12 months
20380 USD/year
20380 USD/year
9342 USD/year
Tuition fee
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East Asian Languages & Cultures - a unit within the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst - offers a course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in the Chinese program.


The Program

There are two principal focuses of the Chinese program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. One is the study of Chinese literature, culture, linguistics, and/or pedagogy. The second is the acquisition of practical language skills to enhance future work in such fields as translation, interpretation, teaching, journalism, business or government.

Our M.A. students have gone on to work in foreign services, government, as high school teachers and college professors, as professional translators and interpreters, and in a number of other careers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chinese Language in Contexts
  • Syntactic Structures of Chinese
  • Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
  • The Ming-Qing Novel
  • Research Methods
  • Classical Poetry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students entering the Master's Degree program in Chinese Language and Literature must have finished the equivalent of four years of college level Chinese language courses. This can be accomplished by taking courses as an undergraduate; studying, living, and working in Chinese-speaking environment; or passed required level of Chinese Language Placement Exam. 
  • Each student accepted into the program will take our language placement exam during the first week to determine the level of their language competence.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants, including foreign applicants. 
  • The Graduate School requires all applicants whose native language is not English to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • We also look at the applicants' background in college coursework and potential in graduate studies. Sending a writing sample separately from the application is not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4671 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 USD /month
Living costs

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


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