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Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy Programs in East Asian Languages and Cultures

Our department offers doctoral programs in Chinese and Japanese:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese, Linguistics Track

Candidates for the degree are expected to acquire a thorough familiarity with Chinese or Japanese literature and linguistics, an adequate command of relevant languages, and a comprehensive knowledge of East Asian history, social institutions, and thought. The University's basic requirements for the Ph.D. program are given in the "Graduate Degrees" section of the Stanford Bulletin.

Students should consult the most up-to-date version of the degree plan on the Stanford Bulletin webpage. Each student should meet with their faculty advisor at least once per quarter to discuss the degree requirements and their progress.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese

The Ph.D. program in Chinese is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Chinese literature,  philosophy, or linguistics. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Chinese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Ph.D. students complete the M.A., as described in the "Master's" tab of this section of this bulletin, on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy. Students who have completed an M.A. in Chinese literature or linguistics elsewhere before joining the Ph.D. program may request transfer of a limited number of course credits toward this M.A. requirement, in accordance with University policy for such units transfer  (see the "Graduate Residency Transfer Credit" section of this bulletin).  The majority of required course work for Ph.D. students demands the ability to read primary and secondary materials in Chinese. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan

The Ph.D. program in Chinese Archaeology is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Chinese archaeology. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Chinese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Students on the Ph.D. track will complete the degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Chinese, Archaeology Subplan, on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (For Chinese Archaeology M.A. requirements, click here). Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already completed an M.A. in archaeology or anthropology elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D. track. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Subplans are printed on the transcript and diploma and are elected via the Declaration or Change to a Field of Study form.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese

The Ph.D. program in Japanese is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Japanese literature, cultural history, or linguistics. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Japanese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Ph.D. students will complete M.A. requirements on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (see department guidelines for admission to candidacy above). The majority of required course work for Ph.D. students demands the ability to read primary and secondary materials in Japanese. Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already completed an M.A. in Japanese literature or linguistics elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese, Linguistics Track

The Ph.D. program in Japanese is designed to prepare students for a doctoral degree in Japanese linguistics. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of Japanese language study at Stanford or the equivalent to be considered for admission. Ph.D. students complete M.A. requirements on the way to advancing to Ph.D. candidacy (see department guidelines for admission to candidacy above). The majority of required course work for Ph.D. students demands the ability to read primary and secondary materials in Japanese. Advanced standing may be considered for students entering the Ph.D. program who have already completed an M.A. in Japanese literature or linguistics elsewhere only in cases when the level of prior course work and research is deemed equivalent to departmental requirements for the Ph.D.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Prior to advancing to terminal graduate registration (TGR) status, graduate students must complete all requirements except passing the University Oral Exam (i.e. Dissertation Defense) and submitting the final Dissertation.

 

For questions about any of the above programs, please contact our Student Services Officer or email asianlanguages@stanford.edu.