East Asian Languages and Literatures: MA

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers programs of study leading to the degrees of master of arts (MA) in East Asian languages and literatures. Students may choose to specialize in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean literature and culture or linguistics.

The literature and culture programs provide intensive training in linguistic and textual analysis and extensive exposure to literary theory and comparative and cultural studies. 

The linguistics programs provide intensive training in functional and empirical analysis and extensive exposure to topics such as phonetics, syntax, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics.

The department encourages students to develop their specialization in East Asian literature, culture, and linguistics in broader, more comparative, and more interdisciplinary and transnational perspectives than has been the case in traditional programs.

The faculty's research and teaching interests cover the major fields, genres, and chronological divisions of Chinese and Japanese literature, culture, and linguistics as well as modern Korean studies.


  • Relevant training at the BA or MA level.
  • Minimum 3 years training in the target language. 

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample


  • CV


Master of Arts (MA)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term: Final Deadline - January 1