Students who wish to register for the certificate are asked to do so by the end of their first semester, but no later than the end of the first year of their graduate studies program. It is important for students to declare their interest in the Graduate Certificate early to ensure future course planning for the following academic year.

Candidates for the Asian Studies Graduate Certificate must register with the Asian Studies Program by completing the Graduate Certificate Registration form. The form may be e-mailed to Robert Lyons at or may be hand delivered to ICC 302-A.


To earn the Asian Studies Graduate Certificate, graduate students must complete the following requirements.

  • Language Proficiency: Candidates for the certificate must demonstrate proficiency in a language indigenous to Asia in one of the following ways:
    • Successful completion, with a grade of B or above, of two years of the language at Georgetown University
    • A specified grade of proficiency in US Government language testing
    • Passed a proficiency test at Georgetown University
    • Successful completion of other testing approved by the Director of Asian Studies
  • Coursework: Five (5) courses (15 credits) are required (not including acquisition level language courses) whose primary focus is on Asia from at least two areas of study including: Government, History, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Culture / Society.
  • Students must also demonstrate current language proficiency as listed on the website.