Application Instructions

Application Instructions

To request information from the School of Graduate Studies:

Candidates are admitted under the general regulations specified in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar as well as more specific regulations in the Calendar pertaining to the Department of East Asian Studies. Completed applications, including all supporting documentation, must reach the department by the deadline.

Admission is based on the candidate’s undergraduate and graduate record, on the evidence of the references, and on the statement of purpose. Admission is competitive; the minimum qualifications do not ensure acceptance.

For further information about application procedures and admission, please contact the Graduate Administrator, Natasja VanderBerg ( If you would like to discuss the department’s fit with your academic interests, feel welcome to send an email to Professor Janet Poole, Graduate Coordinator (

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Program
Application deadline: January 6, 2017 (all documents must be received by this date)

M.A. Program
Application deadline: January 31, 2017 (all documents must be received by this date)

Application Instructions
All applicants must submit an online application through the SGS Online Application. Supporting documents are also submitted online. Instructions for the online application can be found on the SGS website. If you have any questions during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Norma Escobar , EAS departmental administrator.

Required Materials: 

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Intent: Statement of approximately 500 words (two pages) setting out the your main fields of interest and proposed course of study.
  • A 10- to 15-page sample of the applicant’s academic writing in English.
  • References: three reference letters for PhD applicants; two letters for MA applicants. Letters should be written personally by academic faculty familiar with your work. Referees’ letters must be uploaded on the online system. Referees will be automatically contacted within 24 hours after payment of application fee. Please note that you should complete your application and pay the fee sufficiently before the above deadline to allow your referees time to submit their references by the deadlines. 
  • Transcripts: All applicants are required to upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript “legend” which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on this scanned transcript. Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting.
    Please note that hard official copies of transcripts are not normally required until an applicant has received a letter of offer from the Department. If an offer is made, it will be conditional on receipt of official transcripts. In some cases, the department may request official transcripts during the admissions process.
  • Non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants taking the paper-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE). Applicants taking the Internet-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections. Comparable scores on similar tests are also acceptable. If you graduated from a postsecondary institution in which the language of instruction and examination was English, you do not need to submit an English- language proficiency test score. For instructions on submitting the English test scores, please see:

Once all documents are received your application can be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your referees if references are not received in advance of deadlines.

If required, our mailing address is:
Department of East Asian Studies
University of Toronto
130 St. George Street, #14-087
Toronto, ON
M5S 3H1

Collaborative Master of Arts Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (MAPS)
Students wishing to apply for admission into the Collaborative Master of Arts Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (MAPS) must apply to (and be accepted into) both the Department of East Asian Studies and the Collaborative MA program in Asia-Pacific Studies. You should also contact the Collaborative Program Office to determine the admissions deadlines and to see if they require any additional documentation.