Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MA AMES Fall* June 14, 2022
Priority Deadline MA AMES Fall* December 14, 2021
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions If inquiring during Fall 2021, please contact Pamela Lothspeich (

If inquiring during Spring 2022, please contact 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 14, 2021.  Further applications will be considered for admission on a rolling basis through June 14, 2022.

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.

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 why you are a good fit. You might conclude by outlining your professional goals after completion of your graduate degree.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the director of graduate studies is admission for other semesters considered