East Asian Languages and Cultures, M.A. | University of Kansas | Lawrence, United States
M.A. On Campus

East Asian Languages and Cultures

12 months
17963 USD/year
17963 USD/year
7492 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas is the only department in Kansas offering a regular program of instruction in the languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia. 


About the program

Our students work closely with faculty who conduct internationally recognized research in fields from ancient China to the 21st century, including literature, film, linguistics, language pedagogy, paleography, popular culture, the history of gender and sexuality in all periods of China, pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, and Korean anthropology and folklore, as well as modern and contemporary Korean history.  Students with other interests are also encouraged to apply.

The East Asian Languages and Cultures program is interdisciplinary. M.A. candidates may take courses outside of EALC in Art History, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology, among others.  In addition, the KU East Asian Collection ranks among the top 20 collections in North America, and 11th among publicly funded collections in the U.S. Specialist librarians are in charge of a collection that has over 323,000 items with over 315,000 in volumes and more than 3660 print periodical titles, with access to about 19,000 online periodical titles.  

Students concentrate in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or East Asian Cultures, usually entering the program with at least two years of college-level language. The program typically takes two years to complete, and now includes a Thesis option and a Non-thesis option.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultures of East Asia
  • Chinese literature
  • Japanese literature
  • Korean literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A current C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) or resume.
  • A Statement of Purpose explaining your academic objectives. Please describe the research interests and goals that you intend to pursue in light of specific strengths that can be found among the faculty at KU. 
  • A writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and basic research capacity. A research paper from a previous upper-level undergraduate course will suffice.
  • The names and emails of three references.  These references will be contacted directly by KU for letters of recommendation.  Please alert your references in advance.
  • Transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was obtained and from all institutions attended post-bachelor's. *
  • Official GRE scores (strongly recommended)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17963 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17963 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    17963 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17963 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7492 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7492 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Lawrence

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

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