JD/MA-EAS Dual Degree

Together with the Duke University School of Law, APSI offers a JD/MA degree option for students seeking to enhance their legal training with essential area knowledge. Students must apply and be admitted to both the School of Law and the Graduate School. Completion of the joint degree typically takes three years and one summer.

JD/MA Degree Requirements

To earn the MA-EAS portion of the dual degree, students must complete 10 graduate-level courses (30 semester hours), of which eight (24 hours), including an integrated core course, must focus on East Asia. Law School courses on East Asia may apply to the degree if they are registered with the Graduate School rather than the School of Law. Up to two courses (6 hours) may be taken as ungraded research credits. Students must complete a capstone project and demonstrate minimum proficiency in an Asian language equivalent to 3rd-year collegiate-level study.

View a Sample JD/MA-EAS Curriculum.


Information about the application process, including requirements, deadlines and a link to the online application is on the Duke Graduate School's Admissions website.

Complete applications for the MA in East Asian Studies must include:

  • Online application (via ApplyYourself)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official university transcripts from all schools attended
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable

Applications for the JD/MA are made during the first year of a student’s law studies at Duke University.