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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies

Admission Criteria and How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, students must meet the following criteria:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 grade-point average in their bachelor’s degree
  • Proficiency in an East Asian Language at either the second or third level, depending on the concentration.

To apply to the CEAS M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, submit an application and supporting documentation online through the Office of Graduate Studies Application website. Before applying, please be aware that the following items will need to be uploaded with the online application:

  1. A two-page statement of purpose explaining your educational and academic objectives.
  2. One official transcript for all post-secondary education.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, each accompanied by the Graduate Letter of Recommendation Form [PDF].
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) result. All applicants including international applicants are required to submit a GRE score from the General test (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing).
  5. International students must submit TOEFL scores taken within the past two years. The Applied English Center may also require incoming international students to complete an examination to show their English proficiency upon arrival in Lawrence. Information about the minimum acceptable English scores is available through the KU Office of International Programs and through the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and basic research capacity.
  7. A current C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) or resume.
  8. An application fee paid by credit card or by electronic check (For the amount. Domestic applications are normally $55 and international applications are normally $65).

Although May 1 is the final deadline for submitting an application for a Fall semester start, our graduate committee will complete a first round review of applications on or before April 1. To ensure that your application is included for first priority consideration, please ensure that all materials are received no later than March 15.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Fall semester admission.  However, it may be possible for students to begin the program in the Spring or Summer semesters. Please contact the Director, Dr. Megan Greene at or the Assistant Director, Dr. Ayako Mizumura at to discuss this option.  

If you wish to learn more about the coming M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies at The University of Kansas, please contact:

Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director

Center for East Asian Studies

Megan Greene, Director

Center for East Asian Studies

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CEAS M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas now offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email ( or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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