|Fall - February 1: Priority consideration for admission and funding; April 1: Guaranteed review for admission and consideration for funding, if available. (Applications for admission will continue to be accepted after April 1, when space remains available in the program.)
|Spring – October 1
|Standardized test scores:
|The GRE general is not required however if you feel as though submitting scores for the GRE will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them.
|The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
|Minimum scores for the program are:
|- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
|- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
|- PTE Academic: 53
|Applicants to the M.A. who do not meet minimum English language requirements may be eligible for our full-time Applied English Language program.
|One (1) academic letter of recommendation
|All applicants must meet minimum Chinese proficiency (i.e. the intermediate high for speaking and reading based on the ACTFL rating scale).
|Prior academic records:
|Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
|If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided in addition to the originals.
|Statement of purpose:
|An essay of no more than 750 words, in which you state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field at GW in particular, including your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.
|A self-introduction written in Chinese, two paragraphs typed.
|A writing sample (3-4 pages, double-spaced) on a topic in humanities (literature, language, linguistics, or other) is required. The sample does not need to pertain to China specifically.
|A phone or Skype interview may be given.
|International applicants only:
|Please follow this link - https://columbian.gwu.edu/international-graduate-applicants - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052
For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
Non-thesis option—33 credits, including up to 6 credits in Chinese language proficiency courses, at least 18 credits in courses in the field, and 3 to 9 credits in elective courses.
Thesis option—30 credits, including up to 6 credits in Chinese language proficiency courses, at least 18 credits in courses in the field, at least 3 credits in elective coursework, and 3 credits in CHIN 6999 Thesis Research.
|Chinese language proficiency
|Students whose Chinese language skills are determined by examination to be below the advanced level must enroll in at least one, but no more than two, of the following 4000-level Chinese language courses for graduate credit. Graduate credit requires additional work, such as essays or projects.
|Readings in Modern Chinese II
|Advanced Conversation and Composition II
|Special Topics in Advanced Chinese
|Students whose language skills are determined to be at the advanced level may enroll in a variety of 6000-level language and culture courses to further develop their language proficiency. Language and other courses must be approved by the program director and the advisor. A language proficiency waiver must be pre-approved
|Courses in the field
|At least 18 credits in courses selected from the following:
|Introduction to Classical Chinese I
|Introduction to Classical Chinese II 2
|Chinese Literature in Translation
|Chinese Literature in Translation II
|Structure of Chinese
|History of the Chinese Language
|Developing Chinese Literacy
|Taiwanese Literature and Film
|Poetry of the Tang and Song Periods I
|Poetry of the Tang and Song Periods II
|Traditional Chinese Theatre and Drama
|Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature II
|Second Language Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese
|Introduction to Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
|Practicum in Chinese Language Instruction
|For the thesis option at least one, but no more than two elective courses (3 or 6 credits), and for the non-thesis option, at least one but no more than three elective courses (3 to 9 credits), selected from the following*: *
|Independent Study for Chinese Language and Culture (Thesis Option) **
|Religion and Politics in China
|Second Language Acquisition
|Teaching Second Language Reading and Writing
|Confucian Literature in East Asia
|Introduction to Daoism
|Myth, Ritual, and Popular Religion in China
|Women, Gender, and Religion in China
|Required for thesis option only
*Or an alternative pre-approved course.
**Students must submit a research proposal before enrolling in CHIN 6550.