The Department of East Asian Studies has a long, rich history at the University of Toronto as a centre for research and teaching on the humanities of East Asia, past and present. Our faculty members specialize in social and cultural history, literature, philosophy, religion, language, art, film and visual culture. They are committed to the innovative pursuit of knowledge across regional, temporal and disciplinary divides. Many hold joint appointments with various departments, centres and collaborative programs throughout the university.
The Department offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in East Asian Studies. The Department also participates in several graduate level collaborative programs: Asia-Pacific Studies (MA), Book History and Print Culture (MA, PhD), Sexual Diversity Studies (MA, PhD).
Students and faculty in the department are blessed with a wide array of resources to assist in their research and learning. The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library holds more than 500,000 volumes in East Asian languages, making it a leading research collection in North America. The Royal Ontario Museum houses six separate galleries on the arts and artifacts of East Asia. The Asian Institute hosts a variety of lecture series and workshops. The University campus is located in downtown Toronto, home to multiple thriving Asian communities.
The Department welcomes your application to our MA program or our PhD program. Full funding packages are awarded to all incoming PhD students to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. Please feel free to contact our Graduate Coordinator for more information.