East Asian Studies Joint Degree (MA)

Students in the three-year joint program earn a Master of Arts degree (MA) in East Asian Studies from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and one of four degrees from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES):
  • Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
  • Master of Environmental Science (MESc)
  • Master of Forest Science (MFS)
  • Master of Forestry (MF)
East Asian Studies

The Master of Arts (M.A.) Program in East Asian Studies is a multi-disciplinary 1.5-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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information, please see the East Asian Studies website.
Forestry & Environmental Studies

For information on the curriculum for the four master’s degrees at FES, see Masters Degrees.
All joint-degree students must complete the three-week FES summer training program, which imparts field skills and techniques considered indispensable to students pursuing careers in environmental research, management, and policy. Students in the joint program must also complete a summer internship arranged through FES, as well as 36 credits.

Candidates must apply to, and be admitted by, each program separately. An offer of admission to one program is made independently of an offer to enroll in the other. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to and enter a joint-degree program from the outset. It is possible, however, to apply to the second program once matriculated at the first.

Financial Aid

Fellowships awarded to joint degree students from the East Asian Studies program are applied to the semesters in which the student is enrolled through Yale’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For information on fellowships offered, see the East Asian Studies Funding website.

For information about financial aid at FES, see FES Financial Aid.
For information on scholarships at FES, see: FES Scholarship Aid.

Contact Info

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
General information: 203 432.5100
Prospective students: 800 825.0330
East Asian Studies
Henry Luce Hall, Room 320
34 Hillhouse Ave
New Haven, CT 06520-8206

Email: eastasian.studies@yale.edu
Telephone: 203.432.3426

Peter Perdue,Director of Graduate Studies (East Asian Studies)
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