Chinese Graduate Programs

M.A. in Chinese Language & Linguistics

The M.A. degree offers courses focusing on training future teachers of Chinese in the secondary schools and prepares others for advanced research and degrees in areas related to China and other Chinese communities.

Chinese Language M.A. Requirements

Ph.D in Chinese Language & Linguistics

The Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages & Literatures aims to train future scholars for the academic profession. The Ph.D. specialization in Chinese language/linguistics offers students the opportunity to develop scholarly expertise in Chinese historical linguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and/or language pedagogy.

M.A. in Chinese Literature

The M.A. degree is offered in the field of Chinese literary and cultural studies with further emphasis on genre studies, literary history, or literary theory and criticism. A variety of courses are taught on the subjects of classical Chinese poetry, Ming-Qing fiction, and 20th century Chinese literary and cultural studies.


 Ph.D. in Chinese Literary & Cultural Studies

The Ph.D. degree in Chinese literary and cultural studies offers concentrations in either the classical, pre-modern, or the 20th century period. The program also encourages comparative and interdisciplinary studies exploring the relationships between the histories, cultures, and literatures of East Asia as well as within this region.

Chinese Literature Ph.D. Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may apply to the program online or submit a paper application through the mail. For more details, please see the Office of Graduation Education’s admissions requirements and the department’s Graduate How to Apply page on admissions. Application deadlines are January 1 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 Office of Graduation Education’s admissions requirements.

All Chinese 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 3.5+ GPA 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.



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