Master of Arts in Regional Studies-East Asia
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University administers the Master of Arts in Regional Studies–East Asia (MARSEA) program through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for those wishing to focus on a social science approach to modern East Asia through an intensive one-year program. Taught by Columbia’s world-class faculty, the program provides interdisciplinary training (exposure to the politics, international relations, modern history, culture, and society of the region) with a country or area of focus. The program, completed in two full-time semesters, is tailored to meet the needs of individuals entering professional careers, mid-career professionals, students preparing for entry into doctoral programs, and those pursuing a professional degree, such as the J.D. or M.B.A., who want to gain exceptional regional expertise. Please find general information in the MARSEA Brochure.
Please refer to the MARSEA Student Handbook for the rules and regulations about the program.
To apply to MARSEA through Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) website, please click here.
January 15 for Fall Admission*
November 1 for Spring Admission*
Student Affairs Officer: Jamie Tan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Studying at Columbia
Nestled within one of the world’s greatest and most diverse cities, Columbia’s MARSEA program offers students unparalleled access to international expertise. Resources available to the academic community include Columbia University’s renowned C.V. Starr East Asian Library and the Institute’s extensive ties to the business, diplomatic, legal, and media communities in New York City, the nation, and abroad. The dedication to East Asian Studies at Columbia has been recognized by a wide variety of funding sources, including the U.S. Department of Education, which, since 1960, has designated Columbia as an East Asian National Resource Center.
The MARSEA Curriculum
MARSEA applicants should have some prior language training and must attain at least third year proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or second year proficiency in Tibetan to earn the degree. The language requirement may be met through coursework or by passing a language placement exam at Columbia. In addition to the language requirement, the degree program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credits, including a master’s thesis and eight regional courses from a wide range of offerings in Anthropology, Business, Economics, History, International Affairs, Literature, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. Of the eight courses, two must be in modern history. Candidates must also take courses in at least two different disciplines, and at least one course must focus on an Asian country or sub-region other than the country of specialization. At least two of the eight courses must be colloquia or seminars.
“During my time as a MARSEA student, every professor I met gave me unrelenting support to grow intellectually and pursue my passions. The lectures and programs held at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute provided me with the opportunity to explore new ideas and take my writing in a direction that was interesting and original.”
– Sung Eun Kim, MARSEA ’11
“With its strong faculty and wide range of courses available, the MARSEA program allows students to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the region/country they are specializing in. The student diversity offered by New York City and Columbia complements the comprehensive education in the MARSEA program.”
-Doreen Koh, MARSEA ’12