Applications to our graduate program are accepted beginning in September of the previous year for which you are applying. All materials must be submitted by November 20, including Letters of Recommendation. Applications without all components received by November 20 will be considered incomplete.
When applying to the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, the following materials will be required and must be submitted electronically to the Rackham Graduate School:
Students can apply to our graduate program online via CollegeNet. To access the CollegeNet application please go to the Rackham Graduate School website. All materials must be submitted electronically online, except for official transcripts which should be mailed to Rackham. Other mailed in materials will not be considered.
We encourage all applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) academic year fellowship when they apply to the graduate program. FLAS fellowships extend the time for our students to complete coursework and research for the doctorate.
Academic Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose is the single most important item in your application. The purpose of this essay is to give the faculty a clear idea of a) why you want to pursue a degree in Asian Languages and Cultures; b) what questions or problems interest you; c) how you want to address these questions; d) why you want to pursue your graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This statement should be about 800 words long and double-spaced.
How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For example, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. This should be a discussion of the journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree. Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose. The personal statement should be around 800-words double-spaced.
At least one writing sample in English
This should be a good representation of your academic work, between 10-30 pages long. Most applicants submit a term paper on the subject in which they are applying to do graduate work.
Three letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required for a complete application. Recommenders are required to submit their recommendations electronically through the Rackham online application. Recommenders should also complete the Rackham Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet, and will be automatically prompted to do so when submitting a letter through the online portal.
Submitting Transcripts from U.S. Institutions
Upload an electronic version of your official transcripts for each Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctoral degree, completed or in progress, as well as any non-degree and study abroad transcripts, through your application acccount.
If you are recommended for admission, you will receive an email notification from the Rackham Graduate School requesting official transcript(s) for each degree you have received or that are in progress.
Submitting Transcripts from Non-U.S. Institutions
FALL 2021 UPDATE: Prospective applicants are no longer required to send in their official transcripts to the Rackham Graduate School by the application deadline. Instead, please upload your official transcripts to ApplyWeb at the time of application. If you are offered admission and accept the offer, you will be required to send in your official transcripts at that time.
Review Required Academic Credentials from Non-U.S. Institutions for transcript/academic record requirements by country or region.
- Upload transcripts through the ApplyWeb application account:
- Upload an electronic version of your official transcripts for each Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctoral degree, completed or in progress, as well as any non-degree and study abroad transcripts, through your application acccount.
For non-native English speakers: Proof of English Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency that meets Rackham Graduate School's requirements for admission. For more information on Rackham Graduate School's English proficiency requirements, please visit: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/tests.
Some applicants may qualify for an application fee waiver. For additional information about the application fee, and fee waiver eligibility, please visit Rackham Graduate School’s website. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions regarding this.
If you have questions regarding the application process or the graduate program in Asian Languages and Cultures, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Applicants to this program are not required to submit GRE scores. GRE scores that are submitted will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.