Combined Degree


The combined degree program [pdf] is designed for students who would like to certify their achievement of professional-level Chinese ability by earning a master’s degree in East Asian Languages & Literatures, Advanced Chinese Language & Culture Track. Combined degree students pursue a bachelor’s degree in any non-language major and complete all levels of OSU Chinese language class available.

The M.A. is awarded upon completion of a capstone year in China and successful defense in Chinese of a master’s project. Usually a thesis, this master’s project is designed by the student to be a demonstration of mastery of the main language and ideas in the student’s non-language major as they are discussed in China.

There are many paths to completing an OSU Chinese Flagship combined degree. Students may apply to the Graduate School and begin taking Chinese language classes for graduate credit after completion of 90 undergraduate semester credits and with a combined GPA of 3.5. This usually occurs after 5th-level Chinese, but for some, it may be possible after 4th-level. Check out our list showing one possible course trajectory as well as a complete list of Chinese classes that can be taken in fulfillment of the combined degree.

Upon admission to the graduate school, students’ advanced Chinese language class credits count toward a Master’s Degree in East Asian Languages and Literatures, advanced Chinese language concentration*. These courses include development of a domain project with a native speaker in the student’s non-language field, community service, and content classes on Chinese culture taught in Chinese.

Course descriptions can be found in the graduate portion of this website. Students in the two-year MA cohort take all of the graduate level classes in one year in Columbus, while combined degree students usually spread them out over 2-3 years while simultaneously continuing to take undergraduate GEC and major courses.

As often as possible, summers are spent at The OSU China Gateway Qingdao Center, refining the student’s ability to establish relationships with native speakers. In the final year, the student returns to China for one summer of community work in Qingdao, an internship with a Chinese organization and at least one semester of direct enrollment coursework at a Chinese university.

When a student planning to pursue the combined degree track is nearing 90 undergraduate credits, s/he should let the department know and begin the application process using one of the documents below:

Editable partially-completed Chinese Flagship Combined Degree Application Templates

Combined Degree Program [pdf]

This template include instructions for application. Be sure to read it early and follow carefully.

* Once a student is accepted to the Graduate School, all course enrollments are billed at the graduate student rate, regardless of whether or not a course is being taken in fulfillment of the non-langauge bachelor’s degree or Flagship master’s degree requirements.