East Asian Studies Joint-Degree Program

The Council on East Asian Studies (CEAS) collaborates with three of Yale’s professional schools—Forestry & Environmental Studies, Law, and Public Health—and has developed joint-degree programs that offer a strong connection between two demanding courses of study while also fulfilling the requirements of each separate school.  Only students enrolled in the two-year track of the East Asian Studies M.A. degree program are eligible for a joint degree.  

Each joint program leads to the simultaneous award of two graduate professional degrees: the M.A. in East Asian Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an M.F., M.E.M., M.E.Sc., M.F.S., J.D., or M.P.H. from the relevant professional school.  Students can earn the two degrees simultaneously in less time than if they were pursued sequentially.

With the exception of the joint M.A./J.D. program, which requires four years, completion of all requirements takes three years.  Typically candidates spend the first year in one program and the second year in the partner program.  During the third and final year of study, students register in one program each term.  Joint-degree students are guided in this process by a committee composed of the DGS and a faculty member of the relevant professional school.

Candidates must submit formal applications to both the Graduate School and the relevant professional school and be admitted separately to each school, i.e., each school makes its decision independently.  It is highly recommended that students apply to and enter a joint-degree program from the outset, although it is possible to apply to the second program once matriculated at Yale.

Information on the requirements for Joint-Degrees can be found below.  Questions about these joint-degree programs can be addressed to eastasian.studies@yale.edu.


Joint-degree Program in Forestry & Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies (M.A./M.F., M.A./M.E.M., M.A./MESc or M.A./M.F.S.)

This three-year joint-degree program combines the resources of the Council on East Asian Studies and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). The program prepares professionals in the scientific, political and economic aspects of international resource management and environmental issues. To complete the joint-degree, students must complete the requirements for the East Asian Studies degree in a total of 12, rather than 16, courses. None of these courses may be School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) courses. Students must complete EAST 900 (the Master’s Thesis), and two of the twelve courses may be language courses.  Students must also earn three Honors grades (“H”) over the course of their three terms towards the East Asian Studies M.A. degree. Honors grades earned in any language course cannot be counted toward satisfying the requirement, except with the permission of the DGS.

The F&ES programs consist of a core curriculum and electives (36 total credits). All joint-degree students must complete the three-week FES summer training program, which imparts field skills and techniques considered indispensable to students pursuing careers in environmental research, management, and policy. Students in the joint program must also complete a summer internship arranged through FES.

For more information, contact:
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
General information: (203) 432-5106
Prospective student: (800) 825-0330
Fax: (203) 432-5942
email: fesinfo@yale.edu
http://environment.yale.edu/academics/degrees/joint/


Joint-degree Program in Law and East Asian Studies (M.A./J.D.)

A four-year joint-degree program is offered in law and East Asian Studies leading to an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies and a J.D. degree in law. To complete the joint-degree, students must complete the requirements for the East Asian Studies degree, though only a total of 12, not 16, courses are required. None of these courses may be Law courses. Students must complete EAST 900 (the Master’s Thesis), and two of the twelve courses may be language courses.  Students must also earn three Honors grades (“H”) over the course of their three terms towards the East Asian Studies M.A. degree. Honors grades earned in any language course cannot be counted toward satisfying the requirement, except with the permission of the DGS.

Students must also petition the Law School’s Special Course of Study committee and complete the requirements for the J.D. degree.

For more information, contact:
Yale Law School Admissions Office
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
Phone: 203-432-4995
E-Mail: admissions.law@yale.edu
www.law.yale.edu/study-law-yale/degree-programs/joint-degrees


Joint-degree Program in Public Health and East Asian Studies (M.A./M.P.H.)

The Yale School Public Health (YSPH) and the East Asian Studies program offer a three-year joint-degree program in public health and East Asian Studies. To complete the joint-degree, students must complete the requirements for the East Asian Studies degree, though only a total of 12, not 16, courses are required. None of those courses may be taken at YSPH. Students must complete EAST 900 (the Master’s Thesis), and two of the twelve courses may be language courses. Students must also earn three Honors grades (“H”) over the course of their three terms towards the East Asian Studies M.A. degree. Honors grades earned in any language course cannot be counted toward satisfying the requirement, except with the permission of the DGS.

For the YSPH component, joint-degree candidates must complete all core and divisional required courses as well as the thesis/capstone and summer internship components. Exceptions for joint-degree candidates include the reduction of required YSPH course units from 20 to 15.

For more information, contact:
Yale School of Public Health
Admissions Office
47 College Street
Suite 108
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
Phone: (203) 785-2844
Fax: (203) 785-4845
ysph.admissions@yale.edu
publichealth.yale.edu/admissions/programs/mph/joint/