Program Requirements

Doctoral Program

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.

Program Requirements

  • 4.0 non-language full-course equivalents (FCEs), including at least 2.0 FCEs in EAS courses, to be selected in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. 2.0 FCEs must be completed in the first year of the program, with an average grade of at least A-. The remaining courses are normally completed by the end of the second year of the program, maintaining an average of at least A-.
  • EAS 2020Y Critical Approaches to East Asia is a required course if not taken previously. If EAS 2020​​Y has previously been taken, students are required to take an additional 1.0 FCE.
  • Students are permitted to take some of their courses in other departments.
  • A comprehensive qualifying examination is undertaken, with the guidance of a supervisory committee, within three months of completion of coursework and must be taken by November 30 of Year 3 of study. The committee will provide the student with three questions (in a Major, Minor, and Adjacent field), for which the student must provide written answers within seven days. Within one week after submitting the answers, the student will meet with the committee to provide an oral defence of the answers. The committee will decide whether the student has passed or failed in each of the three fields on the basis of the written answers and oral defence taken together. If the student fails the Major field, he or she will be given one more chance to pass an entirely new examination, within three months of the first attempt. If the student passes the Major field but fails either one or both of the Minor and Adjacent fields, then he or she will be given one more chance to take an examination consisting of new questions in the fields failed, within six weeks of the first attempt. Third attempts are not permitted.
  • An appropriate level of proficiency in at least one language (other than English) relevant to the student’s areas of study must be demonstrated by November 30 of Year 3 of study; the language(s), level of proficiency, and method of evaluation are to be determined by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the student’s supervisor.
  • Within one to three months after completing the comprehensive examination, students are required to produce a dissertation prospectus to be approved by their supervisory committee. The committee will meet to consider the dissertation prospectus and provide the student with feedback. The student will make the revisions and submit the prospectus to his/her supervisor for final approval, which must be given by the end of the student’s third year. After the dissertation prospectus is approved, the student advances to candidacy.
  • After completing all of the above requirements, students are required to produce a doctoral dissertation with the guidance of a supervisory committee. This process begins with the production of a dissertation prospectus to be approved by the committee. The completed dissertation must be defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

See here for a more detailed timeline of the program.