M.A. in Korean for Professionals

Rev. 02/12, eff. Fall 2012

The M.A. in Korean is a recognized Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) regional graduate program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California (starting with Fall 2010 admission), Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at Hawai'i resident tuition rates.

Program Scope and Objectives

The M.A. degree is offered in the fields of Korean language and linguistics, Korean literature, and Korean for professionals. The program is designed to provide students with advanced professional training in the three tracks: (1) Korean language and linguistics – history, structure, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and language pedagogy, (b) Korean literature – various genres in modern and pre-modern periods, and (c) Korean for professionals – superior-level (professional-level) Korean language and cultural skills for Korea-related professions or academic disciplines. Within the three areas of concentration, the student may choose to emphasize one particular area.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for the MA in Korean for Professionals must have a BA or an equivalent undergraduate degree, and must submit three letters of recommendation and GRE General Test scores.

In addition to approval of admission by the Graduate Division, students must have satisfactory GRE scores (TOEFL scores, minimum of 560, are required of foreign students) and letters of recommendation. Admission to the track of Korean for Professionals requires an advanced-low or higher level of proficiency in speaking and reading in Korean. Native speakers of Korean who are already at the superior level of fluency in Korean are not eligible.

Course Requirements

M.A. candidates for Korean for Professionals must select the Plan B (non-thesis) program

Course Requirements: Plan B

Accepted students in Korean for Professionals are required to be enrolled in Plan B (non-thesis). For Plan B, students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in the major field in accordance with the following Course Listings. A minimum of 18 credit hours must be earned in courses numbered 600 or higher, including a 700-level seminar and excluding 699V. Students can replace one or more listed courses with other equivalent ones available in the department only with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator and the Department Chair.

In the final semester, the student will take a written examination covering the student's area of training. There will be a final oral examination on all aspects of the student's program.

Course Requirements: Diagnostic Examination

During the first semester, the student will take a diagnostic examination to determine the quality of preparation for graduate work at the master's level in the chosen concentration. Only after passing this exam will the student be advanced to candidacy.

Course Listings

Required (26 credits)

  • KOR 621 Media Research in Korean (3)
  • KOR 622 Comparative Studies of Contemporary South and North Korean Languages (3)
  • KOR 623 Interdisciplinary Research in Korean (3)
  • KOR 624(Alpha) Analysis of Korean Academic Discourse (3)
  • KOR 730 x 2 Research Seminar in Korean Language (3-3)
  • KOR 496 x 2 Korean Abroad (1-1) [capstone course]

Electives (12 credits)

  • KOR 420 Korean Composition (3)
  • KOR 425 Selected Readings in Korean (3)
  • KOR 470 Language and Culture of Korea (3)
  • KOR 480 Korean Oral Proficiency Through Film (3)
  • KOR 485(Alpha) Korean for Career Professionals (3)
  • KOR 486(Alpha) Korean for Academic Purposes (3)
  • KOR 494Introduction to Modern Korean Literature (3)
  • KOR 614M Korean Narrative: Modern


Brief summary of EALL degree requirements on the UH catalog
Korean graduate degree requirements on the Graduate Division website