Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Asian American Studies graduate program at UCLA!

The Masters of Arts (M.A.) program fosters academic support and challenges students to think critically and creatively making the program a leader in its field. The M.A. program features a dynamic and innovative curriculum with outstanding and world renowned faculty dedicated to teaching and presenting leading scholarship into the classroom.  In addition, we offer two joint M.A. programs with the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Community Health Sciences as well as a Graduate Concentration in Asian American Studies.

Our graduates play leading roles in national organizations and communities across the nation. Come join us at UCLA!

Application Deadline

All required admission materials must be submitted via the online application by December 1st.  For a list of required supplementary materials, please visit our admissions requirements page.

Your application cannot be reviewed for admission until you have completed the following:

  • paid the application fee by credit or debit card in U.S. Currency ($105.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, $125.00 for all other applicants) and;
  • uploaded the required supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, writing sample, and a statement of purpose.

Application Processing

Please check the Graduate Division's application webpage after December 1st to check on the progress of your application. To verify that your application fee was received by UCLA, please contact the UCLA Graduate Admissions Office at (310) 825-1711. The Department of Asian American Studies will make every effort to release admission decisions to all applicants by March 15th.