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 Coordinator, Janet Poole (

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Program
Application deadline: Jan 9, 2015 (all documents must be received by this date)

M.A. Program
Application deadline: Jan 31, 2015 (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 and TOEFL scores. 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.

When submitting supporting documents through mail, please include a printout of your information sheet generated by the online application.

 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.
  • Grade Summary Form: a template grade summary form can be downloaded from the SGS online application system. Please fill it out and submit it online.
  • Transcripts: The Department requires applicants to submit one electronic or 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.
  • TOEFL/TWE: Applicants who are applying from outside of North America or Britain are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Languages (TOEFL) scores (600+ paper-based or 250+ computer-based) and Test of Written English (TWE) scores (5.0+). You are required to submit an electronic copy online. You are also required to mail an official copy of the score to the Department. Other English language facility tests listed on the SGS website will also be acceptable.
  • In completing the application details form, please answer “Field of Study” as either EAS Classical or EAS Modern (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).

Mailing address for official transcripts and TOEFL scores:
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.


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