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East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies

Location

Location

  • Department of East Asian Studies
  • 3434 McTavish Street, Room 203
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1X9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-6742
  • Fax: 514-398-1882
  • Email: gradinquiry [at] eps [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/eas

About East Asian Studies

About East Asian Studies

The Department of East Asian Studies specializes in modern and literary Chinese and Japanese, and modern Korean, and in emerging fields of cultural analysis including cultural studies, women's literature, and the history of medicine, science, and technology. Research concentrations include East Asian literature, popular culture and religion, aesthetics, performance and politics, gender studies, film and media studies, early Chinese philosophy and newly excavated texts, and Chinese historical archaeology. The Department provides graduate training in the China and Japan fields at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Candidates may study with Associate Members in other departments and faculties specializing in East Asia. Library holdings exceed 80,000 volumes and are being continually expanded. Candidates are expected to use primary and secondary sources in their theses and to spend time in Asia gathering data for their research topics. East Asian Studies provides excellent preparation for a future career in the professions, international business management, education, law, journalism, and communications, in addition to the necessary training for advanced study at the graduate level.

Members of the Department of East Asian Studies are recognized as being leading international experts in their chosen fields and disciplines, with numerous publications and honours to their credit.

The Centre for East Asian Research (CEAR), affiliated with the Department of East Asian Studies, actively supports and encourages community outreach. It offers a wide range of activities throughout the year such as lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, speech contests, cultural activities, and additions of new associate members.

Master of Arts (M.A.); East Asian Studies (Thesis) (Ad Hoc) (45 credits)
Both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs require a thesis that engages with current theoretical and methodological issues and uses both primary and secondary sources in East Asian languages. Entering students are expected to have a background and/or degree in disciplines relating to East Asia and have knowledge of an East Asian language. Graduates of our programs are pursuing careers in academia, publishing, government service, the financial industry, media and communications, and other fields.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); East Asian Studies (Ad Hoc)
Both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs require a thesis that engages with current theoretical and methodological issues and uses both primary and secondary sources in East Asian languages. Entering students are expected to have a background and/or degree in disciplines relating to East Asia and have knowledge of an East Asian language. Graduates of our programs are pursuing careers in academia, publishing, government service, the financial industry, media and communications, and other fields.

East Asian Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

East Asian Studies Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

A minimum standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0 or a CGPA of 3.2/4.0 for the last two full-time academic years.

Competency in English

TOEFL, GRE, and IELTS (if applicable).

Applicants who have not studied at a Canadian institution must submit official copies of their Graduate Record Examination at the time of application. A minimum TOEFL score of 577 on the paper-based test (or 86 on the Internet-based test; no less than 20 in each of the four component scores) is required of all applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or at a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone). Alternatively, students proving their English proficiency may use the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination, for which the minimum score is an overall band average of 6.5.

M.A.

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold by September of the year of entry, a Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies or a related field. Applicants are expected to have proficiency in the East Asian language(s) most useful for the proposed graduate work (preferably three years or more of coursework, or equivalent).

Ph.D.

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold by September of the year of entry, a master's degree in East Asian Studies or a related field.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Completing the Application:

The application deadline for the September 2012 term is January 6, 2012. The application method is via the McGill website at www.mcgill.ca/applying/online/.

In addition to the application form, which is to be completed online, a student must also submit:

  1. Official transcripts of each university or college the student has attended. Two copies of each transcript must be sent directly from the university or college to the department.
  2. Two letters of reference submitted on the official letterhead of the recommending professor's department.
  3. Curriculum vitae and a research statement. The research statement (approximately 500 words for master's and five pages for Ph.D. applicants) should indicate potential supervisor, the field of study that the applicant wishes to pursue, and the reasons for applying to the program. A description of the proposed research project, with brief bibliography, should be included. All of the above should be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions, Department of East Asian Studies.
  4. An application fee of $100 Canadian (this cannot be waived). Please note that you will be requested to pay the fee at the time that you submit your online application form.
  5. Test scores: Any student who has not studied at a Canadian institution must submit official copies of their GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. These scores must come directly from the Educational Testing Service; a photocopy is not accepted.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program.

We encourage applications via McGill’s online application form for graduate program students available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

East Asian Studies Faculty

East Asian Studies Faculty

Chair
Professor Robin D.S. Yates
Director of Graduate Program
TBA
Professors
Kenneth Dean; B.A.(Brown), M.A., Ph.D.(Stan.)
Grace S. Fong; B.A., M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
Thomas LaMarre; B.A.(G'town), M.A., Ph.D.(Chic.), D.Sc.(Aix-Marseille II)
Robin D.S. Yates; B.A., M.A.(Oxf.), M.A.(Calif.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (joint appt. with History)
Assistant Professors
Gwen Bennett; B.A.(N'Western), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.-LA) (joint appt. with Anthropology)
Victor Fan; B.M.(Roch.), M.F.A.(USC), Ph.D.(Yale)
Yuriko Furuhata; B.A.(Int'l. Christian), M.A.(N. Mexico), Ph.D.(Brown)
Adrienne Hurley; B.A.(Col.), M.A.(Mich.), Ph.D.(Calif.)
Faculty Lecturers
Jennie Chang, Myung Hee Kim, Miwako Uesaka, Bill Wang
Associate Members
Lara Braitstein (Religious Studies)
Christopher Green (Economics)
G. Victor Hori (Religious Studies)
Sandra Teresa Hyde (Anthropology)
Erik Kuhonta (Political Science)
John Kurien (Economics)
Catherine Lu (Political Science)
Lorenz Lüthi (History)
Yuzo Ota (History)
Johanna Ransmeier (History)
Junko Shimoyama (Linguistics)
Sarah Turner (Geography)

Master of Arts (M.A.); East Asian Studies (Thesis) (Ad Hoc) (45 credits)

The Department only offers a thesis option. The M.A. program with thesis includes: a) four 3-credit graduate courses (12 credits); b) one graduate 3-credit seminar in theory/methodology (3 credits); c) one graduate 6-credit seminar or two graduate 3-credit semi­nars (6 credits); and d) thesis (24 credits). Language Courses: 1. A maximum of 6 credits of ...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); East Asian Studies (Thesis) (Ad Hoc) (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); East Asian Studies (Ad Hoc)

The Graduate Studies Committee will assign an advisory committee to advise the student and specify the student's program of study. Exceptional students with appropriate background at the undergraduate level may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Students must complete at least 24 course credits, with a grade point average of 3.5 or better; this ...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); East Asian Studies (Ad Hoc).

Faculty of Arts—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)