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Admissions Requirements and Guidelines

1. All applicants must apply through the Graduate Admissions common application. Applications are only accepted for Fall Admission.

2. Asian Studies MA applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

a) An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.2, either cumulative or based on the last two years of work, whichever is higher; graduate GPA of 3.4 or higher. The International Admissions Office of the university will evaluate transcripts of grades from international institutions and provide the graduate committee with an assessment in terms of equivalency to the U.S. grading system.

b) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of 80 or above or IELTS score of 6.5 or higher are required for international students. The university can only accept tests scored within two years of admission.  Applicants holding a university degree from an accredited American institution, or a country where the first language is English, may not be required to take the TOEFL.

c) Academic preparation: Applicants for admission to the M.A. program who do not have a major or minor in Asian Studies in their undergraduate work will be evaluated in terms of the amount of course work that has a bearing on Asian Studies. Additional course work may be required to provide the necessary background.

3. Required fields on the application for the Asian Studies MA Program:

i) Statement of purpose (Uploaded):

In a focused statement of at least 500 words, please explain your purpose in applying for a graduate program in Asian Studies, your particular area of specialization within the program and pertinent faculty who may mentor you in this area, your preparation for graduate work in Asian Studies, your plans for your future occupation or profession, and any additional information that may help the admissions committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study. The admissions committee places great emphasis on this statement in evaluating your aptitude for graduate study. It should be carefully written and typed.

ii) An academic writing sample (Uploaded)

Writing samples must be a minimum of 5 pages in length and in English. Examples include an research paper or book review, a a piece of written work which shows your ability to work with primary and/or secondary resources and ability to develop an argument. You will upload the writing sample as part of the online application. 

iii) Curriculum vitae (Uploaded)
iv) Official GRE scores (TOEFL if applicable)

Applicants need only submit verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores. GRE scores older than 5 years are not valid. The department generally does not accept applicants for the Masters' program with a verbal score below the 55th %ile, or Ph.D. applicants with a verbal score below the 65th %ile, though we may consider applicants with lower scores in exceptional cases. For more information about the GRE, see or contact the University Testing Center at (801) 581-8744. University of Utah School Code: 4853

v) Three letters of recommendation (electronically through the application website)

4. Full time or part time attendance is available for applicants, with full-time attendance preferred.

5. Read information about Asian Studies faculty.

6. The only funding available through the Asia Center is the FLAS Fellowship. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for this fellowship. The FLAS Fellowship will require a separate application.

7. Deadlines: Application files must be complete by February 1 to be considered for fall admission. Be advised, applications should be turned in early so that all transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation are in by the February 1 deadline (up to 30 days in advance for domestic students and 60 days for international students). Files that are not complete by this date may not be reviewed. It is the applicants’ responsibility to verify that all admissions documents have been received. You can keep track of your application on the Graduate Admissions website:

Last Updated: 3/30/21