Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

M.A. Central Asian Studies


The two-year interdisciplinary master’s degree program Central Asian Studies focuses on the present and recent history of Tibet, Mongolia, Sinkiang, Afghanistan and the central Asian GUS States of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Students can approach regional topics via a diversity of academic disciplines. Amongst others, they achieve competences in historical, cultural, political or geographical methods. During the course of the master's degree program, they acquire language skills and focus on an area or discipline of their choice. In the process they learn to independently raise questions, debate, develop solutions and communicate them on an academic level. Students are encouraged to spend a part of their university studies abroad – either in Central Asia or in other countries. Internships and research trips can be recognized as program achievement. Courses are held in German and in English. 



Final degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Regular study time: 2 years (4 terms)
The program starts every winter term.


Curriculum content

  • Topics & debates
  • Souces & methodology
  • Identities & institutions
  • Language training
The admissions procedures for the Bachelor and Masters degrees are centrally regulated. For further information on admission standards visit this site.
MA in Central Asian Studies
  • Two years study for the MA degree
  • Open to students from Europe, Central Asian regions, and all parts of the world
  • Instruction in German and English
  • research and practice-oriented
  • Including topics based in Anthropology, History, Political, Cultural, Geography and Development studies
  • Tibet - Mongolia - Central Asian CIS - Afghanistan - Caucasus


Further information and advice is available from Prof. Ingeborg Baldauf on Wednesdays, 4 p.m - 5 p.m., room 502. For an appointment please contact here.

For applications please visit the Online-Bewerbungsportal of the Humboldt-Universität.

For all questions pertaining to study and application, please contact the Campuss Information Service as follows:
Phone: (030) 2093-70333
Mondays to Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Further information is available in the pages of  'Bewerbung, Einschreibung und Studienverlauf' of the Humboldt-Universität as well as on the page of the Compass Service itself.


Study and Exam regulations:

            Study and Exam regulations for Master of Central Asian Studies 2014 

            Study and Exam regulations for Master of Central Asian Studies 2011