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*Important information regarding the 2018-2019 application cycle:

Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. Due to upcoming software transitions at the end of November 2017, we encourage you to submit your application for the 2018-2019 cycle as soon as possible.

If you have not already begun your application, we recommend that you continue to gather your application materials and submit your application *after* December 1st, 2017.

The department accepts applications for its doctoral degree program (PhD). The department does not offer a terminal master’s degree (MA). Students interested in a MA degree only should apply to the East Asian Studies Interdepartmental Program, which is housed in the International Institute at UCLA.

Students who are interested in pursuing doctoral level work are encouraged first to contact the relevant faculty members or the Director of Graduate Studies before submitting an application to the Graduate Division at UCLA.

Admission is very competitive. Decisions on admission are handled by the department, with final approval by the Graduate Division. There is funding available through the department for a limited pool of successful applicants, though all applicants are encouraged to apply to external fellowship sources as well.