PhD Program

Doctoral Program

The PhD program is research degree that prepares students to teach and research in the area of East Asian Studies. The normal program length is between 4 and 6 years (or 5-7 years for direct-entry students). The time limit for the degree is 6 years full time (7 years for direct-entry students).  The program consists of course work, language study, comprehensive exams, a dissertation prospectus, writing of a dissertation and a final oral examination (defence).

Program Requirements

  • 4.0 non-language full-course equivalents (FCE), including at least 2.0 FCE in EAS courses, to be selected in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. 2.0 FCE must be completed in the first year of the program, with an average grade of at least A-. The remaining courses must be completed by the end of the second year of the program, maintaining an average of at least A-.
  • Students are permitted to take some of their courses in other departments.
  • A comprehensive qualifying examination is normally undertaken with the guidance of a supervisory committee within three months of completion of course work and must be taken by November 30 of the third year of study.
  • An appropriate level of proficiency in at least one language other than English, relevant to the students’ areas of study must be demonstrated by November 30 of the third year of study; the language(s) level of proficiency and method of evaluation to to be determined by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student’s Supervisor.
  • After completing the comprehensive examination, 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 an oral examination.
  • Normal Program Length – 4 years post-master’s PhD (full-time); 5 years direct-entry PhD (full-time)

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