I'm interested in Yale's MA in East Asian Studies as a back-up in case I don't get into a good PhD program for Chinese History.
Unfortunately, the department's website states the minimum GRE score is 308, and my combined score is a 304--though I did get a 5 on the writing.
I believe my background is unique (I've lived in China for seven years, have an MA from a mainland university) and that language skills are very strong (my Mandarin, reading and speaking, is impeccable).
I'll also have a strong writing sample grounded in original research. As such, I believe that aside from my GRE scores, I'm an excellent fit for the MA program.
Should I go ahead and apply anyway, or will my scores eliminate me from consideration?