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MA and Dual Degree

LRCCS 2018 MA graduates, along with faculty members and center staff.

How to Apply to the MA Programs

All students interested in applying to the MA in Asian Studies: China or the MA/JD Dual Degree with the Michigan Law School, the MA/MPP Dual Degree with the Ford School of Public Policy or MA/MBA Dual Degree with the Ross School of Business need to complete the Rackham Online Application and have all accompanying documents reach Rackham and LRCCS by December 15. Applicants to any of the dual degree programs must complete separate applications and be admitted to both programs. Please contact the respective schools for their application policies and deadlines. Admission decisions for all LRCCS MA programs are made once a year and all students are admitted to fall term.

MA applicants should use the Rackham online application. Please note that LRCCS requires both the Personal Statement and the Statement of Purpose. The latter should state the applicant's academic and career goals and explain how the MA degree would help accomplish these goals. An academic writing sample is not required.

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials directly to Rackham Graduate School:

  • The application fee (part of the online application process)
  • One set of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: must have been taken within the last 5 years: UM Institutional Code: 1839.
    • Applicants to the MA/MBA Dual Degree Program may submit GMAT scores in place of the GRE scores.
    • Applicants to the MA/JD Dual Degree Program may submit LSAT scores in place of GRE scores
  • TOEFL (U-M Institutional Code: 1839; Social Science Code: 80), MELAB, IELTS or ECPE scores (if you are not a native speaker of English)
  • Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students will be requested at a later date if admitted to the MA Program.

Please see the Rackham website for information on how to send the transcripts.


December 15 annually for matriculation in September of the following year. The MA program does not accept application for winter term (January) admission except in very limited exceptional circumstances. If you require winter term admission, please contact us to discuss your situation.


All MA applicants will be considered for all eligible LRCCS funding by answering the appropriate questions on the Rackham online application.  See Fellowships and Grants for more detailed information about available resources for students.  US citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Chinese or Tibetan must complete a separate application.  See the FLAS page for more information.

For more information:

Contact the U-M International Institute Graduate Academic Services Office at or by phoning 734.763.4528.