The Ph.D. program is a research degree that prepares students to teach and research in the area of East Asian Studies. All students are guaranteed funding for a period of five years. The time limit for the degree is 6 years full time for students who already have a Masters Degree and 7 years for direct-entry students (students with a B.A. only). The program consists of course work, language study, comprehensive exams, a dissertation prospectus, writing of a dissertation and a final oral examination on the dissertation.