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A master’s degree is an advanced postgraduate degree awarded to those who have pursued concentrated study in a particular field. A Master of Arts degree is traditionally offered to students in the humanities or social sciences.

What is an MA in Japanese Studies? This program allows students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture. Through the interdisciplinary study of subjects such as political science, linguistics, Japanese literature, Japanese history, and Japanese art history, students can become experts in the field. While not all universities require fluent Japanese language skills, many do, and others recommend at least some knowledge of the language. Different universities allow different levels of student-led options. Some schools allow an individual to determine his or her area of focus or specialization; for example, a student might be able to focus on Japanese law. Some schools offer the opportunity to study abroad in Japan to experience full immersion in the culture.

Candidates for the MA in Japanese Studies learn a variety of skills that they can use for a lifetime. They gain cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the course, students can come away from it with better organizational and communication skills.

There are many different Japanese studies programs. They differ in cost, based on the country and university. The MA degree in this field usually can be completed in two full-time school years. In some instances, the level of Japanese language proficiency can influence the length of the course.

Many students who complete the master's in Japanese studies go on to work in international settings as businesspeople, government officials, or journalists. Some graduates begin teaching at the secondary level. Others move on to work on doctoral degrees in Japanese studies, with the goal of teaching at a college or university. Still others work on their doctorates in related fields such as international relations. The cross-cultural knowledge gained in the MA program helps graduates find work in diplomacy, and translation skills can help as well.

Japanese studies programs can be found all over the world, some at local universities and others in global locations. Online programs also offer this program of study. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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4 Results in Japanese Studies

SOAS University of London

This two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme is designed to provide intensive language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry-level - ... [+]

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

This two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) programme is designed to provide intensive language training at different proficiency levels - depending on entry-level - within a Masters programme in Japanese Studies.

It allows students:

to cultivate or further develop a basic expertise in particular aspects of Japanese Studies. to choose modules that meet their own needs, with respect to their interest in Japan and future career plans. to develop their abilities to synthesize information, to think critically, to manage a complex research project and to present their results in verbal and written form. to achieve a high level of language proficiency. to master transferable language and analytical skills in order to prepare for a variety of potential future professional or research careers. ... [-]
United Kingdom London
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

SOAS offers the most comprehensive MA in Japanese Studies available anywhere in Europe. Students are able to choose modules that cover all of Japan’s historical periods, ... [+]

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

SOAS offers the most comprehensive MA in Japanese Studies available anywhere in Europe.

Students are able to choose modules that cover all of Japan’s historical periods, from the earliest to the present and ranging over the social and political sciences as well as humanities.

The students who take this programme come from many countries and have a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Some have already studied, or lived, in Japan and wish to broaden their knowledge or understanding. Others wish to focus their previous training on the region, while still others will come from Japan or other East Asian countries wishing to study Japan from the perspective of a different culture and academic tradition.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

This programme covers both pre-modern and modern literature of Japan. It includes the study of literary works written in the original languages, as well as an introductio ... [+]

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

This programme covers both pre-modern and modern literature of Japan. It includes the study of literary works written in the original languages, as well as an introduction to literary theory.

This degree is designed either as an end qualification in itself or to prepare the student for more advanced graduate work (MPhil/PhD).

Incoming students will be expected to have completed the equivalent of the first two years of undergraduate language study at SOAS in Japanese.

Employment

A postgraduate degree in MA Japanese Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous aesthetics of the region and contemporary literary theories. Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face. ... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

Sophia University's Graduate Programme in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS University of London have launched a Dual Degree Program (DD ... [+]

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

Sophia University's Graduate Programme in Global Studies (GPGS) and the Department of Japan and Korea at SOAS University of London have launched a Dual Degree Program (DDP) which allows students to benefit from the combined resources of two of the world's leading institutions in Japanese Studies, located in two major global cities – Tokyo and London. Students making use of this possibility widen their intellectual horizons by taking classes at two of the world’s leading institutions in Japanese Studies. Supervision of student theses or graduation projects by prominent scholars at both institutions encourages multiple perspectives on Japanese Studies.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus