- About the GPGS
- Global Studies MA
- International Business & Development Studies MA
- Japanese Studies MA
- Global Studies PhD
- For Current M.A. Students
- For Current Ph.D. Students
- For Applicants
Students are tested to ensure that their knowledge and training is sufficient to research and write a dissertation. There are three kinds of qualifying examinations: the Global Studies exam, disciplinary exams, and language exams. The timing of the examinations depends on the candidate's background and supervisor's judgment but is usually in the second or third semester.
1. Global Studies Qualifying Exam
The Global Studies Qualifying Exam will be based on the "Global Studies Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Reading List."
The test format is as follows:
2. Disciplinary Qualifying Exams
The Disciplinary Qualifying Exams will be given by the faculty member of the student's relevant discipline (for now, history, political science, and sociology, but possibly also religious studies in the future). Students take two tests within the discipline of their choosing. The format is as follows.
3. Language Qualifying Exams
Demonstrated proficiency in two foreign languages is necessary to obtain a Ph.D., according to Ministry of Education requirements. The requirements assume that Japanese is the native language — which is not always the case given the cosmopolitan nature of our graduate program). Therefore, identification of the two foreign languages will vary by a student's background and research needs. In principle, the following guidelines will apply.