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East Asian Studies, Master of Arts

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


The Master of Arts program in East Asian studies offers a comprehensive and critical study of the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural developments of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies. It also provides students with experience in the critical use of sources and presentation of research.

Students in the program may opt for a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students who wish to continue their graduate studies beyond the master’s level. All students in the program must take at least one semester of Chinese or Japanese language instruction.

Contact Information
Bernadette Y. Li, Director
Institute for Asian Studies
Sun Yat Sen Hall, Room 20



In addition to the requirements for admission to graduate study in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students who apply to the M.A. in East Asian Studies are expected to have taken at least six credits of related coursework as an undergraduate. Foreign students must show proof of English proficiency by submitting results of the TOEFL examination.

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission