To apply to the M.A. Program in South Asia Studies, please use the Standard Application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which can be found on-line at The complete application includes transcripts of all previous post-secondary education, a statement of academic purpose, a CV or resume, three letters of evaluation from academic sources, a writing sample, and an application fee. Applicants whose primary language of undergraduate education was not English must submit scores from a TOEFL examination. GRE scores are not required for applicants to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021. For information about the GRE or TOEFL, see the website of the Educational Testing Service, at

Deadline for Fall 2021 admission:  April 22, 2021
Deadline for Spring 2021 admission:  November 19, 2020
Deadline for BA/MA Spring 2021 admission:  November 16, 2020
Deadline for BA/MA Fall 2021 admission:  April 22, 2021
Deadline for 2019-20 FLAS Fellowship application:  February 11, 2021, before 1:00pm

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Information for Newly Admitted Students at GSAS

International House (graduate housing for international students)

Columbia University Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA)

Additional information about the MA Program:

Program Description

List of Recent MA Thesis Topics

Degree Requirements

Early Admission (BA-MA Program)

Financial Aid

For Current Students

Selected Course Descriptions