Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies (IDMA)

If you are contemplating an Asia-related career in government, business, politics, law, or pre-collegiate teaching, or wish to acquire broadly based East Asia academic training before enrolling in a doctoral program, you should consider the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in East Asian Studies (IDMA).

You may choose China or Japan as the area of concentration. The University of Pittsburgh has an excellent reputation as a leader in the studies of East Asia—the faculty are some of the most well known in their disciplines, facilities for research are superb, and synergies arising from the mix of these two produce some of the most amazing graduates.

Reflecting the national trend of integrating arrays of humanistic and scientific disciplines, EALL's current faculty concentration has a particular strength in media and performance studies, with digital orientation. 

As the name suggests, you will take graduate courses of your choosing, after consulting the academic director of the program in a variety of disciplines in humanities, social sciences, education, and international studies, to name a few. The program is administered and the degree is granted by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

IDMA is typically a two-year program. Before being admitted as a student, you must have had at least two years of formal language training in Chinese or Japanese, have a strong academic record, and possess academic interests compatible with the expertise of the East Asian faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.


Find information on the requirements needed for the IDMA in East Asian Studies.

Financial Aid

IDMA students are eligible to apply for a variety of scholarships and fellowships administered by the Asian Studies Center. In addition, the Department allocates a few in-state tuition reduction scholarships.


Find a listing of all Graduate courses offered within the Chinese, Japanese, Korean languages, and EAS courses (courses that are specifically for our MA program).


Apply for the IDMA program. The application deadline is January 15 of each year for the next fall term.


The IDMA program draws expertise from Pitt's Asianists.