How to Apply

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.
  • Applicants must submit transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended.  Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if an offer of admission is made (send to the Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences).
  • Three letters of recommendation: in English and submitted via the online application system.
  • A personal statement, 2-3 pages in length. This statement may be used as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the committee and may include information not evident on your transcript (especially those without formal language training), your research/future goals or faculty with whom you wish to work.
  • International applicants must submit their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Institution Code: 6929).  Use department code 29 Far Eastern Languages and Literature. We also accept IELTS scores.
    • IELTS - We accept official copies of the IELTS mailed from the testing center to:
      Office of Graduate Studies in Arts & Sciences
      1 Brookings Drive
      St Louis, MO 63130-4899
  • Supplementary material: Applicants must submit a writing sample that indicates a student's facility with literary critique, preferably an analytical essay on a work of East Asian literature or relevant topic, generally 20-25 pages. NOTE: ALL material must be uploaded by the applicant in the online application system. This includes resumes, writing samples, personal statements, etc. Our office is unable to upload these documents for applicants. Do not send hard copies of these documents to the office.
  • For international students, do not send a copy of your passport or a copy of deposit certification.  If admitted, those documents may be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies at a later date, and not by the department.
  • We do not offer spring semester admission.  Our programs are fulltime day programs on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.


Applicants must apply online.

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Mailing Address 

Krystel Mowery
East Asian Languages and Cultures
Washington University
MSC 1111-107-115
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

For express deliveries, add "Busch Hall room 115."
Phone: 314-935-4448

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