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Doctoral Dissertations

Procedures to File a Doctoral Degree Dissertation (Program-based Students)

The Waseda University Graduate School of Commerce (GSC) grants a doctoral degree in Commerce to individuals who have 1) spent three years or more in the doctoral program to receive mandatory research guidance AND 2) have passed the doctoral dissertation review and the final examination.
Those who plan to obtain a doctoral degree should be sure to review this page as it describes the procedures related to obtaining a doctoral degree.

[Note] There are two types of doctoral degree reviews: (I) Review for Program-based Students and (II) Review for Non-program Students. Those who are expected to complete the doctoral program review while in school, OR have withdrawn from the school after undergoing six semesters of research guidance (with a passing grade) and are expected to complete the doctoral program review within three years of the withdrawal are subject to review within the program. All others are subject to the Review for Non-program Students.
Please note that this page is a guide for those who are subject to the Review for Program-based Students.

[For students who are currently enrolled in the doctoral program]
In preparation for applying for the doctoral degree in Commerce, doctoral program students must submit at the end of each semester a Research Report/Plan, and a List of Publications and Research Achievements which details their research activities. During the first semester of the first year of enrollment, students are required to submit to the GSC office a Research Report/Plan, and a List of Publications and Research Achievements form listing basic required information.

 

I. Doctoral Degree Application Procedures (Schedule, Documents for Submission, Precautions, etc.)

Please review the following documents regarding procedures (schedule, documents for submission, precautions, etc.) for obtaining a doctoral degree.

Informational
Documents
Remarks

Application Guide for
the Doctoral Degree in Commerce
(Program-based Students)

July 25th, 2018 Updated.

This document provides information on procedures
for obtaining a doctoral degree (schedule, documents for submission,
precautions, etc.). Please read this guide first if you are planning to apply for a doctoral degree.

Application Timeline for the Doctoral Degree in Commerce
March 10th, 2017 Updated.

This document provides information on scheduling related to obtaining a doctoral degree.

Requirements for
Submitting a Doctoral
Dissertation

This document provides information on dissertation submission requirements for the doctoral degree in Commerce.

 

II. Application Forms

 Forms required as part of the application process for obtaining a doctoral degree can be downloaded as needed from the list below.

[Application Forms (submission required)]

Form Submission
Timeline
Remarks
Reguest for the Establishment of a Dissertation Advisory Committee

When the student is ready to make a request for the establishment of a dissertation advisory committee.

Please carefully review the following information regarding the timing for dissertation submission.

a. Doctoral program students (those who have not completed two semesters of research guidance as of the end of the Fall 2014 Semester)

As a rule, you must submit the request following the completion of two semesters of research guidance after admission.

Those who have completed two semesters of research guidance during the Spring semester need to submit the request by the end of the last week in July. Those who have completed two semesters of research guidance during the Fall semester need to submit the request by the end of the last week in February. (e.g. Those who were admitted in September and completed two semesters of research guidance by the end of Spring 2016 should submit the request by the end of the last week in July 2016.)

b. Doctoral program students (those who have completed two semesters of research guidance as of the end of the Fall 2014 Semester)

Please submit the request between Wednesday, April 8, 2015 and Friday, July 31, 2015.

c. Those who have withdrawn from the School

Those who are expected to receive a diploma in March must submit the request by the end of January of the prior year. Those who are expected to receive a diploma in September must submit the request by the end of June of the prior year.

If your research supervisor is no longer with the GSC, please consult with the GSC office.  (e.g. Those who are expected to receive a diploma in March 2016 should submit the request by the end of January 2015.)

Since two forms are required (one submitted by you, and another submitted by your research supervisor), please ask your research supervisor to prepare the request as well.

Dissertation Proposal

As of AY 2015, this form has been standardized.

Doctoral Degree Application Form

Upon submittal of the doctoral dissertation in Commerce (preliminary examination).

If there is no subtitle, you may leave the subtitle section blank.

Curriculum Vitae

Include the dates for educational background and work experience.

List of Publications and Research Achievements

If the publication is part of a technical book, please indicate the relevant page number(s).

Under the thesis section, please list the title of any theses you submitted as part of completing the last degree program you were enrolled in prior to being admitted into the doctoral program.

Letter of Recommendation

As a rule, please ask your research supervisor to fill out the form. If your research supervisor is expected to retire during the period of dissertation review, please list a different GSC faculty member (Steering Committee member) as a nominator. As a note, retired research supervisors are allowed to join examiners as  assistant examiners.

Letter of Agreement

As a rule, please ask a faculty member who serves as a GSC Steering Committee member to fill out the form.

Checklist of Prerequisites for Submittal of Dissertation

For current doctoral program students, please ensure that the details on the Certificate of Enrollment match with the List of Publications and Research Achievements that you submit each semester

 

[Application Forms (submit as needed)]

Form Submission
Timeline
Remarks

Registration Form for the online Dissertation Submission Ethics Seminar

Upon registering to view the Dissertation Submission Ethics Seminar

It is not necessary to submit the application and pledge if you have passed the Introduction to Research Ethics offered by the Global Education Center.

If you have already withdrawn from the School and would like to view the Dissertation Submission Ethics Seminar, please submit the Registration Form for the Dissertation Submission Ethics Seminar and the Course N@vi User Agreement [For Extramural Registration].

Please apply early since the process may take up to several weeks.

Course N@vi User Agreement [For Extramural Registration]

Viewing Report on the Dissertation Submission Ethics Seminar

To be completed after the Dissertation Submission Ethics Seminar has been viewed

Ratio of Co-authorship Report

When co-authored papers are counted as part of the application points required for the submission of the doctoral dissertation.

When you are including items such as co-authored papers in the application points, you will need to obtain consent from your co-author(s) regarding the reported ratios representing each author’s contribution .

As a note, if points are proportionally divided (equally distributed based on the number of co-authors), the submission of this report is not required.

Consent to Include Co-authored Work as a Part of Doctoral Degree Dissertation When the dissertation being submitted includes work which has been co-authored.
Report on Correction Confirmation When a doctoral degree dissertation (for the final examination) requires minor corrections after submittal.

Please indicate on the report where corrections were made, correction details, reasons for the corrections, and reasons for approving the corrections (filled out by the instructor to explain why the corrections were appropriate) and attach it to the report. You will need to obtain approval stamps from the chief examiner, as well as all assistant examiners upon submission.

As a note, the Report on Correction Confirmation is not necessary when re-submitting the dissertation after the preliminary examination.

If you have any other questions, please contact the GSC office (gsc-ac@list.waseda.jp).

 

How to Search Theses

◆ Theses registered with Waseda University Repository

・Theses which are registered with Waseda University Repository can be searched and fully viewed on the Waseda University Repository. To search, proceed from the homepage by clicking on Faculty of Commerce(商学学術院)> Theses(学位論文等)> Doctoral degree (Graduate School of Commerce) (商学研究科)  and then clicking on the Title button (entering a search word is optional) to see the list. If you know the title or keywords, it is also possible to search directly from websites such as Google Scholar and CiNii. It usually takes two to three months to register a thesis with Waseda University Repository.
◆ Theses not registered with Waseda University Repository
・Theses not registered with Waseda University Repository can be searched using the WINE system. To learn how to search, click here.
・To access non-registered theses, you must file the appropriate request with the Central Library.

 

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