Asian Languages/Civilizations (Chinese), MA

The Chinese graduate program in the School of International Letters and Cultures offers an MA degree with a focus in one of two areas:

  • area 1: literature, linguistics and culture
  • area 2: pedagogy

Area 1 seeks to prepare students for further academic training, for entrance to professional schools in such fields as law, business or journalism, and for a general level of knowledge about the languages and cultures of China as an asset to a professional career. Area 2 is intended for students whose major interest is in teaching modern Chinese in K-16 environments.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for any form of financial aid, including Teaching or Research Assistantships or Associate-ships, an applicant’s application for admission for the following fall semester must be received by January 15.

Apply for Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship

Applications for Graduate Assistantships are not considered until the applicant has been admitted with regular status to the Graduate College. Assistantships are normally awarded only for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters).

Important Information for International Students

Graduate teaching assistants/associates whose native language is not English are required to take the TSE/SPEAK test or TOEFL iBT test. In order to assume primary teaching responsibilities students must earn a minimum score of 55 on the TSE/SPEAK test or 26 on the TOEFL iBT. A score of 50 on the TSE/SPEAK test is acceptable if the position is for a lab assistant or tutor. International students should apply to the program as early as possible in the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in applying to the program must submit a Graduate Education online application. Candidates for the master's should, upon entrance, present the equivalent of an undergraduate major in the language in which the degree is sought. Those who lack this background, but who show strong potential and meet Graduate Education 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.

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Additional Requirements

For Both Native/Non-Native Speakers

A four-minute (approximately) recorded message in Chinese on a topic of your choice. (Please do not read your message. This is to help the committee evaluate your level, and your message should realistically reflect your spoken Chinese).

Candidates who have completed a BA in Chinese studies, or close equivalent, from an accredited institution will be given preference for admission to the MA in Asian languages and civilizations (Chinese) program. Other factors taken into consideration include:

  • Quality of the writing sample
  • Letters of recommendation assessing the student’s command of the target language and potential for graduate work
  • Quality of previous educational experience
  • Applicant’s grade point average (GPA)
  • Whether or not the student has had the opportunity to study abroad.

Students with a non-traditional background can be considered on an ad-hoc basis, but they should contact the Chinese graduate representative before applying.

Degree Offered

Asian Languages/Civilizations (Chinese), MA
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Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018.

Degree Requirements

The plan of study for the master's includes a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level work, as approved by the candidate's supervisory committee, a thesis or an applied project option. The plan must include a 500-level bibliography and research methods 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 in the plan. Students who are primarily interested in teaching at the secondary or community college levels may select a plan of study with a concentrating in language pedagogy.

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