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 (Research Seminar in Asian Studies-Japan).
  2. Minimum of nine credits in graduate-level courses (600 or higher).
  3. Fifteen credits from at least two major divisions (social sciences, humanities, or arts), with no more than nine credits in a single discipline.
  4. Language requirement–fourth-year level competency. All competency requirements can be met either through coursework or equivalency examinations. Language courses do not count towards certificate credit requirements.
  5. Either a) Research paper on Japan and oral exam based on paper; or b) Thesis or dissertation in the student’s major discipline related to Japan.

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.
  • 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:

Student Academic Services Office, School of Pacific & Asian Studies
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Moore Hall 416
Honolulu, HI 96822

tel.: (808) 956-7814
fax: (808) 956-2682