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Doctoral Program in Media and Governance, Ph. D.

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University rank #200 (QS) Tokyo, Japan
The Keio University International Center, Doctoral Program in Media and Governance 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.
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Keio University International Center, Doctoral Program in Media and Governance

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 - namely "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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In order to resolve complex and global problems, our society needs disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in specialized areas, which would cross-fertilize ideas and create a new methodology.

The Graduate School of Media and Governance offers eight Programs to allow researchers to use the new methodology, stimulate specialized research and expertise. All graduate students are expected to belong to a Program and then pursue research consistent with the guidelines set by the Program they opt for.

  • Global Governance and Regional Strategy (GR)
  • Human Security and Communications (HC)
  • Policy Making and Social Innovation (PS)
  • Cognition, Sense-Making and Biophysical Skills (CB)
  • Environmental Design and Governance (EG)
  • X-Design (XD)
  • Cyber Informatics (CI)
  • System Biology (BI)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Applicants need to fulfill the requirements mentioned in sections 1 and 2 below:

1. Regardless of nationality, they must reside outside Japan either for study or work at the time of application and continue to do so until the announcement of the result

2. They should discuss their research plan with a graduate school committee member they wish to be their Research Supervisor and must obtain an informal consent from him/her to become a Research Supervisor of the applicant prior to the commencement of the application period

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Tokyo

  • 132901 - 208470 JPY/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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