EAS MA Program Admissions & Financial Aid

Application Procedure

Candidates for admission to the program must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and meet or exceed minimum Graduate School requirements for GPA/GRE levels. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all previous undergraduate work and 3.2 for all previous graduate work is required. Applicant records of foreign language study should demonstrate past success in East Asian language work or a high level of accomplishment in the study of non-East Asian languages.

The following materials are required and may be submitted to The Ohio State University Graduate Admissions Office online

  1. A completed OSU Graduate School Admission online application.
  2. Electronic copy of official transcripts for all previous academic work
    (official hard copies will be requested upon conditional acceptance into the program).
  3. Current and official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  4. TOEFL scores for international applicants
    (minimum scores: TOEFL: 550 paper, 213 CBT, 79 IBT; MELAB: 82; IELTS: 7.0).
  5. A two-part statement of purpose no more than three pages in length:
    PART I: two pages, double-spaced, explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate program specifically in East Asian Studies (which is not the same as programs offered by the departments of East Asian Languages and Literatures, History, etc.) at The Ohio State University, including career goals, research interests, and probable major field of study, and indicating the relationship of past experience to these goals and interests.
    PART II: one page, double-spaced, explaining both the applicant’s previous East Asian language training and goals, indicating which language they will study at OSU, and listing specific faculty members and their departments at OSU with whom the applicant would like to work and whom the applicant has contacted;
  6. Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant’s scholastic ability and ability to adapt to different cultures; at least one letter should be from a language teacher.
  7. Writing sample (research paper or thesis, in English, no longer than 30 pages).
  8. Current CV/resume (4 pages maximum)

Items 5-8 above may be sent in hard copy, if preferable, to Chair of the EAS M.A. Program at the East Asian Studies Center (140 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Road, Columbus OH 43210).

Application Deadlines

For those seeking funding:
For applicants who seek funding, international students must apply by November 30 and U.S. students by December 13, for admission in the following autumn.

For those not seeking funding:
For applicants not seeking funding, applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, students are encouraged to matriculate in the autumn, since many courses are offered sequentially. Deadlines for each semester can be found in the student handbook.

Financial Aid

East Asian Studies M.A. students have fared well in scholarship and fellowship competitions. Numerous students have been awarded coveted Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for both intensive summer language study and academic year language and area studies (separate application required, see link above). Several outstanding incoming students have also been recipients of University Fellowships. Students have also been successful in garnering outside scholarship support from government sources and private foundations. The program does not have assistantship positions available, however, students are welcome to seek assistantships through other departments and offices at the university. For further information on financial aid, see the student handbook.


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