Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. All applicants must apply through the USC online application system.

Refer to the USC Graduate Admissions website for a step-by-step admission guideline to help you easily navigate the application process here:

The Admissions Committee will only review completed applications with all required test scores and supporting documents submitted by the application deadline of January 5, 2024, for the 2024-2025 academic year.

*GRE scores are not required for the 2024-2025 admission cycle*

  • $90 – Can be waived for USC employees, USC students/alumni, McNair Scholars, Pickering Fellows, and those with financial hardship. Please see more information on the USC Office of Graduate Admission FAQ.

  • All applications must include copies of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, including study abroad and language programs hosted at a college or university, after high school graduation.

    For admissions purposes*, applicants may upload copies of these transcripts directly into the online application. Please follow the instructions on the USC Graduate Admissions website. Note: USC requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale in which A=4.0).

    *If admitted, transcripts to verify degree completion must be sent to USC directly from the institution.

    **USC is aware that some countries are experiencing extreme circumstances caused by armed conflict, social unrest or natural disasters. As a result, some prospective applicants from these countries may experience difficulties or delays in providing required documents such as transcripts or test scores, or with paying the application fee. If you anticipate such difficulties, please contact your intended department to discuss your options. We are here to help.

  • Please provide a personal statement about your interest in East Asian Studies. This is typically two-three pages in length, double-spaced, explaining why you are interested in obtaining an advanced degree in an interdisciplinary program, why you are interested in the East Asian Studies Center, and how it relates to your personal objectives and past experience. Add any other pertinent information concerning your qualifications.

  • Please submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation. Your letters should come from those who can best address your ability to successfully undertake graduate-level work. These may include professional or academic references. The online application allows you to e-mail your recommenders and request that they send their recommendations through e-mail or mail them as hard copies. If you receive hard copies of your recommendations, you may scan and upload them to your online application in the “Supporting Documents” section or send them to the USC Graduate Admissions address below.

  • Optional and can be uploaded to your online application in the “Supporting Documents” section.

    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within two years prior to the start of the semester of admission – Minimums for consideration: TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or IELTS score of 7.

      Send your official TOEFL scores using the ETS institution code for USC: 4852. Send your official IELTS scores by choosing USC from the list of available institutions.

    • Please visit Admission Requirements by Country on the USC Office of Graduate Admission website to verify whether your home country or country of study exempts you from the English test requirement.
    • The Office of Graduate Admission has updated their Financial Documentation webpage to include clearer guidelines to better support international applicants with concerns about program costs, acceptable financial documentation, and how to correctly submit these documents.
  • Mail Documents To:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission
    3601 South Flower Street
    Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

    Please do not mail any official test scores or other application documents to the East Asian Studies Center. Follow the instructions on the USC Graduate Admissions website and send all documents to their office and upload supplemental documents through the online application.

Program Costs
It takes 28 units to complete the EAAS MA program. Please visit the USC Financial Aid Office website for more information regarding the cost of attendance.

USC/UCLA Cross-Enrollment
As a part of a cooperative program between USC and UCLA, graduate students may be eligible to take courses at the other school as part of their degree program. Please see the USC/UCLA Resource Sharing Program Cross-Enrollment Procedures for USC Students.

Contact Details

USC East Asian Studies Center

Graduate Advising

Grace Ryu, Associate Director

USC Graduate Admission