General Information

Program/Degree
East Asian Studies (MA) 
Program Description

East Asian Studies Masters

The Department of East Asian Studies offers two types of Master’s degrees, Area Master's degrees and General Master’s degrees. Area Master’s degrees may focus on either China or Japan and are intended to prepare graduates for doctoral study (though graduates may of course use these as terminal degrees). They require the writing of a thesis, except for students majoring in linguistics, who may elect to take an examination instead. The General Master’s degrees may also focus on China or Japan or may involve study of both areas. General Master’s candidates may write a thesis or a departmental paper. The General Master’s degree is designed for candidates who do not intend to study for a doctorate.

Professional MA East Asian Studies

The University of Arizona’s School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC), Eller College of Management, School of Journalism, and School of Government and Public Policy share a strong commitment to educating future leaders of the new global economy in a world that increasingly requires the highest level of intercultural competence. The Professional MA in East Asian Studies is a course of study that allows students to complete an MA in East Asian Studies (EAS) with an emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Business Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Collaborative Governance
 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

East Asian Studies -

The Department of East Asian Studies is dedicated to the study of the cultures and languages of China and Japan. The rich cultural heritages of the region are covered by courses in literature, history, society, religion and thought, linguistics and other aspects of culture.

EAS offers a wide range of courses in Chinese and Japanese language. Understanding the languages and cultures of these two nations—the second (China) and third (Japan) largest economies in the world—is essential for anyone working globally today.

EAS offers programs leading to the  Master of Arts (M.A.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees with a major in East Asian Studies.

 
College
College of Humanities  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Frank Simmons Whitehead
520-626-8123
Graduate Program Coordinator
Frank Simmons Whitehead
520-626-8123
Director of Graduate Studies
Albert Welter
520-621-7505
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Janae E Gregston
520-621-0119
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • GPA 3.0
  • TOEFL 550 on the paper based (PB)or 79 on the internet based (IBT) or composite score of 7 (iBT)international students)
  • GRE (required of domestic applicants and applicants from English speaking countries, e.g. U.K., Canada, etc.)(not required for other international
  • students)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (Must specify the area you are applying for: Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies. Must also indicate areas of interest (example: linguistics)
  • Sample of written work (Ph.D. applicants only)
  • Official sealed Transcripts
  • Department Financial Aid Application
 
Standardized Tests

Required test(s) required for Domestic applicants: GRE
TOEFL 550 on the paper based (PB)or 79 on the internet based (IBT) or composite score of 7 (iBT)international students)Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

*Note: International applicants who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department’s discretion.

 
Financial Aid
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Graduate College Fellowships
  • Tuition and Registration Scholarships
  • Graduate and Professional Student Travel Funds
 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2601

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Requirements

The department requires 31-34 units for the MA degree and that a minimum of 25 units be completed in the East Asian Studies Department. All the student’s required course work must be taken at the 500 level or above; at least one-half must be taken in courses assigning “A”, “B”, and “C” grades. Graduate credit is not allowed for pass/fail or audited courses.

Chinese Area

Preparation

Ideally, students applying for the master’s program in East Asian Studies with a China area specialization will have completed the following: 1) three years of Chinese language study (or have equivalent Chinese language ability); 2) adequate English ability to pursue a master’s degree; and 3) some previous course work in Chinese studies. Prospective students with less than three years of Chinese language study are encouraged to contact the Admissions Committee to discuss their situation. With departmental approval, students with a limited number of deficiencies may be admitted to the program. These students will need to make up any deficiencies. Graduate credit will not be given for any work completed to satisfy deficiencies.

There are several specific course requirements:

  1. One course (3 units) in three of the following five fields: Chinese history, linguistics, literature, thought/religion, and cultural anthropology. (It may be possible to apply courses taken previously at the undergraduate level towards meeting this breadth requirement. Students who wish to do so should submit to the department a petition explaining their request.)
  2. 6 units of advanced-level courses within the department which are relevant to the student’s field of study. These courses must enhance the programmatic integrity of the course of study.
  3. 3 units of courses from other departments which are relevant to the student’s course of study. These courses must enhance the programmatic integrity of the course of study.
  4. 6 units of fourth-year Chinese, or demonstrated proficiency of the language at that level.
  5. One year of classical Chinese, the first semester covering basic grammar and the second semester chosen from among available content courses.
  6. 1 unit of EAS 595a Master’s Colloquium, to be taken in the first semester possible after the student’s admission.
  7. 1 to 3 units of CHN 910 (Thesis) for students who are writing a thesis.

Students in the China track must complete a minimum of 31 units of graduate work, including preparation of a thesis of acceptable quality. Note that no more than 3 units of independent studies including CHN 910 may be counted towards these 31 units. Work leading to the thesis should include the use of relevant materials in Chinese. (These materials are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.) Theses should be based on original research and should conform to departmental guidelines concerning scope and quality. Near the end of their program there is an oral final examination which focuses on, but is not limited to, the student’s thesis. The student will be asked to explain and defend the thesis. Committee members may also ask the student to explain the relationship between the thesis project and other course materials covered during study for the Master’s degree.

Students in the linguistics track of Chinese may elect to take an examination in lieu of writing a thesis. In that case, they may take 3 units of CHN 900 in their 3rd or 4th semester for examination preparation and must complete a minimum of 34 units.

Students must develop their programs of study in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and other advisors in their field(s). It is important that students get approval for their programs and for the specific courses they wish to take. They should also study Graduate College requirements carefully. It is the student who is ultimately responsible for meeting such obligations in order to complete the graduate program.

The area Master’s program must comprise a structured curriculum designed to equip the student with disciplinary skills, Chinese language skills, and a general knowledge of China.

Japan Area MA Program

Preparation

Ideally, students applying for the master’s program in East Asian Studies with a Japan-area specialization will meet the following criteria: 1) they will have completed at least three years of Japanese language study, or will have attained an equivalent level of proficiency; 2) they will have adequate proficiency in English to pursue a Master’s degree; and 3) they will have done previous course work in Japanese studies. Prospective students with less than three years of Japanese language study are encouraged to contact the Admissions Committee to discuss their situation. With departmental approval, students with a limited number of deficiencies may be admitted to the program. These students will need to make up any deficiencies. Any work to satisfy deficiencies will not count toward the degree.

Requirements

Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 25 units must be completed in the East Asian Studies department. All course work which counts towards the master’s degree must be taken at the 500 level or above, except as specified in the Graduate Catalog of the University of Arizona. As a rule, that coursework should be taken for letter grades (i.e., not for Pass/Fail).
  2. 1 unit of EAS 595a, the M.A. Colloquium, to be taken in the first semester possible after the student’s admission.
  3. One year (6 units) of language beyond the third-year level, such as Japanese 521/522, or Japanese 505 and a related seminar (or have equivalent Japanese language ability).
  4. One introductory course (3 units) in three of the following four fields: linguistics (JPN 511), literature (JPN 546a,b; 547a,b), religion (JPN 585, 586, 589) and anthropology (JPN 595b). One of these must be in the student’s field of study. (It may be possible to apply courses taken previously at the undergraduate level towards meeting this requirement, although this will not reduce the total number of units needed to complete the M.A. degree. Students who wish to do so should submit to the department a petition explaining their request.)
  5. 6 additional units of advanced-level courses within the department that are relevant to the student’s field of study. (This requirement cannot be fulfilled by any independent study course, including 910.) These courses must enhance the programmatic integrity of the course of study.
  6. 1 unit of JPN 910 (Thesis).

Students in the Japan track must complete a minimum of 31 units of graduate work, including preparation of a thesis of acceptable quality. Note that no more than 3 units of independent studies including JPN 910 may be counted towards these 31 units. Work leading to the thesis should include the use of relevant materials in Japanese. (These materials are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.) Theses should be based on original research and should conform to departmental guidelines concerning scope and quality. Near the end of their program there is an oral final examination which focuses on, but is not limited to, the student’s thesis. The student will be asked to explain and defend the thesis. Committee members may also ask the student to explain the relationship between the thesis project and other course materials covered during study for the Master’s degree.

Students in the linguistics track of Japanese may elect to take an examination in lieu of writing a thesis. In that case, they may take 3 units of JPN 599 in their 3rd or 4th semester for examination preparation and must complete a minimum of 34 units.

Final Notes

Students should develop their programs of study in consultation with the Graduate Advisor and other advisors in their field(s). It is important that students get approval for their programs and for the specific courses they wish to take. They should also study Graduate College requirements carefully. It is the student who is ultimately responsible for meeting such obligations in order to complete the graduate program.

 
Minor Requirements
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Student Handbook
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Last revised 30 Aug 2016