Application for Admission
Master of Arts in Chinese Studies

We welcome your application for admission to the Graduate School of Valparaiso University. The mission of the Graduate School is to serve the advanced learning, professional development, and personal enrichment needs of individuals regionally and nationally. The Graduate School admits students that demonstrate the ability and motivation to succeed in an academically challenging environment.

This form is meant to be completed ONLINE ONLY. If you would like a hard copy, please choose the Requesting Information link and one will be sent to you.

You may mail any required materials to:
Office of the Graduate School
Kretzmann Hall 114
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493 USA

You may contact us via:
Telephone: (219) 464-5313
Toll Free: (800) 821-7685
Fax: (219) 464-5381

Application Procedure
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In order for your application to be considered for admission, all required information must be received by the Graduate Office including:

  • Certified transcripts of a bachelor's degree
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A reflective essay (unless you completed it on the online application)
  • Application Fee: $30 for US Citizens

Program Scholarships

The Master of Arts in Chinese Studies (MACS) program offers several types of financial assistance in
addition to federal loans for qualified applicants:

  1. MACS Scholarships: Scholarships of up to $5,000/year are offered each year. This scholarship assumes student will work 4-6 hours per week as an assistant for a professor on campus.
  2. Office manager: Two positions available through the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program. Office managers are paid based on hourly wages. The normal word load is about 20 hours per week.
  3. On-campus employment: Students may work in an on-campus job up to 29 hours per week. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 219-464-5015 or for information about available on-campus employment.
  4. Graduate School positions: The Graduate School hires Academic and Research Assistants as well as Graduate Interns – contact the Graduate School at for more information.

Tuition and Fees for the 2012-2013 Academic Year:
Graduate Tuition: $560 per credit hour
Parking: $105 per year (for both fall & spring semesters)
General Fees for all Students: $146 per semester
Application Fee to MACS program: $30.00
Application Fee to JD/MACS program: $20.00

To be eligible for the awards listed above, you will need to:

  1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for some of the financial aid such as the MACS/Starr scholarship, and
  2. Be formally enrolled at least half time in the MACS program.
  3. Submit an essay (no longer than 200 words) describing your qualifications and need, as well as how this scholarship would assist you in completing the degree.
I. Program of Concentration
Please indicate area of concentration:

II. Personal Information
Last Name
First Name
Middle Name
Former Name
Date of Birth
Social Security Number

(For U.S. citizens and permanent residents who plan to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we strongly recommend that you provide your Social Security Number.)
Home Address
Postal Code
Contact Information
Home Phone
Cell Phone
If you do not have an email address, please type "None".
Optional Information
Are you Hispanic or Latino?  
Are you from one or more of the following (please check all that apply):
American Indian or Alaskan Native          Asian         Black or African American
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Island       White

III. Educational Background
NOTE: Certified transcripts of all college work must be submitted before you will be allowed to register for any graduate class at Valparaiso University.
A. College/University
  Dates of Attendance
  Degrees/Credits Earned
  Approximate GPA
B. College/University
  Dates of Attendance
  Degrees/Credits Earned
  Approximate GPA
C. College/University
  Dates of Attendance
  Degrees/Credits Earned
  Approximate GPA
D. College/University
  Dates of Attendance
  Degrees/Credits Earned
  Approximate GPA
Please list any recognition, awards, or scholarships that you have received, or co-curricular or community/civic activities in which you have been involved.
Have you ever been dismissed or placed on academic probation?
If yes, please explain fully:

IV. Enrollment
A. Anticipated year/term to begin:
B. Full or part-time plans:
C. Expected course schedule:
D. In how many years do you plan to complete the degree or certificate program?
Most programs require completion within 5 years of admission.

V. Employment & Professional Background
Job Title:
Work Phone #:
Will you receive employer assistance?
May we contact you at work?
Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
If yes, please explain fully. NOTE: Some states have restrictions on licensing or professionally credentialing an individual with a criminal record.

VI. Selection of Valparaiso University
A. How did you learn about Valparaiso University?
If "Other", please specify:
B. Please list other graduate schools your are considering or to which you are applying:
C. Rank the factors (1=most important) that affected your choice of graduate school (rank all that apply).
Financial Programs Accreditation Reputation
Location Other Specify

VII. Reflective Essay
Applicants to our graduate programs are required to submit a two-page personal statement or reflective essay (250-300 words) indicating their purpose for undertaking graduate study and how this study relates to their professional and personal goals. Feel free to include a resume as an addendum to your application. You may complete your reflective essay as part of this electronic application or you may email it separately to You may also mail your essay under separate cover to: The Office of the Graduate School, Kretzmann Hall 116, 1700 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383. If you are going to send it separately, please indicate your intentions in the essay box below.

I. Declaration of Language Proficiency
List all Chinese language courses, seminars and immersion programs completed:
A. Course
  Names of program/sponsor
B. Course
  Names of program/sponsor
  Names of program/sponsor
D. Course
  Names of program/sponsor

List Chinese language experience you have acquired through family/relatives and indicate below specific proficiencies.

II. Scholarship Essay (submitted in addition to the reflective essay)
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, a research assistantship or a teaching assistantship, please write a short essay (200 word maximum, typed, double-spaced & attached) explaining your qualifications and need. Scholarships are outright grants whereas assistantships involve about 10 hrs/week working with program faculty; students employed full time would generally not be eligible for this latter award. A single essay will suffice for either award, but if you have a preference or limitation regarding either one, indicate so in your essay. Helpful information might include (but need not be limited to) any special skills or experiences you have, particular goals not mentioned in your general essay, research projects you have carried out, and so on.
III. Availability for Summer
Indicate when your Spring semester ends and are available to begin the Summer Immersion Program:

I. MACS Track for which you are applying:
MACS         JD/MACS
II. List order of preference for type of awards for which you are applying (e.g. 1, 2, 3):

III. List any scholarships, fellowships, or grants other than those offered by MACS that you have or plan to apply for the 2011-2012 academic year:
IV. List grants or loans, which you have applied for or received for 2010-2011:
V. Anticipated sources of support:
Family/Personal Income/Savings:
Loans available:
Other sources (itemize):
VI. Liabilities:
Educational loans:

Please select method of payment and the amount for your application fee. If you have selected CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER, please mail your payment to: The Office of the Graduate School, Kretzmann Hall 116, 1700 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383.  If you have selected CREDIT CARD, you can submit your credit card information through this SECURE form.
Method of Payment
Name on Credit Card
Credit Card Number
Credit Card Expiration (MM/YY)
Billing Address
Billing Zip Code
The decision for admission to the Graduate School is not final until all required application materials have been received. Applicants granted conditional permission to register for classes due to delayed receipt of transcripts may not be allowed to continue their coursework if they do not satisfy the admission requirements.
Valparaiso University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or (as qualified herein) religion, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or (as qualified herein) religion in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, career services and placement, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Valparaiso University is an institution committed to its Lutheran traditions. The University reserves the right to promote the teachings of the church and to exercise preferences in admissions in favor of Lutherans.
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