Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Ph.D Admission Requirements

Continuing Students should apply for admission to the Ph.D program no later than the semester in which the student takes their last CEUS MA course.

Requirements for Ph.D Admission for Current CEUS MA Students:

    Statement of Purpose - a new statement of research intent.
    Grade-point Average - a minimum of 3.5 in CEUS coursework.
    Two Letters of Recommendation - Recommendations should come from two CEUS faculty that will be on your Advisory Committee. All faculty members must be Graduate School faculty. Graduate Faculty List
    Minor Recommendation - An email from your minor member agreeing to be on your committee. It is understood that many students may not have taken a course yet with this member therefore a full recommendation isn't required.

    After approval from the Admissions Committee, admission will be granted within one semester following the completion of all requirements for the MA degree in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.


Incoming Students

    We currently do not offer direct admission to our Ph.D program even if you have a previous MA degree. If certain requirements are met you may be considered for fast-track to our Ph.D program at any time after you matriculate. The requirements are:
      1. MA with thesis of at least 50 pages in a relevant field.
      2. GPA of 3.5 or above on your graduate course work.
      3. Testing out of the intermediate level of your Language of Specialization by passing the CEUS administered exam. CEUS will administer exams the week prior to the start of the fall semester.
      4. Testing out of one research language approved by your advisor and CEUS Director of Graduate Studies.
    The student must satisfy the Department of Central Eurasian Studies course requirements for the MA in one of the fields of specialization described previously, but may not need to write an MA thesis.
    Transfer of Credits: Under certain specified conditions, a student who comes to IU after having completed graduate work elsewhere may transfer all or some of that work and receive credit for it at IU. For the MA degree, as many as eight (8) hours may be transferred as long as the credits were not used for a previous MA degree. The student who has obtained the MA degree elsewhere may transfer as many as 30 hours to count toward the 90-hour requirement for the Ph.D. All transferred course work must be completed with a minimum of a "B" grade and must have been taken no more than seven years prior to completion of qualifying exams. "P" and "S" grades cannot be accepted for transfer. Credits to be applied toward the MA are transferred prior to the completion of the CEUS degree. Credits to be applied toward the Ph.D are transferred prior to the nomination of candidacy.
    Graduate work done elsewhere is not automatically transferable. For both the MA degree and the Ph.D, the transfer takes place only upon recommendation by the Department. Thus, the question of transferability of graduate credit cannot be answered until the time the student arrives at IU. Even if all appropriate hours could be transferred to IU, this still would not determine the timetable for obtaining the desired degree. Particularly in the case of the doctoral student, readiness to stand for the qualifying examination and later readiness to defend a piece of research do not depend only on any specific number of course hours or even on the 90-hour rule, but also on the scope and quality of intellectual preparation, as judged by the examination committee and ultimately by the research committee.



Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
355 North Jordan Ave.
GA Room 3024
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500