GDAS_poster The Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (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 at York University.

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 A copy of the programme brochure is available here or visit the FAQ page.  The Diploma Coordinator, Janice C.H. Kim, can be reached at

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, History, 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.

A detailed explanation of the Requirements for the GDAS is available here.

The Application Process

A step-by-step guide to the GDAS application process.

Submission Deadlines

The deadline for submission of the abovementioned three forms varies by year. Contact the GDAS Administrator for more details at

For 2014.2015, the submission deadlines are as follows:
15 August 2014 for students who are applying to graduate in October 2014 and  20 April 2015 for students who will apply to graduate in June 2015

Downloadable Forms:

Enrollment Form for the GDAS (Word)
Completion of Requirements and Notification of Completion forms (Word)
Faculty of Graduate Studies Convocation Information Form (PDF)