Doctoral Program


GSIS offers a doctoral program for scholars who wish to advance their research and knowledge in the area of international and area studies. The program provides an extended and in-depth program in international cooperation, international commerce, and international area studies. After meeting their degree requirements, students are granted a Doctor of Philosophy in International Studies.


Degree Requirements

A minimum of 45 credits and submission of thesis
* For more detailed information, please refer to the Academic Requirements


Qualifying Examinations

Exam Subjects
Degree Foreign Language Major Subjects Notes
1st 2nd
Ph.D. Required N/A Required Students must meet the test score requirements for English.

♣ For international students from English speaking region must choose one language from German, French, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese character, Korean.

English Proficiency Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements
Degree Program (Major) Minimum Score Requirement
Ph.D. International Studies TEPS: 419

* Note: Students who submitted test scores as part their application for admission are not required to retake one of the English language tests, provided that the scores they submitted met the minimum requirement.

* Only IBT TOEFL scores or TEPS scores (within 2 years) are available (not CBT/PBT TOEFL scores).


Major Subjects of Qualifying Examination

Subject Details Notes
International Studies Major 1 consultation with advisory professor  
Major 2 consultation with advisory professor  
Minor (select1) International Commerce International Economic Relations
International Business
International Trade Law
International Finance
Development Economy
consultation with advisory professor
International Cooperation International Politics
International Law
International Development
International Political Economy
International Area Studies China, Japan, Korean, America, Europe

♣ For major subjects of qualifying exam, the candidates should contact two full-time professors of GSIS.