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UW–Madison offers an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Chinese, specializing either in linguistics or in literature and culture. The program provides broad foundations and focused training in these two specialties, assuring that our graduates are amply prepared to teach and conduct research.

The linguistics specialty excels in areas of historical linguistics, phonology, prosody, grammaticalization, interface study between syntax and phonology, dialectology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, pedagogy, and pragmatics.  

The literature and culture specialty covers periods from the pre-Qin through the modern and contemporary, including study of fictional and historiographical narrative, poetry, drama, film, and new media.

The graduate program in Chinese is housed in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, along with the Japanese and the Asian Languages and Cultures Program. As such, students will have opportunities to interact with all faculty, staff, and graduate students affiliated with the department to examine their area of specialty in broader regional and disciplinary contexts.

Fall Deadline January 10
Spring Deadline This program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline This program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Required.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

Thank you for your interest in our programs. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) offers a graduate program in Asian Languages and CulturesChinese and Japanese.

Prior to submitting application and materials, applicants should carefully review the information regarding the program of interest and the faculty’s expertise to determine the fit between their interest and the program. To this extent, prospective applicants may contact a specific faculty to discuss their research interest prior to submitting applications.

Applicants should also review the Graduate School's admission processGraduate School's minimum requirements, and program requirements and information prior to submitting the online application and fee. The application fee cannot be waived or refunded.

Deadlines

We accept applications for the fall term only.

In order to be considered for fellowships, project assistantships, and teaching assistantships, all application materials must be in by January 10.

If you do not need any funding support, you may submit applications by April 15.

Application Process

New applicants to UW-Madison apply to programs through the Graduate School application process. Complete the online Graduate application and select the Asian Languages and Cultures (major code 596) or Chinese (major code 171) or Japanese (major code 583) program. 

If you are a currently enrolled UW-Madison graduate student and would like to add or change your current graduate program to Asian Languages and Cultures, Chinese, or Japanese, you do not need to fill out the online application. You will need to submit the following to the ALC Graduate Program Coordinator (1244 Van Hise):

The applications from current UW–Madison graduate students will be reviewed every spring, together with new applications submitted.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Program resources

Throughout the academic year, professional development trainings, workshops, and graduate student-organized activities take place. The Director of Graduate Studies is eager to hear from students about what interests they have for such events. 

GRADUATE SCHOOL Office of PRofessional Development

The Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD) coordinates, develops, and promotes learning opportunities to foster the academic, professional, and life skills of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and scholars.

Professional development topics include Individual Development Plans, communication, mentoring, grant writing, dissertation writing, career exploration, job search strategies, and more. OPD collaborates with the Writing Center, Libraries, DoIT Software Training for Students, Delta, career centers, and others to provide a wealth of resources and events tailored to the needs of UW–Madison graduate students.

The office developed and maintains DiscoverPD, an innovative tool for UW–Madison graduate students to advance their academic and professional goals. DiscoverPD introduces nine areas (or "facets") of professional development, includes a self-assessment, and provides a customized report of areas of strength and weakness. The report comes with recommendations to help graduate students strengthen their ability within each area.

More information on campus resources for student professional development is available at Graduate Student Professional Development. Students may keep up-to-date by reading GradConnections, the weekly newsletter for graduate students, and bookmarking the Events Calendar to keep tabs on upcoming workshops of interest.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 51 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 32 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement All 51 credits must be completed in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements Ph.D. candidates should maintain a 3.5 GPA in all coursework and may not have any more than two Incompletes on their record at any one time.
Assessments and Examinations All students must take a comprehensive written preliminary examination, covering fields defined in consultation with the advisor and other committee members.

A dissertation proposal must be presented to the members of the Ph.D. committee and accepted within one semester of passing the preliminary examination.
Language Requirements Advanced proficiency in modern Chinese is required. Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in classical Chinese and one additional research language.

The Ph.D. language requirements are designed to increase the student's scholarly efficiency and capabilities and should be completed as early as possible. In addition to competence in English and modern and classical Chinese, the student must qualify in one language related to his or her research. Usually this will be Japanese, French, or German. This requirement may be satisfied either by showing evidence of two years of successful study of the language or by passing an examination.
Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements All doctoral students are required to complete a minor.

Required Courses

12 credits of seminars coursework are required. These include China-related courses 800 and above. ASIAN 932 Seminar in Chinese Linguistics and ASIAN 951 Seminar in Chinese Literature are offered approximately every year, and may be repeated.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Major-Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) completed while a UW–Madison undergraduate may be counted to satisfy degree requirements. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework (as defined above) taken as a UW–Madison Special student. Coursework earned ten years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Probation

A semester GPA below 3.5 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.5 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time enrollment, the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School. A student on probation may not take the preliminary examination.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

Starting Fall 2018, all students are required to be supervised by co-advisors. One of the co-advisors must be a member of the Japanese Program, but the other co-advisor can be identified from related fields outside of the Japanese Program.

At the point of beginning work on the dissertation, a single dissertation advisor (most likely one of the co-advisors) may be chosen, or the co-advising arrangement may continue for the dissertation as well.

Dissertation committees must have at least 4 members representing more than one graduate program, 3 of whom must be UW-Madison graduate faculty or former UW-Madison graduate faculty up to one year after resignation or retirement. At least one of the 4 members must be from outside of the student’s major program or major field (often from the minor field).

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Students should contact the department chair or program director with questions about grievances.

Other

The program offers limited financial assistance in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships to candidates who are highly qualified. Applicants should consult the program website for selection criteria and application materials for assistantships.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Program resources

Throughout the academic year, professional development trainings, workshops, and graduate student-organized activities take place. The Director of Graduate Studies is eager to hear from students about what interests they have for such events. 

GRADUATE SCHOOL Office of PRofessional Development

The Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD) coordinates, develops, and promotes learning opportunities to foster the academic, professional, and life skills of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and scholars.

Professional development topics include Individual Development Plans, communication, mentoring, grant writing, dissertation writing, career exploration, job search strategies, and more. OPD collaborates with the Writing Center, Libraries, DoIT Software Training for Students, Delta, career centers, and others to provide a wealth of resources and events tailored to the needs of UW–Madison graduate students.

The office developed and maintains DiscoverPD, an innovative tool for UW–Madison graduate students to advance their academic and professional goals. DiscoverPD introduces nine areas (or "facets") of professional development, includes a self-assessment, and provides a customized report of areas of strength and weakness. The report comes with recommendations to help graduate students strengthen their ability within each area.

More information on campus resources for student professional development is available at Graduate Student Professional Development. Students may keep up-to-date by reading GradConnections, the weekly newsletter for graduate students, and bookmarking the Events Calendar to keep tabs on upcoming workshops of interest.

  1. Demonstrate a thorough and in-depth understanding of research problems, potentials, and limits with respect to theory, knowledge, or practice in at least one of the following areas of study: Chinese literature and culture, Chinese linguistics, and Transasian studies.
  2. Formulate ideas, concepts, designs, and/or techniques beyond the current boundaries of knowledge within the specialized field(s).
  3. Create scholarship and advance knowledge that makes a substantive contribution to the field(s).
  4. Articulate and communicate complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner to both specialized and general audience.
  5. Recognize, apply, and foster ethical and professional conduct.

FACULTY

Anatoly Detwyler, Assistant Professor
Website: https://alc.wisc.edu/about/faculty/anatoly-detwyler
Email: detwyler@wisc.edu
Area: Modern Chinese Literature and History, Comparative New Media, Information Studies

Rania Huntington, Professor
Website: https://alc.wisc.edu/about/faculty/rania-huntington
Email: huntington@wisc.edu
Area: Ming and Qing Narrative and Drama, Chinese Literature of the Weird and Supernatural

William Nienhauser, Professor
Website: https://alc.wisc.edu/about/faculty/william-nienhauser
Email: whnienha@wisc.edu
Area: Early Traditional Chinese Fiction and History; Early Poetry (Du Fu and Tao Qian)

Hongming Zhang, Professor
Website: https://alc.wisc.edu/about/faculty/hongming-zhang
Email: hzhang6@wisc.edu
Area: Chinese Linguistics; History of Chinese Language; Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

Tianlu Zhang, Faculty Associate
Website: https://alc.wisc.edu/staff/zhang-tianlu/
Email: tianlu.zhang@wisc.edu
Area: Chinese Language

Weihua Zhu, Assistant Professor
Website: https://alc.wisc.edu/about/faculty/weihua-zhu
Email: wzhu34@wisc.edu
Area: Chinese Language, Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition

Affiliated faculty

Shelly Chan, Associate Professor of History
Website: 
https://history.wisc.edu/people/chan-shelly/
Area: Modern China; migration and diaspora; Nanyang

Joe Dennis, Associate Professor of History
Website: https://history.wisc.edu/people/dennis-joe/
Area: Late imperial China; social, legal, and book history

Wei Dong, Professor in School of Human Ecology
Website: 
https://sohe.wisc.edu/staff/wei-dong/
Area: Asian design and design visualization

Florence C. Hsia, Professor of History of Science
Website: 
https://history.wisc.edu/people/hsia-florence-c/
Area: Early modern science; cross-cultural scientific exchange; science and religion; science and print culture; archives and data practices

Judd Kinzley, Associate Professor of History
Website: https://history.wisc.edu/people/kinzley-judd/
Area: Modern China and Xinjiang; environmental history, borderlands; material-centered history; political economy

Weijia Li, Assistant Professor in German, Nordic, and Slavic
Website: 
https://elpa.education.wisc.edu/elpa/people/faculty-and-staff-directory/weijia-li
Area: German-Chinese cultural exchange in the 20th c.

Yafei Li, Professor of Language Sciences
Website: https://langsci.wisc.edu/people/facstaff/li
Area: Syntax and morphology of Chinese

Yuhang Li, Assistant Professor of Art History
Website: https://arthistory.wisc.edu/people/faculty/li
Area: Chinese art, gender, and material practices in late imperial china; Buddhism and art; textile and costume history; Qing court art

Viren Murthy, Associate Professor of History
Website: 
https://history.wisc.edu/people/murthy-viren/
Area: East Asian intellectual history; Marxism; Buddhism

Zhongdang Pan, Professor of Communication Science
Website: https://commarts.wisc.edu/people/zhongdangpan
Area: Media and social changes in the PRC; comparative journalism in PRC, Taiwan, and HK; civic values in Chinese cities

Yongming Zhou, Professor of Anthropology
Website: https://www.anthropology.wisc.edu/staff/zhou-yongming/
Area: Cultural anthropologist of China and East Asia; development; media politics; environment; drugs; ethnicity and tourism; cyberspace