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Japan Studies

University of Washington

24 months
35064 USD/year
35064 USD/year
20175 USD/year
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The Japan Studies program from University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program that provides concentrated Japanese language and area training. The core curriculum is offered through the Jackson School and is supplemented by numerous classes on Japan in Political Science, History, Literature, Linguistics, Art, Art History, Architecture, Law, and Business. 


Key facts

This opportunity for well-rounded study is enhanced by specialized training in areas of individual interest, allowing students to develop their academic skills and to pursue their professional goals.

The Japan Studies program from University of Washington gives students in-depth knowledge of many facets of Japan and familiarity with Japanese society and culture. Coursework helps prepare students for careers in business, government, journalism, secondary-school teaching, and a variety of other professional fields. The Japan Studies Master’s program is specifically designed for students with BAs who need language and interdisciplinary training on Japan to pursue their career goals, as well as for preparation for PhD work in an academic discipline involving Japan for students who have had little or no training on Japan or in the language. The MAIS in Japan Studies may also be pursued concurrently with a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Public Affairs. Japan Studies MAIS students are encouraged to explore the QUAL Initiative to expand qualitative research design and methods in their graduate training.

Because of the crucial importance of language skills in understanding Japan, students in the Japan Studies program are strongly encouraged to study Japanese to as advanced a level as possible.

Variety and depth are added to regular coursework by Japan Colloquia and by occasional special symposia, where recent research findings and discussions of significant contemporary topics are presented by specialists from the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. The program strives to offer students the opportunity to study all aspects of Japan—through the number and variety of courses offered, the research activities of faculty members, Japan Colloquia, and in the fact that the most important academic journal in the field, The Journal of Japanese Studies, is published here at the University of Washington. These contribute further to the intellectual environment of the program, giving students the benefit of learning about research done by scholars at the forefront of the Japan field.

The University of Washington has a long-standing commitment to the study of Japan, and its programs on East Asia are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Japan-related curricula are offered in many of the University’s departments and professional schools. Similarly active programs focusing on other world regions make the University of Washington a rich environment for study and enable students to gain a comparative international perspective.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Asian Regionalism 
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki 
  • Modern Japanese History
  • History of Modern Japan 
  • Emergence of Postwar Japan 
  • Japanese Government and Politics 
  • Political Parties in Japan and East Asia 
  • International Relations in Japan 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


60 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • All students confirming enrollment must provide an official (sealed) transcript and degree statement (with date of award & title of degree awarded) for verification to Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS). 
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35064 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35064 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35064 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    20175 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20175 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Seattle

1480 - 2580 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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