5-Year B.A./M.A. Program

The 5-Year B.A./M.A. program is designed for students who wish to enhance their undergraduate major in Chinese or Japanese with graduate training at the M.A. level in the department. Students concurrently pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese or Japanese and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies. These degrees already exist as separate entities, the B.A. normally requiring four years and the M.A. normally requiring two years. Students pursuing this dual degree should plan on taking one year of study abroad during their junior year in their country of specialization. While on the study abroad program students will need to apply to the graduate program, following the same procedures as students not currently enrolled in the University.

Applicants must submit an online application along with the $60 application fee and deliver hard copies of these documents to the department:

  • 2 official transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (taken while on EAP or immediately upon return)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample

The application is the only document that must be submitted while overseas; the rest should be submitted as soon as possible after the student returns to the States. A consultation with the undergraduate advisor is advised before starting this program so that class planning can be coordinated to meet the 5 year goal. Students can apply for graduate fellowships and teaching assistant positions after B.A. course work has been completed in their 4th year.

All majors include coursework in East Asian cultural studies (involving one or more East Asian countries). For courses associated with each major, see the Course Catalog.