Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Applied Linguistics

The Thirteenth Tokyo Doctoral Cohort (Tokyo XIII)  and
the Tenth Osaka Doctoral Cohort (Osaka X)

Classes Begin: September 4, 2020

Important Notice:

Updated April 13, 2020:  The Online Application Form for Doctoral Cohort XIII at the Tokyo Center and Doctoral Cohort X at the Osaka Center is now closed.

General Information

The Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Applied Linguistics prepares students to study ways in which languages and in particular second or additional languages are used, taught, and learned in today’s increasingly globalized and multilingual world. The purpose of the Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Applied Linguistics is to promote significant research on the teaching and learning of additional languages, including but not limited to English, and on the interaction between language ideologies and practices in multilingual communities and societies. The program provides students with theoretical grounding, research experiences, and academic skills that prepare them for academic research positions in the areas of Applied Linguistics, Second and Foreign Language Education, and TESOL, as well as for other academic and practice-oriented positions.

The Doctoral Program

To complete the doctoral degree, a candidate must 1) earn 81 credit hours for academic work beyond the bachelor's level (this equals a Master’s degree plus 51 semester hours of graduate-level course work); 2) pass a preliminary examination upon completion of all course work; 3) write a dissertation; and 4) pass an oral defense of the dissertation.

The doctoral curriculum consists of four areas: Disciplinary Concentration Courses (18 credits in Applied Linguistics); College-Wide Research Methods (18 credits minimum; one course in research design, two courses in quantitative methods, two courses in qualitative methods, and one research methods elective); For-Credit Research Experiences (minimum 12 credits, including 6 credits in Research Apprenticeships and a total of at least 6 credits of 9994, 9998, and 9999, with the minimum of 2 credits of 9999.); and 3 elective credits.

Preliminary Examination
Dissertation Defense

The preliminary examination tests the candidate's breadth of knowledge within the area of Applied Linguistics and the areas covered in core courses. The examination may be written and/or oral and frequently occupies two or more days. Usually candidates are not permitted to take this examination until they have completed the course requirements.

The dissertation is expected to exhibit scholarship, reflect mastery of technique, and make a distinctive contribution to the field of language acquisition research. A sponsoring committee of at least four members, composed of the major professor and at least one other graduate faculty member, is responsible for the general supervision of the doctoral dissertation.

Candidates for the doctorate are required to prepare a dissertation proposal, which must be approved and signed by the sponsoring committee. Four copies of the completed dissertation must be submitted two weeks prior to the oral examination.

Candidates who have fulfilled all other requirements will, on the recommendation of the major professor and other members of the sponsoring committee, be admitted to the final doctoral dissertation examination. This examination is conducted by the sponsoring committee and two other members of the graduate faculty.

Application Requirements

In order to apply for the Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Applied Linguistics, candidates must prepare and submit the following documents:

  1. Fill out and submit the Online Application Form.

    Note: Application is now closed.

  2. Pay a ¥15,300 non-refundable Application Fee by credit card or by bank transfer. The payment instructions will be sent to you by e-mail after your Online Application Form is submitted and confirmed.
  3. Submit a score on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)* taken within 5 years prior to application. Candidates are expected to score above the 50th percentile. Official score report should be submitted directly from the testing agency.
  4. Submit official transcripts in English of every college and university attended, including Temple University. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be included even if the credits have been transferred and are shown on the transcript of a receiving college or university. They must be in the sealed envelopes from the issued institution.**
  5. Submit a Statement of Goals. Using autobiographical style, explain your interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in education. The statement should outline the following:
    • A research project you would like to pursue while at Temple,
    • Why the project is of interest to you, and
    • How the project is of scholastic importance.

    The statement should be 2-3 pages, double spaced.

  6. Submit three letters of recommendation. Candidates must use the Temple University’s Reference Report of Graduate Study Form for the letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into your abilities and talents, as well as comment on your aptitude for graduate study. Each letter should be sealed by the evaluator in the envelope. The Reference Report of Graduate Study Form is available below.
  7. If you are a non-native speaker of English, submit a score of at least 600 on the paper-based test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)***, 100 on the iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official score reports should be submitted directly from the testing agency.

* The institution code for GRE is 2906 (TU) and for MAT is 2542 (TUJ).
** Foreign transcripts (except for those issued by schools in the United States and Japan) require a formal evaluation before an admission decision can be made. To expedite this process, you are strongly recommended to use the WES evaluation service (
*** The institution code for TOEFL is 9698 (TUJ).

Application Deadline

Candidates must submit all the application documents by the application deadline: 10:00, Monday, April 13, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by April 13, 2020.

Application Procedure

Ph.D. Admission Office
Graduate College of Education
Temple University, Japan Campus

1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0004

  1. The Online Application Form should be filled out and submitted first.
    Note: Application is now closed.
  2. Candidates should collect all the remaining application documents except for the official standardized test score(s) and submit everything together along with the Application Checklist to the address below:
  3. Final selection of candidates will be announced by e-mail on or before Friday, June 12, 2020. The admission packet will be mailed only to successful candidates.
  4. Pay a ¥31,500 non-refundable seat deposit/matriculation fee by Friday, June 19, 2020.
  5. The Ph.D. New Student Orientation will be held in one of the weekends in July. Date will be announced in the admission packet.

Visa Support

We regret that TUJ cannot provide student visa support for overseas doctoral candidates, since the Ph.D. program at TUJ is officially defined as a part-time, not a full-time, graduate program.

Financial Aid

U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States can apply for Federal Student Aid for the United States. TUJ students who are either U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents can complete the FAFSA (Free Application for the Federal Student Aid) by visiting Student Financial Services (SFS) website ( of Temple University Main Campus. Note that in order to be eligible for the financial aid, students must take at least 4.5 credits every semester. Read the SFS website carefully and contact the TUJ Financial Aid Coordinator ( with any questions you might have. The SFS contact for TUJ students is and the Temple University School Code for the FAFSA application is 003371.

Transfer of Credit

In some cases, up to 6 credit hours of graduate work completed at other accredited universities can be used toward the degree requirements. Only graduate credit of “A” or “B” quality can be accepted for transfer credit. Transfer credits are accepted or rejected by the College of Education upon receipt of an official transcript and a request for transfer of credits. In no case can credits be transferred which were earned more than three years before the student’s admission semester at Temple University, and in no case can credits be transferred which were applied toward another degree.

Standards of Scholarship

The following standards of scholarship apply to all students in Temple University graduate programs. A graduate student:

  • May earn no more than two grades of less than “B-”quality, beginning with the semester during which he or she applies to the Graduate School;
  • May attempt the preliminary examination, in whole or in part, no more than twice;
  • Must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average at graduation;
  • May not graduate with an “I” (Incomplete) on his or her graduate record at Temple University.

Academic Calendar for the Doctoral Program, 2020-2021

Fall Semester 2020 September 4 - December 12
Spring Semester 2021 January - April
Summer Semester 2021 May - August

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fee rates (as of January 2020) are: In Tokyo, ¥267,000 for each three-credit course, ¥89,000 for each one-credit course. In Osaka, ¥256,800 for each three-credit course, ¥85,600 for each one-credit course. The tuition rates for Fall 2020 semester will be available from August 2020.

Other Fees

Application Fee ¥15,300
Seat Deposit (Matriculation) Fee ¥31,500
Preliminary Examination Fee ¥6,100
Dissertation Binding and Processing Fee $50
Graduation Fee ¥22,400

Tuition and fees are subject to change; typical tuition increases in the past have been 2-3% per year.


Computer and Software Requirements

Laptop Computer Requirement

For your doctoral course work at Temple University, Japan Campus, you are responsible to prepare a laptop computer. Doctoral students are expected to bring in their own laptop computer to the classes. The software required for courses is written for Windows computers. Therefore, students need a Windows computer or Windows running on Macintosh computer with Boot Camp or virtual machine setup.

Software Purchase Requirement

In addition to the course work, course projects, dissertation proposal and dissertation writing, doctoral students must take a research design course and quantitative research methodology and statistics courses. For those courses, students are required to purchase software (e.g., SPSS, Amos, Winsteps, Facets, EQS, and HLM). The cost is approximately ¥20,000/year. Further details about ordering instructions will be provided at the Ph.D. New Student Orientation.

Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics Information Session

The Information Sessions have now ended.

TUJ Graduate College of Education will be offering Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics Information Session for those who are interested in the Program. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the Program and application procedure, to meet and interact with Program faculty and administration. The opportunity will enable you to make a more informed decision. This Information Session is opened only to those who complete the sign up process by Wednesday, January 29 (for Osaka Center) and Wednesday, February 5 (for Tokyo Center). Attendance is highly recommended but not mandatory.

Osaka Center:
Saturday, February 1 – 11:00 to 12:30 at the TUJ Osaka Center, Room B

Tokyo Center:
Saturday, February 8 – 11:00 to 12:30 at the TUJ Tokyo Center, Room 401
* The registration desk opens at 10:30 for both centers on the day of the Information Session.

How to Sign Up:

Please send an email message to TUJ Grad Ed Office at with following information:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Email Address
  3. Your Cell Phone Number
  4. Venue-Tokyo Center or Osaka Center

In the topic line of your email message, please write "Ph.D. Information Session Sign Up"

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