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Introduction : Doctoral course support system

The Graduate School of Information Systems offers the following support system for students on the Doctor's program.

| 1. Substantial economic support | 2. Fast-track course completion in one year |
| 3. Long-term completion course | 4. Degree acquisition support scheme for working students |
| 5. Three types of doctoral dissertation |

1. Substantial economic support

The Research Assistant program, fee-exemption and scholarship systems aim at reducing the economic burden on new doctoral-course students and supporting their endeavors to obtain a degree.

  • Research Assistant program: Students who participate in an instructor's research are given economic support;
  • Fee-exemption system: Students who meet certain conditions are exempted from tuition fees;

While the amount of money available on these programs depends on factors such as annual budgets, in the past students employed as Research Assistants were paid a total of 480,000 yen (annual upper limit), and that the proportion of successful scholarship recipients was about 40% in the case of the Japan Student Services Organization scholarship and about 85% in the case of scholarships for foreign students.

2. Fast-track course completion in one year

To complete the Doctor's program and obtain a degree usually requires three years or more after enrollment, after taking the required credits, receiving research instruction, completing the doctoral dissertation and passing the final examination.

However, a degree can be obtained in a minimum of one year* by students who complete research results equivalent to those made by an average student over a period of three years attending the school. This is the so-called fast-track system.

For example, when the preparation for research has advanced considerably before entering the school, and can be developed and given shape as a dissertation during the course, this system can be used with little tuition to allow degree acquisition in a short time. The system is particularly effective for working students who can use their R&D results before school entrance as a foundation to writing a system-development or case-study dissertation and obtain a degree.

Requirements for degree acquisition

  • Apart from the course duration, the requirements for degree acquisition are the same as those for the usual degree.
  • Although there are four degree-application periods per year, the fast-track degree application should be submitted prior to a degree application within a predetermined period. The propriety is determined by the school.
  • In addition, students must take a "research examination" prior to the degree application. This comprises a presentation and Q&A session on the dissertation topic about to be submitted, and if necessary, advice about points in the dissertation that should be corrected before submission.
  • Students are advised to stay in close contact with their instructors so that there are no procedural omissions with the submission.

*Note: There are some exceptions with the fast-track Master's course.

3. Long-term completion course

Students in employment can intentionally follow the curriculum and complete the course over a period longer than the standard term (three years for the Doctor's program). They pay the same tuition fees as students who complete the standard term of study. During the study period, the amount of tuition fees for the standard course over three fiscal years is divided by the actual number of years in study and paid each year. While this reduces the tuition fees paid every year, it allows students to complete their dissertation over many years and is aimed at working students who may have difficulty securing sufficient study time due to business obligations.

Conditions of application and completion term

  • Applications are accepted before or during school enrollment (except for the final fiscal year).
  • There are certain requirements for working students.
  • There are certain entrance formalities for new school entrants and predetermined application periods (around February for April entrants, around August for October entrants) for enrolled working students to submit their long-term course applications, tenure of office certificates, etc.
  • The propriety of the long-term course application is determined after a student-instructor interview.

Range of completion periods

  • Each year of the standard study term may be extended to up to twice the standard length.
  • Since the standard duration of the Doctor's program is three years, the long-term course may be completed over four, five or six years.

Example of payment of tuition fees

For a student enrolled in the first year of the Doctor's program when the completion period is extended to five years.
Total amount of tuition fees 535,800 yen x 3 years = 1,607,400 yen
Amount already paid 535,800 yen
Annual amount to be paid over 4 years (1,607,400 - 535,800) / 4 = 267,900 yen

4. Degree acquisition support scheme for working students

The school positively supports degree acquisition for independent engineers and researchers engaged in R&D on information systems. Specifically, it is possible for working students to complete the fast-track course over at least one year with a positive evaluation of their track record in information system in business, such as research achievements and development experiences.
Similarly, it is possible to enter the Doctor's program entrance without a Master's degree after a positive evaluation of the student's R&D track record.
Since the authorization examination for qualified applicants is required in that case, interested applicants should consult the school's entrance examination consultation office (telephone number: +81-42-443-5102).

It is also possible to complete parts of the course with some lectures via e-Learning.

In addition, regarding support for students enrolled in the doctoral course, please direct your questions to the school's entrance examination consultation office.

5. Three types of doctoral dissertation

The Graduate School of Information Systems is involved in the study of and education about the relationship between information systems and the individual/society. Therefore, in addition to investigating and solving the scientific problems of information systems, research here also covers a variety of issues: from building the information systems used widely around the world to analyzing their effect on individuals and society.

In order to evaluate properly research conducted from such diverse viewpoints, the school accepts three different types of doctoral dissertation according to the research method, and the degree exam is conducted accordingly.


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