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, GRE scores (general test only), a writing sample, and an application fee. Applicants whose primary language of undergraduate education was not English must submit scores from a TOEFL examination. For information about the GRE or TOEFL, see the website of the Educational Testing Service, at

Deadline for Fall 2019 admission:  April 5, 2019
Deadline for Spring 2020 admission:  November 16, 2019 
Deadline for BA/MA Fall 2019 admission:  April 26, 2019
Deadline for 2019-20 FLAS Fellowship application:  February 26, 2019

Links For Newly Admitted Students

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