Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Application and Admission Information

The Department of Asian Studies admits students for the Fall semester only.

All elements of an application are taken into consideration when evaluating a student's application for admission.  Considerable weight is given to the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and writing samples.  Applicants whose files were complete by the application deadline (both departmental requirements and Graduate and International Admissions Center requirements) will receive notification of admissions decisions, usually around the beginning of March.

Questions?  Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fall 2021 Admissions

The online application is expected to open on August 16. The application deadline for Fall 2021 admissions will be December 15, 2020 (estimated). All required application materials must be received by the deadline. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. It is strongly recommended that you submit your online application at least one month prior to the deadline to allow your recommenders sufficient time to upload their letters. 

Application Instructions

The following items are required and should be submitted online:

  1. Online application to UT Austin
  2. Department of Asian Studies Supplemental Information Form
  3. GPA and GRE/GMAT scores.
    See for information about GPA and GRE/GMAT test scores. 
  4. TOEFL/IELTS scores (international students only).
    See for information about TOEFL/IELTS test scores.
  5. Transcripts.
    See for transcript upload instructions.
  6. Statement of Purpose. for guidelines. 
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation. Letters from tenure-track faculty are preferred.
  8. Writing sample(s).You may submit either one long (20 page) writing sample or two shorter (5-10 page) writing samples.  The majority of the samples should be in English (with the exceptions of sources and cited works). The option of two shorter samples is preferred.
  9. CV or resume.

For more information about how to apply and upload documents, please see

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered for a Foreign Language Area Scholarship through the South Asia Institute should submit a separate application for that program.  The application window for 2021-22 academic year fellowships extends from November 1, 2020 through February 14, 2021 (estimated).  Information on how to apply can be found here:

Applying to dual degree Masters programs

To be considered for admission to a dual degree program, applicants must submit all required materials to both graduate programs and the University's Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). Please refer to the LBJ School and the McCombs School of Business for information about their degrees and application requirements.

IMPORTANT:  You may submit one Statement of Purpose for both programs. If you wish to submit a separate Statement of Purpose for each program, please contact the Admissions office directly for assistance. You must submit each program's required materials by its application deadline. 

Campus visits are encouraged!

Students who are interested in or have applied to the Department of Asian Studies graduate program are encouraged to visit UT.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator at for further information or to set up an appointment.  Tours of the UT campus may be arranged through the University Visitor Center.

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