M.A. in Korean for Professionals 2017-08-22T20:17:43+00:00

M.A. in Korean for Professionals

The M.A. program aims to produce professionals who can function in Korean in their chosen fields. After two years of intensive Korean language training customized to their fields, graduates of this program are expected to take their place among the next generation of global professionals as Korea specialists, commanding professional-level proficiency in Korean. The successful completion of the program leads to the Master of Arts degree in Korean for Professionals.

Highlights of the Program

Professional-level proficiency
The goal of the curriculum is to cultivate students who are able to function in professional-level Korean in their chosen academic or professional fields.

Domain specialty
The course topics and materials and testing materials were designed by the language specialists with the help and input of domain specialists.  In addition, the center hosts special lectures by domain specialists throughout the program.

Financial aid
Both merit-based and need-based financial aid is available. For detailed information, please refer to our resources page.

Overseas component
The one-year overseas component (housed at Korea University) provides intensive language training, domain study, and internship experience in an immersion environment.

Application

Application Deadlines
The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 1st.

Eligibility
U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is not required, and applications are welcome from students who meet the following two requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in any field.
  • Minimum proficiency of Intermediate-mid (as defined by ACTFL) is required. We will conduct a 30-minute Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) with all applicants.

Documents

  1. A completed UHM graduate application form with the nonrefundable application fee. The online application is available at http://apply.hawaii.edu.
  2. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, showing all degrees conferred
  3. GRE scores (College code 4867)
  4. A completed UHM KLFC MA Application form
  5. Three letters of recommendation written in English and printed on the recommender’s institutional letterhead

Application Documents

The application process requires that applicants send application materials to (i) UH Manoa Graduate Division and (ii) the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.

(i) To UH Manoa Graduate Division:

  • A completed UHM graduate application form with the nonrefundable application fee. The online application is available at http://apply.hawaii.edu.
  • GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Transcripts of your BA coursework and any subsequent post-graduate coursework* [to Graduate Division, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 353, Honolulu, HI 96822]

*Note: Transcripts and scores on standardized tests may be submitted with “unofficial” copies, but official copies must be submitted if you are admitted to the program. However, applicants are encouraged to request official transcript copies as soon as possible. The department has no minimal “cut scores” for the GRE; an applicant’s scores are one of several factors considered in the admissions decision.

(ii) To the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Attention: Cherry Lacsina):

  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation mailed directly to us by the recommenders signed and on the official letterhead of their respective institutions; letters should address your capacity to engage in academic work at the graduate level – for this reason, letters from former faculty are generally most informative. There is no required format for the letter and no official form to be used; it should be sent to:

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Hawaii, Manoa
1890 East West Road, Moore Hall 382
Honolulu, HI 96822
ATTN: Cherry Lacsina

  • Statement of Objectives for your study in our program. Your statement should primarily address your current research interests (including your prior study or life experiences that have led you to these current interests), your long-term objectives for your course of graduate study, and your plans for meeting these objectives while enrolled in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at UH Manoa. Form available at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/sites/manoa.hawaii.edu.graduate/files/documents/forms/sobj.pdf)  OR on a separate sheet of paper.
  • Unofficial copy of GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts of your BA coursework and any subsequent post-graduate coursework

Send paper copies of the above documents to the following address:

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Hawaii, Manoa
1890 East West Road, Moore Hall 382
Honolulu, HI 96822
ATTN: Cherry Lacsina