Entrance Requirements

The Department's minimum admission requirements are:

  • an undergraduate degree with an average of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate work (or graduate work) at the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.

  • If applicable, a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 88 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.0 on each band.  

  • Four years of university-level study (or the equivalent) in the languages(s) in which the student will be carrying out research are required; an undergraduate background related to the proposed area of graduate study is preferred. Those students who do not have the equivalent of four years of study in the relevant language may still be eligible to apply through our "Qualifying Year Abroad" program (see left side tab).

    Applicants who do not meet specific criteria as noted above are not automatically denied admission, since the department considers applicants based on their interests and their skill set. Moreover, requirements for admission may vary according to discipline. For example, applicants with interest in Japanese or Chinese Linguistics are expected to have advanced skills in their language of interest, while those interested in other subjects may not require the same level of fluency. The department thus encourages applicants with a variety of backgrounds in East Asian Studies, but also reserves the right to reject candidates for whom it lacks supervisory capacity.