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Japanese (MA)

Japanese (MA)
Japanese (MA)

Write, research and study Japanese

Whether your interest is in Japanese literature, culture, history or language, DePaul’s flexible Japanese MA and its customizable curriculum allow you to develop advanced, specialized expertise. This program is ideal for both those who wish to pursue careers in translation, teaching or cultural institutions and for those who are preparing for an academic career.

The program may be completed in two years. Core courses are offered in the evenings, while most elective courses are offered in the afternoon/evening.

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Gain real-world experience

As part of your service learning experience, you’ll have opportunities to apply your linguistic expertise across the city of Chicago. Work with organizations like the Japanese Cultural Center, the Japanese American Service Committee and the Consulate-General of Japan.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to submit materials at least two months prior to the quarter in which you wish to enroll.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, language proficiency test scores, letters of recommendation, letters of application, and complete an interview with a faculty member in our Japanese program.

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Required Courses

You’ll take three core courses and nine electives taught in either Japanese or English.

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of Modern Language graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median salary for Modern Language graduates was $50,000.

Study with engaging faculty

You’ll gain insight from faculty with a variety of academic interests. Associate Professor Nobuko Chikamatsu’s interests include second language acquisition, Japanese peace education and Japanese-American history in Chicago.

Alumni Network

Alumni of graduate programs in the Department of Modern Languages are employed in a wide range of job sectors, including education and government and hold positions from teaching to translation to interpreting. With a network of over 8,900 fellow master’s-level graduates, you’ll have lots of opportunities to grow your professional and academic connections.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the fellowships, scholarships and grants available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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