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Application Procedures for Doctoral Degree by Thesis

(Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University)

Requirements for Degree conferment

The degree will be conferred to those who have not completed the doctoral course at the Graduate School of Science and Technology (GSST), Kumamoto University, have passed a thesis defense after submitting such thesis, and have a confirmed academic ability equal or greater than those who have completed the doctoral course at GSST.

Degree to be conferred

The degree name to be conferred will be one of the following:

  • Doctor of Engineering
  • Doctor of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Application Requirements

Those who fulfill one of the following conditions may apply for the Doctoral Degree by Thesis.

(1) Those who have withdrawn from university after having been enrolled at university for the regular designated term or a term approved by the faculty, and after having earned the required credits.
(2) Those who have four years or more of research history after having completed the Master’s course.
(3) Those who have seven years or more of research history after having graduated from undergraduate school.
(4) Those who have been approved by faculty meeting.

※ The above mentioned research history shall be one of the following:

(1) The period of time you have been engaged in research as a full-time teacher at undergraduate or graduate school.
(2) The period of time you have been engaged in research as a research student at undergraduate or graduate school.
(3) The period of time you have been enrolled as a student in graduate school.
(4) The period of time you have been engaged in research at public offices or companies etc.
(5) The period of time which has been approved by faculty meeting.

Application procedures

1. Preview of the draft of thesis

Applicants who wish to apply for the Doctoral Degree by Thesis must submit the following documents and apply for a preview of the draft of the thesis.

Documents to be submitted to professors who will conduct the preview
(1) Application for the Preview of Draft of Thesis〔Form1〕…1 copy
(2) Draft of Thesis…3 copies
※Thesis draft should be of an official thesis to be submitted or should have a completed format. Please write “Draft of Thesis” on the cover page.
(3) (Draft) Abstract of Thesis〔Form2〕…3 copies
(4) List of Publications〔Form3〕…1 copy
(5) List of Research Achievements 〔Form4〕…1 copy
(6) Resume〔Form5〕…1 copy
Documents to be submitted to the Academic Affairs Section of GSST
(7) Notification of Application for the Preview of Draft of Thesis〔Form7〕…1 copy
(8) Certificate of Completion from Graduate School/University (latest one) …1 copy
(9) Certificate of A working Certification〔Form8〕…1 copy

2. Application for Thesis Review

Applicants must apply for a thesis review by the following procedures after the contents of the thesis have been recognized to deserve a thesis defense by the results of the above “1. Preview of the draft of the thesis”.

Documents to be submitted to the Academic Affairs Section of GSST
(1) Application for Degree 〔Form9〕…2 copies
(2) Screening Fee 57,000yen.
*Screening fee will be waived if applicants who complete the course work without degree at GSST, Kumamoto University apply within one year.
(3) Abstract of Thesis…3 copies
※Please delete “Draft of” on the form 2 and submit it as a “Abstract of Thesis”.
(4) List of Publications…3 copies
(5) List of Research Achievement…3 copies
(6) Resume…1copy
(7) Notification for Depositing Doctoral Thesis〔Form10〕…1copy
(8) Statement of Depositing Abstract of Doctoral Thesis〔Form 11〕…1copy
(9) Soft copy above (3) to (6)

3. Thesis Defense

Based on the above “2. Application for Thesis Review”, thesis defense will be held after approval is received to set up a degree examination committee in GSST.

Degree Conferment

After the screening results have been reported from the degree examination committee, degree conferral will be determined through deliberations at faculty meetings of GSST. In cases where degree conferral has been determined, applicants will be notified in writing. Degrees are conferred twice a year (at the end of March and at the end of September). Applicants must submit the following documents within one month after degree conferral has been determined.

Submit to Academic Affairs Section of GSST
(1) Soft copy of Thesis (CDR/USB flash drive etc.)
(2) Statement of Depositing Doctoral Thesis〔Form 12