Academic Requirements

The program is designed to be flexible, and to allow students the opportunity to pursue their own particular East Asia-related interests, whether broad-ranging or relatively focused, within the guidelines of the RSEA requirements. In the normal two-year program of study, students will take a total of 16 half-courses, and some students may choose to take some of their courses in subjects related to their academic interests but outside the East Asian studies field — perhaps to pursue the theoretical background of a discipline, provide a comparative framework for study, or develop necessary methodological skills.

To receive the A.M. in Regional Studies—East Asia, a student must satisfy the requirements established by GSAS for all master's degree candidates as well as those additionally determined by the RSEA Committee.

These requirements are grouped into four basic categories:

      • Residence RSEA is normally a two-year program. Students should register and pay tuition for at least one year as a full-time student (a minimum GSAS requirement).
      • Courses Ordinarily, satisfactorily complete 16 half-courses of instruction, of which a minimum of eight courses must satisfy the RSEA course requirements, as defined by the Committee.
      • Language Achieve proficiency in an East Asian language at least to the level of a completed third-year Harvard language course or the equivalent.
      • Thesis Submit an approved thesis that meets the RSEA Committee's standards for a master's thesis.