Apply to Columbia’s MARSEA Graduate Program for 2016-17



Interested in furthering your study of East Asia by learning from some of the world’s leading scholars of the region?  Apply to Columbia University’s Master of Arts in Regional Studies–East Asia (MARSEA) program: 

Columbia University‘s Weatherhead East Asian Institute administers the Masters in Regional Studies—East Asia (MARSEA) through Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The MARSEA program is perfect for students wishing to focus on a social science approach to the modern politics, international relations, modern history, and cultural and social formations of the region with a country focus.  The program, completed in two full-time semesters, is tailored to meet the needs of individuals entering professional careers, mid-career professionals, students preparing for entry into doctoral programs, and those pursuing a professional degree, such as the J.D. or M.B.A., who want to gain regional expertise.  As a MARSEA student, you will have the opportunity to study at an Ivy League university in one of the most exciting cities in the world.  Applications for spring semester 2016 are due November 1, 2015 and applications for fall semester 2016 are due January 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2016. Information about applying is available here.

Here are perspectives on the program from two MARSEA alumni:


“One of the most valuable aspects of the MARSEA program for me was the amount of flexibility its structure allowed, even within its 30 credit requirement.  I was continually impressed with how the MARSEA faculty and administrators were willing to work with me to craft a program that best fit my own needs, interests, and goals, while also keeping the scope of focus from becoming too narrow.  I was able to parlay an internship with a local Chinese-American theater company into an independent study, which had a direct influence on the work I am doing now at a Chinese language and culture institute here in New York.  The fact that the program is smaller in size is also a great asset.  I feel it is easier to reach out to a fellow MARSEA alum even if we were were not in the same cohort.  Being a MARSEA grad feels like being part of a special, unique group.”

-Lindsay Bennett, MARSEA ’11, Program Manager, Confucius Institute, Pace University


“The MARSEA program’s great strength is its flexibility. Rather than focusing on one subject and one country, MARSEA students are required to pursue a multi-national and multi-disciplinary course of studies, creating graduates with a mind keyed to interconnectivity. As a journalist working in the U.S. for the Japanese market, the ability to find these intersecting threads has been invaluable to my work and career.”

-Daniel De Simone, MARSEA ’09, Senior Staff Reporter, Asahi Shimbun





Photos from the 2014 MARSEA Convocation and the WEAI’s MARSEA/SIPA Graduation Reception



On May 18, 2014, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute celebrated the convocation for its Master of Arts in Regional Studies–East Asia (MARSEA) students. Three days later, on May 21, the Institute hosted a graduation reception for MARSEA students and for students in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs with regional specializations in East Asian Studies. Below are photos from both events:


2014 MARSEA graduates

Convocation photo

2014 MARSEA graduates

Group Toast 2

2014 MARSEA graduates

Alexandra, Waichi

MARSEA graduates and WEAI Executive Director Waichi Ho

Family taking photos

MARSEA graduates and family


Shuo Yan Tan, SIPA ’14

Sonya +Family

Sonya Kuki, SIPA ’14, and family

Yuan Zhi Lau + Professor Zelin

Yuan Zhi Lau, MARSEA ’14, and Professor Zelin

Professor Lu + MARSEA graduates

MARSEA graduates and Professor Lü

Reception food

MARSEA and SIPA graduate reception


WEAI Director Myron Cohen


Leslie Paisley, SIPA ’14, and Vivian Coyne, SIPA ’14

Lauren Sprott, SIPA DRA-East Asia Region Specilization + Mary

Lauren Sprott, SIPA DRA-East Asian Regional Specialization, and Mary Trieu


Christine Swanson, MARSEA ’14, and Alexandra Tirado, MARSEA ’14

Caitlin hopping + Family

Caitlin Hopping, SIPA ’14, and family


MARSEA graduates and Mary Trieu

Chris, Ranming, Alex, Sungoh, Chrisine, Daniel

MARSEA graduates and current students