Master of Arts in Regional Studies - East Asia
Applying to MARSEA

Application to the MARSEA program should be made through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Please note that this is a full-time one year Master’s program and cannot be completed part-time. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applicants must apply online by clicking here

Applications Deadlines:
January 15 for the fall semester
November 1 for the spring semester

Please note: only applicants who are admitted should send materials (i.e., official transcripts) by mail to the Office of Admissions. Unofficial transcripts and other supplemental application materials should be uploaded through the online application system. Please direct application materials sent by mail to:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
108 Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street, MC 4303
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

Questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to the GSAS Office of Admissions at 212-854-8903 or

MARSEA Application Checklist
  • Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Fellowship Statement (if applicable)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Scholarly Writing Sample
  • GRE Scores and, if applicable, TOEFL Scores (for non-native English speakers)

Financial Aid

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute offers a limited number of merit-based fellowships each year for incoming master’s students. The fellowship is awarded annually to selected entering fall semester MARSEA students. The fellowship provides partial tuition. MARSEA applicants will be automatically considered for the fellowship at the same time as application review.

Applicants to the MARSEA program who are U.S. citizens or permanent residence can apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS), graduate loans and the Federal Work-Study Program. All applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding. For details, please visit our website. For details please visit Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Financial Aid


Applying to MARSEA
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For questions and inquiries, please contact the Student Affairs Officer, Jamie Tan at