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M.A. Timeline

Once admitted to the M.A. program, M.A. candidates must accept or decline our offer before the start of the Autumn quarter that he or she is admitted to. 2016-17 Admitted M.A. students should visit the Grad Admissions: Admitted Students webpage and complete all requirements necessary. Students who accept an offer of admission will be notified later by e-mail from Graduate Admissions, Office of the University Registrar, about any additional requirements to be fulfilled. The requirements will also appear in the student’s Axess account To Do list. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. registered permanent residents need to fill out and submit either the I-20 Request for Student F-1 Visa or the DS-2019 Request for J-1 Exchange Visitors, and possibly Transfer in (SEVIS Record) to Stanford University.

If there are any follw-up questions, students should direct questions either to Grad Admissions (gradadmissions@stanford.edu), or East Asian Languages & Culture's Student Services Officer, Ai Tran (aitran@stanford.edu). 

First Year: Autumn Quarter

  • Attend the department orientation for grad students. An email will be sent out closer to the date notifying grad students of the time and meeting place. At the orientation, the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Ban Wang, will go over the EALC Graduate Handbook, department expectations and requirements for M.A. students. You will also be asked to complete the following forms, required by the department:
    • EALC Emergency Contact Information
    • EALC Information Consent Waiver Form
  • For International Students: if you are an international student whose native language is not English, you may be required to take the English Placement Test upon arrival. Students who accept an offer of admission and who Graduate Admissions requires to take the test will find that item on their To Do list in their Axess account. For more information, please click here.
  • Students may also attend the New Graduate Student Orientation, hosted by the Graduate Life Office. Every year, the Graduate Life Office works with student volunteers to coordinate the New Graduate Student Orientation, or NGSO. In hopes to orient Stanford's new graduate students to the campus and ease their transitions here, it occurs the week prior to the start of classes. The programs are open to all incoming graduate students, both new and transfer students. For International Students: whether you arrive before orientation or during orientation, be sure to visit Stanford's Bechtel International Center (I-Center) website for full details of the Graduate International Student Orientation.

First Year: Spring Quarter

  • At the beginning of the spring quarter, all graduate students must complete the Department's Annual Review Progress Report. Department faculty will use the information to evaluate student progress, and provide students with feedback.
  • Towards the end of the spring quarter, students should at this point identify potential department faculty members who could serve as their thesis adviser(s). Once the faculty member has agreed to be their thesis adviser, students should work with the professor for the remainder of their time at Stanford to complete their thesis, while taking courses to complete the 45-unit minimum requirement and requirements specific to Chinese or Japanese M.A. program.

Second Year: Autumn Quarter

  • If the M.A. student has not done so already, he or she should find a faculty member who will be his or her thesis adviser, and begin working with the thesis adviser to complete the M.A. thesis, while taking courses to complete the 45-unit minimum requirement and requirements specific to Chinese or Japanese M.A. program.

Second Year: Spring Quarter

  • At the beginning of the spring quarter, all graduate students must complete the Department's Annual Review Progress Report. Department faculty will use the information to evaluate student progress, and provide students with feedback.
  • Except for unexpected circumstances, second-year M.A. students should be graduating by spring quarter. Students must:
    • Apply to Graduate by the spring quarter deadline. For dates specific to your year, please check the Stanford Academic Calendar.
    • Submit the M.A. thesis by the spring quarter deadline. For dates specific to your year, and instruction on submitting your thesis, click here.
    • Complete the Department's Diploma Ceremony RSVP, which will be emailed to the graduate student mailing list.
    • For more information on graduation and commencement, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website.
  • Second-year students who will not be graduating in the spring, please make an appointment to talk to the Student Services Officer no later than two weeks before the Apply to Graduate deadline for spring quarter.