M.A./Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for BOTH programs must be met in order to be considered for admittance. All applicants for graduate study at FIU must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution for higher education, or equivalent degree from a foreign institution.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements before applying to the Joint Degree Program of Asian Studies MA/PhD in Global & Sociocultural Studies:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution for higher education (or equivalent);
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for the last two years of undergraduate work and/or a GPA of 3.5 on any previous graduate work;
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores;
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English and who have not obtained a degree from an English-speaking academic institution are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the internet based (iBT) TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version) or a 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.

The following documents must be submitted to complete the online application:

  • Online application and application fee;
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • Official GRE scores;
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable;
  • Statement of purpose explaining his/her interest for enrolling in both the AS MA program and in the Ph.D. program in GSS. The statement of purpose must clearly address the applicant's academic and professional objectives for enrolling in both fields of inquiry. The statement of purpose must also indicate the intended major (international political economy or Asian cultural studies for the AS MA ,and anthropology, geography, or sociology for Ph.D. in GSS) the applicant plans to select while engaged in the PhD in GSS;
  • Three letters of recommendation from university professors who are able to comment on the various aspects of the student's academic ability;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume; and
  • Writing samples and other relevant professional work that may support their applications.