How to Apply

Apply for Fall 2019

The priority application date is February 1.

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Application Instructions

The application process is entirely online. You upload all of these items to your application account. Please do not mail items to USF.

Bachelor's Degree
A 3.0 GPA or higher in a bachelor's degree in any field is highly recommended. A general knowledge of the intellectual, social and cultural history of East Asia is required.

Language Requirement
Two years of a university-level Asian language is required for the degree. This may be satisfied before or during enrollment in the graduate program. If completed while in the graduate program, these two years of language study are an additional 16 units of coursework. USF offers courses in Mandarin, Japanese, and Tagalog. Courses in other Asian languages — such as Korean and Vietnamese — may be arranged at other institutions.

Test Requirements
The GRE General test score is not required.

For international applicants, an English Language exam score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required.

Transcript (Academic Record)
Upload a copy of your transcript from each university and college attended. Please ensure the institution’s name and your name is on the document you upload. Transcripts from any schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since bachelor's degree institutions typically do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades.
If still enrolled in your bachelor's program, submit a copy of your transcript showing in-progress courses. If admitted, an official transcript with proof of graduation is required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose
A three-to-four page, double-spaced, typewritten document describing your personal, academic, and professional reasons for pursuing a Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies, and for choosing this program at USF. The statement should relate your relevant background and experiences to your educational and professional goals.

Resume or CV
Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to this graduate program, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer/community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any interests or activities related to this graduate program.

Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of two recommendation letters are required for your application. Additional letters of recommendation are accepted. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission

Applicants are typically contacted four to six weeks after the priority application date about an admission decision, and any scholarship or teaching assistantship awarded by the program. Once the class is filled, other qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

Asia Pacific Studies/MBA Dual Degree Instructions

Dual degree students submit separate applications to both the Asia Pacific Studies and MBA programs. MA in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) students typically apply to the MAPS/MBA dual degree program near the end of their first year in the MAPS program.

  • Review MBA Application Requirements.
  • Statement of Purpose
    In the statement for each application indicate your intention to apply to both programs.
  • Confirm Intent to Enroll
    If notified of admission to both programs, confirm your intent to enroll in this dual degree both to the Director of the Asia Pacific Studies program and the Director of the MBA program.

Contact Info

MA Asia Pacific Studies

Brian Komei Dempster, Director

Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 185, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (415) 422-6515 (415) 422-5933