What will I learn?

The York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) offers a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies (GDAS) that is awarded concurrently with a Masters or Doctoral degree for which the student is registered.

GDAS answers the identified need among students who are looking for more Asian content in their studies, and to interest prospective employers who are looking for graduates with certifiable expertise in Asian Studies.

It is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a challenging graduate diploma degree with promising career opportunities in the broad area of Asian development.

Given the program's emphasis on non-spatially-contained definition of Asian studies, diaspora, identity, and transnationalism among immigrant communities in Canada, students will acquire a broad knowledge of contemporary Asian research and issues.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Study options

Full Time (12 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAD$18,821.00 (US$ 15,213) per year
Start date

10 January 2022


Faculty of Graduate Studies

230 York Lanes, 80 York Boulevard,

York University, 4700 Keele Street,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: York English Language Test with a Overall band: 1-5; TOEFL: Computer-based: 220,Paper-based: 560; Test de français international(TFI) with a Overall score: 785.

For international students

Applicants must hold, at a minimum, an Honours undergraduate degree or equivalent (typically a four-year full-time program) from a recognized post-secondary institution with at least a B (second class) standing in the final two years of full-time equivalent study. As approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Senate, individual graduate programs may have a minimum academic standing requirement greater than B (second class).

Language Test Scores

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper based)or 100 (internet based);
  • a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 (Academic Module);
  • a minimum PTE Academic score of 76;
  • YUELI Academic Program Level 9 with Distinction;
  • YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) graduate with Distinction;
  • a CAEL overall score of 70 with no component score less than 60;
  • a minimum CPE score of B, or;
  • a minimum CAE score of C2.