A master's degree is awarded to students who fulfill the requirements for completion of the master's program. To fulfill the requirements, students must have been enrolled for at least the required period, earned the required credits, given a mid-term presentation, and passed their thesis defense and final examination. There is also a non-thesis track by which students can complete their degrees without writing a Master's thesis. Students who fulfill the specific requirements for each program or course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for the program or course in addition to a Master's Degree.
Doctoral students are expected to formulate, plan, and develop their own projects, and apply their original results to the integrated domains of media and governance through the development of new concepts, specialized research, and new methodologies. To be awarded a doctoral degree, they must satisfy requirements regarding, among other things, the ability to use a foreign language, development of an original syllabus, the earning of credits for skill-building courses, the Thesis Proposal (presentation of a doctoral dissertation research proposal), and teaching a course appropriate to their degree. Students pursuing the career professional track may be exempt from certain requirements provided that they have appropriate professional experience. Once a student has been awarded Ph.D. candidate status, a dissertation hearing and final examination by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee are held to determine whether the dissertation merits the award of a doctoral degree. If both the hearing and final examination are passed, a decision on whether to award a degree is then made by the Graduate School Committee.
The main objective of the master's program is to produce professionals with the expertise and practical skills to identify and solve problems to meet the needs of society. The everyday locus of research activity for master's students is their Academic Project. The Academic Project allows students to engage in advanced research guided by multiple professors who share the same research themes and interests. Through the involvement in Academic Projects, students will not only take lectures in the conventional format, but also engage in practical research, direct their own studies, go on fieldwork, and participate in internships.
The aim of the doctoral program is to train researchers, educators, and other specialists with advanced expertise, accurate reasoning skills, and an abundance of originality. The curriculum is built around research and dissertation supervision. Following their own research plans, students receive advice and supervision from a Research Advisory Group made up of faculty members in the Graduate School of Media and Governance and other researchers on how to pursue their research and write their doctoral dissertation.
The mission of the Graduate School of Media and Governance is to inquire into the present circumstances of mankind and society through a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach using cutting-edge technology. The graduate school trains researchers, educators, and practitioners so that they can deeply understand each link in the process of creating, researching, testing, implementing, and evaluating ideas to deliver results applicable to our daily lives.
The curriculum allows students to design their research plan flexibly in accordance with their chosen theme across a wide range of fields, including policy, governance, social innovation, environment, ICT, design, physical skills, and bioscience. Professional Courses and the double degree program with overseas universities are among the means by which the graduate school continues to evolve and become more international. The graduate school is a research platform at which the diverse student body, which includes international students and professionals, gather to share in knowledge work. We aspire to attracting students who will engage with a variety of subjects and challenges rather than confining themselves to their undergraduate specializations or individual academic domains. Students can choose to enroll in either April or September, and entrance examinations are held twice a year. The entrance examination comprises two stages, a document screening and an interview, for an integrated evaluation of an applicant's research plan and capacities. Those applying from overseas will be evaluated solely by means of a document screening.