M.A. On Campus

East Asian Languages and Cultures

Columbia University

12 months
61180 USD/year
61180 USD/year
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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University offers a free-standing MA program with an interdisciplinary approach to the literature, culture, history, and languages of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet) and a particular emphasis on critical methodology and comparative study. 


We offer a master degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. An array of East Asian courses in other areas such as political science, sociology, anthropology, art, law, history, and business is also available, as are interdisciplinary programs with the Departments of Religion and History. 

Key Features 

  • The department’s close ties with various East Asian institutions in New York City and abroad provide a stimulating cultural environment.

Programme Structure

  • Columbia's C.V. Starr East Asian Library, with more than a half million volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages books, is one of the largest East Asian library collections outside East Asia and a premier center for East Asian research in the United States. 
  • The collection, which is particularly strong in literature, philosophy (especially Buddhism and neo-Confucianism), and history, is supported by more than 1.1 million volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Books. As well as 2.5 million E-Book titles, 40,000 E-Journals, and 90,000 volumes of secondary materials in Western languages on all aspects of East Asia, past and present.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • transcripts of all previous post-secondary education 
  • a statement of academic purpose
  • a curriculum vitae or résumé
  • three letters of recommendation from academic sources 
  • GRE scores and, if applicable, results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination to fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement
  • a sample of scholarly writing, if required by the department or program
  • payment of the application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    61180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30590 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    61180 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30590 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 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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