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PhD Program Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission: For full instructions on how to apply, see our description of application procedures

Specific Course Requirements: Students are required to achieve proficiency in a Middle Eastern language sufficient to enable them to do advanced research in that language. Proficiency in a second or third Middle East language may also be required, depending on the language or area of specialization. In addition, candidates are required to gain an adequate knowledge of research methods applicable to the Middle East studies and to prepare themselves in special subjects as may be necessary for work on their proposed dissertation topics.

Foreign Language Requirement: Advanced reading ability in French and German.

Preliminary Examination: The preliminary examination committee determines when the student is ready to take the exams. They are administered before the end of the sixth semester of graduate study. There are four examinations for each subfield: 1) two major exams in the field of the student's specialization, at least one of which is a language exam in which the student must read, translate, and critically discuss advanced texts; 2) two minor exams in a secondary field or discipline.

Candidate Status: Candidacy requirements are described in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Dissertation Prospectus: A prospectus outlining plans for the student's dissertation must be submitted by December 1 of the student's seventh term in the program.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies and the Dissertation Handbook (pdf).