M.A. Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements for admissions to the MAAS program:

  1. 3.5 GPA in upper level undergraduate coursework
  2. 3.0 GPA in upper level undergraduate course work and a 151-152 score (after August 2011) on the verbal portion of the GRE (or 475 prior to August 2011)
  3. MA in the humanities or social sciences from an accredited institution
  4. 3.0 GPA in upper level undergraduate course work and with appropriate language or study abroad background as determined by written examination or evaluated by the program faculty committee
  5. 3.0 GPA in upper level undergraduate course work and a 3.0 GPA or above in 9 hours of graduate courses as a special student in the program (These nine hours may not be in Independent Study courses)

The above admission requirements are minimums and not all students meeting them are assured admission. Students with either a grade-point average or GRE score below the above minimums may still apply and request a waiver of those scores.

The following material is also required to complete the application:

  • Complete FIU Graduate School on-line application.
  • Official transcripts from all the universities attended (Note: Official certified translations are required for foreign transcripts where the language is not English)
  • One letter of recommendation from a college or university professor.
  • Statement of purpose (750 words).
  • Certified official proof of diploma/degree if undergraduate degree is earned from a foreign institution. Certified translations are also required if the original language is not English.

Please note: If you did not earn a higher education degree (two year or four year institution) from one of these countries, proof of high school diploma earned in the U.S. or TOEFL/IELTS scores are required.

In addition, foreign students must also submit:

  • Official scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However, if a higher education degree (two year or four year) is earned in one of these countries, proof of English language ability is not necessary. We accept any one of the following:
    • 6.5 overall on the IELTS
    • 550 paper and pencil TOEFL
    • 213 computer-based TOEFL
    • 80 internet-based TOEFL
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form
  • Bank Letter
  • Sponsor Letter (Waived if you are sponsoring yourself)
  • Certified translation of foreign transcripts, where the language is not English
  • Certified official proof of diploma/degree if undergraduate degree is earned from a foreign institution. Certified translations are also required if the original language is not English.

NOTE: International Students should visit the International Student and Scholar Services at ISSS as well as the University Graduate School for International Students website at UGS.

Send the application materials as indicated below:

Graduate Admissions Office
Florida International University
PC 231, University Park Campus
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

U.S. Students Deadlines

  • June 1 at 5:00pm EST for fall semester
  • October 1 at 5:00pm EST for spring semester

International Students Deadlines

  • February 15 at 5:00pm EST for fall semester
  • August 1 at 5:00pm EST for spring semester

Asian Studies Graduate Admissions Committee

Dr. Steven Heine, Director of Asian Studies, Professor of Religious Studies and History, heines@fiu.edu

Dr. Hitomi Yoshio, Graduate Program Director of Asian Studies, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, hyoshio@fiu.edu

After Submitting Your Application

After submitting your application to Graduate Admissions, all inquiries about your application, confirmation of arrival of documents, etc. should be directed towards the Asian Studies Program by phone (305) 348-1914 or email asian@fiu.edu.

Continuation Policy

Students are expected to maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 throughout their studies in order to continue in the program. Students who fail to maintain the minimum overall GPA of 3.2 or who demonstrate academic misconduct (such as cheating or plagiarism) may not be eligible to continue in the program. Performance will be evaluated at the end of every semester, and students will be informed if they are on probation. A probation status can only be maintained for one semester before a final decision is reached by the Asian Studies Graduate Committee.