South Asian Studies: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the graduate unit in which they intend to enrol. Admission will be subject to the approval of the graduate unit concerned and the collaborative specialization committee.

Specialization Requirements

  • A mandatory half-year core course entitled Issues in South Asian Studies taught by the core faculty (unless already taken in the master's program). With the permission of the home graduate unit, the core course can be taken in lieu of one of the courses required by the home unit.

  • Attendance at a minimum of two lectures per session from the lecture series organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) for a total of two years, including the academic year in which the student takes the core course (September to May).

  • Submission of two short articles responding to CSAS events (one per year during the two years of attendance at the CSAS lecture series), to be submitted to the collaborative specialization administrator for review by the collaborative specialization director and potentially shared online.

  • The dissertation to include a significant South Asian component.

  • A research presentation to the collaborative specialization committee on a South Asian topic in Year 3 or Year 4.

  • Language requirement, depending on the student's area of specialization.