Chinese, M.A. | San Francisco State University | San Francisco, United States
12 months
8956 USD/year
8956 USD/year
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The Chinese MA program offered at San Francisco State University provides insight into one of the world’s oldest civilizations and inspire the student to view the modern world from alternative perspectives.


What you will learn

The Chinese MA program from San Francisco State University offers electives taught in both English and Chinese. Courses on modern literature and film taught in Chinese, reflect the dynamic transformations of contemporary Chinese society and culture. Training in the fundamentals of linguistics complements program goals by revealing the underlying structures of language. To prepare students as fully as possible for future challenges, the Chinese Program balances traditional academic offerings with practical courses such as Business Chinese, Media Chinese, and Web Chinese, which equip students with career-related language skills.

The Master of Arts in Chinese provides advanced training in the areas of literature, linguistics, and pedagogy, building a solid foundation for further study and language-related careers. Many of the M.A. graduates advance to study and research at the doctoral level, and others develop skills for China-related careers, including teaching Chinese as a second language, international business and law, and translation and interpretation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern Chinese Literature
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Testing & Assessment in Teaching/Learning Chinese as a Second Language
  • Applied Linguistics and Teaching Chinese
  • Materials Development for Teaching Chinese
  • Semantics and Morphology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are thus expected to demonstrate advanced proficiency in spoken Mandarin Chinese and Standard Written Chinese, familiarity with major literary/cultural figures and texts, training in the fundamentals of linguistics, and basic reading proficiency in classical/literary Chinese.
  • English language proficiency 
  • A 500-word analytical statement of purpose in English;
  • A statement in Chinese covering the same or similar content; and
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional qualifications.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended

Tuition Fee

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    8956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 8956 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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