Graduate Requirements

 

MA Degree

For the Masters Degree, students without sufficient preparation in Asia-related course work may be required to take make-up courses for which no degree credit will be offered.

Students enrolling from an Asian country may have the foreign language requirement waived if they plan to concentrate on their native country or region. If they elect to concentrate on a country other than their own, they must fulfill the previously stated requirement.

Area of Concentration means one of the following areas: (1) China, (2) Japan, (3) Korea, (4) Philippines, (5) Southeast Asia

Requirements / Planner
CoursesCreditsOver 600Comment
ASAN 600x 3 3 in area of concentration: 600C, 600J, 600K, 600S, 600P
ASAN 750x 3 3 in area of concentration: 750C, 750J, 750K, 750S, 750P
ASAN xxx 3   Any ASAN course
Language 6   Philippines, South, Southeast Asia: 3rd year level (301/302);
China, Korea: 4th year level (401/402);
Japan: above 402
If you test out of language, 6 credits of something else. Native speakers do not have to take a language if their area center requires their native language. For example, a Korean native speaker in Korean Studies would not take a language, but would take 6 hours of something else.
Humanities 3   HIST, PHIL, REL, literature
Soc Sci 3   ANTH, COMM, ECON, WS, GEOG, PACE, POLS, PPST, PSY, PUBA, SOC, PLAN, WS
Arts 3   ART, MUS, THEA, DNCE, PLAN 636
Elective 1 3   In the case of the Humanities, Soc Sci, Arts, and electives:
  • only courses numbered 300 and above will count toward the degree
  • No more than 9 credits in any one discipline. Example: 9 credits of History, 9 credits of Political Science, 9 credits of any language, etc...
  • Graduate Division requirements on 699 courses: If you have doubts, please check the previous link. Grad Division must now sign-off on all 699 courses. In addition, 699 courses may only be used for electives, not as a substitute for Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences requirement -- except when no courses in those categories are available.
Elective 2 3  
Elective 3 or ASAN 700 for Plan A 3  
Elective 4 or ASAN 700 for Plan A 3  
TOTAL 36 18 18 of the total 36 credits must be in courses 600 and above.

Additional Requirements

  • Residence requirement at UH: A minimum of 2 semesters (full-time) academic study, or 4 six-week summer sessions.
  • Transfer of credits: At least 19 (half + 1) of the 36 credits that count towards the degree must be completed at the University of Hawaii while a classified graduate student. Of these 19 credits, at least 8 must be in courses numbered 600 and above.
  • A maximum of nine credits in directed reading/research (699) may be applied toward degree requirements.
  • For Plan A: Satisfactory completion of a thesis and an oral examination by a 3-member faculty committee.
  • For Plan B: Presentation of a portfolio consisting of 2 seminar papers and satisfactory completion of an oral examination based on them by a 3-member faculty committee.

Graduate Division has degree requirements that all programs must follow. You should read them carefully.

Warning: ASAN 310, ASAN 312 and any 399 or 499 cannot be counted toward the degree requirements.


Certificate Program

There are 3 major parts to the certificate program: (1) 18 credit hours, (2) demonstrating language competency, (3) passing a final examination.

Course Work

CoursesCreditsOver 600Comment
ASAN 600x 3 3 in area of concentration: 600C, 600J, 600K, 600S, 600P
Elective 1 3   From at least 2 of the following: Humanities, Soc Sci, Arts:
  • only courses numbered 300 and above will count toward the certificate
  • No more than 9 credits in any one discipline.
Elective 2 3  
Elective 3 3  
Elective 4 3  
Elective 5 3  
TOTAL 18 9 18 of the total 9 credits must be in courses 600 and above.

Language Competency

China or Korea: 3rd year (301/302 level)
Japan: 4th year (JPN 407)
Other: 2nd year (201/202 level) language courses of the chosen certificate area.

All language competency requirements can be met either through coursework in or equivalency examinations in the chosen certificate area.

Language courses do not count toward certificate credit requirements.

Examination

Either:

  • A research paper in the chosen certificate area and an oral examination based on the paper;
  • A thesis or dissertation related to the chosen certificate area in the student's major discipline.

How to obtain the certificate

If you meet the requirements, here is the checklist for the procedure to obtain the certificate.