Master's Program

Details of the Curriculum

The details of the curriculum are clearly laid down in the guidelines of each Program for Master's students to follow. The guidelines indicate the compulsory courses students must take and the conditions required for obtaining a Certificate*. Some Programs require students to obtain credits mainly through attending lectures while others expect students to conduct research, publish their research work or write a research report. Some Programs do not require the writing of a Master's thesis.

Research projects constitute the core of research activities in the Master's Program. Active participation in practical research projects is the central aspect of the curriculum at the Graduate School of Media and Governance. Through the process of planning, conducting and evaluating research, students are trained both as career professionals and researchers.

Research projects are offered as "Project Courses" and there are more than 50 Project Courses made available to students to accommodate their research interests. These courses allow students to focus on various research themes in advanced areas. Some Project Courses are made up of a single program while others are multidisciplinary. Students are allowed to earn approximately half of the required credits from Project Courses to earn a Master's degree.

The Graduate School of Media and Governance encourages students to conduct local investigation and fieldwork based on their individual research themes, or apply for internship where they can use their research findings in a 'hands-on' situation, within or outside Japan. Students are required to submit a completed application form and obtain the approval from the University prior to conducting their research activity. After following the procedure and receiving a passing grade, students can receive credits.

Note*: Certificate:
In addition to the Master's Degree, a certificate signed by the Dean of the Graduate School is also awarded to those students who fulfill all the requirements of the Program.

Courses in the Master's Program

Research Concept and Methodology Courses (Concept Framework, Advanced Research)

In Conceptual Framework Courses, students study the main ideas and concepts that constitute their Program. In Advanced Research Courses, students are introduced to advanced research fields that are related to their Program. By taking these two types of courses, students acquire a total perspective of the Program.

Special Courses

Special Courses help students to develop better understanding of graduate school courses. These courses include related courses, practical training courses, frontier courses for emerging research and sponsored courses offered by companies and organizations.

Program Courses

Program Courses aim to clarify the major issues that are raised in the research field and specialized subjects constituting the Program. These courses are designed to support each Program by demonstrating methods and approaches towards the issues raised.

Project Courses

Project Courses are designed to systematically teach the method of problem identification, analysis, and presentation of results on frontier research topics. It provides opportunity to students to conduct collaborative work. Students experience autonomy, distribution, and collaboration through planning, execution and evaluation of their research.

Master's Thesis

A Master's student will write a thesis under the direction of his / her Academic Advisor and present findings to Keio University in a scholarly form. Upon the successful completion of the Master's thesis a student can acquire a Master's degree.

Requirements for Completing the Master's Program

In order to complete the Master's Program, students may either write a thesis (thesis track) or not write a thesis (non-thesis track).

Thesis Track

  1. Complete four semesters (two years) or more of enrollment in the Graduate School of Media and Governance (without counting leave of absence)
  2. Acquire a minimum of 30 credits* (including 2 credits of the Master's thesis)
  3. Make an Intermediate Presentation
  4. Pass the Final Examination (Final Presentation), and get the Master's thesis approved. The Master's thesis is awarded two credits. In principle, the Master's thesis is expected to demonstrate the academic progress of Project Courses or show recognizable advancement in ongoing research. The Master's thesis can be submitted in the form of academic paper, design drawing, art and computer programming work.

Non-Thesis Track

  1. Complete four semesters (two years) or more of enrollment in the Graduate School of Media and Governance (without counting leave of absence)
  2. Acquire a minimum of 30 credits*
  3. Meet the GPA criteria** in courses approved by an Academic Advisor
  4. Make an Intermediate Presentation
  5. Pass the Final Examination (Final Presentation), submit a Project Activity Report of the Project Courses and get the approval of the examiner.

Note*: The following types of credits will not be counted toward the 30-credit requirement:

  1. Credits earned from Optional Course
  2. Credits earned over and above the 10-credit limit from:
  • other graduate schools of Keio University
  • other universities (for instance, foreign universities) during the student's enrollment at the Graduate School of Media and Governance
  • Transferable Credits earned before entering the Master's Program (over and above the 8-credit limit)

Note**: GPA Criteria
GPA stands for Grade Point Average and is calculated from regular courses at Keio University (not including Project Courses, Master's Thesis, Transferable Credits earned before entering the Master's Program and Optional Course). The GPA is calculated with the following scale: A=3.0, B=2.0, C=1.0, D=0.0. Those students who wish to complete the Master's Program without writing a thesis must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above (round off decimals of .05 and above to the next whole number).