Doctoral Program

All students of the Graduate School of Media and Governance belong to a Program. There are eight Programs in all.

Available Programs

Details of the Curriculum

The Doctoral Program focuses on research and thesis writing.Students pursuing the Doctoral Program are expected to draft a workable research plan which they develop with the help of a "Research Advisory Group". The Research Advisory Group primarily
consists of faculty members of the Graduate School of Media and Governance who teach research methodology to students and direct their thesis writing. In principle, students pursuing their Doctoral Program must complete all the required lecture courses while they are in the Master's Program. This implies that when students are still in the Master's Program, they participate in research projects and are trained to become career professionals, and when such students enter the Doctoral Program, they are ready to write their own research proposals and conduct independent research. The study and research of the Doctoral Program actually take place within research projects. By using the three guiding principles ― "new conceptual frameworks", "specialized research activities" and "new methodologies" ― students discover innovative ideas in the integrated fields of media and governance.
Once students become Doctoral candidates, they can interact with the community of international scholars and participate in relevant postgraduate projects. Doctoral candidates can also have the opportunity to work on contractual research programs/consortia
formed between business organizations, local governments, and the Keio Research Institute at SFC. In recent years, a number of students have been able to use their research skills in social development while pursuing their Doctoral studies at the Graduate School.

Requirements for Completing the Doctoral Program

Students must fulfill all of the following requirements in order to complete the Doctoral Program and acquire a Doctoral Degree.
  • Enrolled for six semesters or more after admission. However, this excludes students who have satisfied the requirements for Early Degree Completion.
  • Satisfied the requirements as a doctoral candidate.
  • Passed the Doctoral Dissertation Evaluation, Dissertation Hearing, and Final Examination.
  • Passed the Final Evaluation of the Doctoral Dissertation (through vote).
  • Earned four or more credits from INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (特別研究).