Graduate Certificate in Japanese Studies

The Graduate Certificate Program in Japanese Studies affords a structured way for graduate and professional students to gain cutting-edge knowledge of Japan, augment their major field of study, and enhance future employment opportunities. With a wide variety of courses crosscutting many disciplines, students can tailor the certificate program to meet their academic and career goals.

What are the Academic Requirements for Obtaining this Certificate?

  1. ASAN 600J (Scope and Methods of Japanese Studies) and ASAN 750J (Research Seminar in Asian Studies-Japan).
  2. Minimum of nine credits in graduate-level courses on Japan (600 or higher).
  3. Language requirement — minimum of two years of Japanese. All competency requirements can be met either through coursework or equivalency examinations. Language courses do not count towards certificate credit requirements.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals with a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited United States college/university or its equivalent from a recognized foreign institution of higher learning OR Students in any master’s, doctoral, or professional UHM degree program

How do I Apply?

  • Individuals already admitted to or registered in a UHM graduate degree program need apply only to the Asian Studies Program. Others must apply to the Graduate Division and Asian Studies program.
  • The deadlines for receipt of applications are March 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester. For students already in a UHM graduate program, the application deadline is one semester prior to graduation.
  • For the MA Asian Studies (Japan) and Japanese Studies Graduate Certificate Programs, application information and forms may be obtained from:

For questions and further information, please see this website contact the Asian Studies Graduate Chair, Dr. Cathryn Clayton, at