjects as the ethnology or history of the region.

Through this joint-degree program, students will further their understanding of the important political, cultural, and economic dynamics affecting this region.

Program Structure

This program requires the successful completion of an integrated master’s thesis and noncredited thesis writing courses, 900 units of COSAS-only course credit, and 1400 units of Booth-only course credit (+LEAD). This program is completed in three years.


Tuition is assessed on a per-course basis at the Chicago Booth rate for all courses for both degrees.

Booth Courses

Courses for COSAS

For detailed information regarding COSAS’s curriculum, please visit the program’s website or direct your inquiries to COSAS.

Admissions Process

Individuals interested in this joint-degree program need to apply to Chicago Booth during Round One or Round Two. There is an additional essay that you will be required to write at that time. We will review your application and then send it to COSAS for review. You will find out if you received admission to Chicago Booth at the admissions decision deadline of whichever round you apply. Please note that you will find out if you have been admitted to the MA in South Asian Studies at the Round Two admissions decision deadline even if you applied for the joint program during Round One. Admissions decisions are made completely independent of one another. If you have specific questions regarding the MA in South Asian Studies program, please reach out to the program.
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