East Asian Languages and Civilizations, MA

The Graduate Group in EALC administers a Masters of Arts degree in the humanistic study of East Asia: China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. The degree is both an entry point into higher-level graduate study and preparation for careers in teaching, administration, and the public and private sector. This degree is extremely valuable to students who plan to seek employment in East Asia. The program offers flexibility for students who desire to combine this degree with another Master of Arts at Penn or who would like to pursue the degree on a part-time basis. The Master's in EALC focuses on humanistic disciplines such as literature, history, philosophy, religion, art, and archaeology of East Asia. We encourage training in the more rigorous classical forms of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Mongolian in addition to communicative proficiency in modern forms of these languages.

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The total course units required for graduation is 8.

Core Requirements
Courses at the 5000 level or above 18
Equivalent of Advanced (0800) level or above in an East Asian Language
Masters Thesis or 2 Research Papers
Total Course Units8

Must include at least two seminars. 

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.