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Engineering Technical Japanese ME (UW-Madison)


American corporations are rapidly increasing their level of technical cooperation with Japanese firms. These corporations need professionals who can function effectively in a technical capacity with their Japanese counterparts. More engineers and engineering students are studying Japanese than ever before, but there are few opportunities to formalize that study in a way that will bring professional recognition.

The Master of Engineering in Technical Japanese (METJ) is a unique opportunity to improve your ability to interact effectively with Japanese counterparts in the technical or business arena. METJ is the only program that delivers this content in a distance format, allowing you to earn your degree while continuing your work and career.

Technical information from Japan is obtained most efficiently and most rapidly by using Japanese sources. METJ courses focus on translating and understanding Japanese printed materials and stress technical vocabulary not found in courses that emphasize literature or conversation.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a leader in technical Japanese for nearly 20 years. On-campus instruction for undergraduates and graduate students began in 1982 and an outreach program for professionals in industry and government commenced in 1990. The aggressive use of distance education technology has been a hallmark of the Technical Japanese Program at the university for more than a decade.

In 1995 the Technical Japanese Program received the Distinguished Credit program Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education in recognition of the high degree of interaction and effectiveness of instruction in these courses. Professor Davis has been named an Outstanding Instructor by the National Technological University (NTU) nine times since 1991.

Total credits required for completion: The degree requires 24 credits of approved coursework. All students must complete Intermediate Technical Japanese I and II.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants should hold a BS degree in engineering or a related field. Applicants whose BS or BA is not in engineering must have a minimum of 16 undergraduate credit hours in science or engineering.
  2. Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours.
  3. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 580.
  4. International applicants also must have a degree comparable to an approved US bachelor's degree.
  5. Applicants are not required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Madison

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