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M.A. in Asian Studies Program Requirements

Master of Arts (MA) in Asian Studies Program
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Asian Studies Program, Fahy Hall 2nd Floor (973) 761-9464
Faculty: Shigeru Osuka (Director of Graduate Studies), Dongdong Chen, Jeffrey Rice, Edwin Pak-wah Leung
Faculty Emeriti: Blakeley, Brown, Yang.
Program Summary

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Asian Studies degree. Students in the M.A. program may elect to choose either the thesis or non-thesis track for degree completion. In addition to the general M.A. degree, the program also offers a specialized track in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture. The Teaching Chinese Language and Culture Track prepares aspiring Chinese language teachers to meet the language content requirement for the New Jersey Chinese Language Teaching Certificate of Eligibility (CE).

Additionally, the department offers a dual master's degree program with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Students graduating from the dual-degree program will earn two master's degrees: an M.A. in Asian Studies and an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations. Dual-degree applicants should review the admission requirements for the Diplomacy and International Relations program because that program may require additional materials.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the M.A. in Asian Studies program are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: November 1s
  • Summer Semester: April 1st
General Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials (please note that an application will not be reviewed until all required materials have been submitted):

  • Completed Graduate Application with Fee
  • Résumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s)
Admission Requirements for Teaching Chinese Language and Culture Track

In addition to the general admission requirements for the M.A. program, applicants to the track Teaching Chinese Language and Culture must show a strong proficiency in Chinese. All non-native speakers of Chinese are required to submit scores on the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), a national standard Chinese language proficiency test.

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

In addition to the general admission requirements for the M.A. program, international applicants must submit the following additional materials:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.
    • Note: this requirement may be waived if you have earned a prior degree from an accredited university/college within the United States and/or if you are a citizen of a country of which English is the official language. Such a waiver must be requested via email to the department.
  • Transcript evaluation: Transcripts from institutions not accredited in the United States or Canada must be evaluated, course-by-course, by an organization that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The preferred and most commonly-used organization is World Education Services (WES). For applicants in China, their transcript of the College/University can be evaluated by Seton Hall University in China Office. The China Office contact person is Ninkel Liu:

Ninkel Liu (刘品海)
Assistant Director
Seton Hall University China Office
Room 1001 Huade Apartment, No.12 Huixin Dongjie,
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029,P.R. China
Telephone: 8610-6493-3685
Fax: 8610-6493-3837

Note: Original transcripts are not required if a WES evaluation is submitted. However, an international application will not be reviewed without a WES evaluation, even if the original transcripts have been submitted.

Admission Requirements for Dual-Degree Applicants

Dual-degree applicants must be accepted to both the Asian Studies and Diplomacy and International Relations programs. The application will be reviewed separately by different admissions committees. In the event that an applicant is only accepted by one of the programs, they may choose to pursue only the degree program to which they were accepted.

How to Apply

You can start a graduate application through the University's main graduate studies webpage

The personal statement and résumé can be uploaded directly onto the online application. Letters of recommendationare also received electronically. The application will ask you for the names and email addresses of your references. Once submitted, your references will receive an emailed request for the recommendation that they will then submit back to the university electronically. Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution either via an approved electronic delivery service or in a sealed envelope sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079

For international applicants, TOEFL/IELTS scores can be sent to Seton Hall using the following institution/CEEB code: 2811. For information on acquiring a credential evaluation from World Education Services, please go to their website

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