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East Asian Studies

University of Toronto

12 months
27520 CAD/year
6210 CAD/year
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The graduate program in East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto is offered in two fields: Classical East Asian and Modern East Asian, leading to the Master of Arts degree.


About this Degree

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto is a place for learning and research about the cultures of China, Japan, and Korea, and their interactions with one another and the rest of the world. An emphasis is placed on interregional and interdisciplinary work, including the fields of history, literature, philosophy, cinema, and cultural studies in modern and premodern times. 

Prospective students must come to the East Asian Studies program with strong skills in at least one East Asian language.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Approaches to East Asia
  • Coursework plus Major Research Paper (MRP)
  • Major Research Paper 
  • MA Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


4 alternative credits

4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of East Asian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in East Asian studies and at least a B+ standing in the final year.

  • Applicants without a major in East Asian studies may also be considered, provided they demonstrate sufficient scholarly interest and academic preparation in East Asian studies.

  • Statement of approximately 500 words (two pages) setting out the student's main fields of interest and proposed course of study.

  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars who have knowledge of previous academic work.

  • Programs are based on the study of original texts. This presupposes knowledge of the relevant languages.

  • A 10- to 15-page sample of the applicant's academic writing in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27520 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27520 CAD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6210 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6210 CAD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
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