Yale University Graduate Programs in Asian Studies


Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University
34 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT  06520-8206
Telephone: 203-432-3426


The Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in East Asian Studies offers a concentrated course of study designed to provide a broad understanding of the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean people, their culture, historical development, and contemporary problems.

This program is designed for students preparing to go on to the doctorate in one of the disciplines of East Asian Studies (i.e., anthropology, economics, history, history of art, language and literature including comparative literature, film studies, and theater studies, political science, sociology, etc.), as well as for those students seeking a terminal M.A. degree before entering the business world, the media, government service, or a professional school.

Each student, in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in East Asian Studies, plans an integrated program conforming flexibly to particular needs and interests.

The number of students in the Master’s program generally ranges from 6 to 12 students each year. Since students differ in prior academic preparation and experience, programs of study are developed according to individual needs and training.

The program is designed to be completed by successfully taking eight courses approved for graduate study by the Director of Graduate Studies over the course of one academic year. Normally, students entering the program are expected to have already completed the equivalent of at least two years of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, so that the three-year language requirement can be completed in the two terms spent at Yale.

A program of study for completion of the degree in one year consists of at least eight term courses that normally include two terms of language study at Yale’s third-year level (unless the language requirement has already been met through previous study) and six other term courses selected from the current year’s offerings of advanced language courses and lecture courses or seminars in any relevant subject area, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

Students must earn two Honors grades (“H”) over the course of their two terms at Yale. Honors grades earned in any Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language class cannot be counted toward satisfying the requirement, except with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.

As the East Asian Studies M.A. degree program is a one-year program, there are no joint-degree programs available. Students interested in pursuing additional degrees in the Yale professional schools should consider applying separately to those programs in order to complete such degrees before or after the East Asian Studies M.A. degree.


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