MA Asian Languages/Civilizations (Chinese)
Deepen your academic and societal understanding of China while continuing to study the language in-depth. Study in a research-intensive, interdisciplinary program in the traditional and modern languages and cultures of China.
Degree Awarded: MA Asian Languages/Civilizations (Chinese)
The Chinese graduate program in the School of International Letters and Cultures offers a master's degree program with a focus in one of four areas: literature, linguistics, religion and culture or pedagogy.
The focus on literature, linguistics, religion and culture provides disciplinary training that allows students to achieve in-depth command of spoken, aural and oral Mandarin Chinese as well as written literary Chinese. The four areas of instruction are designed to prepare students to succeed in Chinese language environments with cultural competence. Any of these four areas also introduce students to the fundamentals of Sinology and East Asian studies, which can prepare them for further scholarly, educational and professional pursuits.
The pedagogy focus is intended for students whose major interest is in teaching modern Chinese in K-16 environments. Students are trained in communicative and task-based language teaching approaches embedded within appropriate cultural contexts, as well as developing solid foundations in teaching Chinese literacy, pronunciation and linguistic systems.
The degree plan includes a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, as approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, a thesis, or an applied project. The plan must include the CHI 501 Proseminar: East Asian Humanities course offered by the department. When approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, nine hours of advanced-level work in another language or in closely related courses may be included. Students who are primarily interested in teaching at the secondary or community college levels may select a plan of study with a concentration in language pedagogy.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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Courses and electives
The coursework for each student is individualized and based upon the student's previous training, research goals, and mentor and committee consensus. Our program requires students to complete a written thesis.
At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Second Language Requirement: No
The 30-hour program of study includes two areas of focus students can chose from and a thesis or applied project, depending on area chosen. Prospective masters students should have ambition, enthusiasm and commitment to Chinese language and culture.
30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (CHI 593)
Required core (3 credit hours)
CHI 501/JPN 501 Proseminar East Asian Humanities (3)
Concentration (3 credit hours)
SLC 596 Second Language Methodologies (3)
Electives (15 credit hours)
Other requirements (3 credit hours)
CHI 598 Topic History of the Chinese Language (3)
Culminating experience (6 credit hours)
CHI 593 Applied Project (6) or
CHI 599 Thesis (6)
Additional curriculum information
The Master of Arts in Asian languages and civilizations has concentrations in Chinese and Japanese. Students in the Chinese concentration take CHI 501 as required core and students in the Japanese concentration take JPN 501 for core. The course is cross-listed.
Electives are selected in consultation with the program chairperson.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in Chinese or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- Graduate admission application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- Personal statement
- Writing sample
- Three letters of recommendation
- Proof of English proficiency
Additional application information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.
The writing sample should represent the applicant's thinking and writing skills on a topic connected with Chinese culture.
Candidates for the master's degree should present the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Chinese upon entrance to the program. Those who lack this background but show strong potential and meet the Graduate College admission requirements, including those with regard to English proficiency, may be admitted to a graduate program on a provisional basis, pending removal of specified deficiencies. These deficiencies must be completed in addition to the regular plan of study for the master's degree.
How to apply
All candidates for the masters in Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese) must fulfill the general requirements of the Graduate College concerning admission and residence.
Students who wish to be considered for a teaching assistant position must apply by Jan. 1, for the fall semester. All other applications for the fall semester are due by April 15.
Application fee waiver
We are no longer accepting requests for application fee waivers for this admission cycle. We may offer waivers again after Sept. 1 when the admission cycle for fall 2024 opens.
Applicants facing financial hardship may request a waiver for their application fee. Please complete the online application up to the fee payment page. Please send both Monica Hopkins (Monica.Hopkins@asu.edu) and Francoise Mirguet (Francoise.Mirguet@asu.edu) a brief essay (about 150 words) describing why paying the application fee is difficult in your situation, along with your application ID number. If your request is accepted, we will let you know that you can submit your application without paying the fee. The School of International Letters and Cultures has established a limited budget for these waivers. Requests will be considered as they are received, until the budget is spent.
Professionals with this degree can confidently move into academic, business and international fields. Skills developed through this program are valued for teaching positions, translation work or work in a larger sectors such as governmental, diplomatic and international business career opportunities.
Career examples include:
- Area, ethnic and cultural studies teachers and professors
- Foreign language and literature teachers and professors
- Foreign service
- Interpreters and translators
- Reporters and correspondents
- Social and community service managers
- State department
- Supply chain managers
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