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East Asian Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #6 (WUR) Princeton, NJ, United States
The Department of East Asian Studies offers doctoral (Ph.D.) training in Chinese and Japanese history and literature, Korean history, Korean cultural studies, and the transnational social and cultural study of contemporary East Asia.
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  • With its current full-time faculty of 40 professors and language instructors in the EAS department, frequent international visiting professors, and an additional 10 professors specializing on East Asia in the Departments of Art and Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Sociology, Religion, and Politics, Princeton is home to a vibrant community of scholars and students working on the civilizations of East Asia in all their rich historical and contemporary dimensions. All EAS historians have joint appointments in the Department of History, and Professor Erin Huang has a joint appointment in the Department of  Comparative Literature.
  • The department is committed to interdisciplinary research and training, and most of our students take seminars across a range of different disciplines. At the same time, EAS also allows for a clear focus in a particular discipline. At Princeton, historians, literature scholars, and social scientists are full members of our department. 
  • Graduate students in the fields of history, literature, and anthropology are eligible to take the core introductory seminars in the Departments of History, Comparative Literature, and Anthropology. Students in EAS have their advisers in the EAS department but in addition have the opportunity—and are strongly encouraged—to take any number of courses in the relevant disciplinary department. Furthermore, faculty from relevant disciplinary departments routinely serve on EAS dissertation committees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Normally, students will take three graduate courses each semester during their first two years of study. The exact course load will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the student and the student's adviser.

After two years of coursework, students may take the general examination (see below). Students typically take the examination either at the end of their second year or in the first semester of their third year of study. While the years following the examination are devoted to research and the writing of the dissertation, students are encouraged to continue to take courses, albeit at a significantly lighter load.

Courses include: 

  • State of the Field: Historiography of Chinese Painting
  • Chinese Painting in the Collection of PUAM
  • Early China
  • Chinese Intellectual History
  •  Early Japanese History
  • Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Fiction and Drama
  •  Primary Sources in Japanese Literature
  •  20th-Century Japanese Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application Requirements: 

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Grades
  • Prerequisite Tests
  • English Language Tests
  • GRE
Additional Departmental Requirements:

Sample of written work. Applicants are required to select a subplan when applying.

  • Application Fee: $90

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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For Ph.D. candidates, tuition and fees are provided in full from a student’s graduate student financial support, in the form of fellowships, assistantships, or external sources.

Living costs for Princeton

  • 2022 - 4980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Sources of Funding
  • Fellowships
  • Assistantships
  • External Funding
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • Travel Grants
  • Education Loans and Work Study
  • Assistance Programs
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