M.A. in Chinese or Japanese

M.A. in Chinese or Japanese

This program is somewhat more specialized. It involves further and broader language study, and it is intended primarily for those who plan to proceed to the Ph.D. in Chinese or Japanese. It may also be excellent preparation for someone whose career goals require extensive familiarity with more than one East Asian language.

Admission Requirement

An undergraduate major in Chinese or Japanese, or its equivalent.

Course Requirements

A total of 30 credit hours, including M.A. project hours, in approved courses. Ordinarily, at least 20 of these credit hours, not counting thesis hours, must be from among the courses listed under "Chinese" or "Japanese" (depending on the student's major), including at least three at the 500 level or above, of which one must be C511 or J511. Please note that fourth-year language courses do not count toward the required 500-level courses. The remaining credit hours may be taken from other departments at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies. Except for overseas study credits, normally a maximum of 3 credit hours of E595 may be counted toward the degree.

Language Requirements

Completion of the fourth-year level or equivalent in the student's major language.  For some areas of research, proficiency in a classical East Asian language, involving up to one year of coursework, may be necessary.  Specific program requirements will be determined in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s Advisory Committee, according to departmental guidelines. Students planning to apply to Ph.D. programs in fields that typically require a second East Asian language are strongly encouraged to begin such language study during M.A. coursework.


The student may choose either a thesis or an essay. (1) A thesis (normally 50-80 pages) demonstrates the student's skills in the use of primary sources and scholarly research. May be taken for up to 4 credit hours. The thesis option is strongly recommended to students who wish to be admitted to the Ph.D. program. (2) The essay is normally 40-50 pages, demonstrating the ability to master, use, and critically evaluate a body of scholarly literature in the student's field. May be taken for up to 4 credit hours.

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