As of Fall 2014, ICLS returned the scheduling and administration of M.Phil. qualifying exams back to the students’ home departments. 

This means that Ph.D. students who are earning a Concentration or Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society will follow procedures for M.Phil. qualifying exams in the same manner as students in their department who are not earning a Concentration or Certificate at ICLS. The department will also file the Application for the M.Phil. with GSAS.

Please note: students are still required to fulfill all ICLS course and language requirements before the Application for the M.Phil. is filed with GSAS by your home department.

The M.Phil. qualifying examination is conducted by a board of examiners chosen in consultation with the student’s home department and with the ICLS Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). The precise form of the examination(s) depends on the student’s home department program, but all ICLS concentration and certificate students must adhere to the following:

The M.Phil. examination(s) is scheduled and administered by your home department after approval from the ICLS DGS of your language and course requirements and your M.Phil. committee.

In order to maintain status as an ICLS Concentration or Certificate student, and before the M.Phil. examination(s) take place in the student’s home department, the ICLS office must receive written confirmation by email from the ICLS DGS that the student has fulfilled all ICLS requirements, including course and language requirements and the presence of a comparativist on the M.Phil. committee. At least one member of the M.Phil. committee must be affiliated with ICLS.

Please note that you still must have your dissertation prospectus approved by the ICLS executive committee after approval in your home department, and your dissertation defense MUST still be scheduled and administered by ICLS. Only the M.Phil. examinations will be done in your home department.

You, the student, send an email to the ICLS DGS detailing how you have met ICLS requirements, including course and language requirements and a list of your committee members for ICLS approval. Your committee should be formed in consultation with your home department and the ICLS DGS and must include one member affiliated with ICLS.

You MUST cc the ICLS Coordinator at kkl2116@columbia.edu on this email so the DGS can reply all to confirm. This is your only MPhil official checkpoint with ICLS, so it is essential to include the coordinator and the ICLS DGS.

ICLS DGS email response confirms student has met ICLS M.Phil. requirements and we save this email for our records. You may then proceed with your home department’s M.Phil. requirements.