The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education.

Being in the heart of the nation’s capital, our program allows students the opportunity to interact with many leading organizations, business headquarters, consulting firms, and government and media agencies based in DC. Students can enrich their learning experiences with additional activities:

  • Visiting the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, State Department, World Bank, IMF, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, the Chinese Embassy, and many world famous places in DC.
  • Working with government agencies or non-profit organizations to complete a capstone project or MA thesis on China-related topics
  • Working as a volunteer or an intern to gain professional experience in CCTV-Washington Station, Asia Society, or Asia-related education programs at museums
  • Attending talks, seminars, and conferences at the nearby universities and centers, including GW Sigur Center’s lectures and talks on China and Asia.
  • Building a professional network to support career opportunities.

Degree Requirements

Students have the option to concentrate on linguistics, literature, culture, or language education and build essential knowledge and skills in the chosen area. For example, with a literature concentration, students will gain knowledge of the historical development of the various genres of classical and modern Chinese literature, as well as sensitivity to the aesthetic characteristics of Chinese literature in all its variety. While with a language concentration, students can develop analytical ability as a linguistic specialist, or professional skills as a Chinese language educator. With additional elective courses in Chinese history, religion, and pedagogy, our MA program offers a balanced curriculum that prepares students for various career options as well as further studies in a Ph.D. degree program elsewhere. Students interested in secondary education and seek foreign language teaching certification can further their studies in GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Basic Requirements for MA Applicants

  • A B.A. with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A GRE score
  • (For non-native English speakers) Minimum English TOFEL scores: 600/ or 100 iBT without additional English courses; or 550/80 iBT with additional English courses.
  • (For non-native Chinese speakers) Chinese language proficiency at intermediate-high in speaking and reading based on the ACTFL rating scale (2012). Evidence of proficiency is required, or a language test or interview will be arranged by the program director.
Program taught in:
  • English
  • Chinese

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