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The Department of Asian Studies currently offers an English-language graduate program in the China section only. The MA program includes a wide variety of courses on Chinese history, archaeology, philosophy, intellectual history, political thought, traditional China’s interaction with Asian and European cultures, as well as culture, society, and politics in traditional, modern, and contemporary China. Students in the program will join a vibrant academic community and enjoy opportunities for stimulating scholarly exchanges through international workshops and conferences as well as guest lectures by world-renowned scholars, sponsored by the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies and the Confucius Institute at the Hebrew University.
Scholarship support may be available for eligible candidates who are PRC citizens through the China Scholarship Council. The department may also offer a limited number of academic excellence awards throughout the year.
The China Section offers two types of MA programs: a non-research MA, which requires 40 academic points, two seminar papers, but no research thesis, and a research MA, which requires 28-course points, a seminar paper, and a research thesis.
Applicants who are interested in a research MA should contact a potential supervisor for their research work prior to their application.
Admission to the English language MA program in the China Section requires a Lower Advanced level of English proficiency. Prior to graduation, candidates are expected to attain Upper Advanced level in English.
The program is designed for students who wish to enhance their undergraduate major in Chinese studies with MA level training in the department. Candidates who did not major in Chinese Studies at the BA level will be subject to additional requirements.
Second Foreign Language Requirement
In the Research MA program of the China Section, students are required to study a second foreign language in addition to their language of specialization. The second foreign language will be determined upon consultation with the student's advisor and the department's MA advisor.
Students in the Research MA program in the China section whose MA thesis focuses on contemporary China (1978-present) may be exempt from the second foreign language requirement upon the approval of their supervisor and the department's MA advisor. Students who receive this exemption will be required to participate in courses on research skills and methodologies (in the social sciences, law, or business management), which are relevant to their research topic. The research skills courses will constitute a total of 8 credit points, which will be taken in addition to the 28 credit points required for the MA degree. The grades of the research skills courses will not be counted towards the final grade of the MA.
After completing all the assignments required for their MA studies, students in both the Research and Non-Research MA programs will be required to take a written and oral final examination. The final examination takes place twice a year (June and December). The materials for the test, subjects for debate, and other assignments (such as reading reports), will be published on the department’s website and updated from time to time during the summer break.