Korean Graduate Programs

M.A. in Korean Language & Linguistics

The M.A. degree is offered in the fields of Korean Language and Linguistics, Korean Literature, and Korean for Professionals. The program is designed to provide students with advanced professional training in the three tracks. The track of Korean Language and Linguistics provides students with training in the historyof the language, structure, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and language pedagogy.

Korean Language M.A. Requirements

Ph.D in Korean Language & Linguistics

The Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages & Literatures aims to train future scholars for the academic profession. The Ph.D. specialization in Korean language/linguistics offers students the opportunity to develop scholarly expertise in Korean historical linguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and/or language pedagogy.

Korean Linguistics Ph.D. Program Requirements

M.A. in Korean Literature

The MA degree is offered in the field of Korean literary studies in major genres of poetry, fiction, and drama from the classical period to the 21st century. The program is designed to provide students with advanced academic training and scholarly expertise in the history, theory, and criticism of the chosen literary genres from a specific period. The program is also intended to provide professional training and practical teaching experience for future instructors and specialists in Korean literary studies. As the faculty and facilities in East Asian literatures within EALL are numerous and diverse, encouragement is given to those students who are interested in inter-East Asian literary/cultural research and teaching careers.

Korean Literature M.A. Requirements

Ph.D. in Korean Literature

The Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages & Literatures aims to train future scholars for the academic profession. The Ph.D. specialization in Korean Literature is offered with concentration in Korean literary studies, exploring its traditions, both pre-modern and modern, in the changing contexts of historical, socio-cultural development s in Korea up to the present. The program is designed to produce scholars, researchers, and professionals with high-level competence and expertise in the study of literary history, literary theories and criticism, and culture of Korea. By offering ample opportunity to investigate inter-East Asian literary/cultural relationships, the program also fosters the growth of the student’s research interest in academic fields closely related to Korean literature and culture

Korean Literature Ph.D. Program Requirements

Korean Flagship: M.A. in Korean for Professionals

The M.A. program aims to produce professionals who can function in Korean in their chosen fields. After two years of intensive Korean language training, graduates of this program are expected to take their place among the next generation of global professionals as Korea specialists, commanding professional-level proficiency in Korean. The M.A. program includes a semester of overseas component which provides intensive language training and internship opportunities in an immersion environment. The successful completion of the program leads to the Master of Arts degree in Korean for Professionals.

Korean Flagship MA Program Requirements

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All Korean graduate programs are recognized WICHE regional graduate programs. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming with a 3.5+ GPA are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at resident tuition rates. Instructions on how to apply can be found here, on the Prospective Students page of the Office of Graduate Education at UH Manoa.