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How to Apply

The Transcultural Studies program runs two application cycles: one in the fall term and one in the winter term. The fall application cycle is open to juniors and seniors. The winter application cycle is open to juniors only.

Applying to the Program in Transcultural Studies

Students apply by submitting their application materials to The following materials are required by the Transcultural Studies program.

1. Application Cover Page - Download the application cover page and include it with your application materials

2. Current Transcript - Applicants must be in good standing in LSA.

3. Statement of Purpose - An essay of 2-3 pages explaining your interest in the program, the kinds of questions you would like to pursue, the kinds of graduate courses you would like to take, provisional ideas for a capstone project, and your long-term career goals.

4. Writing Sample - Applicants are required to submit one term paper finished for a course in their junior or sophmore year as a writing sample.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation - Both letters should be from LSA faculty members, with one of them indicating a willingness to serve as your advisor. Faculty letters should discuss the student’s ability to thrive in and contribute productively to graduate-level courses in participating departments. Letters should be sent directly by the faculty member to and are due by the application deadline.

Application deadline: October 15, 2024

Current TCS Students – Applying to Rackham Graduate School

In order to formally register with Rackham, TCS students apply to the Rackham Graduate School at the end of the fall semester of their senior year. All TCS students must complete the Rackham Graduate School online application and pay the application fee.

Before applying to Rackham, we recommend students review Rackham's Checklist for Completing the Application Process to gain an overview of the application process. The Rackham Graduate School requires applicants to submit a personal statement and a CV or resume. Information on statements and formatting requirements is detailed on the Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume page of Rackham's website.

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