Degree Requirements

Students have the option to concentrate on linguistics, literature, culture, or language education and build essential knowledge and skills in the chosen area. For example, with a literature concentration, students will gain knowledge of historical development of the various genres of classical and modern Chinese literature, as well as sensitivity to the aesthetic characteristics of Chinese literature in all its variety. While with a language concentration, students can develop analytical ability as a linguistic specialist, or professional skills as a Chinese language educator. With additional elective courses in Chinese history, religion, and pedagogy, our MA program offers a balanced curriculum that prepares students for various career options as well as further studies in a PhD degree program elsewhere.   Students interested in secondary education and seek foreign language teaching certification can further their studies in GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development.  

Basic Requirements for MA Applicants

  • A BA with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A GRE (General) score 
  • (For non-native speakers of English) Minimum Requirements for English Proficiency: TOEFL 80; IELTS 6.0; Pearsons 53. 
  • (For non-native speakers of Chinese) Chinese language proficiency at intermediate-high in speaking and reading based on the ACTFL rating scale. Evidence of proficiency is required, or a language test or interview will be arranged by the program director. 
  • Recommendations letters: one is required.

For more information, see entrance requirements of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Degree requirements

  • 30 credits with a thesis (50 pages minimum), or 33 credits without a thesis.  
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • For non-native speakers of Chinese, up to three credits of Chinese language courses can be applied to the degree requirements as approved by the program director.
  • Non-native speakers of English whose TOEFL scores are below 100 are required to take additional EAP courses (EAP 6110 and/or EAP 6111) for academic writing and research.
  • All students must take a minimum of six courses (18 credits) in Chinese language and literature offered by the department, and up to three elective courses (9 credits) as approved by the program. See Curriculum for list of approved courses.
  • Independent study: Up to three credits can be applied to the degree; pre-approval required.
  • Thesis option must be pre-approved by the program director.