All RSEA degree candidates must complete a thesis under the guidance of and in close consultation with the student’s 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 demonstrate significant use 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 Formatting Your Dissertation on the GSAS website).
• The body of the thesis text is expected to be 60 - 80 pages in length (excluding bibliography and other supplementary material, using 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.