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Graduate Admission

To apply to the EALC M.A. program, submit an application and supporting documentation via the Office of Graduate Studies Online Application ».

Applications for graduate study are accepted year-round; however, students are encouraged to apply for Fall (August) matriculation.  Completed applications, including all supplemental documents, submitted by February 1 will receive priority consideration for the FLAS Fellowship (United States citizens and permanent residents only) and for a GTA appointment - both of which must be applied for separately.  Please indicate how you intend to fund your graduate education in your statement of purpose or in the on-line application form.

The department will evaluate you based on your educational background, grades, test scores, letters of recommendation, proof of research skills, and articulation of your interests and goals.  The Admission Committee may request completion of a language proficiency assessment in your language of study after initial review of your application.  


Entrance requirements for students pursuing a concentration in either Chinese or Japanese Language and Literature:

  • Three years of the chosen language and, for Chinese language students, one additional year of classical Chinese or the demonstrated equivalent. Students not meeting this prerequisite may be admitted with deficiencies provided they achieve this level of proficiency outside the minimum of 30 graduate hours required for their degree, and
  • Two lecture courses dealing with East Asia.

Entrance requirements for students pursuing a concentration in East Asian Cultures (which includes Korean studies):

  • At least two years of an East Asian language. Students not meeting this prerequisite may be admitted with deficiencies provided they achieve this level of proficiency outside the minimum of 30 graduate hours required for their degree, and
  • Two lecture courses dealing with East Asia.

Please note that otherwise well-qualified applicants who do not meet some of the department prerequisites may, in some cases, still be admitted with the understanding that the student will fulfill these prerequisites outside of the 30 hours required for the M.A. degree.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

The following items will need to be uploaded with the online application:

  • A current C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) or resume
  • A Statement of Purpose explaining your academic objectives. In your Statement of Purpose, please describe the research interests and goals that you intend to pursue in light of specific strengths that can be found among the faculty at KU.
  • A writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and basic research capacity. A research paper from a previous upper-level undergraduate course will suffice.
  • Name and email for 3 references, preferably from professors you have studied under, who will provide a Letter of Recommendation.
  • Transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was obtained and from all institutions attended post-bachelor's.  Official (sealed) transcripts should also be sent directly to KU:

    Graduate Admissions
    313 Strong Hall
    1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
    Lawrence KS 66045-7535

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Although the online application will ask you to self-report your scores, official scores must also be sent. KU's University code is 6871 and the department code is 2601. A minimum score of 153 on the Verbal portion of the GRE (or min of 500 in the old GRE scoring format), is required, although some exceptions can be made for applicants who are otherwise exceptionally well-qualified.
  • An application fee - $65 for domestic applicants, $85 for international applicants - paid via secure server.

International Students

All international students, or applicants who indicate that English is not their first language, are also required to provide proof of English proficiency. The following are acceptable means for verifying English proficiency for purposes of admission at KU:

  • Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university, or from a College or Institution in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-Speaking provinces of Canada, or and English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English. This does not apply to degrees earned online.
  • Receipt of an official copy (not student's copy) of applicant's English proficiency scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS-Academic) achieved not more than two years prior to the first semester of enrollment. See the English Proficiency Chart » at the Graduate Studies Admissions web page for more information regarding minimum TOEFL scores.

For additional information, please contact:

Cari Ann Kreienhop
Graduate Academic Advisor
3107 Wescoe



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