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M.A. in Chinese: Flagship Program Track« M.A. Program « Graduate Studies

The National Graduate Flagship Program in Chinese
Indiana University is home to the only Graduate Chinese Flagship Program in the country, designed to produce global professionals with superior language skills. This innovative program offers specialized content instruction in Chinese within the context of an MA program, overseas internship experience, and direct course enrollment at Nanjing University, in which course instruction is entirely in Mandarin.  Opportunities for the Boren fellowship (U.S. citizens only) to support the overseas phase of this program are available through competitive application. 

Admission Requirements
A minimum of “Intermediate-High” proficiency in Chinese as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview is minimally required, and ACTFL “Advanced-Low” is preferred. These levels may be equated with three and four years of successful Chinese language study. Applicants’ language proficiency will be verified through phone interviews and standardized tests.

Course Requirements
A minimum of 30 credit hours, including M.A. project hours, in approved courses. Ordinarily, at least 20 of these credit hours, not counting thesis hours, must be from among the courses listed under “Chinese” (C-prefixed courses). Two of these courses must be C557 (Chinese in the Humanities) and/or C567 (Chinese in the Social Sciences). C557 and C567 are taught in Chinese and are coupled with simultaneous enrollment in disciplinary courses in the graduate curriculum taught in English (typically 500-level courses designated by an “E” prefix. (E or C-500 level courses). When C557 or C567 are offered in Chinese by faculty whose expertise is in the specific content area, simultaneous enrollment in a parallel course is not required. C557 and C567 must be completed in the first year of the program on the Bloomington Campus. Students are expected to complete a total of 18-24 credit hours in M.A. coursework during their initial year in the program.

The second year of the Flagship track requires students to complete a four month internship in China, which is not to be included in the credit requirements for the M.A., and one semester of coursework at Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China. Ordinarily Nanjing University coursework will include one course in Chinese writing and rhetoric (credited as C550) and one elective in their interest area (Credited as C505). It is assumed that students will enroll for M.A. project hours during their internship in preparation for completion of their projects by the end of the second year.

Language Requirement
Completion of the fifth year level or equivalent in Chinese. Fifth year level is the Flagship core, its content-based language study (C557 and/or C567).

Students must complete a major essay (40-50 pages) in their area of interest demonstrating the ability to master, use, and critically evaluate a body of scholarly literature in the students’ field. Flagship students must accompany their essay with a précis (10 pages) in Chinese. This work will be evaluated by a committee that will consist of two disciplinary experts and one faculty member whose expertise is in modern Chinese instruction.