East Asian Studies Joint Degree (MA)

The joint degree is aimed at students wishing to address the cultural issues rooted in environmental dilemmas.  By integrating the study of environmental sciences with a cross-disciplinary exposure to the people, history, culture, contemporary society, politics, and economy of China, Japan or a transnational region within East Asia, students can go on to a doctorate or seek a terminal M.A degree before entering the business world, the media, or government service. The joint degree is strongly supported by the Council on East Asian Studies, and the Macmillan Center.


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 (GSAS)and one of four degrees from the School of the Environment (YSE), Master of Environmental Management (MEM),Master of Environmental Science (MESc), Master of Forest Science (MFS), or Master of Forestry (MF).
Pursuing a joint program reduces the total time of study by one year.

Course of Study

Each environment degree program requires a completion of 36 credits as well as a summer internship and a thesis or a capstone project.  In addition, all joint-degree students are required to attend three weeks of technical skills training before beginning their studies at YSE.  These are hands-on workshops, offered every August, that teach plant identification, ecosystems management, land measurement, and urban ecosystem analysis. Please see Degree Programs at YSE for more information.
Students who wish to complete the EAS Master’s Degree focus their course work on the study of China, Japan, or transnational East Asia. Some students may prefer to focus their course work on one or two disciplines, in addition to language study and courses focused on East Asia. Others may create a highly interdisciplinary program, taking courses in traditional disciplines such as history, literature, political science, art history, or anthropology, as well as in Yale’s professional schools. For more information, see CEAS Degree Requirements.


Each school individually admits students in accordance with its own criteria. Prospective students may apply to the program prior to matriculation by submitting a separate application to each school during a single admissions cycle. For more information on admission, please visit YSE Masters Admissions and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at GSAS.  Fellowships awarded to joint degree students from the African Studies program are applied to the semesters in which the student is enrolled through GSAS. For information on fellowships offered to African Studies students, see CEAS Grants. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid website

Contact Info

School of the Environment
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 800 825-0330
Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203 432-3426

Peter Perdue, Director of Graduate Studies (CEAS)