Graduate School of Arts and Sciences - Doctoral Course (Ph.D.)

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy Program shall be to cultivate the advanced research skills needed to pursue a career either in research as a self-reliant researcher in a chosen field of study or in some other advanced profession requiring a particularly high level of expertise, while providing the requisite foundation of in-depth knowledge.

Students will obtain the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Requirements

Research advisors supervise doctoral candidates throughout the Advanced Research curriculum, which comprises three courses for a total of six credits. Other faculty members may also be called upon to supervise candidates at the direction of the research advisors.

At the end of each academic year, students must submit an Annual Study Report, signed by their research advisors. In order to acquire doctoral candidacy status, students must pass the doctoral candidacy examination. Those qualifying for this status receive research guidance for at least three terms before they submit their dissertations and take the final examination. The decision on whether or not to confer a degree is made by an evaluation committee. The standard period of enrollment is three years

Procedure of Conferring Doctoral Degree

YearTermProcedure
1st year 1st term Matriculation ceremony, Orientation (Academic guidance) Submission of [Initial Study Plan]
2nd term Submission of [Pre-application for Doctoral Candidacy Examination]
3rd term Submission of [Annual Study Report] (Every academic year)
After 2nd year, 1st term Application for [Doctoral Candidacy Examination] Exams of 4 areas up to 3 times → Approval of Doctoral Candidacy
Submission of [Study Plan for a Doctoral Dissertation]
Submission of [Final Draft of a Doctoral Dissertation(complete in terms of content)]
Submission of a [Doctoral Dissertation & Abstract] within 5 years after approval of the doctoral candidacy
Final examination → Approval of final examination results
Conferral of Ph.D. at the Commencement

List of past doctoral dissertations can be viewed online.

Faculty List

Those who can supervise the doctoral course have "D" mark within their "Area of Concentration" section on the faculty list page.

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