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Chinese Studies, Master of Arts

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The Master of Arts program in Chinese Studies at St. John’s University will provide you with a solid foundation in the language, history, and culture of China. This specialized study and the research skills you’ll develop will prepare you for a wide range of exciting global careers, as well as for further scholarship in the field.

You may opt for a thesis or non-thesis option to complete your program of study. We strongly recommend the thesis option if you wish to continue your graduate studies beyond the master’s level.

Department Contact
Bernadette Y. Li, Ph.D., Director
Institute for Asian Studies



In addition to the requirements for admission to graduate study in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we expect students who apply to the M.A. in Chinese Studies to have taken at least one year of Chinese language studies.

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission



Thesis Option

The thesis option for the M.A. in Chinese Studies requires 33 credits, including six credits of master’s thesis research and a written thesis. If you elect this option, you must take either ASC 102 (Great Books from China) or ASC 300 (Introduction to Source Materials on China). You’ll choose your remaining courses in consultation with your advisor.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option also requires 33 credits, but all credits are to be applied to coursework. You must take either ASC 102 (Great Books from China) or ASC 300 (Introduction to Source Materials on China), and will select all other courses in consultation with your advisor.

If you are a non-Chinese native speaker, you must also take 12 credits of Chinese language courses, regardless of the program track you choose.

Career Outcomes

In today’s global market, professionals with cross-cultural knowledge and bilingual skills are in high demand. With knowledge of the history, culture, and languages of China, you’ll be ready to enter just about any field. From business and law to education and the arts, special opportunities are available to those with comprehensive and critical understanding of the world’s fastest-growing region.

Our graduates have gone on to further study in doctoral and advanced professional programs both in the United States and abroad. They have also landed jobs in such diverse fields as business, administration, education, libraries, and health care. Positions held by our alumni include: professors at American, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean universities; secondary education teachers in both America and China; writers; artists; librarians; military officers; government officials; investment bankers; newspaper reporters and television anchors; travel agents; entrepreneurs; and accountants.