All RSEA degree candidates must complete a thesis under the guidance of and in close consultation with the student’s faculty academic adviser and/or thesis adviser. The minimum thesis standards for the RSEA A.M. degree are:
• The thesis should demonstrate original research and fresh interpretation of a subject.
•The thesis should employ a significant degree of original sources in one or more East Asian languages.
• The thesis should demonstrate the candidate's familiarity with previous scholarship related to the subject matter.
• The thesis should follow the appropriate scholarly format and include proper scholarly apparatus, including footnotes and bibliography (see The Form of the PhD Dissertation on the GSAS website).
• The typical thesis is approximately 60 to 80 pages in length (with Times New Roman font size 12, double spacing, and standard margins as required by GSAS) or of a length deemed appropriate by the student’s thesis adviser.