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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chinese or Japanese Indiana University Bloomington



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The Ph.D. is a more specialized degree: its purpose is to train students for careers in teaching and research at the college and university level. Students in the Ph.D. program will attain a deeper and broader understanding of East Asian languages (practical fluency in two is required in some cases). They will receive specialized training in the research skills and theoretical constructs of a particular field. But they will also become acquainted with unique demands and joys of teaching, which requires breadth and inventiveness as well as expertise.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours, beyond those taken for the M.A., in departmental courses, as follows: five courses (15 credit hours) at the 400 and 500 levels, of which a minimum of two courses must be at the 500 level; one course (3 credit hours) in research methods/bibliography; and four seminar courses (16 credit hours), including the seminar in East Asian Studies scholarship. Please note that fourth-year language courses do not count toward the five required 400-500-level courses. A dissertation is required.

Language Requirements

Before the qualifying examination, students must demonstrate proficiency, both oral and reading, in the student's major language, as well as reading proficiency in French, German, or another European language relevant to their research area. For some areas of research, proficiency in a second modern East Asian language or a classical East Asian language is necessary. Specific program requirements will be determined in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s Advisory Committee, according to departmental guidelines.

Qualifying Examinations

Upon completion of course work, two written examinations in subject fields (one in the major field of specialization, one in a historical period of the major cultural area), and one oral exam.


On an approved subject in the major language or culture. Up to 15 credit hours may be taken for the dissertation. Following approval by the research committee, the dissertation proposal is presented orally to the department.

Final Examination

Upon completion of the dissertation, a final oral examination on the dissertation and major area.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chinese or Japanese.

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$26,723.00 (19,58,780) per year

USD $5,909 Second 8 weeks summer fee


13 Jan, 24 Aug


College of Arts and Sciences

Owen Hall,

790 E. Kirkwood Avenue,



47405, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution and evidence of academic potential to complete an advanced degree

Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25

Applicants whose native language is not English should submit proof of such proficiency by the time they apply for admission. Normally this is done by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results of this test should be submitted as part of the application for admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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