Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese at the college level (MTCC) program apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), to which the MTCC belongs. Applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences must submit either an electronic application (preferred method) or a paper application. An application fee of $75 for online applications or $100 for paper applications is required of all applicants. Electronic applications require payment with a credit card; paper applications require a check or money order made payable to Brandeis University.

Please note: The MTCC program begins the last week of August.

Generous financial aid is available.

  • Admission Semester: Fall only
  • Application Deadlines: Rolling until May 1; application review begins January 15

Application Requirements

Please note, this program is for students who have already obtained a foreign master’s degree in either teaching Chinese as a foreign language or in overseas Chinese language teaching (while at Brandeis, students will be pursuing their second master’s degree).

To apply for the MTCC program, you need to submit:

  • An application to the graduate school, submitted electronically;
  • An application fee
  • 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 our Frequently Asked Questions page;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted online. 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.

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

International Students

For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please see the International Students page.

Mailing Address

Please send supporting credentials that have NOT been electronically uploaded with your application to:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
MS 031 Brandeis University
P.O. Box 9110
Waltham, MA 02454-9110