RSEA Admissions Requirements

The application process and offer of admission into the Regional Studies East Asia A.M. program is handled through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). All application materials are submitted directly to GSAS.


For admission to RSEA in Fall 2022 the application deadline is December 15, 2021. The GSAS Admissions Application is typically available online from September (see GSAS Admissions and Degree Programs for additional information).


GSAS requires prospective students to submit all application materials online; no materials should be sent to the RSEA program office. Details of the admissions procedure and requirements are available on the GSAS website (

A complete application consists of these required items:

1. Admissions Application
2. Statement of Purpose
3. Official Transcripts (to be uploaded, not hard copies)

4. Official GRE General Test scores (send to Harvard GSAS using ETS code: 3451)
 - Note: a recent GRE test is required for admission in 2022. Official scores from an online GRE General Test-at-home are accepted if testing centers are closed due to the pandemic.
5. Writing Sample (not to exceed 20 pages)
6. Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online, no hard copies)

7. TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required) 

Please note that on your application, you are asked to indicate which Harvard faculty member(s) you would like to work with should you be admitted into the program.  There is no need to contact faculty directly.

We urge all applicants to carefully read through the application, and only submit their application when all materials are correct and complete. No changes or additional materials will be accepted once an application has been submitted. Only letters of recommendation from recommenders, and test scores directly from testing agencies (for tests taken prior to the application deadline) will be accepted after the application submission date.