Sun Yet Sen Hall

Asian Studies / Accounting, Bachelor of Arts / Master of Science

Institute for Asian Studies


The combined Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) program in Asian Studies and Accounting offers highly-motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years of full-time study.

You may enroll in four or more approved graduate courses while still working toward your undergraduate degree. These graduate courses count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree, saving you time and money as you pursue your educational goals.

By completing undergraduate requirements during your first four years of study, you are assured of the B.A. degree if for any reason you decide not to complete the M.S. Graduate courses that are applied to the B.A. may not be applied to a graduate degree should you decide not to complete the combined degree program.



As an Asian Studies major, you will engage in comprehensive and critical study of the cultural and linguistic development of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree combines language instruction with courses about the history, literature, philosophy, religion, society, and politics of Asian cultures.

You may combine the B.A. in Asian Studies with a graduate degree in East Asian StudiesBusiness Administration, or Accounting to earn both graduate and undergraduate degrees in only five years of study.

Department Contact

Hung-Yi Erik Shen
Associate Director, Institute for Asian Studies
St. John Hall 116
[email protected]

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

Current St. John’s University undergraduates interested in applying to a combined degree program or pathway should consult the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies and their undergraduate academic Dean.

Career Outcomes

In the combined degree program in Asian Studies and Account at St. John’s, you gain knowledge of the language, culture, and history of the Asian world. You also develop specialized knowledge in accounting, taxes, and auditing that enables you to advance in the profession of public accountancy or in managerial positions in industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow six percent through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, you prepare for jobs in the field that require global understanding.