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Waseda University

Graduate School of Political Science

Doctoral Program

A research roadmap is drawn up for each student based on their desired focus and in support of research which is distinctive and original while establishing checkpoints along a path leading to the conferral of a doctoral degree. During the first year, a list of required reading both directly and indirectly related to the student's field of study is provided, and supervised reading is carried out by young researchers and research supervisors. In September of the first year, there is an "Area Completion Exam" designed to gauge how much the student has learned. During the second year, in order to gear students towards the writing of their doctoral dissertation, there is a "Dissertation Concept Exam" held to assess the adequacy of a student's dissertation concept and to check the orientation of their research. Review of the completed doctoral dissertation is conducted in a rigorous and fair fashion by a dissertation review committee. Support mechanisms are also in place to help ensure appropriate progress is made on research leading to early attainment of a doctoral degree.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Doctor
Subject - Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Political Science
Global Political Economy
Duration 3 years
Entry Date September 21, 2016
Location 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started September, 2010
No. of Students 92
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 57
Tuition Fees 745,500 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Waseda University, Graduate School of Political Science
Location: 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-0051
Phone: +81-03-3208-8534
<Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (Japan time)>
Admission Information
Admission Capacity Limited
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility Those who have a master’s degree, professional master's degree or professional doctoral degree in Law or are scheduled to receive such a degree by September 2016.
Application Period February 26 - March 9, 2016
Examination Type & Date <First screening>
Screening method: Document screening
Announcement of successful candidates: April 15, 2016 (3:00 P.M.)

<Second screening>
Screening method: Oral examination
Dates: May 6, May 7, May 13, May 14, 2016
Announcement of successful candidates: May 27, 2016 (10:00 A.M.)
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
You could take oral examination in overseas office
Admission Fee 5,000 yen
- In some cases, applicants residing outside of Japan may be asked to provide documentary proof
of residence.
- The request to change the application qualification (domestic or overseas) after the application
fee is paid cannot be accepted.

As of November 11, 2015


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.