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Degree Programs

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Undergraduate majors and minors in Chinese Studies and Chinese language are offered through the Asian Studies major and minor and Asian Languages and Cultures minor which are all administered through the Department of Asian Languages  and Cultures in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Masters in International and Regional Studies

Students interested in a graduate degree in Chinese studies at the University of Michigan can pursue an M.A. degree through the Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS), which combines an interdisciplinary curriculum, rigorous methodological training, and international experiences with deep regional expertise.

Current Students

Prior to the 2019-20 academic year, LRCCS offered the Chinese Studies M.A. Students who matriculated in Fall 2018 or earlier can refer to the CS M.A. program requirements here.

Current students can contact an advisor at or schedule an advising appointment.

The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of China.  A prominent feature of the LRCCS experience is the possibility of working closely with our outstanding China faculty; students are encouraged to pursue individual areas of interest. Graduates will be better prepared for many professional careers related to China as well as for further academic work at the PhD level.

  • Watch this video of LRCCS MA alumnus Damien Ma reflecting on his time at Michigan and discusses the importance of China expertise in career development. Ma is a fellow at the Paulson Institute and a regular columnist for the Atlantic Monthly online.

Graduate Certificate in Chinese Studies

The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies offers a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies: China. This certificate is intended for U-M graduate-level students in LSA departments and professional schools, as well as students who have completed a graduate degree from the University of Michigan or another university within the past 5 years. The goal of the certificate is to provide a program of study grounded in interdisciplinary understandings of China to graduate students whose academic and career trajectories require China-focused knowledge and training.

Doctoral Studies at U-M

LRCCS does not offer a doctoral degree in Chinese studies. Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies should apply to the department at this University which represents the area of desired specialization and choose to concentrate on China within that specialization. Such academic units at the University of Michigan include but are not limited to Anthropology, Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, and Sociology.


The Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies awards a number of fellowships to undergraduates, graduate and professional school students in Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Application deadline for all fellowships is January 15 unless otherwise noted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make certain that all materials are received at the center by this date.

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