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 an Advisory Group. The 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", "new methodologies" and "specialized research activities" -- 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

Only bona fide Doctoral candidates are eligible to submit their Doctoral thesis for evaluation. The academic requirements to become a Doctoral candidate are as follows:

  1. Write an original syllabus proposal and fulfill the evaluation criteria
  2. Receive an "A" grade in one of the Skill-building Courses specified by the Program
  3. Pass the foreign language proficiency test designated by the Graduate School of Media and Governance
  4. Complete Teaching Experience
  5. Pass the Formal Presentation Assessment

Students are required to obtain four credits or above in Independent Research Courses taught by their Main Research Advisor. Students may also enroll in courses offered in the Master's Program and earn credits as Optional Subjects. Doctoral students are encouraged to enroll in Project Courses and Special Courses after consulting the members of their Advisory Group.

To complete the Doctoral Program, students must submit their Doctoral thesis within the specified period and pass the Final Examination. The program offers a Ph.D. in Media and Governance or Doctor of Philosophy.