Master of Arts in Asian Civilizations

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At this time, we are not accepting applicants for either the Japan Studies track, Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language track, or Sanskrit trackAdmission to the Asian Civilizations M.A. program is limited. Before completing an application, we invite you to contact the department for more information.

The graduate program in Asian Civilizations provides preparation for doctoral study in a variety of disciplines. It is also of interest to students with nonacademic career plans for whom graduate-level work in an Asian language and culture would be useful. Students in professional programs are encouraged to consider working toward a concurrent degree in Asian civilizations.

The Master of Arts in Asian Civilizations requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of approved course work, 24 of which must be taken in residence at The University of Iowa. By the end of the first semester in residence, students propose a plan of study developed in consultation with the adviser and in accordance with guidelines for specializations within the program.

All students must maintain a 3.00 minimum grade-point average. Detailed information on degree requirements is sent to all applicants. If you would like to request information and an application, you may send your email to

By the end of the final semester in residence, students are expected to demonstrate, either by departmental examination or the successful completion of courses at the appropriate level, advanced competence in Chinese, Japanese, or Sanskrit, defined generally as corresponding to the fourth-year level of language course work in Chinese or Japanese and the third-year level in Sanskrit.