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Admission Information

In order to be considered for admission to the MA in Japanese Studies, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree: Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a US college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.  Students who are currently enrolled in the last year of their bachelor's degree program and anticipate graduating prior to the beginning of the fall term will also be considered for admission.
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report.  For more details on acceptable tests and minimum scores, see the Application Materials section, Item 11.

In addition, the Admission Committee looks for the following desirable qualifications in applicants.  Although these qualification are not required for admission, meeting one or more of these qualifications generally enhances the application:

  • Japanese Language Proficiency: Prior study of Japanese language, whether by formal courses or by living in Japan, is strongly encouraged.  Applicants with no practical proficiency in Japanese language (less than one year of college level Japanese) may still apply but must demonstrate an ability to learn a foreign language and a strong commitment to learning Japanese.
  • Courses on Japan-Related Topics: An undergraduate major or minor in Japanese Studies, East Asian Studies, or Asian Studies is not a prerequisite for admission; however, some prior coursework on Japan-related topics in the humanities and the social sciences in addition to Japanese language is strongly encouraged.
  • Studying, Living, or Working in Japan:  Whether in a study abroad program, short term study tour, or employment, being in-country is a valuable learning experience.

Admission Process Overview

All students applying for graduate study at the University of Michigan apply to the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies for admission. The Center for Japanese Studies reviews the applications and recommends students to Rackham for admission. Rackham then reviews the applicant's credentials and makes offers of admission. Please review the Rackham minimum requirements for admission before proceeding with the application process.

The Center for Japanese Studies admits students to its Master of Arts programs once a year for the fall term. The application deadline is December 15 each year for the fall term beginning in September of the following year. Applications are reviewed by the CJS Admissions and Fellowships Committee, which is composed of faculty members of the Center.  Admission decisions are sent by US mail (airmail for overseas applicants) and postmarked by March 15.  The Center does not disclose admission decision of individual applicants by phone or email.

Please use the navigation links to the right of this page for more detailed information about the admission application process.

Go to the Application Materials section for detailed information and instructions on how to prepare and submit the required application materials and links to the online application system.

If you are applying to a dual/joint degree program, please be sure to read the additional information in the Dual Degrees section.

After Application Submission

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