Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MA AMES Fall* May 14, 2024
Priority Deadline MA AMES Fall* December 12, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions Yaron Shemer (
Graduate Coordinator Lori Harris (
Address The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
New West 113, CB# 3267
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3267
Phone 919-962-4294
Test Requirements
GRE scores are not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements/Information

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Application Deadline:

To receive full consideration for financial aid, please submit your application by December 12, 2023.  Further applications will be considered for admission on a rolling basis through May 14, 2024.

Area of Interest:

Area of Interest is a required field in the application.  Please indicate there whether you wish to pursue the Chinese track or the Interdisciplinary track. Students interested in the Chinese track may be admitted initially to the Interdisciplinary track and have the opportunity to change tracks during their first semester dependent on language placement.

Statement of Purpose Page:

The statement of purpose is an opportunity for you to give the reviewers of your application an understanding of your academic background and interests. In it, you should introduce yourself and your area of interest and briefly explain why you want to pursue a graduate degree in this field. You should also describe your academic training, research experience, relevant academic work, and related internship or work experience in this field. Please demonstrate your understanding of our program and the resources at our university, and explain how you view you can contribute to our graduate program.. You might conclude by outlining your professional goals after completion of your graduate degree.