College of Arts & Sciences

Admission to the MA in Asian Studies

Admission to the M.A. in Asian Studies program requires the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • An official transcript from all institutions attended, submitted in a sealed envelope from the school mailed directly to me.
  • Two letters of recommendation sent directly from the reference (the invitations for the recommendations become available on the application’s Overview page once the actual application has been submitted).
  • A personal statement: In a 750-900 word essay, please explain how your professional and academic background influenced your decision to pursue your chosen career. How and why will the pursuit of graduate education through the Asian Studies program at Seton Hall University assist you in achieving your professional goals? What are your research interests?
  • A current resume

Candidates for the dual master’s degree program must apply independently to each degree program, indicating that they intend to follow the joint Asian Studies and Diplomacy and International Relations program if admitted.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts in Asian Studies with a Track in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture should demonstrate a strong proficiency in both English and Chinese. All non-native speakers of Chinese are required to take the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), a national standard Chinese language proficiency test. International students and those who have received their baccalaureate degrees from universities outside the United States are required to submit official TOEFL scores.

The deadline for graduate applications is July 1. Individuals interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should apply by March 30. Applications are also accepted for the spring semester and due on November 1.

You may also visit our campus to learn more about the program.

Financial Aid Information

For a summary of the loan options and graduate assistant-ships that are available for graduate students, click here »

Teaching Assistantships in Asian Studies

Each year the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Seton Hall University normally awards teaching assistantships to a limited number of qualified graduate students majoring in Asian Studies. Learn more »

G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
Eligible veterans and active duty military personnel will receive a considerable contribution toward their tuition from the Veterans Administration and Seton Hall University. To learn more about this program and the eligibility requirements go to the GI Bill Website or contact Garland Foster, a financial aid representative, at or (973) 275-2597.

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Dongdong Chen

(973) 761-9465

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