The Non-Research MA Program is designed for students who wish to enhance their undergraduate major in Chinese or Japanese studies with MA level training at the Department of Asian Studies. Please note that the India & Indonesia Section currently offers only a Research MA Program. For further information about the India & Indonesia MA Program, please press the link.
Applicants to the MA program in the China Section who did not major in China studies at the undergraduate level should consult the following page for detailed information about admission requirements.
Applicants to the MA program in the Japan Section who did not major in Japan studies at the undergraduate level will be required to complete the mandatory classes for BA studies, including language courses.
Students who are continuing their studies after a break, will be required to take a test to prove their language skills in the language that they are specializing in (Chinese or Japanese). In case of failure in the test, these students will be required to retake the appropriate BA-level language course/s.
As part of their MA studies, students in the China/ Japan sections will participate in seminars, guided reading classes, and other courses from within and outside the department under approval from the MA consultant of the department.
The China Section offers an English-language MA program. For detailed information about the structure of studies and special admission requirements, please press the link.
NON-RESEARCH MA PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The Non-research program for MA studies in the China and Japan sections consists of 40 credit points (excluding written assignments).
Selective courses from within and outside the department must be approved by the department’s MA advisor. These courses will constitute 45% of the final grade. Written assignments do not award credit points.
Students are required to submit two seminar papers, which will constitute 40% of the final grade. In the China section, students in the non-research MA must write at least one seminar paper in an integrative seminar.
Students in both the China and Japan sections will also be required to take a final MA examination which will constitute 15% of the final grade.
After completing all the assignments required for their MA studies, students will be required to take a written and oral final examination. The final examination takes place twice a year (June and December). The materials for the test, subjects for debate and other assignments (such as reading reports), will be published on the department’s website, and updated from time to time during the summer break.
CURRICULUM: CHINA/ JAPAN SECTIONS
GUIDED READING OF CHINESE/JAPANESE TEXTS – 4 CREDITS
TWO SEMINAR PAPERS – 4-8 CREDITS
SELECTIVE COURSES FROM WITHIN/ OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT – 28-32 CREDITS
40 CREDITS IN TOTAL
*Students who wish to switch to the MA research program, may do so by the end of their first year, as long as their average is at least 85 in courses worth at least 20 credit points, and that they have passed the first year of their secondary language course.
For registration to the MA Program, please press the link