How to Apply

The application deadline is January 3, 2022

  • Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Washington University's GRE code is 6929. Use department code 2601, Asiatic Languages & Literatures. [NOTE: due to the COVID-19 pandemic disruption of testing, the GRE score requirement is optional for FL22 matriculation]
  • Applicants must submit official 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 ONE copy to the Graduate School office).
  • Three letters of recommendation: in English and submitted via the online application system.
  • A personal statement, 2-3 pages in length. The personal 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.
    • IETLS - We currently accept official copies of the IETLS mailed from the testing center to:
      The Graduate School
      1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1187
      Cupples II, Suite 204
      St Louis, MO 63130
  • 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 10-30 pages. NOTE: ALL supplementary 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 Graduate School at a later date, but 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.

Applying for JD/MA or MBA/MA in East Asian Studies

Candidates for admission to a joint-degree program must complete all application requirements listed above for the MA, and submit a separate application to the relevant professional school. Candidates for admission to the JD/MA program must also submit their scores on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) to the School of Law. Candidates for admission to the MBA/MA program must also submit their scores to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to the Olin School of Business.


Applicants must apply online.

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Mailing Address 

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

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

Contact Krystel Mowery