Master of Arts in East-West Studies

MA in East-West Studies

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The Master of Arts in East-West Studies (EWS) is a two-year interdisciplinary program led by faculty from across Creighton University and designed to provide students with a strong cross-cultural framework and unique international opportunities for professional development.

Our curriculum enables students to master theories in comparative East-West studies, gain professional leadership experience in the U.S. and Asia, and develop a wide range of international skills while focusing on one of the following tracks:

  • Comparative Eastern and Western Arts, Philosophy and Literature
  • Comparative Eastern and Western Business Administration
  • Comparative Eastern and Western Way of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Comparative Eastern and Western Energy Technology (opening soon)

As a bridge connecting students and collaborating 
with institutions from around the world, the EWS program creates a global comparative studies environment dedicated to the academic and professional excellence of its students.

Graduates will possess a solid foundation in comparative studies, strong international communication skills reinforced by experience, and a proficiency in transcultural awareness with which to use in pursuing a career or post-graduate opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.


The East-West Studies program provides students with a strong cross-cultural framework and unique international opportunities for professional development. Led by internationally-renowned faculty, the program comparatively explores and examines various aspects of Eastern and Western culture, with a particular focus on business administration, law & conflict resolution, energy technology, and the arts, philosophy and literature. As a bridge connecting students and collaborating with institutions from around the world, the program fosters a respect of the dignity of all human persons and is committed to the academic and professional excellence of its students.

Why East-West Studies?

East-West Studies (EWS) offers an immersive and interdisciplinary approach to comparatively learning about the politics, economics, cultures and societies of the eastern and western world. Led by internationally renowned faculty and bringing together students from all over the world, East-West Studies is one of the only programs of its kind in the United States.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum is individually tailored to each student and courses are offered in departments and schools across Creighton University. Students can select from a wide variety of comparative studies courses and also choose one of four specific tracks on which to focus his/her research: business administration, energy technology, negotiation & dispute resolution, or the arts, philosophy & literature.

Our program advisors and faculty also work closely with our students to design and select one of our international internship programs in the United States or Asia. Combining this type of immersive educational environment with international opportunities and faculty expertise, the East-West Studies program develops exceptional cross-cultural skills that enable our graduates to confidently take on global leadership positions in a variety of professions and careers around the world.


Type of Degree: Master of Arts (MA)

Duration: Two years, full-time (full-time graduate students are defined as those who take at least 8 credit hours per semester; prospective students looking to take fewer than 8 credits per semester should contact us for more information)

Number of Credits Required: 36

Cost (full-time students): $10,000 per semester plus university and technology fees

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Scholarships: Available for qualified full-time students. Please contact us for details.

Learning Objectives (summary):

  • Disciplinary competence in East-West Studies
  • Disciplinary competence in selected track (including writing, presentation, research methods)
  • Expertise in comparative thinking & reasoning
  • Expertise in comparative ethics and decision-making
  • Expertise in international communication
  • Transcultural understanding and reflection, reinforced by immersive international experience

Learning Objectives (Details)

  1. Disciplinary Competence: graduates will have a solid theoretical foundation in East-West studies in order to comprehend, apply, and analyze the philosophy, religion, history, politics, arts and literature, business practices, and culture of Asian and American experiences.  They are expected to use analysis and experience to synthesize the cultural differences in Asian and American experiences, in order to respect one another based on a mutual understanding.

  2. Critical Thinking: graduates will master comparative reasoning and critical thinking skills in order to apply knowledge of Eastern-Western cultures and traditions in any area of professional education.

  3. Ethical Decision-Making, Service & Ignatian Values: graduates will demonstrate leadership skills that are rooted in faith, justice, and ethics with a global perspective, as well as apply knowledge of Eastern-Western cultures and traditions to any area of their professional education.

  4. Effective Communication: graduates will demonstrate effective interpersonal and organizational communication skills, showing understanding and respect for people from different cultures, in order to educate and advocate for social and political change.

  5. Deliberative Reflection: graduates will become more personally aware of their own knowledge, skills and values related to East-West views and utilize reflective practices as a means for professional and personal growth, and become more personally aware of one’s own knowledge, skills and values related to East-West views.

  6. Diversity: graduates will demonstrate understanding and respect for individuals of different cultures and backgrounds.  Through learning experiences in a less familiar culture and language environment, students will experience directly the differences between the East and the West, in order to achieve comprehension of diverse cultures.

  7. Additional Outcomes Related to Specific Tracks Include:
  • For Comparative Eastern and Western Arts, Philosophy and Literature: graduates will master a set of unique skills, such as comparative reasoning, creative thinking, and excellent writing skills, in combining eastern and western wisdom, arts and aesthetic theories.
  • For Comparative Eastern and Western Way of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution: graduates will master a set of practical skills and techniques in negotiations and emerging processes for dispute resolution, such as the art of communication, negotiation, and legal processing skills.
  • For Comparative Eastern and Western Business Administration:graduates will be able to prepare for specialized applications in dealing with business issues in both eastern and western companies.  They will understand the preconditions in both cultures while managing business administration.
  • For Comparative Eastern and Western Energy Technology: graduates will be able to understand the urgent and ethical need to fix the problems caused by global warming.

Career Prospects

Graduates with a background in East-West Studies have strong employment prospects for academic and nonacademic career positions in fields such as academia, business, commerce, communications, consultancy, diplomacy, finance, higher education, international organizations, journalism, management, media and marketing, non-profits, politics, public service, tourism, and translation and interpretation. Graduates are also excellent candidates to continue their research in post-graduate programs around the world. 

Distinguishing Features

  • Two-year MA program (36 credit hours).
  • First program of its kind in the Midwest, most affordable program of its kind in the US.
  • Substantive niche concentration within one of our four tracks (unique among other comparable programs).
  • The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the program allows faculty expertise to be drawn from various departments across Creighton and from institutions abroad.
  • Flexible course curriculum allows students to choose from a wide variety of applicable courses.
  • Program advisors work individually with students to design a two-year course plan tailored around each student's interests and focus.
  • Develop in-demand, global leadership skills.
  • Opportunity to write and publish policy papers, conduct research, attend conferences, travel, and much more.
  • Efforts to partner with local and regional organizations, including major corporations, non-profits, government entities, and foreign universities, create opportunities for international internship/experience in Asia and Omaha.
  • Work and collaborate with the Asian World Center, a cultural and academic research institute at Creighton University.
  • Study and become proficient in an Asian language.
  • American and international students take courses together, learning from each other's cultural background.
  • Emphasis on small class size (11:1 student-teacher ratio) and personal attention.

Creighton University

Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit university located in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. It was founded in 1878 and is the largest, private religious university in Nebraska. Its beautiful campus sits on 132-acres just outside of Omaha’s downtown business district and it enrolls 7,730 graduate and undergraduate students. It consists of 9 major schools and colleges, boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 11-to-1, and has more than 200 student organizations in various fields of interest. Creighton has been consistently ranked “No. 1 Regional University in the Midwest” every year according to US News & World Report (a full list of University awards and recognitions can be found here.) and competes in NCAA Division I athletics within the Big East. For more information, click here.

Asian World Center

Established in 2006, the Asian World Center is a center of excellence and an academic research institute at Creighton University focused on promoting a broad understanding of Asian cultures and an awareness of the important historical and international events happening in the Asian world through cooperative study, research and dialogue. The Center routinely holds programs designed to enlighten the community about Asian fine arts, music, philosophy, religion, history, business and political science. It helped establish and currently facilitates and manages the East-West Studies program offered by the Graduate School. More more information, click here.

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha was founded in 1854 and is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River. It is the largest city in the state of Nebraska with a population of 420,000 and was nicknamed the “Gateway to the West" from its history as a major transportation hub. Today, Omaha is home to the headquarters of four Fortune 100 companies (TD Ameritrade, West Corporation, Valmont Industries, and Werner Enterprises) and five Fortune 500 companies (including ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Railroad Corporation, and Berkshire Hathaway). In 2009, Forbes identified Omaha as No. 1 "Best Bang-for-the-Buck City" and No. 1 on "America's Fastest-Recovering Cities" list. It hosts the annual Men’s College World Series, is home to one of the top zoos in America. and its diverse culture includes a variety of performance venues, museums, musical heritage, sports and much more. For more information, click here.