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MA Thesis and Dissertations

Master’s Thesis Research Plan and Master’s Thesis

Master’s Thesis Research Plan

Submission Timing

September Completion:March in the same year
March Completion:September in the previous year

Who to submit

Your supervisor
*The contents, deadline, and other details regarding submission should be confirmed with supervisor in advance to the designated deadline.


Download from here (Approx 3 pages. A4)

Eligibility to submit MA thesis

  1. Those who obtained/are expected to obtain the designated 22 credits
  2. Those who have submitted MA thesis research plan

Master’s Thesis Examiners

Master’s thesis examiners: one chief examiner and two deputy-examiners.

Criteria for Master’s Theses at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies

  1. Originality and insightfulness of perspective, methodology, content, and conclusion
  2. Appropriateness and importance of thesis topic
  3. Appropriateness of structure of thesis for addressing the thesis topic
  4. Effective use of existing research and contribution to the field
  5. Appropriate substantiation of data and materials
  6. Strength and persuasiveness of argumentation in the development of the thesis
  7. Accurateness, appropriateness and completeness in the use of terminology and concepts
  8. Clarity and accurateness of language
  9. Accurateness, appropriateness, and completeness of quotations, citations, use of materials and structure of the bibliography
  10. Excellence of thesis as a contribution to the fields of Area Studies, International Relations, and/or International Cooperation / Policy Studies


  1. Consult with your supervisor for details on research plan and thesis submission.
  2. The annoucement of Master’s thesis examiners’ list and the schedule of oral examination will be notified on the notification board/MyWaseda.
  3. Thesis and summary will become available in the GSAPS library.
  4. School Policy on “Plagiarism” in Term Paper and Thesis

Submission of Master’s Thesis

Submission Schedule ※Updated on March 22, 2021

See here for the schedule for September 2021 and March 2022 completion.

Submission Deadline  ※Updated on March 22,2021

10:00, 23 June, 2021 – 17:00, 25 June 2021  (for those who will complete in September, 2021)
10:00, 11 Jan, 2022 – 17:00, 13 Jan, 2022 (for those who will complete in March, 2022)

  • Should be strictly abode by.  No submission out of the period will be accepted under any circumstances.
  • It is strongly recommended to submit during the first two days. There have been cases where an emergency (ex. accidents, health issues) happened on the last day and students failed to make the deadline. Any circumstances will not be taken into consideration.

Procedures for MA thesis submission

STEP Timing What to do Notes
1 November Check what/how to submit ※1 Follow your own Zemi’s schedule

※2 The schedule will be announced later.

2 December ※1 Check the content and formality requirements with your supervisor
3 Mid January Submission of the thesis
4 Late January ※2 Oral examination
STEP Timing What to do Notes
1 May Check what/how to submit ※1 Follow your own Zemi’s schedule

※2 The schedule will be announced later.

2 June ※1 Check the content and formality requirements with your supervisor
3 Late June Submission of the thesis
4 Late July ※2 Oral examination


Master’s Thesis Writing Guidelines

Page Layout・Language

  • In Japanese or English
  • A top margin 35mm and a margin of 30mm on all remaining side


Times New Roman
12 point

Word Count

About 8,500 words excluding the title, table of contents, a list of reference and space

Items to be submitted

Upload the following 5 items to Waseda Moodle. Please follow the instructions for Title of file.

1.Thesis PDF:【Title of File】should be your first 8 digits Student ID.
Ex: “4020R222.pdf”
2.Thesis Word:【Title of File】should be your first 8 digits Student ID.
Ex: “4020R222.doc”
3.Summary PDF:【Title of File】should be your first 8 digits Student ID+“-S”.
Ex: “4020R222-S.pdf”
4.Summary Word:【Title of File】should be your first 8 digits Student ID+“-S”.
Ex: “4020R222-S.doc”
5.Attestation of Authorship: 【Title of File】should be your first 8 digits Student ID+“-A”.
Ex: “4020R222-A.pdf”

【Submission guideline】

1. Log in Waseda Moodle
2. Click「GSAPS Course for MA Thesis Submission」
3. Find the folder named「202***Completion MA Thesis Submission」Your graduation year and month will be appeared in “***”.
4. Upload the data of your thesis, summary and “Attestation of Authorship” to the appropriate folders respectively

※You can re-update/replace the file by the deadline.
※Confirm well in advance how to prepare the items to submit. In case there are any missing items, your submission will not be accepted. Also, if you fail to follow the submission format requirements, it may affect the evaluation process. It is all students’ responsibility to submit without mistakes.
※Please check with your supervisor if the content and format of the thesis and summary are adequate and appropriate before submission. The schedule for this process defers depending on each zemi, so consult with your supervisor.
※If you have any questions regarding thesis format not indicated this website, please ask your supervisor directly.

Check before submission!

  • The summary has 2 pages.
  • Make one file each for thesis and summary separately.
  • Data of thesis: combine “Cover of thesis (designated form)” and “thesis itself” only
    *Files submitted, even ones without the cover or with typos, will be published as they are.
  • The title of the files: Thesis→Student ID number<ex:40XXR001>・Summary →Student ID number-S<ex:40XXR001-S>
  • The name of the data files follow the rules designated on the website.
  • The titles written on the thesis and summary are exactly same. (Upper/lowercase letters/-,; etc)
  • The files have been saved for your own record(As a rule, the Office does not return the data).
  • The title on the cover of thesis is changed from red(sample) to black.
  • The names of supervisor/deputy-supervisor are correct.
  • The deputy-supervisor 1 and 2 are in the designated order (check the notification/bulletin board) .
  • There are NO typos in the title.

List of Master’s Thesis Titles

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