MAs in Japanese Studies

Compare 5 Masters of Arts in Japanese Studies

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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MA Japanese Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MA Japanese Studies

Duration: One calendar year (full-time), Two or three (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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.... [-]


MA Japanese Studies (Dual Degree Programme)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

MA Japanese Studies (Dual Degree Programme)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Duration: 2 years

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.... [-]


MA ... and Intensive Language (Japanese)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in the Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese. [+]

MA ... and Intensive Language (Japanese)

Duration: 2 yr pathway: full time (2 years) or part-time (4 years).

Who is this programme for?

The two-year language pathway is directed at students with a professional and academic interest in Japan. The intensive training in the Japanese language aims at supporting students’ ability to tackle their disciplinary interests by engaging with written texts and in oral communication in Japanese.

Your chosen discipline is combined with intensive Japanese language over two years (including a period in Japan), making this programme unique in Europe.

Access to the Japanese language pathway is currently available for students with

beginner, or post-beginner level of proficiency. ... [-]

MA Japanese Studies (Literature Pathway)

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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

MA Japanese Studies (Literature Pathway)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

This programme covers both pre-modern and modern works of 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/ Ph.D.).

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


Master of Arts in Japan in the World: Global Challenges and Cultural Perspectives

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt

The research and teaching focus of Department 09 of Universität Frankfurt – Japanese Studies – focuses on pre-modern and modern/contemporary Japan. The department’s teaching is based on a solid repertoire of philology, literature, cultural history and the history of ideas, all of which emphasises the linguistic components and forms the foundation for thorough research into Japan. T [+]

The research and teaching focus of Department 09 of Universität Frankfurt – Japanese Studies – focuses on pre-modern and modern/contemporary Japan. The department’s teaching is based on a solid repertoire of philology, literature, cultural history and the history of ideas, all of which emphasises the linguistic components and forms the foundation for thorough research into Japan.

The canon of classical research into philology, literature and the history of ideas is complemented by the contemporary spectrum of cultural sciences. Reflections on the temporal aspects of research approaches and precise reasons for the establishment of a new theoretical analysis toolbox for each of the relevant themes form part of the basic training in Japanese studies in Frankfurt.... [-]