12 months
33174 USD/year
33174 USD/year
12528 USD/year
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The Asian Languages and Civilizations program of the University of Colorado at Boulder offers specializations in Chinese or Japanese.


Areas of Study

The MA program specialization in Chinese of the Asian Languages and Civilizations program of the University of Colorado at Boulder is designed to offer students maximum general exposure to the long sweep of Chinese literary and cultural history, as well as the opportunity to delve into the study of a particular period, field, topic or genre. With six professors covering literature and culture from early China through the medieval era to the early modern period and contemporary China, the program is truly comprehensive in scope. The program focuses especially on preparing students for PhD study and careers in sinology. Since 1991, more than seventy graduates of the Chinese MA program have gone on to doctoral study here or at other first-rank institutions in the U.S.

The MA program specialization in Japanese offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced-level study of Japanese literature and culture, with the aim of preparing students for doctoral study in Japanese literature as well as providing firm foundational knowledge for those seeking Japan-related professional careers. The program is composed of four professors with specializations in the literatures of classical, medieval, early modern, and modern Japan. In recent years graduates of the Japanese MA program have gone on to PhD programs in Japanese literature and Japanese studies at this and numerous other first-rank institutions in the U.S.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sinological Methods
  • Readings in Pre-Modern Chinese Literary Theory
  • History of Literature through the Ninth Century
  • Advanced Classical Japanese
  • Japanese Literary Translation
  • Japanese Buddhism and Literature

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have successfully completed the equivalent of the CU Boulder undergraduate major in Chinese or Japanese, with advanced competence in modern Chinese or Japanese, an introduction to classical Chinese or Japanese, an understanding of the interrelationship of Chinese or Japanese language and society, and a familiarity with the history and major writers and works of Chinese or Japanese literature
  • CV
  • Statement of Purpose (ca. 800 words)
  • Transcripts of all previous academic work
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (ca. 10.000 words)
  • The GRE is strongly recommended for MA applicants seeking fellowships, scholarships or any other financial support
  • International applicants must submit results from a TOEFL or IELTS exam, no older than 2 years

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33174 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16587 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    33174 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16587 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12528 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6264 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boulder

950 - 1350 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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