Graduate Programs and Reviews

Foremention: A huge thanks goes to JETWIT, the JET alumni magazine, for allowing AJET to use its list of graduate school programs to complete the below list. To visit JETWIT, please go to http://jetwit.com.

Graduate school listings are initially separated by the country in which they reside, followed by category. To start your graduate school search, please click the button below the country to view it’s programs.

USA

Japanese Language Study

Middlebury College (Oakland, CA)
JETAA US Country Rep Shannon Quinn says that she attended their summer language school pre-JET in 1999, and many of her classmates were former CIRs and ALTs.

Cornell University’s FALCON Program (Ithaca, NY) – The FALCON (Full-Year Asian Language Concentration) Program is an intensive language course for beginners in Japanese. Prospective students can opt for the full-year program or the introductory summer intensive course. It’s possible for those who complete FALCON to continue on an Asian Studies M.A. or joint M.A./MBA with Cornell University.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowship – A great way to finance intensive language study. Four to five grants for Japanese are available every year. (Comment: Shannon Quinn, JETAA USA Country Rep and former JETAA Pacific Northwest President, attended the IUC from 2005-2006, thanks to a generous fellowship (worth nearly $36,000) from the Blakemore Freeman Foundation. Feel free to contact Shannon (via the JETWIT site) if you have questions about the program.)

International Relations/Policy/Language/ Cultural Study

Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) (New York, NY) – SIPA offers prospective candidates a variety of programs to choose from including a Masters of International Affairs (MIA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM), Executive MPA (EMPA), MPA in Developmental Practice, Dual Degree programs, and a Ph.D in Sustainable Development.

Columbia University – Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures (New York, NY) – Columbia’s Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers both M.A. and Ph.D programs. The M.A. is a humanities program in the literature, culture, history, and languages of East Asia, with emphasis on critical methodology and comparative study. Financial aid fellowships are also offered every year as well as student teaching appointments and partial scolarships.

Columbia University – Weatherhead East Asian Institute (New York, NY) – This branch of Columbia University offers an M.A. in Regional Studies of East Asia. The M.A. focuses on a social science approach to modern politics, international relations, modern history, and cultural and social formations of the region. It is an intensive one-year program.

Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, CA) – Offers programs in topics including International Policy Studies, Translation & Interpretation, Language Teacher Education, and International Business.

The New School (New York, NY) – International Affairs Program.

School for International Training (SIT) (Battleboro, VT) – Offers programs in International Education, Language and Culture, NGOs and Civil Society Peace and Conflict Transformation, Socially Responsible Management, Sustainable Development and Teacher Preparation.

Second Language Studies M.A. Program, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Honolulu, HI) – A great program, according to Leslie Reynolds, Niigata-ken, 2005-07, who is an M.A. candidate and reports that there are several other former JETs in the program as well. Ph.D programs are also available.

Washington University in St. Louis – M.A. in East Asian Studies (St. Louis, MO) – According to a JET alum who did the program, one of the attractive features of Washington University is that there are two joint program options, JD or MBA, that you can do together with the M.A. He adds that Washington University also offers tuition breaks, small class sizes, and has excellent professors.

Stanford University – The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) (Stanford, CA) – Stanford offers an M.A. in East Asian Studies that takes 1-3 years to complete. The university also offers dual and joint degree programs with other departments including law (M.A./JD), business (M.A./MBA), and the Stanford Teacher Education Program to name a few. M.A. students may also continue to their studies to the Ph.D level.

Teaching

School of Teaching English as a Second Language (Seattle, WA) – In cooperation with Seattle University’s College of Education. Seattle University and the School of Teaching ESL have created a cooperative agreement that gives students several choices regarding professional development in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students can choose to become certified in TESOL, TEFL, or go on to an MA in Teaching, Adult Education and Training, or in Curriculum and Instruction among others.

University of South Florida Graduate Program for Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (Tampa, FL) – Primary program offered is an MA in Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language, but there are also certification programs for TESL, ESOL, and ESOL Endorsement. According to a native Floridian JET alum, USF also has an English Language Institute on campus so there are visiting students from all over the globe going to USF just to improve their English. There was at least one Florida JET alumnus who worked at the ELI for a while.

Business Schools

Washington University in St. Louis – Dual M.A./MBA Program in East Asian Studies (St. Louis, MO) – Washington University offers a joint MBA and M.A. program in East Asian Studies. Additionally, the university offers tuition breaks, small class sizes, and has excellent professors according to one JET alum.

Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management (Ithaca, NY) – The school has had many former JET students (and even a professor) pursue its program and also offers a dual MBA/M.A. in Asian Studies degree. (Thanks to Johnson alum A.J. Figliolini (Niigata-ken, 1998-2001) for the info.)

Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvannia (Philadelphia, PA)– Enables prospective students to get an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business or a University of Pennsylvania J.D. in combination with a Japanese-focused MA. The program has a great reputation among JET alumni.

Moore School of Business (University of South Carolina), International MBA Program (Columbia, SC) – Ranked as the #2 International Full-time MBA program by US News & World Report.  (MBA alma mater of playwright Randall David Cook, Fukui-ken, 1991-93)

Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, AZ) – Ranked as the #1 International Full-time MBA by US News & World Report.

Technology/Engineering/ Technical

University of Washington – Technical Japanese Program (Seattle, WA) –A number of JET alums have graduated from this 2-year Master’s degree program which combines the study of Engineering or Technical Communication and Japanese.

University of Wisconson – Masters in Technical Japanese (Madison, WI) – The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been named #1 by U.S. News and World Report for its online graduate engineering programs. Students of this program learn via distance format so that they may continue their work and career all the while earning their Masters.

Law Schools

Washington University in St. Louis – Dual M.A./J.D. Program in Law and East Asian Studies (St. Louis, MO) – Washington University offers a joint program where you can obtain a J.D. together with an M.A. in East Asian Studies. Additionally, the school offers tuition breaks, small class sizes and has excellent professors according to one JET alum.

Columbia University Law School  (New York, NY) – It is the first law school to offer courses to its students on Japanese Law. Columbia also has a Center for Japanese Legal Studies which promotes research on Japanese Law and holds the country’s foremost collection of Japanese legal materials with which to aid students and researchers.

University of Washington Law School (Seattle, WA) – This law school has an Asian Law Center with excellent Japan-related resources and professors.

JAPAN

Japanese Language Study

Inter-University Center (IUC) for Japanese Language Studies  (Yokohama) – Administered by Stanford University, the IUC’s 10-month program attracts graduate students and professionals from across the US. (Comment: Shannon Quinn, JETAA USA Country Rep and former JETAA Pacific Northwest President, attended the IUC from 2005-2006, thanks to a generous fellowship (worth nearly $36,000) from the Blakemore Freeman Foundation. Feel free to contact Shannon (via the JETWIT site) if you have questions about the program.)

Blakemore Freeman Fellowship – A great way to finance intensive language study. Four to five grants for Japanese are available every year. (Comment: Shannon Quinn, JETAA USA Country Rep and former JETAA Pacific Northwest President, attended the IUC from 2005-2006, thanks to a generous fellowship (worth nearly $36,000) from the Blakemore Freeman Foundation. Feel free to contact Shannon (via the JETWIT site) if you have questions about the program.)

International Relations/Policy/Language/ Cultural Study

American University – Ritsumeikan (Kyoto) – A graduate dual degree program for students fluent in both English and Japanese. Students begin their studies at American University’s School of International Service and complete their second year of study at the Graduate School of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Graduates receive simultaneously a master’s degree from the School of International Service and a master’s degree from Ritsumeikan University’s Graduate School of International Relations.

Waseda School Graduate Schools (Tokyo) – The Waseda Graduate School programs offers a wide selection of graduate MA and Ph.D Programs with which to choose from such as Asia-Pacific Studies, Japanese Applied Linguistics, and Global Information and Telecommunication Studies among others.

International University of Japan (IUJ) – Graduate School of International Relations (Tokyo) – Established in 1982, GSIR is the first professional school in Japan. It offers a variety of subject degrees including an M.A. in Public Management and Policy Analysis, an M.A. in International Relations, M.A. in International Peace Studies, M.A. in International Development, and an M.A. in Economics. Interested parties can check out positive peer reviews for IUJ on iAgora.

Teaching

Temple University – Japan Campus (Osaka/Tokyo) – Offers Ms.Ed./Ed.D. in TESOL degrees at both its Osaka and Tokyo Centers.

Business Schools

McGill University MBA in Tokyo (Tokyo) – Very good program. Competitor of Temple MBA in Tokyo program.

Doshisha’s Global MBA (Kyoto) – See JetWit post on JET alum Eleanor Robinson who has been involved with administration of the program.

Temple University – Japan Campus (Tokyo) – Offers MBA.

Law Schools

Temple University – Japan Campus (Tokyo) – For prospective students who do not have a first degree in law, Temple Law School offers two certificate programs at its Tokyo campus. By obtaining a certificate, you will obtain valuable legal knowledge and distinguish yourself among your peers. For those who have acquired their first law degree (LL.B./J.D./equivalent), applicants may apply to one of the LL.M programs offered. Temple is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.

UK

International Relations/Policy/Language/ Cultural Study

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (London)

Worldwide

Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution – Fellows can earn either a Master’s degree in International Relations, Public Administration, Sustainable Development, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Rotary centers can be found around the world including the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan as well as Australia, England, Thailand, and the USA! Prospective candidates must apply through their local rotary club and not directly to the universities or centers hosting the program. Many JET alumni have been a part of this program and highly recommend it. One such is Nagasaki JET alumni Mark Flanigan, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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