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  • M.A. in Teaching Chinese at the college level
    -One-year program (full-time)
    -Fall admission application deadline: rolling, starting January 15 until May 1
    -Need- and merit-based scholarships available

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Alumni Profiles

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Ning Liu, M.A. ’16, has taken a lecturing role at Princeton

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Lizeng Huang, M.A. '15, teaches in the Language Flagship program

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Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese (MTCC)


About the Program

Brandeis University's Master of Arts program in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture prepares students who have already obtained a foreign master’s degree in teaching Chinese to be instructors of Chinese language and culture at colleges and other institutions that offer Chinese medium content courses. This one-year program provides instruction in class design, theory, and practice for effective teaching, under the direction of dynamic, renowned faculty.  Some additional highlights of the program include:

  • Located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships and career opportunities;
  • Our M.A. program employs new theories and practices, enabling undergraduates to reach an advanced level of Chinese in about 70% less time than conventional teaching practices (600 hours vs. 2100 hours);
  • Connections with renowned universities that offer teaching Chinese as a foreign language, including Beijing Language and Culture University, National Taiwan Normal University, Tianjin University, and Renmin University of China;
  • The only master’s program on the eastern seaboard of the United States that is focused on Chinese language teaching;
  • Our International Students and Scholars Office provides a vibrant community to enhance the Brandeis educational experience.

More information on our related program, the Master of Arts in Teaching at the secondary (high school) level with a concentration in Chinese, can be found on the M.A.T. website. For a comparison of the MTCC vs. the M.A.T. in Secondary Education (Chinese), please use this chart.


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

Visit the Course Bulletin for the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

For fall semester (starts in late August): Rolling until May 1; review of applications begins January 15th.

Admission Requirements:

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically. One letter should address your academic/intellectual qualifications. There are no specific requirements for the second letter, but applicants with substantial work/professional experience should consider a letter from an employer;
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé that lists all colleges and universities attended, experiences with teaching, primary extracurricular activities and employment, detailing particularly those relevant to teaching Chinese; any honors or prizes awarded; and community service, publications or research projects with which you have been associated.
  • A portfolio (video) of you teaching Chinese in the classroom. This should be a minimum of 10 minutes, with a maximum of 25 minutes. Applications without a portfolio will not be reviewed.
  • A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program. The statement of purpose should clearly describe one or two of your core reasons for going into teaching.  Describe your relevant experience and other qualifications.  Your statement should be 3-5 pages long.
  • International students For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please visit our international page. Our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available.

Careers and Alumni

The Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese prepares students to be instructors of Chinese language and culture at colleges or other institutions that offer Chinese medium content courses. After the training and teaching experience students receive through this program, they are more competitive for college-level teaching jobs.

Students can work closely with our Career Services office for an array of resources, including CV/resumé help, job search, and networking. Read more about careers in Teaching Chinese.