The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers offers two master’s degree programs: M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures and M.A.T. in Chinese. Students may choose courses from a wide and coherent curriculum including the following humanities disciplines: literature, visual culture, history, religion, language and linguistics. Students may tailor their program of study to their individual academic interests or career goals. Our diverse student population and the proximity of our campus to New York City offer our students unique educational and cultural opportunities.


Our graduate program is designed for: 

♦  Students preparing for professional careers in East Asia, in the government, non-profit organizations, or the culture industry 
♦  Students interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. degree 
♦  Current and prospective teachers 
♦  Students seeking to develop an interest in East Asian cultures and languages 


Our graduate program features:

♦ Strength of Scholarship...Our award-winning faculty with nearly twenty core and affiliate members has a strong research profile with major scholarly contributions to the field. 
♦ Commitment of Scholarship...Courses are taught by full-time faculty members committed to teaching and advising.
♦ Small classes...Enable extensive and personal interaction between students and faculty. 
♦ Research Resources...As a major state university, Rutgers offers extensive resources to support graduate research. Rutgers is a member of the Association of American Universities— the nationwide consortium of leading research universities—as well as the prestigious Committee on Institutional Cooperation, whose membership includes all Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago. 
♦ Accessibility...Close to the Turnpike and NJ Transit, the program is available to students throughout New Jersey and beyond. 
♦ Educational Value...As the State University of New Jersey, a Rutgers education offers tremendous value. 


“I chose the MA program in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers because of its supportive faculty, inclusive atmosphere, and the rich variety of courses it offers. During my program, I was able to deepen my knowledge of East Asian literatures and cultures. The faculty is dedicated to helping students succeed and helped me realize my academic goal.”

--Xinyi Mao, Ph.D. student in the College of Education, University of Missouri 

“I liked that Rutgers has a top-ranked East Asian faculty which encourages students to take courses from different disciplines and acquire a broadly-based foundation. Moreover, the combination of text-based study, historical research, and methodology helped prepared me for my Ph.D. study.”

--Tianjun Chen, Ph.D. student in Chinese Literature, Arizona State University