All students admitted into the Graduate programs with a BA degree must enter the MA course of study, which also serves as the first phase of the Ph.D. program. Then Ph.D. programs are developed for students with strong research interest in the field.
The students admitted to non-English Graduate programs such as Journalism, Azerbaijani Studies, Azerbaijani Language and Islamic Studies should take at least two English language courses (minimum of 6 credits) offered by the English Language and Literature Department if their level of English is not advanced. But the credits for these courses are not calculated towards the total number of credits (60) required for their program.
Master and Ph.D. degree programs cover the following major areas:
• TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
• Linguistics (applied/general)
• Translation Studies
• World Literature/Comparative Literature
• Area Studies (Asian Studies, European Studies, Middle East Studies, American Studies, and other regions of the world)
• International Relations
• Political Science
• Translation Studies
• Inter-lingual Relations
• World Literature / Comparative Literature
• Azerbaijani Studies
• Religious Studies
• Islamic Studies
The admission committee screens all applications, paying special attention:
• academic credentials
• two letters of recommendation
• a personal interview
Keep in mind that the following description covers not all the program studies. Some programs are given as a model. Models for English would be appropriate for the other languages such as Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. Area Studies are offered as interdisciplinary programs, involving courses from different departments. In some cases, Ph.D. and Master students may earn credits (no more than 6 credits) by teaching courses in master and bachelor programs.
All applications for admission to the program must be approved by the Committee of Graduate Studies (CGS). There are several criteria for admission, none of which will be arbitrarily disregarded, and the best applicants will meet or exceed all of these criteria. However, the Admissions Committee will consider the individual aspects of each application.
The Ph.D. program is developed for students with strong academic skills and research interests. An individual program of study is designed for each Ph.D. student, considering his/her particular academic needs and research interests.
The candidate with a Master Degree admitted to the Ph.D. program is required to take at least 7 courses (32 credits) including a dissertation (10-12 credits) although more credits and courses may be required to satisfy particular aims of the student and the student's advisor. A student should complete the Major Requirements with a G.P.A. of 80 or above. Ph.D. candidates can also earn 6 credits by teaching undergraduate courses within their field of study. In addition, students are encouraged to undertake an internship (3 credits) at relevant organizations. Internships in organizations overseas can also be considered by the CGS if satisfying university and departmental policies.
Upon the satisfactory completion of the course-work and the qualifying examination, students select a dissertation topic. Candidates must demonstrate their ability of independent study in their dissertations performing the original research, and must present themselves at the final oral examination, in which they must defend their dissertations as estimable contributions to the knowledge in their fields and demonstrate mastery in their areas of specialization as related to the dissertation. They must take the final oral examination (defense of the dissertation) within five years after passing the written examination. Any exception to this rule must be approved by the Dissertation Committee and the Dean of the School, and may involve repetition of the final examination.
For general policies regarding doctoral studies, please refer to this Catalog’s section “Academic Policies”. Specific requirements can be obtained from relevant departments.