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.
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:
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.
Required test(s) required for domestic applicants: GRE
Required test(s) required for international applicants: English proficiency exam. See list of acceptable exams and scores here.*
*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.
MA Program (China/Japan Area MA and General MA)
Ideally, students applying for the master’s program in East Asian Studies with a China/Japan-area specialization will meet the following criteria: 1) they will have completed at least three years of Chinese/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 Chinese/Japanese studies. Students with language deficiencies may be admitted, but they must make up for them while in the program. Any course work to satisfy deficiencies will not count toward the degree.
The department requires 33 units for the MA degree and that a minimum of 25 units be completed in the East Asian Studies Department. No more than 3 units of independent studies may be counted. 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.
Students must fulfill the following requirements:
Students writing a thesis should include the use of relevant materials in Chinese/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 Chinese/Japanese may elect to take an examination in lieu of writing a thesis. In that case, they may take 3 units of CHN 900/JPN 599 in their 3rd or 4th semester for examination preparation. Based on the students’ performance on the written part of the examination, an oral examination may be waived.
Students in the general M.A. track may choose to submit in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master’s degree either a thesis or a departmental paper. A departmental paper will only need to be signed off by the student’s major advisor, and the student will take a 3-unit elective course, research (900), or independent study (599) in consultation with the student’s major advisor. Students whose area of study is linguistics also have the option of taking an exam in lieu of writing a thesis or departmental paper.
Students must develop their programs of study in consultation with the China/Japan area Graduate Director 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.