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MA East Asian Languages and Cultures (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
27180 USD
National
27180 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
15

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About this course

The Master of Arts program is a regionally-focused humanities program designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of East Asian studies and languages. The program equips students with the language skills necessary to prepare them to undertake advanced research at the PhD level in their region of choice. Alongside a regional or transregional comparative focus, students choose a discipline and take seminars as well methodological courses to prepare for conducting thesis research.

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Eligibility Criteria

MARSEA applicants should have some prior language training and must attain at least third year proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, or second year proficiency in Tibetan to earn the degree. The language requirement may be met through coursework or by passing a language placement exam at Columbia. In addition to the language requirement, the degree program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credits, including a master’s thesis and eight regional courses from a wide range of offerings in Anthropology, Business, Economics, History, International Affairs, Literature, Law, Political Science, and Sociology. Of the eight courses, two must be in modern history. Candidates must also take courses in at least two different disciplines, and at least one course must focus on an Asian country or sub-region other than the country of specialization. At least two of the eight courses must be colloquia or seminars

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Course Modules

Course Requirements

For students of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Studies:

The student must take six one-semester content courses (in addition to EAAS GR6990 and GR6991, see below) for a letter grade of B or higher. This will give the student a total of 30 course credits according to the normal counting of credit/hr. All courses must be at the 4000-level and above. 4000-level courses in EALAC are graduate/advanced undergraduate seminars. 6000-level, 8000-level, and 9000-level courses in EALAC are graduate colloquia and research seminars. Students can expect the level of difficulty and amount of material in the target language to increase from the 6000 through 9000 levels. The student is strongly urged to take higher (6000-level and above) graduate level courses when possible.

Students may take relevant courses in other departments, but these courses must be approved by the M.A. Program Director prior to registration if they are to count toward the degree. Students must submit a brief rationale, the course name, instructor, course description, and syllabus (when it is available). If the course is in addition to those required by the department, no special permission is needed.

EALAC offers two methodology courses in the spring semester designed for students in the EALAC M.A. program: EAAS GR6200, “Workshop in East Asian History”; EAAS GR6400, “Critical Approaches to East Asian Studies”. These courses will familiarize EALAC M.A. students with the critical approaches necessary to analyze East Asian history, literature, film, and culture in a comparative framework. These courses will also provide students with strategies for writing research papers and the M.A. thesis. The student is required to take the methodology course appropriate to his or her discipline, to be determined in consultation with the M.A. thesis advisor. The required M.A. methodology course does not count for one of the six required content courses. It must be taken in addition to the six content courses.

Students may apply up to two semesters of Classical Chinese, two semesters of Classical Japanese, two semesters of Classical Tibetan, or one semester of Advanced Korean in Mixed Script (Korean GR8010) toward the six-course requirement. Modern languages (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) of the fourth-fifth year level can also be accepted for content course-credits if the student is a non-native speaker. One methodological course in language pedagogy may be accepted towards the six-course requirement.

The choice of courses must be approved by the M.A. Director.

For students of Chinese Pedagogy:

Students of Chinese pedagogy must take six one-semester content courses for a letter grade of B or higher. This will give the student a total of 30 course credits according to the normal counting of credit/hr. All courses must be at the 4000-level and above.

Students may take relevant courses in other departments, or at Teachers College, but these courses must be approved by the Chinese Pedagogy Program Director prior to registration if they are to count toward the degree. Students must submit a brief rationale, the course name, instructor, course description, and syllabus (when it is available). If the course is in addition to those required by the department, no special permission is needed. Below are the required courses:

  • CHNS GU4301 & CHNS GU4302 Intro to Classical Chinese I & II
  • CHNS GU4019 History of the Chinese Language
  • CHNS GU4904 The Acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language
  • CHNS GR5001 Chinese Linguistics and Language Pedagogy
  • (1) Chinese history course [elective]
  • (1) Chinese literature course [elective]

2. M.A. Thesis Requirements

The student must, under the supervision of the M.A. thesis advisor, write an M.A. thesis that makes significant use of sources in the East Asian target language.

The M.A. thesis receives a total of 4 credits, which are divided between 1) EAAS GR6990: “M.A. Thesis Research” (2 credits) followed by 2) EAAS GR6991: “M.A. Thesis Writing” (2 credits). Both courses are taken for a letter grade.

1) The student is required to register for EAAS GR6990: “M.A. Thesis Research,” offered in two segments from the Spring to the Fall semester, in conjunction with the methodology course. The student is required to work with his/her advisor closely to develop the thesis proposal and bibliography. The thesis proposal, in six pages, should describe the main argument, methodology, scope of sources, and scholarly contributions of the thesis, and it should be accompanied by a bibliography.

2) The M.A. thesis, which should be between 30 and 60 pages, must be approved by the advisor with a letter grade and submitted to the M.A. Program Director. Students are required to register for EAAS GR6991: “M.A. Thesis Writing” in order to receive credits for the thesis and to meet with their M.A. thesis advisors at least twice each semester.

3. Residence Units

In addition to registering for individual courses, students are required to register for Residence Units (RU), which provide the basis for tuition charges. At least two full Residence Units – the equivalent of one year of full tuition – are required for the free-standing Master of Arts degree in EALAC.

Depending on their background in East Asian studies, students take from two to four semesters to complete the M.A. program. Most students complete the program in two to three semesters.

Although most M.A. students attend full-time, one may also obtain the M.A. degree through part-time study. Part-time students must complete the degree in no more than four years.

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How to Apply

All prospective students must apply using the online application. Printed applications are not available.

You must specify in your application the department, doctoral program subcommittee, or free-standing master’s degree program in which you wish to study. If required, you must indicate the sub-field of study and the term for which you are applying. A complete application includes:

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

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