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Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies

All graduates students with a scholarly interest in a specific country of Asia (including East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Melanesia), regardless of departmental major, are urged to also enroll in the Asian Studies Advanced Certificate Program at no cost.

Departmental Offerings

Programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with an emphasis in Asian Studies, are available in many departments and schools of the University. These include the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Economics, History of Art and Architecture, History, Music, Political Science, Sociology, the School of Education, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


These departments all have faculty who specialize in East Asia. Students are encouraged to coordinate their graduate programs in their own departments and professional schools with opportunities for advanced work on Asia, using Asian Studies faculty and courses available throughout the University.

Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies

If you are contemplating a Asia-related career in government, business, politics, law, or pre-collegiate teaching, or wish to acquire broadly based East Asia academic training before enrolling in a doctoral program, you should consider the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies (IDMA). The IDMA is designed for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree, who plan professional careers in government, business, journalism, or pre-college teaching, and for those who want intensive area training before pursuing a doctoral program in a particular discipline.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For more information on aid and scholarship competitions, please visit the Financial Aid page.


Updated January 23, 2014

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Further Information

Asian Studies Center
University of Pittsburgh
4400 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 648-7370
Fax: (412) 624-4665