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Admissions for Ph.D. program in American Studies

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Before applying to any of the programs please read the guidelines properly and ensure you're fully eligible to avoid any inconvenience.

  • The minimum CGPA should be 3.00 or first division in MS/M.Phil. or equivalent degree from a recognized university.
  • Those admitted have to complete/pass 18 credit hour course work within four semesters as per the University rules.
  • Those admitted in Ph.D. program and not passed M.Phil./MS or MS from abroad have to pass 42 credit hours courses (24+18) within six semesters as per the University rules.
  • A government college/public sector university teacher or member of the research staff of a government research organization who has shown undoubted promise for research and holds MA/M.Sc. degree may be recommended by the Admission Committee for admission directly to the Ph.D. program. However, the students would have to complete the course work required for M.Phil./MS.
  • Those who seek admission in Ph.D. without having obtained M.Phil. or its equivalent degree must pass M.Phil. entry test and interview (wherever available).
  • The schedule for M.Phil. entry test dates are available on the main website, click here.

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A candidate seeking admission to the Ph.D. program shall apply on the prescribed form. The Admission Form can be obtained from the University Admissions Section for Rs. 2100 or by sending a self-addressed envelope of 8.5” x 11” to the Assistant Registrar (Admissions) along with a Bank Draft of Rupees shared in the advertisement terms, in favor of “Treasurer, Quaid-i-Azam University” by the last date of admission. For further information/details, please visit Quaid-i-Azam University Website (

Three copies of the prescribed Application Forms duly filled in and supported by the attested copies of educational certificates/degrees and research work may be submitted to the respective Chairman of the Department/Director of the Institute/Centre by the announced last date. Applications that are incomplete or received after the due date shall not be entertained by Quaid-i-Azam University.

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  • Admission to Ph.D. program will only be given to those students who have achieved a score of at least 60% in the NTS GAT subject test of their respective discipline or should have scored International GRE with 50% percentile (valid for admissions until December 31, 2011).
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the employer is required to be attached with the Admission Form and routed through the proper channel in case of in-service candidates.
  • Admission to the Ph.D. program is made on a competitive basis. The minimum period for completion of the Ph.D. program shall be three years whereas the maximum period shall be seven years.
  • Students applying for admission are required to submit a copy of the synopsis/research work. Admission will be given subject to the availability of the Supervisor in the field of research strictly according to the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) requirements.
  • A student cannot be awarded two Ph. D.s. on the same research material/document.
  • The application shall be submitted directly to the respective Chairperson/Director of the department/center/institute in which the student wishes to pursue his/her studies.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview/presentation of research proposals.

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Need to contact? Write to the Area Study Centre Team at for your query or seek assistance from the front-desk at Area Study Centre, Quaid i Azam University, Islamabad.