Graduate Admission: Application Procedure

An applicant for admission to the M.A. program should have completed an undergraduate major in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, literature, or linguistics, or have equivalent experience.

An applicant for admission to the Ph.D. program should have completed an MA degree in Chinese, Japanese or Korean language, literature, or linguistics, or have equivalent experience.

The University of Oregon graduate program application process is online. The deadline for applications is January 1st. The online application and all the supporting materials, including recommendation letter uploads need to be completed and received by January 1st. New students are typically admitted to the program for fall term. A departmental faculty committee will review the completed file and notify the applicant of its decision by April 1st.

The application process has changed and is now online. The online application is available here.

A $50.00 non-refundable fee is collected by the Office of Admissions for the Graduate Admissions Application.

The application is divided into 4 parts: Personal Info, Residency Info, Educational Info, and the Departmental Application. In the course of the completing the application you will be required to upload your personal statement, a writing sample, transcripts, and self report your GRE scores and if applicable your TOEFL scores.

General Instructions for completing
the East Asian Language and Literatures Departmental Application

  • Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) scores – The GRE Test is required for all applicants. There is no minimum score requirement. Applicants should take the test in time for the official results to arrive to the University prior to January 1st.  The online application is self reporting however official G.R.E. scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon (Institution Code – 4846) and the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department (department code – 2601).
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement – This is required for non-native English speaking applicants only.
    • TOEFL – The University of Oregon requires a minimum score of 575 for the paper-based test or 88 for the Internet-based (IBT) version. The online application is self reporting however official scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon (institution code 4846) and to the East Asian Languages and Literatures department (department code 29).
    • IELTS – The University of Oregon requires a minimum score of 7.0 overall band score. The online application is self reporting however official scores need to be sent to the University of Oregon. 
    • Non-native speakers of English who have earned an undergraduate degree or high school diploma in an English-speaking country are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. 
  • Statement of Purpose – Upload your 750-word, PDF formatted statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should address the applicant’s specific academic preparation or experience, all areas of interests, career goals, and why you would like to attend the University of Oregon. Additionally Ph.D. applicants should include potential research questions.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Identify three persons familiar with your academic experience and your ability to carry out independent research.  The online application requests contact information (name, position, institution, telephone number, and email) for each recommender. Upon submission of your online application, each recommender will be notified via email and provided with instructions on how to respond.
  • Transcripts – upload copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from all the institutions you have attended. Additionally you will need to send official transcripts from the institutions to –

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

  • Writing Sample – Upload a writing sample. The writing sample must come from a course that shows up on the transcript. International students must submit a sample in English and may submit an additional sample in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.

Other Application materials

  • The Non-native Chinese, Japanese, or Korean speakers must provide evidence of language proficiency in their concentration language to evaluate the applicant’s ability to GTF in a language course.
  • Non-native Chinese, Japanese, or Korean speaker’s speaking requirement – minimum ACTFL scale of Intermediate High. Candidates may submit formal testing results through ACTFL or applicants may be given an oral interview via telephone or in person by an EALL faculty member. The graduation requirement is Advanced. Those who are admitted into the program with Intermediate – High level are required to take language courses until they reach the Advanced level.

Upon acceptance by the department, International students applying for graduate admission at the University of Oregon are required to complete a Supplementary Application and Financial Statement for International Students. Upon verification of the student’s financial ability to pay for the educational and living experiences, the UO will issue a Certificate of Eligibility, which is required in order for a student to apply for a visa. Send the Supplementary Application and Financial Statement to –

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

All credentials become the property of the University of Oregon and will not be returned.