2021-2022 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Asian Languages and Cultures

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Asian Languages and Cultures


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 15, 2020

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose focusing on research interests.

Admitted Ph.D students who have not yet completed an M.A. in a related field must complete their M.A. in the department before proceeding to Ph.D. work.

M.A.: Students entering at the M.A. level are expected to hold a bachelor's degree in an academic discipline closely related to the proposed area of graduate study at UCLA, including a minimum of three quarter courses or the equivalent in classical Chinese for Chinese majors, classical Japanese for Japanese majors, or a minimum of three years of modern Korean for Korean majors; and, for Buddhist Studies, advanced coursework in one or more of the canonical languages of Buddhism .

Applicants must also submit an undergraduate term paper or comparable writing sample in English.

Applicants with a B.A. in another field or from a department whose requirements are less rigorous are admitted on the assumption that they will meet the requisite standards within one year.

Ph.D.: Students entering at the Ph.D. level are expected to hold a master's degree in the field or in a related field, and must submit a recent research paper in English.

Program Name

Asian Languages and Cultures

Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

Admits only Ph.D. applicants.

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