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University of Pittsburgh

Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in

East Asian Studies (IDMA)


The IDMA is typically a two-year program. It is designed for students who have already had at least two years of Chinese or Japanese language study. A strong academic record is required, with evidence of course work in one or more of the disciplines of greatest interest. Finally, the applicant’s academic interests must be compatible with the expertise of the East Asian faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.

University of Pittsburgh Application

All applications are made with "Apply Yourself". You may fill out an online application at this site.

Application Deadline

The deadline each year for submitting applications is January 15. Notification can be expected by the middle of March. The program admits students only for the Fall Term.

Application Fee

There is a $50 application fee which is payable by credit card as part of the on-line application process.

Statement of Purpose

The applicant must submit a two-page statement describing how the IDMA can fulfill the applicant’s academic and intellectual goals. This statement should specifically identify the topics of greatest interest and the faculty members with whom the applicant would like to study. It is recommended that the applicant contact those faculty members before applying to the program.

Transcripts of All Credits

An official transcript is required from each undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) school attended (one copy of each transcript). The undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Three Letters of Recommendation

These letters should be written by professors with whom you have studied or worked. The recommendation letters may be submitted via Applyyourself, e-mailed to, or written on the Letter of Recommendation forms that can be printed.

Writing Sample

In addition to the Statement of Purpose, applicants should submit a sample of scholarly writing, in English, of at least 10 double-spaced pages. This writing sample can be a class paper, a research report, or any other example of writing that displays the applicant's ability to do research. The bibliography or notes of this writing sample should show that the applicant is capable of finding resources appropriate for the chosen topic.

The writing sample should be included in the on-line application or mailed or emailed to

GRE Scores

For information concerning the GRE, contact the Educational Testing Services, Box 955, Princeton, NJ 08540, or the testing center of the school you are attending. Please have scores sent to the University of Pittsburgh (code #2927), Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (code #2601).

TOEFL Scores

The TOEFL score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 in all of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be required for 2013-2014 applicants. The required minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) will be required for 2013-2014 applicants.

If you graduated from a U.S. institution of higher education with a bachelor's or master's degree, the TOEFL requirement is waved.

The code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. The department code is 29. Results must be sent directly to the University of Pittsburgh by the Educational Testing Service.


Additional Forms for International Applicants

All international applicants who are accepted will be required to submit additional forms and documents. The forms and other information for international applicants can be found here.

Note to International Applicants: As you are no doubt aware, U.S. immigration laws are continually being modified and are subject to change. A great deal of lead time is required to process applications and you should take this into consideration when making your application.

Mailing Address for Supporting Materials

Graduate Admissions Administrator
East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Pittsburgh
110 Old Engineering Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260