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The Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in East Asian Studies is a multi-disciplinary one-year program offering a concentrated course of study designed to provide a broad understanding of the people, history, culture, contemporary society, politics, and economy of China, Japan or a transnational region within East Asia.
The number of students in the M.A. program generally ranges from 6 to 12 students each year. Students come to the program with a variety of experiences, skills, academic preparation and interests. Many have had some experience working or living in East Asia and all are expected to have had substantial language training in Chinese or Japanese. Each student, working in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in East Asian Studies, plans an integrated program conforming flexibly to his or her particular needs and goals. The environment is very demanding, as M.A. candidates share classes with Ph.D. candidates with disciplinary specializations. It is also collegial, as Ph.D. and M.A. students interact professionally and socially with faculty, members, and visiting scholars at the Council on East Asian Studies and the larger University community.
This program is designed for students preparing to go on to the doctorate in one of the disciplines of East Asian studies (e.g., 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.
A program of study for completion of the degree in one year consists of eight term courses that must include two terms of language study at Yale’s third-year level (unless the language requirement has already been met through previous study) plus six other courses selected from the current year’s offerings of advanced language study and seminars related to East Asia at the graduate level. For those who meet the language requirement at matriculation, one or two of the required eight courses may be advanced training in a particular discipline (e.g., economics, history, political theory, statistics, etc.) with no explicit focus on East Asia, but related to the student’s professional goals. The course of study must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
Students must earn two Honors grades (“H”) over the course of their two terms at Yale. Honors grades earned in any language course cannot be counted toward satisfying the requirement, except with the permission of the DGS.
Prerequisite to the Program
Students who wish to complete the EAS Master’s Degree must show evidence of having completed at least two years of intensive Chinese or Japanese language study or the equivalent at the time of matriculation.
The Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE) is required of all applicants. Other standardized tests, such as the GMAT or the LSAT, may not be substituted for the GRE.
Applicants must receive a minimum GRE score (combination of verbal and quantitative scores) of 1200 (prior scale) / 308 (current scale).
The Educational Testing Service (ETS)(link is external) in Princeton, New Jersey, administers the GRE in the United States, as well as abroad. Testing dates and information are available.
The Graduate School does not require the use of Department or Program codes. If you are required to enter a Department or Program code for the GRE please use “0000” (Undecided).
Fee Waiver Program
Eligibility - in order to request a fee waiver you must
- Be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident (Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply for a fee waiver).
- Be a participant in certain fellowship programs or recipient of certain fellowship funds.
- Have attended a specified recruitment event of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or one of the programs sponsoring such an event and have a pre-coded Fee Waiver Request form.
- Be applying as an applicant with demonstrated financial hardship.
Starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, the Council on East Asian Studies (CEAS) will also offer a two-year track to its M.A. degree program. Those interested in applying will be able to do so starting in mid-August 2014 through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Stipend amounts 7000 $.