Graduate Admissions



Deadline for 2019-20, December 15, 2019.

All applicants are required to apply through the Division of Humanities online application. Paper applications are not accepted.

All application materials must be submitted to the Division of the Humanities via the address provided on the application website.

Materials sent directly to the department will not be accepted.

Applications are considered in early winter. Applicants will be notified of their status by the Humanities Admissions office in March.


  • High verbal score on GRE
  • A sample of current scholarly writing in English, related to your proposed area of study in East Asian Languages & Civilizations.  Writing samples should be at least 10 pages, but samples of 30 pages or more are not likely to be read in their entirety.
  • For non-native English speakers please go here for more information.
    TOEFL (internet-based) - Total: 104 with no subsection lower than 26.
    IELTS- Total: 7 with no subsection lower than 7.
  • The list of nations granted exceptions to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement has been expanded. Please refer to this page for more information on the updated list. 
  • Refer to the Division of the Humanities for any additional admissions requirements.

Areas of Study

The admissions form will allow you to choose from 6 areas of study. We understand that many of our applicants have cross-area interests. Please choose the area you consider your primary field of interest.

Early China (up to 2nd c.)
Early Modern China (Yuan, Ming, Qing)
Modern China (late 19th - 21st c.)

International Students

Further information about resources available to international students can be found here.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decision letters will be mailed from the Admissions Office in early March. No decision information can be given through phone or email by the department.

All admissions decisions are sent in writing from the admissions office in early March. No decisions will be given in phone or email. Unless you are contacted by the department, please direct all questions about your application directly to the

Funding and Aid in the First Five Years

Incoming doctoral students receive a comprehensive 6-year funding package to support them in their scholarly and pedagogical training and are eligible to be registered for up to 8 years. The 6-year funding package includes:

  • An academic year stipend (and teaching remuneration)
  • 5 summer stipends
  • Full tuition aid
  • Health insurance premium aid

Renewal of this award is contingent on satisfactory academic progress.  Students are expected to reach candidacy by the start of year 6 to remain in the program. Those students who remain registered in year 7 and/or 8 receive continued financial support, which includes:

  • Full tuition aid
  • Health insurance premium aid

Additional fellowships and awards are available to support language study, conference travel, and research travel.

Additional Funding Sources

Fellowships from public or private agencies can enhance a student’s overall financial support and applicants are encouraged to explore all funding opportunities available to them.

The Division of the Humanities has additional information on the types of financial support available to doctoral students.

*English Proficiency Requirement. All applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the test administered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Domestic applicants whose native language is not English who have not attended schools where instruction is in English also may be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Students who have studied in English (in India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, African countries, etc.) are not exempt from this requirement. The only exceptions are students from Australia, the English-speaking provinces of Canada, New Zealand, English medium universities in South Africa, or the United Kingdom. Exceptions may be granted as well to foreign applicants who have completed more than one year of full-time study in a U.S. college or university.