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Asian Studies / East Asian Studies, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts

147 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The combined baccalaureate and master’s program in Asian studies and East Asian studies is designed to provide highly-motivated students with the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.

After completion of the requirements for the B.A., students enroll full time in graduate courses for the fifth year of the combined degree program. For specific requirements, please contact the program director.

Department Contact

Bernadette Li, Ph.D., Director
Institute for Asian Studies
Bent Hall 388


Please see the requirement chart for the academic progression criteria in this dual degree program.

Students should apply for admission to the combined BA/MA program during the second semester of their sophomore year, in consultation with the director. Qualifying students have at least a 3.0 GPA overall and at least a 3.3 major GPA. Students are expected to maintain grades commensurate with the requirements for entry into this combined degree program while matriculated.

Dean Contact

Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Associate Dean - Graduate Division
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
St. John Hall Room 145

Molly Mann, M.L.S.
Assistant Dean - Graduate Division
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
St. John Hall Room 145
718 990-1443


Additional Information

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to full-time students on the basis of academic achievement and/or foreign language proficiency. In addition to holding research responsibilities, assistants are instrumental in assisting faculty in their teaching and research interests. For more information about assistantships, contact the program director.

Success Story

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