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Japanese Graduate Programs
M.A. in Japanese Language & Linguistics
The M.A. program in Japanese Language/Linguistics is designed to produce Japanese language specialists who are trained in all the fields of Japanese Linguistics (pedagogy, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, phonology and morphology, and syntax and semantics) with one of the fields as their specialization. The program also provides practical teaching experience for future teachers of Japanese.
Ph.D in Japanese Language & Linguistics
The Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Linguistics is designed to produce scholars with high-level competence in the field of specialization within Japanese Linguistics (pedagogy, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, phonology and morphology, and syntax and semantics). The program also aims to develop well-rounded Japanese language specialists who are competent in multiple subfields of Japanese Linguistics and equipped to execute comparative research in East Asian Languages.
M.A. in Japanese Literature
The M.A. degree is offered in the field of Japanese literary studies, with emphasis on poetry, prose and drama of both the premodern and modern eras. The program offers students training in the history, theory, and culture of literary genres from specific periods, providing a solid foundation for a subsequent Ph.D. course of study. Academic training in Japanese language teaching is also available.
Ph.D. in Japanese Literature
The Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages & Literatures aims to train future scholars for the academic profession. The Ph.D. specialization in Japanese literary studies offers students the opportunity to develop scholarly expertise in the classical, medieval, early modern, and modern periods. The program also encourages comparative and interdisciplinary studies exploring the relationships between the histories, cultures, and literatures of East Asia.
How to Apply
Students may apply to the program online or submit a paper application through the mail. For more details, please see the Graduate Division’s admissions requirements and the department’s Graduate How to Apply page on admissions. Application deadlines are January 15 for students wishing to enroll in the next fall semester, or September 1 for students wishing to enroll in the next spring semester. For up-to-date application fees, please see the Graduate Division’s admissions requirements.
All Japanese graduate programs are recognized WICHE regional graduate programs. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming with a GPA of 3.5+ are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at resident tuition rates. Instructions on how to apply can be found here, on the Prospective Students page of the Office of Graduate Education at UH Manoa.