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Graduate Studies

The university offers an interdisciplinary program in East Asian Studies leading to the master of arts (M.A.) degree. Students who complete three years equivalent of Southeast and/or South Asia language study aboard or in other institutions may, with the support of an Asian Studies faculty advisor, construct a special concentration in Southeast and/or South Asian Studies. The curriculum includes courses in anthropology, art history, Chinese language and literature, geography, history, international studies, Japanese language and literature, linguistics, political science, and religious studies. The program is administered by the Asian Studies Committee, which is composed of faculty members with Asian specializations. The M.S. degree program is inactive.

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission, and it is expected that applicants have some undergraduate preparation in courses relating to Asia. Students lacking adequate Asian language or disciplinary training must take appropriate preparatory courses, for which no graduate credits is earned.

Prior to registration, the Asian Studies Committee assigns each student an advisor, who helps the student develop an individual program. At the end of the first year, the student should request that an Asian Studies graduate committee be formed to provide guidance throughout the second year of study and thesis preparation. Graduate students should meet with their advisers at least once a term.

Asian Studies Application Instructions
Asian Studies Masters Degree Requirements

Master’s Planner/Forms

Asian Studies M.A. Planner – Area Studies Track
Asian Studies MA Planner – Disciplinary Track
Permission to Register Form
Requirements for Graduation

Asian Studies Graduation Deadlines
Be sure to take the Thesis Certification Form to your thesis defense.

Graduate Employment

Asian Studies offers (when possible) Graduate Employment (GE) to its top applicants. Graduate Employment provides important benefits: 1) a tuition waiver up to 16 credits; 2) usually a .40 salary, and 3) health benefits. The General Duties and Responsibilities Statement (GDRS) lays out the specifics of the rights and responsibilities of and for each GE. Asian Studies GDRS 2019-20

Application Instructions

The Asian Studies Graduate Application is primarily an online process. You may upload PDF copies of your statement of objectives and writing sample. Your letter of recommendation writers may upload PDF copies of your recommendation letters. You are responsible for making sure your test scores are reported through Educational Testing Services, and that your official transcripts are mailed both to the Office of Admissions (degree transcript only) and to the Asian Studies program (all college/university transcripts). See addresses below.  Application deadline is JANUARY 5.

Step One: Before You Apply

1. GRE Test – All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We suggest you take the exam 4-6 weeks before the application deadline. We must receive your official scores via Educational Testing Services no later than January 5.  GRE scores must be reported to the University of Oregon (code 4846) or to Asian Languages (2601).

2. TOEFL – International students and applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency by passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

TOEFL minimum scores – 575 on the paper-based test or 88 on the internet-based test.
IELTS minimum scores – (Academic module) overall band score for graduate admission is 7.0.

We suggest you take the exam 4-6 weeks before the application deadline. We must receive your official scores no later than January 5.

TOEFL and IELTS Waiver – international students who have graduated from an accredited 4-year U.S. university or from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

3. Graduate Employment (GE)—If you are applying for a GE, you must submit by mail (5206 University of Oregon  Eugene, OR 97403-5206) or email to We will use your letters of reference from your Asian Studies Graduate Application, so there is no need to send additional letters for this GE application.

GE assignments may be in Asia content courses, taught in English, or in East Asian language classes, depending on applicant abilities and program needs.

4. Transcripts – Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited 4-year university by the time of admission.  International students must submit the final transcripts in both the original language and an official English translation.

Applicants must submit official final transcripts from all colleges or universities where they received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Transcripts must show degrees awarded. Required documents must be sent directly from the institution to the Office of the Registrar in a sealed envelope OR issued by the institution in a signed/sealed envelope and mailed, unopened, by the student to the Office of the Registrar:

Office of the Registrar
5257 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Electronic Transcripts: If the applicant’s degree institutions offer official electronic copies sent by a secured provider (i.e. National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, Scrip Safe, etc.), they may have them sent to directly from the institution. These are subject to review and verification of authenticity. We cannot accept PDF attachments sent via email. Transcripts sent from international institutions typically do not meet requirements to be sent electronically. Applicants should not send their original documents to the Office of the Registrar or the Graduate School. Original documents will not be returned and will not be considered to be official documents.

Late Graduation – If you have not graduated at the time of application, please send transcripts showing latest term completed. If you are accepted for admission, your official degree transcript must be sent as soon as you have graduated.

Step Two: Apply Online

  1. The University of Oregon Application to the Graduate School and to the Asian Studies program is found at the following link:
    • Domestic applicants pay an application fee of $70; International applicants pay an application fee of $90.
    • Note: If you are an international student and do not have a social security number, leave that line blank.
  2. Some of the components of the application are:
    a. Special area:  tell us which part of the world you expect to focus your studies.
    b. Languages
    (other than English that you can read with competence): please list your second language(s) here.
  3. Writing sample (research paper or essay written in English, including citations, on an Asia-related topic)
  4. Statement of Objectives
  5. Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate your academic potential will be uploaded by your letter writer after you’ve completed entering the following information for each: name, position, institution, street address, telephone and email.  We will contact each letter writer, and ask her/him to upload her/his recommendation.We encourage you to do this step early in your application process, to allow letter writers as much time as possible to upload their letters.

If you have paper copies of recommendation letters, you may send these by mail to the Asian Studies program at the address listed above for sending transcripts.  You will still list all the information about your letter writer in the online form. There is a check box for “Send by Mail” on the online form.

Step Three: For International Students

U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents (e.g., Graduate Employee position (GE) appointment contract, scholarship award letter) and/or bank statements to the Office of Admissions after applying. Students planning to be sponsored by an agency, government or other sponsor should have proof of financial support sent from the sponsoring agency (e.g., a letter from the sponsor and copies of the sponsor’s bank statement).

Documents can be emailed to: or mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Contact the Office of Admissions at with questions regarding the financial verification requirement. (NOTE: this is technically not an admissions requirement, but is a requirement in order to issue a visa.)

International applicants must provide this information to Admissions using the Supplementary Application Financial Statement for International Students, This information is required after you have received a letter offering admission and have accepted admission.

The Graduate School maintains a webpage with additional information for International applicants:



Questions about the Asian Studies application process
Contact: Asian Studies Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 541 346-5052

Questions about the Asian Studies Graduate Program
Contact: Tuong Vu
Director of Asian Studies