Graduate Program Overview

Students choose between:

  • Comprehensive Exam Track or Thesis Track
    Comprehensive Exam track: 31 credit hours
    Thesis track: 31 credit hours

Master’s in Asian Studies degree must complete:

  • CORE coursework (1 credits):
    • Colloquium (1)
  • ASIAN HISTORY coursework (6 credits):
    • At least six (6) credits focusing on Asian History
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE coursework (6 credits):
    • At least six (6) credits focusing on Social Science
    • Participating departments: International Affairs, Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Sociology, Urban and Regional Panning, Geography
  • ARTS & HUMANITIES coursework (6 credits):
    • At least six (6) credits focusing on Arts and Humanities
    • Participating departments: History, Religion, Modern Languages
  • ELECTIVE coursework (11 – 14 credits):
    • The remaining credits left for the degree will be taken from the approved course list, from the participating departments.
    • Students may also study abroad, or complete internships for credit – to complete their remaining elective hours. For info on this, click here (3)
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE requirement: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, or some other approved Asian language
    _____ Above INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (2220 equivalent)
    _____ 12 semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of at least 3.0, “B”
    _____ 4 years of a single language in high school
    _____ If first language is not English: TOELF

Is funding available for students?

Yes, but it is limited. Please visit here for more information on funding opportunities.

Admission Requirements

We are excited that you are planning to take the first step to becoming a Florida State Seminole!

The Process:

The graduate application is available online here:

Basic Requirements:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • A minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0) in all work attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student (the semester you earn 60 credit hours).
  • GRE scores with a percentile ranking of 50 or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. This equates to about 150 in both the verbal and quantitative portions, and a 4 in the writing section

Materials Needed:

  • Statement of Purpose explaining career and educational goals (Minimum 1 page)
  • Resume/CV
  • Official and verified GRE Scores (Florida State University’s test code is 5219)
    *We will accept LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, or MAT in place of GRE*
  • Two letters of recommendation: letter should provide explanation on the applicant’s qualifications for the program and ability to be successful in a master level program
    *Applicants should have 1 academic and 1 professional letter of recommendation*
  • International applicants whose native language is not English will need to submit an English proficiency exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS directly to Admissions
  • Official Transcript
    (for ANY and ALL college credit, from that specific school)

Transcripts mailed directly (or sent electronically via your school) to FSU Admissions at:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400


We accept applications for the Fall, Spring and Summer semester. International applications must submit 4 months prior to start of term. Fall: July 1 Spring: November 1 Summer: March 1

Please note that all applications are reviewed holistically to determine the applicant’s eligibility. Applicants who do not meet one of these criteria are still eligible to apply and encouraged to address these issues in their statement of purpose. For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, 850-644-4418