Graduate Admissions



Deadline for 2018-19 admission: December 15, 2017

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. Please note that the Humanities Admissions website states that the writing sample should be 15 to 20 pages, but EALC will accept samples as short as 10 pages.  Writing samples of 30 pages or more are not likely be read in their entirety.
  • For non-native English speakers*
    TOEFL (paper) - Total: 600 with no subsection lower than 60.
    TOEFL (computer, prior to September 2005) - Total: 250 with no subsection lower than 25.
    TOEFL (internet-based) - Total: 104 with no subsection lower than 26.
    IELTS- Total: 7 with no subsection lower than 7.
  • any additional admissions requirements of the Division of the Humanities.

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

Doctoral students in EALC are awarded a five-year fellowship that includes a stipend, full tuition, and health insurance coverage. Students may also apply for research and travel funds.  For doctoral students starting the program in 2016-17, the stipend and teaching remuneration was $24,000 over 9 months. Additional summer funds of $3,000 are available up to four times prior to the fifth year in the program.

Funding and Aid in the Dissertation Stage

After the five-year Division of the Humanities fellowship, doctoral students receive tuition aid, health insurance coverage, and have access to research and conference travel grants. Many students also receive a final year of fellowship (also called a sixth year of funding or Dissertation Completion Fellowship) as they finish writing the dissertation.

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.