Q. What is the Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS)?

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.

Q. What are the admission requirements?

Currently, the GDAS is not a stand alone programme. You must be a registered graduate student at York University. The Diploma will be awarded with your degree.

Q. When do I apply?

Students are encouraged to indicate their interest to the GDAS Administrator early in their programme to ensure the requirements are completed. However, there is no set annual deadline for enrolling.

Q. How can I apply?

Please complete the enrollment form.

Q. Do I have to pay additional fee for enrolling in the GDAS?

York University students enrolled in a masters or doctoral programme do not need to pay additional fee for enrolling in the GDAS.

Q. Can I take courses before being admitted to the Diploma Programme?

Yes, you can take courses appropriate to your degree. However, there is one core course that you must take as part of the GDAS.

Q. How long do I have to complete the GDAS?

There is no pre-set deadline to complete the programme. Rather, it depends on the student’s programme structure and requirements. However the requirements for the Diploma must be completed before you graduate.

Q. Is the attendance at YCAR events obligatory for Diploma students?

Attending YCAR events is not obligatory, however, students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate whenever possible.

Q. Which Asian languages are acceptable to meet the programme requirements?

The selected language should be relevant to your research area.

Q. What levels of language competency is required?

The decision on the level of language acquisition required will be made in consultation with the Diploma Coordinator. An oral or written examination to test your language proficiency may be required in some circumstances. There is no cost if an examination is required.

Q. How long and what types of fieldwork are expected to fulfill the requirements?

A period of 12 weeks is the norm. The content of the fieldwork and/or other experience will be discussed with the Diploma Administrator prior to your fieldwork to meet individual circumstances. Exceptions can be made for field experience prior to entering graduate school, subject to conditions that can be discussed with the Diploma Coordinator.

Q. Who should I contact for further information?

Prospective students can contact the Diploma Administrator at gdas@yorku.ca or the Diploma Coordinator at gdascoor@yorku.ca.