IDAS Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) students must meet a number of requirements and criteria.


The program is designed to be completed in 4 years with a maximum study time of 7 years. During this time students must complete a total of 30 credits of graduate-level courses, including 6 credits of required courses.

Dissertation Writing

In addition to their regular courses, students must write a thesis and follow the next steps to successfully graduate:

  1. Find an advisor within 3 years of enrollment. Conduct research under supervision for at least 2 years.
  2. Pass a qualifying exam.
  3. Pass a dissertation proposal defense
  4. Pass a dissertation oral defense

Other Regulations

Before applying for dissertation defense. IDAS students must also fulfill the following regulations:

  1. Must have published (or have accepted for publication) at least an English article in a per-reviewed journal.
  2. Have presented at least one fully written paper in English at an academic conference.
  3. Have experience working as a research assistant on a research project, or have had teaching experience in a course taught within the University. Students with special circumstances may apply for exemption from this requirement.
  4. Pass the research ethics course, or receive explicit authorization for an exemption from the research ethics course before his/her application for taking final graduate degree examination.