East Asian Studies PHD
The Department of East Asian Studies offers two areas for Doctoral degrees. Candidates may focus on either China or Japan.
Candidates for admission to the doctoral program must have the support of one faculty member within whose general area the student proposes to work. Information on requirements and procedures for admission is available from the Graduate College and the department.
The department may admit a student with a B.A. directly into one of the Ph.D. programs if that student shows exceptional promise in his or her field and if there is strong backing from at least one faculty member. In such cases, the student is responsible for fulfilling all normal requirements for the appropriate M.A. program before beginning work for the Ph.D.
The Department of East Asian Studies is dedicated to the study of the cultures and languages of China and Japan. The rich cultural heritages of the region are covered by courses in literature, history, society, religion and thought, linguistics and other aspects of culture.
EAS offers a wide range of courses in Chinese and Japanese language. Understanding the languages and cultures of these two nations—the second (China) and third (Japan) largest economies in the world—is essential for anyone working globally today.
EAS offers programs leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees with a major in East Asian Studies.
Required test(s) required for Domestic applicants: GRE
TOEFL 550 on the paper based (PB)or 79 on the internet based (IBT) or composite score of 7 (iBT)international students)Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7
*Note: International applicants who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department’s discretion.
Language, Societies, and Cultures
China-Area Ph.D. Program
The China Ph.D. program is divided into three fields. Two of these fields constitute the major; one constitutes the minor.
One field may be taken in the student’s major discipline but focused upon another country or cultural area.
Chinese Religion and Thought
Japan-Area Ph.D. Program
The Ph.D. program is currently offered in Japanese Linguistics, Literature and Religion.
The Linguistics Major
We offer Japanese linguistics majors in the following fields:
The Literature Major
Core Curriculum for all students. (Substitutions to this core curriculum may be made only with the approval of the chair of the student’s Committee.)
The Religion Major
Ph.D. Examinations for both Chinese and Japanese
These include the Qualifying Examination, the Comprehensive Examination, and the Final Defense. All doctoral oral examinations are conducted in English.
The Ph.D. Qualifying Examination in Japanese Linguistics determines if students are equipped with sufficient analytical abilities and background knowledge in the field to allow them to pursue studies in the Ph.D. program.
Both the written and the oral portions of the Comprehensive Examination for the PhD Program have a two-fold purpose: to determine students’ (1) competence in their major and minor areas of specialization and (2) readiness to undertake dissertation research.
Timing of Exam: Students normally take the Comprehensive Examination during their third year of study.
Chinese - Students must attain fluency in Chinese.
Japanese - Students must attain fluency in Japanese. Depending on the student’s course of study, attainment of proficiency in another language may also be required.
The dissertation proposal is a 10-20 page double-spaced document laying out the nature of the problem the student intends to focus on for the doctoral dissertation. The proposal demonstrates that (a) the problem selected is of the appropriate scope, importance, and relevance for a dissertation; (b) the student controls the core literature for the topic selected; and (c) the student has selected a reasonable approach (theoretical and methodological) to follow in solving the problem, at least in the initial stages of the research.
The Ph.D. program must be completed within 10 years of the earliest course work listed on the student’s “Doctoral Degree Study Program.”
Application of M.A. Units and Transfer Units Toward Ph.D. Requirements
With departmental approval, a student’s M.A. units earned here or at another approved institution may be applied toward the Ph.D. requirements. Students should be advised that the Graduate College requires that 30 units of graduate credit must be earned at the University of Arizona. Ph.D. students must also meet residence requirements.
Two doctoral fields constitute the minor. The minor fields must be chosen from any of the fields of study acceptable to the Graduate College. (See the College’s list, “Major Fields for Doctoral Degrees;” the minor must be drawn from the same list.) The minor is often taken from a department other than the student’s home department, and it must be discipline based. The minor department sets the minimum number of units of work required.
|Application Acceptance Rate||48%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||5.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||23%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||77%|
|Enrollment Percent International||64%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||8%|