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International :17 Feb 

MA Japanese Pedagogy

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

54360 USD
54360 USD

Application fee

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

World University Ranking

About this course

The MA in Japanese Pedagogy provides students with theories and practices essential for a qualified instructor of Japanese at the college or pre-college level. A candidate for the MA in Japanese Pedagogy may take from three to six summers to obtain the degree. Students take eleven required courses and write an MA thesis while studying with renowned faculty from Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Wisconsin (Madison), and other universities.

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Eligibility Criteria

The admission standards and selection procedures are identical to those followed by the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences for all of its M.A. Programs (with the exception of the Liberal Studies Program). 

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Course Modules

Obtaining the M. A. degree in Japanese Pedagogy requires three summers of study, which can be completed either consecutively or over a six-year period. Students must earn a total of 36 credits by completing eleven courses and write an M. A. thesis focusing on a particular area of Japanese Pedagogy. The Japanese Pedagogy Program does not accept credits from other institutions. Students who are not seeking an M. A. degree are also welcome to attend classes.

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How to Apply

  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on-line application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • One-page handwritten statement of purpose in Japanese on a single sheet of plain paper, outlining the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and how the program is connected to the applicant’s career objectives. The statement should specify whether the applicant seeks to enroll in the M. A. Program or solely in the Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Pedagogy course. Because of limited space in the M. A. program, some students who are not selected for the M. A. Program may still be given the opportunity to enroll in the Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Pedagogy course. Please mention in your statement of purpose whether you would be willing to take part in the Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Pedagogy course as a non-degree student if you are not accepted into the M. A. Program.
  • Non-native speakers of English must have a TOEFL score of 570 (IBT88/CBT230) or higher. Exceptions: 1) Students applying only for the Intermediate/Advanced Japanese Pedagogy course do not need a TOEFL score. 2) Non-native English speakers who hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college in the United States do not need a TOEFL score. However, students who have only a two-year degree (such as an MA) from an American university are NOT exempt from submitting a TOEFL score.
  • Non-native speakers of Japanese must achieve a rating of “Advanced-High” or higher in the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) by ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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