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9 Masters Programs in Japanese

For those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to engage in further study in an academic area or gain higher professional qualifications to pursue a certain career, a master’s degree offers those opportunities. It is the entry point into graduate-level studies. What is a Master in Japanese? This degree invites students to undertake advanced study in the Japanese lang… Read more

For those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to engage in further study in an academic area or gain higher professional qualifications to pursue a certain career, a master’s degree offers those opportunities. It is the entry point into graduate-level studies.

What is a Master in Japanese? This degree invites students to undertake advanced study in the Japanese language with access to research and educational resources. Coursework may involve reading and translating Japanese language texts and classical Japanese. The focus is typically on advancing comprehension of the language and culture, including literature, philosophy, and history. Programs may also cover oral and written Japanese communication, methods of teaching the language, bilingualism, phonetics, and planning and policy for educators.

Students pursue a master’s degree in Japanese primarily to improve their mastery of the Japanese language and deepen their studies into Japanese culture. They can sharpen their oral and written communication skills, learn effective teaching methods, and hone their research abilities.

The costs of studying for a Master in Japanese vary, depending on the length of the program, the educational institution, and its country of origin. Degrees in this field may take two to four years to earn.

Graduates from Master in Japanese programs can become experts in Japanese language, culture, and society. They are often highly qualified and trained to teach Japanese at various levels. Academic careers as lecturers and researchers are the most likely option, with doctoral studies being the next step after completing the master’s degree. Other job options may include advisor for college-level international study abroad programs or Japanese language departments and positions in companies where fluency in Japanese is required.

There are online and in-person, campus programs available, with full-time and part-time options available worldwide to meet your scheduling needs. 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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Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Venice, Italy

This program allows you to achieve proficiency in an Asian or North African language and helps you acquire an in-depth knowledge of the economic, legal, historical, and politi ... +

This program allows you to achieve proficiency in an Asian or North African language and helps you acquire an in-depth knowledge of the economic, legal, historical, and political aspects of the relevant geographical area. -
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SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

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 - with ... +

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. -
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2 - 4 years
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Hiroshima Jogakuin University
Hiroshima, Japan

In the Japanese Philosophy field, students approach Japanese language ranging from classical Japanese prior to 8th century to modern Japanese including dialects from multiple ... +

In the Japanese Philosophy field, students approach Japanese language ranging from classical Japanese prior to 8th century to modern Japanese including dialects from multiple points of view. On the other hand, in the Japanese Literature field, students deeply study ‘waka’ and other forms of traditional poems and novels dating back to the ancient times to the late modern period, analyzing and evaluating them. -
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Shikoku University
Tokushima, Japan

The Master's Program in Japanese Literature and Calligraphic Culture has a curriculum combining literature, the voice of the spirit, and calligraphy, the graphical expression ... +

The Master's Program in Japanese Literature and Calligraphic Culture has a curriculum combining literature, the voice of the spirit, and calligraphy, the graphical expression of the spirit. The program develops practical researchers and research-oriented practitioners who can play a leading role in responding to an era of spirituality, internationalization, and lifelong learning. -
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Onomichi University
Onomichi, Japan

Graduate Program in Japanese Literature aims to enrich and develop Onomichi literature and art history and to foster people who willfully contribute to society. This program f ... +

Graduate Program in Japanese Literature aims to enrich and develop Onomichi literature and art history and to foster people who willfully contribute to society. This program focuses on the following: (1) Japanese ways of consideration and comprehensiveness of language culture This program explores the origin of Japanese literature / culture that has created the characteristics of the Japanese language. (2) Restoration of communication with human beings, history, environment, and nature Onomichi has a traditional art culture consisting of beautiful nature and enriched historical environment. Essential research and investigation of Japanese literature and culture could be an important starting point to promote precise human nature and expressive sensitivity. (3) Realization of genuine internationalization High-level adults and/or vocational specialists with genuine global sense are prospective resources to contemporary society. -
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Bukkyo University
Kyoto, Japan

Acquire specialized knowledge in Japanese literature, linguistics and calligraphy. Along with carrying out instruction and research that values the importance of experiencing ... +

Acquire specialized knowledge in Japanese literature, linguistics and calligraphy. Along with carrying out instruction and research that values the importance of experiencing the best works of literature, we have established a program to assist with students' path after graduation. -
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Jissen Women's University
Hino, Japan

We cover almost all eras and fields of Japanese literature, and in addition have specialists in Japanese linguistics, teaching the Japanese language, and ancient Chinese thoug ... +

We cover almost all eras and fields of Japanese literature, and in addition have specialists in Japanese linguistics, teaching the Japanese language, and ancient Chinese thought. More than a century has passed since our school’s founding, and during that time we have gathered a rich collection of books of which we are very proud. In the field of Japanese literature, our Yamagishi Collection and Kurokawa Collection are particularly famous, with their valuable classic books, and researchers from outside Jissen come to view both of these collections. The Japanese literature program of the graduate school does not end with a master’s degree, but goes on to a doctoral program, so for all of our students, obtaining a doctor’s degree is not a mere dream. We also have a system of official credit exchange with the graduate schools of Seikei University and Chuo University. -
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Tamkang University
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The mission of the Department of Japanese is to offer a variety of flexible courses and programs to meet a variety of social needs and educate students to be highly qualified ... +

The mission of the Department of Japanese is to offer a variety of flexible courses and programs to meet a variety of social needs and educate students to be highly qualified citizens with advanced language skills and a global sense. -
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SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

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 st ... +

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. -
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