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 Graham Sanders, Graduate Coordinator (

Application Deadlines

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

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

Application Instructions
All applicants must submit an online application through the SGS Online Application. All required supporting documents are submitted online, except the original transcripts (see below). 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.

The department will consider your application only after you have entered your personal and academic information in the online application, submitted the application fee and all required supporting documentation.

Required Materials: 

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Intent: a proposed plan of study outlining research interests (maximum of 500 words)
  • A sample of written academic work in English (less than ten pages)
  • 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.
  • Transcripts: The department requires applicants to submit one scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended to begin the application process. Applications will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until official paper transcripts have been received by the deadline. Please see below for detailed instructions on transcripts requirements.
  • 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:

Mailing address for official transcripts:
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.