MA Requirements

Current MA Degree Requirements (Since Fall 2018) 

A summary flowchart

1. Language/Linguistics

1.1 Course work

  • In consultation with their academic advisors, students must take the following courses:
    • a minimum of 4 CJK language/linguistics courses,
    • at least 1 CJK literature course,
    • a maximum of 2 elective courses,
    • a CJK research seminar (CHN 750, JPN 730, KOR 730 and their equivalent).
  • Note that:
    • the minimum grade required for a course to count towards a graduate degree is a grade of C.
    • elective courses may include courses offered outside of EALL.
    • a maximum of two 400-level courses will count toward the degree. A maximum of 3 credits of 699 may count toward the degree.
    • a minimum of 18 (Plan A: Thesis) or 24 (Plan B: Capstone paper) credits should come from 600 or higher.
    • any courses that are officially audited do not count toward the degree and full-time/part-time enrollment status and are not included in your financial aid eligibility.
    • incomplete grades must be cleared before the following deadlines: April 1 for Fall semester incompletes and November 1 for Spring or Summer session incompletes

1.2  Plan A or B

  • In consultation with their academic advisors, students should choose between Plan A or B as soon as possible and inform the Graduate Advisor, Cherry Lacsina. 

Plan A (Thesis)

  • In consultation with their academic advisors, students form a three-member thesis committee who will evaluate their MA thesis. A Form II must be submitted to EALL Graduate Advisor, Cherry Lacsina, who will submit the form to Graduate Division for its approval.
  • If students plan to conduct research involving the use of human subjects, they must obtain approval from the Office of Research Compliance Human Studies Program.
  • Students with Plan A need to register for EALL 700 for 6 credits usually during the last semester in the program.
  • The initial draft of Thesis should be submitted to the advisor before May 1 in the Spring semester and December 1 in the Fall semester in order to secure sufficient time for Thesis to be revised and finalized before the oral defense.
  • Thesis must be orally defended. A defense should be scheduled with the Graduate Advisor at the latest two weeks before the end of a semester to allow for sufficient time for the necessary paperwork to be processed and revisions to the thesis to be completed. She will provide the Form III and Form IV that students must bring to the defense for the committee members to sign.  The forms must be returned to the Graduate Advisor after the defense for Graduate Chair approval.
  • Final thesis must be submitted to Graduate Division through ProQuest ETD by the graduating student himself/herself before May 1 in the Spring semester and December 1 in the Fall semester. For more information: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/proquest-etd-submission-publication
  • A copy of their final thesis should be submitted to the department.

Plan B (Capstone paper)

  • Students write a capstone paper under the guidance of their advisors.
  • Students with Plan B need to take two additional 3 credit courses
  • Two reviewers (designated by their advisors) will assess the quality of capstone papers.
  • Korean for Professionals students will write their Capstone paper in Korean.
  • The initial draft of a Capstone paper should be submitted to the advisor before April 1 in the Spring semester and November 1 in the Fall semester in order to secure sufficient time for the Capstone paper to be revised and finalized before the relevant deadline for the finalized version (see below).
  • Students need to present the research on which their capstone papers are based at a public forum, such as a conference, workshop, EALL talk series, etc.
  • After their capstone paper is approved, students must submit their capstone paper to Graduate Advisor as e-mail attachments by May 1 in the Spring semester and December 1 in the Fall semester.
  Plan A Plan B
CJK Lang/Linguistics Courses 3 credits x 4 3 credits  x 4
CJK Literature Course 3 credits x 1 3 credits x 1
CJK Research Seminar Course 3 credits x 1 3 credits x 1
Elective Courses 3 credits x 2 3 credits x 4
EALL 700 6 credits NA
Total credits 30 credits 30 credits

1.3 Graduation 

  • Check STAR for Graduate Division Requirements and your Graduate Program (Graduate Advisor: Cherry Lacsina)  for all other degree related requirements.
  • Once the final version or capstone paper or thesis is approved, Form IV should be completed and submitted to EALL Graduate Advisor who will submit the form to Graduate Division for its approval.
  • Students are expected to complete all degree requirements in 7 years. After they have reached their 7th year, students are placed on academic probation and required to obtain Graduate Division’s approval for a petition to extend graduation in order to register for the following semester.
  • Records of academic probation will be removed once all the degree requirements are completed
  • Before graduation, students must

1.3 Study abroad (Korean for Professionals students only)

  • Korean for Professionals MA students are required to participate in a study abroad program for at least one semester. However, students have the option to extend their overseas study and stay for two semesters.
  • Students may choose any institute as their study abroad host. Students may apply to an institute as an exchange student via Manoa student exchange program (MIX), or they may apply to an institute individually as a visiting student.
  • Study abroad component may be exempt for qualifying students.

Required/suggested courses for Chinese Language/Linguistics MA
Required/suggested courses for Japanese Language/Linguistics MA
Required/suggested courses for Korean Language/Linguistics MA
Required/suggested courses for Korean for Professional MA

2. Literature

2.1 Course work

  • In consultation with their academic advisors, students must take:
    • a minimum of 4 CJK literature courses,
    • at least 1 CJK language/linguistics course,
    • a maximum of 2 elective courses,
    • a CJK research seminar (CHN 753, JPN 710, KOR 720 and their equivalent).
  • Note that:
    • elective courses may include courses offered outside of EALL.
    • a maximum of two 400-level courses will count toward the degree. A maximum of 3 credits of 699 may count toward the degree.
    • a minimum of 18 (Plan A: Thesis) or 24 (Plan B: Capstone paper) credits should come from 600 or higher
    • any courses that are officially audited do not count toward the degree and full-time/part-time enrollment status and are not included in your financial aid eligibility.
    • incomplete grades must be cleared before the following deadlines: April 1 for Fall semester incompletes and November 1 for Spring or Summer session incompletes

2.2  Plan A or B

  • In consultation with their academic advisors, students should choose between Plan A or B as soon as possible and inform the Graduate Advisor, Cherry Lacsina. 

Plan A (Thesis)

  • In consultation with their academic advisors, students form a three-member thesis committee who will evaluate their MA thesis. A Form II must be submitted to EALL Graduate Advisor, Cherry Lacsina, who will submit the form to Graduate Division for its approval.
  • If students plan to conduct research involving the use of human subjects, they must obtain approval from the Office of Research Compliance Human Studies Program.
  • Students with Plan A need to register for EALL 700 for 6 credits usually during the last semester in the program.
  • The initial draft of Thesis should be submitted to the advisor before April 1 in the Spring semester and November 1 in the Fall semester in order to secure sufficient time for Thesis to be revised and finalized before the oral defense.
  • Thesis must be orally defended. A defense should be scheduled with the Graduate Advisor at the latest two weeks before the end of a semester to allow for sufficient time for the necessary paperwork to be processed and revisions to the thesis to be completed. She will provide the Form III and Form IV that students must bring to the defense for the committee members to sign.  The forms must be returned to the Graduate Advisor after the defense for Graduate Chair approval.
  • Final thesis must be submitted to Graduate Division through ProQuest ETD by the graduating student himself/herself before May 1 in the Spring semester and December 1 in the Fall semester. For more information: http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/proquest-etd-submission-publication
  • A copy of their final thesis should be submitted to the department.

Plan B (Capstone Exam)

  • Students who opt for Plan B take a take-home exam for three areas followed by an oral exam.
  • Students with Plan B need to take two additional 3 credit courses
  • Students have one week to write an answer for one area
  • Three reviewers selected by their advisors will evaluate their answers.
  • An oral exam should be scheduled at latest two weeks before the end of a semester to allow for sufficient time for the necessary paperwork to be processed.
Plan A Plan B
CJK Lang/Linguistics Course 3 credits x 4 3 credits x 4
CJK Literature Courses 3 credits x 1 3 credits x 1
CJK Research Seminar Course 3 credits x 1 3 credits x 1
Elective Courses 3 credits x 2 3 credits x 4
EALL 700 6 credits NA
Total credits 30 credits 30 credits

2.3 Graduation 

  • Check STAR for Graduate Division Requirements and your Graduate Program (Graduate Advisor: Cherry Lacsina)  for all other degree related requirements.
  • Once the final version or capstone paper or thesis is approved, Form IV should be completed and submitted to EALL Graduate Advisor who will submit the form to Graduate Division for its approval.
  • Students are expected to complete all the degree requirements in 7 years. After they have reached their 7th year, students are placed on academic probation and required to Graduate Division’s approval for a petition to extend graduation in order to register for the following semester.
  • Records of academic probation will be removed once all the degree requirements are completed
  • Before graduation, students must

Required/suggested courses for Chinese Literature MA
Required/suggested courses for Japanese Literature MA
Required/suggested courses for Korean Literature MA