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Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS)

The GDAS is a one-of-a-kind diploma tailored specifically for students conducting their graduate research in Asia and Asian Diasporas. With support from a large number of experts in Asian Studies, the Diploma provides academic and professional exposure to students who can enrich their graduate training and strengthen their credentials in Asian Studies.

It is offered by the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) and is awarded concurrently with a Masters or Doctoral degree for which the student is registered.

YCAR offers several awards for fieldwork, language training and professional development, and students enrolled in the GDAS are given priority.

For more information, please visit us at 834 Kaneff Tower (formerly the York Research Tower) or email gdas@yorku.ca. Click here for a copy of the programme brochure. The Diploma Coordinator, Janice C.H. Kim, can be reached at jkim@yorku.ca.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

All candidates for GDAS must first be admitted to a graduate programme at York University. They may register for GDAS once their Masters or Doctoral programme of study has been clearly defined, normally before the course work has been completed. The GDAS is a flexible programme tailored to fit your research and programme level.

The following York University programmes also allow students to count the GDAS core course towards the diploma and towards their degree: Anthropology, Communication & Culture, Geography, Humanities and Sociology. The GDAS is also linked with the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Diploma Requirements
GDAS is available to graduate students at York University who fulfill the following requirements:
1) Completion of the core course, The Making of Asian Studies: Critical Perspectives;
2) Two research papers with clear Asian content;
3) Demonstrated competency in an Asian language relevant to the candidate's research;
4) Fieldwork or other experience in the geographic region of Asia or the Diaspora, to be assessed by the student's diploma committee.
A detailed explanation of the requirements is available here.

The Application Process
Click here for a step-by-step guide to the appllication process

For More Information:
Benefits of the GDAS
Core Course
Participating Faculty
YCAR Awards

Downloadable Forms:
GDAS Enrollment Form (Word)
Completion of Requirements and Notification of Completion forms (Word)
Faculty of Graduate Studies Convocation Information Form (PDF)

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