Information regarding application and financial assistance.


Note that the East Asian Studies graduate program offers a Master's degree (M.A.) only.  There is no PhD in East Asian Studies offered at UCLA.

General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.

Applications are only accepted for Fall term. The deadline to apply to the East Asian Studies interdepartmental graduate program is December 1.  All applicants must apply electronically for graduate admission.  The applicants will be notified about the admission decision by mid-March. 

All materials must be complete before the application is considered.

The following materials are required components of the admission application:

  • Statement of purpose (maximum two pages, double space).   Statement of purpose should describe academic, East Asia-related and/or professional experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (use Institution Code 4837 and Department Code 5199
  • Official transcript.  An unofficial transcript may be uploaded via on-line admission application. Official copies of transcripts (only from the institution where you received an Undergraduate or Graduate degree) must be sent to the program's office in a sealed envelope. If transcript is not in English, an authorized translation has to be provided. Applicants do not need to send official copies of transcripts from Community College or Study Abroad programs.
  • A  research paper or other writing sample that well demonstrates writing and analytical skills (10 pages maximum). The goal of the writing sample is to demonstrate your ability to write professionally and clearly. For that reason, the writing sample should be written in English.
  •  TOEFL  scores (international applicants only).  Applicants who hold a degree from a university located in U.S. or another country where English is both a primary spoken language and the language of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full time study at such institution are not required to submit TOEFL scores.   For more information please review English Requirements page.


East Asian Studies M.A. Program Inquiries:
Telephone: (310) 206-6571

UCLA International Institute
East Asian Studies Graduate Admissions
10256 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487