Admissions Requirements

The UCLA Graduate Division Online Application

The online application is available on the UCLA Graduate Division website.  

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should address your reasons for pursuing an M.A. degree in Asian American Studies, past and present experiences within the field, and your involvement with the Asian American community.  The statement of purpose should be no more than four pages in length, double spaced, and in 12 point font.  

Writing Sample

The writing sample should focus on a topic of your choice. The Department understands that not every college or university offers courses in Asian American Studies. An academic paper is not required for the writing sample. However, the sample should give the Department's Admissions Committee a sense of your ability to tackle graduate-level work. There is no page limit for the writing sample.

If you plan to pursue an Individual Project under the Capstone Plan (such as a collection of poetry or short stories, novella, playscript, film, etc.) for the Asian American Studies M.A. degree, a total of two writing samples must be submitted: (1) describing/capturing your creative work (poems, excerpts of short stories and playscripts, films, web design, etc.), and (2) focusing on a topic of your choice.

For more information about the Capstone Plan: Individual Project

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. It is preferred that at least two letters of recommendation be from academic faculty in your field(s). The Department of Asian American Studies strongly recommends the submission of letters of recommendation via the UCLA Graduate Division online application. If, however, your recommender cannot submit a letter electronically, please contact the UCLA Graduate Division Office of Admissions Application Problems for assistance.  More than three letters of recommendation will not be considered by the Department's Admissions Committee.


One official, sealed hardcopy academic transcript with evidence of degree conferral from each institution the student received a degree from is required. The Department requires transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended.

Per UCLA Graduate Division, the general requirement for admission for a U.S. student is a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California. A scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better is required or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used—for the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any post-baccalaureate study.

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The Admissions Committee evaluates the entire transcript and takes into account that some applicants may have changed majors during their undergraduate course of study. We also understand that not all universities offer courses in Asian American Studies.

Transcripts must be mailed no later than December 8th (*note change) to:

UCLA Department of Asian American Studies
Attn: Graduate Admissions
3336 Rolfe Hall
Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7225

Request of transcript forms:

GRE Scores (Optional)

GRE scores are not required for the application, but if they are submitted, they may be evaluated with your entire file.

Visual Material (if applicable)

Students submitting visual materials (e.g., published articles, art portfolios, CDs/DVDs/thumbdrives, etc.) for the Individual Project option must send all materials by the December 8th deadline (*note change).

Please mail all relevant materials to:

UCLA Department of Asian American Studies
Attn: Graduate Admissions
3336 Rolfe Hall
Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7225

Applications cannot be reviewed for admission until the following has been completed:

  • The $105.00 (for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents) or $125.00 (for all other applicants) application fee must be submitted online by credit or debit card in U.S. currency.
  • All required supporting documents must be uploaded and/or sent.

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