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Media and Governance

Keio University International Center

3528 USD/year
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The Media and Governance program of the Keio University International Center 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 a “Research Advisory Group”.


Details of the Curriculum

The Research 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 the Media and Governance program of the Keio University International Center 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”, “specialized research activities” and “new methodologies” — 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.

Programme Structure

Students must fulfill all of the following requirements in order to complete the Doctoral Program and acquire a Doctoral Degree:

  • Enrolled for six semesters or more after admission. However, this excludes students who have satisfied the requirements for Early Degree Completion.
  • Satisfied the requirements as a doctoral candidate.
  • Passed the Doctoral Dissertation Evaluation, Dissertation Hearing, and Final Examination.
  • Passed the Final Evaluation of the Doctoral Dissertation (through vote).
  • Earned four or more credits from INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants need to fulfill atleast one ofthe following four requirements:

  • They must have completed, or be scheduled to complete a master’s degree course or professional degree course
  • They must be accredited by the Ministry of Education,Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
  • They must be at least 24 years old and be accredited by the Graduate School of Media and Governance as having academic skills equivalent to or higher than that of master’s degree holders

Applicants need to fulfill both of the following requirements:

  • Regardless of nationality,they must reside outside Japan either for study or work at the time of application and continue to do so untilthe announcement of successful applicants.
  • Prior to submitting an application, applicants must discuss their research plan thoroughly with a graduate school committee member of the Program they wish to participate in and obtain an informal consent from them to act as their Research Supervisor

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  • 365,350 JPY

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132901 - 208462 JPY /month
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