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Requirements

To earn a Ph.D. degree, students must complete the following requirements—

1.   Years of study: within a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 7 years;

2.   Courses work: 18 credits (at least 12 of which must be from the department), in addition to the thesis requirement;

3.   Language: two foreign languages; the first (English) is fulfilled by a. passing the course “A General Survey of English Language Sinological Scholarship,” or b. scoring above standard on the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), TOFEL, FLPT, or a comparable test.  The second foreign language requirement is fulfilled by a. coursework for two years (12 credits), or b. scoring above the standard in the various language proficiency tests administered or approved by the Ministry of Education.

4.   General exam:

a.      Must be taken within 3 years of study.  The exam consists of 3 distinct topics, all of which must be approved by the thesis supervisor. 

b.      Must be completed within 30 days after receiving the questions.

c.      The examiners, also the graders, are appointed by the thesis supervisor.

d.      The thesis supervisor is in charge of one exam topic at most. 

e.      The exam can be taken 3 times at most, the same topic 2 times at most.  Students have one opportunity to replace an exam topic. 

5.   Publication: a peer-reviewed journal article, with no overlap with one’s master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation; if conference paper, the approval of the thesis supervisor is required. 

6.   Thesis supervision: students must decide on their thesis supervisor within 1 month after the beginning of their second year.  In principle, only full-time professors of the department are eligible.  Joint supervision is possible only with the approval of the original supervisor.  If the supervisor cannot complete the supervision for whatever reason, he/she or the student must make a request with the head of the department. 

7.   Preliminaries of oral defense: a preliminary exam, taking place two months before the official oral defense, is administered by a committee of 2 members, not including the thesis supervisor, and at least one of which is external.  If rejected by both, the student fails.  If rejected by only one, then a third committee member will be appointed and asked to weigh in.

8.   Oral defense:

a.      Applied for by a Ph.D. candidate who has studied for more than 2 years and who has a. finished all required coursework, b. passed the general exam, c. fulfilled the foreign language requirement, d. fulfilled other department requirements.

b.      Scheduled every semester 3 weeks before the defense, with an application consisting of a. a draft of the thesis, plus an abstract, b. transcript of grades, and c. application form.  The application is to be submitted to the department office and must be approved by the thesis supervisor and the department head.

c.      The oral defense committee consists of 5 members (at least 2 of which are external), including the thesis supervisor.  The committee is recommended by the supervisor and must be approved by at least 2/3 of the members from the department committee of theses and dissertations. 

 

To earn a master’s degree, students must complete the following requirements—

1.      Years of study: within a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years;

2.      Courses work: 24 credits (at least 15 of which must be from the department), in addition to the thesis requirement;

3.      Language: English language requirement, fulfilled by a. passing the courses “Introduction to Reading Sinological Materials in English” and “English Language Resources for Sinological Research,” or b. scoring above standard on the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), TOFEL, FLPT, or a comparable test.

4.      Thesis proposal: to be defended every year at the beginning of October and beginning of March, scheduled one month prior to the date. 

5.      Thesis:

a.      Students must submit an application form, with the signature of the thesis supervisor, at the end of the first year;

b.      External thesis supervisors are possible only if the expertise is confirmed to be markedly different from the faculty, and only with the approval of at least 2/3 of the members from the department committee of theses and dissertations. 

c.      A draft of the thesis must be submitted by the end of May, and the oral defense completed by the end of July.  

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