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 must 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

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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

Michael Wolfe, Ph.D., Associate Dean
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
St. John Hall 135

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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.

The Institute also awards five kinds of scholarships annually or per semester to the students at the Institute:

  • Dr. and Madame H. K'ung Scholarship
  • Ta-lin and Han-lee Award
  • Ju Nan Wu Scholarship
  • Dr. Tingfu and Mrs. Nadline F. Tsiang Scholarship
  • Pearl Tsai, Alfred Tsai and David Choy Scholarship

Contact the Director of the Institute for more information:

Dr. Abraham Ho
Institute of Asian Studies
Office: Sun Yat-Sen Hall, Room 37B
Telephone: 718-990-6582
Fax: 718-990-1881

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