Doctoral Thesis


Schedule regarding the procedures for the Doctoral Thesis Submission

Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies PhD.Program Flowchart are available here.  

NEW:The submission schedule of “Establishment Report of the Guidance Committee” and “Research Plan” are available here. #Updated on Feb 27th, 2018

NEW:September 2018/March 2019/September 2019 Completion “Doctoral Thesis Submission Schedule” is available here.  

Formats necessary for PhD Program procedures

 Document  Format Sample 
 Research Performance Record (English) 

(November 2017 Submission)

 Doctoral Thesis Guidance Committee Establishment Report  Ms-WORD


 Research Plan Ms-WORD


 Summary of Interim Presentation Format (English) Ms-WORD


 Application for Interim Presentation Ms-WORD


 Report of Interim Presentation Ms-WORD


 Formats necessary for submission of PhD dissertation

Students →Office

 Document  Format Sample 
 Doctoral Thesis Application Check List(English) #Updated on May 19th,2017 PDF
 Application for Doctral Degree (English) Ms-WORD Example(PDF)
 Curriculum Vitae / Research Achievements (English)* Ms-WORD
 Report of Completing On-demand Contents Related to Research Ethics Ms-WORD


 Attestation of Authorship (English) Ms-WORD Example(PDF)

 Consent Agreement Form (Kyodaku-sho) (English)

Ms-WORD Example(PDF)
 Summary of Doctoral Thesis (English) Ms-WORD Example(PDF)


 Document  Format Sample 
 On Verification of Academic Honesty (Plagiarism etc.)(for Chief Advisor) Ms-WORD Example(PDF)
 Report of Examination of Treatise *Updated on October 25th, 2017  Ms-WORD  Example(PDF)

*If the deputy advisor is selected from outside the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) project research faculty, his/her CV should be submitted. (The format is the same when the PhD candidate submits his/her doctoral thesis.)  

Formats necessary for oral examination

 Document  Format Sample 
 Application for Oral Presentation Ms-WORD Example(PDF)
 On Verification of Academic Honesty (Plagiarism etc.)(for Screening Committee) Ms-WORD Example(PDF)
 Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis Ms-WORD Example(PDF)

How to convert Word file to PDF/A file


Research Ethics

 Taking “Research Ethics” is one of the requirements for submittion of doctoral thesis. Please read here carefully and follow the appropreate method.

 【For current students】

While you are enrolled, it is required to register the regular course “Research Ethics/Introduction to Research Ethics (On-demand)” offered by the Global Education Center(GEC) and obtain the credits. Register the course during the course registration period set at the beginning of every semester, complete it and obtain the credits.

For more detailed information on the course, please also refer to the dedicated website.

Please check  here for how to register.

If you intend to withdraw from the program with the status of “completing the Doctoral Program requirements except for submission of dissertation” (研究指導終了による退学), you need to obtain the credit before withdrawal.

【For those who withdrawed from the program with the status of “completing the Doctoral Program requirements except for submission of dissertation” (研究指導終了による退学) before September 2016】

To take the course, registration is required. Please fill in the application forms available here and send them to the GSAPS office by postal mail.

The office will get in touch when completing the registration.

Procedure for Registration on “Research Ethics (For Reading / Watching)” course (On-demand course) 

#Only for PhD applicants who have completed the requirements of the Doctoral Program except for submission of the thesis and have withdrawn before September 20, 2016. 

Document Format
Application Form for Registration of Research Ethics (For Reading / Watching) [Format for alumni only] PDF
Attestation Form for using Course N@vi [Format for alumni only] PDF

【For those who took the designated 7 lectures before September 2016 (only applicable to the English version)】

Please consult with the Office by the end of November 2016. (Updated on 26th Oct 2016)


Bylaw Regarding Doctoral Thesis (Dissertation) in PhD Program

*The original text of these regulations is in the Japanese language. In the event of any discrepancies between the English translation and the Japanese original, the Japanese original shall prevail.


Article 1
(Foundation and Structure of Thesis Guidance Committee, Member Qualification)


1) A Ph.D. candidate has one chief faculty advisor from whom he/she receives guidance.


2) After a candidate has spent one semester (excluding time studying abroad or on leave of absence) in the program, the chief advisor will, after consultation with the candidate, request another member of the faculty to act as deputy advisor on the candidate’s guidance committee. The chief advisor will inform the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) office of this request on a designated date (The chief advisor may submit this request even if the candidate is studying abroad or on leave of absence). After the request is confirmed, the deputy advisor will be officially appointed at the Faculty Meeting. The deputy advisor may meet with the candidate before this appointment is formalized.


3) The guidance committee consists of the chief advisor and the deputy advisor.


4) If a faculty member external to GSAPS is requested to be the deputy advisor, the chief advisor must submit that person’s curriculum vitae and list of previous publications and research at the GSAPS Faculty Meeting for approval.


Article 2(Selection of Alternate Chief Advisor and Deputy Advisor)


1) If the chief advisor or the deputy advisor is unable to execute their duties under Articles 4, 6 and 7 of these bylaws, the Faculty Meeting will select alternate faculty members.


2) In case of Clause (1) above, when alternate faculty members need to be selected before the faculty committee has met, the Dean of GSAPS may select the member(s) and report this to the Faculty Meeting at its next meeting.


Article 3 (Change in Chief Advisor or Deputy Advisor)


 In the event that a student wishes to change their chief advisor due to a change in their topic of research, a new research plan (Japanese: approximately 12,000 characters, English: approximately 4,000 words) must be written and submitted along with the Application for Change of Project Research, and the Establishment Report of the Guidance Committee to the GSAPS Office. After submitting these documents, the student will have a series of interviews with both the chief advisor under whom they wish to conduct their research and two academic advisors (a total of 3), who will then make a determination as to whether or not the change is valid and appropriate. If the change is deemed acceptable, it will be approved upon acceptance by the GSAPS Faculty Meeting.
 In the event that a change in chief or deputy advisor is necessitated by other acceptable reasons, such as those related to harassment, however, only the approval of the Faculty Meeting is required.


Article 4 (Guidance Carried Out by the Guidance Committee)


  Aside from the prescribed events in these bylaws, the guidance committee should hold periodic meetings at which the candidate reports the progress of his/her research.


Article 5 (Submission of Research Plan)


  After one semester (excluding time studying abroad or on leave of absence) of the establishment of the guidance committee, the Ph.D. candidate should submit a research plan (approximately 12,000 characters in Japanese or 4,000 words in English) written in the prescribed format. (There are designated dates for this submission.) Candidates should submit this after receiving approval from their guidance committee. (Candidates need not be physically present in order to submit the plan). The Faculty Meeting should approve the research plan.


Article 6 (Application for Interim Presentation, Conditions for Establishing the Interim Presentation Committee)


1) After the candidate obtains approval of his/her research plan from the Faculty Meeting, and has received permission from his/her guidance committee, s/he will continue with his/her research and submit the form “Request for Approval of Interim Presentation” to request holding an interim presentation. At this time, the candidate must also submit a document summarizing the contents of the interim presentation (approximately 2,000 characters in Japanese or 700 words in English). This will be distributed to all GSAPS faculty members. The request for approval to hold an interim presentation, as well as the summary of the proposed presentation, should be submitted two weeks prior to the date of the presentation.


2) The “Request” form in Clause (1) above should clearly stipulate the names of the chief advisor and the deputy advisor, as well as the two teaching staff members chosen by the guidance committee. Please note that if the deputy advisor is from outside GSAPS, then at least one of the two teaching staff members on the interim presentation committee must be a project research advisor in the GSAPS MA program and/or Ph.D. program (including former GSAPS faculty members). These four members comprise the interim presentation committee.


3) The GSAPS office will post the “Request” form on the bulletin board and distribute it to the GSAPS faculty.


4) The interim presentation should be public. All four members of the interim presentation committee are required to attend, and all participants are to follow the guidance of the chief advisor.


5) The interim presentation should last one hour, with a 45-minute question and discussion session following.


6) The interim presentation is considered part of the evaluation process to determine whether the candidate may proceed to write his/her doctoral thesis. If the candidate fails his/her first interim presentation, he/she is allowed to have one more try. (Please note that two is the maximum number of interim presentations allowed.)


7) Following the presentation, the chief advisor should obtain the signatures of the interim presentation committee members on the form “Report of the Interim Presentation” and submit it to the GSAPS office. The report then should be presented at the Ph.D. Faculty Committee meeting.


Article 7 (Submission of At Least One Paper to an Academic Journal)


1) A candidate who has finished the interim presentation must submit at least one paper (related to his/her doctoral research topic), published in a peer-reviewed journal, or in a journal published by a respected academic society or equivalent institution to the guidance committee (four copies of each paper). An article “in press” is also acceptable as long as the criteria are met. A coauthored article published in the Journal of the Graduate Shool of Asia-Pacific Studies is not acceptable.


2) The guidance committee will examine the paper submitted by the candidate and determine whether or not the paper satisfies the required conditions stipulated in Clause (1) above. If the paper is acceptable, the guidance committee will submit to the GSAPS office the “Report of the Examination of Treatise” with the signatures of the chief advisor or the deputy advisor, together with an original print or copy of the paper or a certificate of acceptance of publication. This form is submitted when the candidate submits his/her doctoral thesis.


Article 8 (Submission of Thesis)


1) A candidate who has fulfilled the above requirements and who has completed a minimum of two years (excluding time studying abroad or on leave of absence) in the Ph.D. program is qualified to submit his/her Ph.D. thesis. Five copies of the thesis should be submitted to the GSAPS office along with the following eight documents:


 1. Application form designated by Waseda University Degree Regulation 8, Chart 1 (1 copy)


 2. Summary of Doctoral Thesis (approximately 2,000 characters in Japanese, 700 words in English (6 copies)


 3. Curriculum vitae (6 copies)


 4. List of previous research and publications (in Japanese or English) (6 copies)


 5. Thesis and Summary of Doctoral Thesis in digital format (as a PDF/A file) (1 copy)


 6. Attestation of authorship (1 copy)


 7. Letter of approval for electronic open access (1 copy)


 8. Report of Completing On-demand Contents Related to Research Ethics


2) The thesis should be between approximately 200,000 and 600,000 characters in Japanese, or between 70,000 and 200,000 words in English. However, depending on the theme of the thesis, exceptions may be made with the approval of the student’s chief advisor. The thesis should be printed on A4-sized paper, written horizontally, printed on both sides of the paper, with margins of 25mm on the top, right and left, and 30mm on the bottom, and pages numbered at the bottom center of the page.


3) The deadline for submission is set several times a year: The last deadline for candidates who will complete the Ph.D. program in March will be set in September; and the last deadline for candidates who will complete the Ph.D. program in September will be set in February. The GSAPS office will announce the exact deadlines for submission.


4) At the time of submission of the thesis, the chief advisor provides instruction to the candidate to avoid commission of any breach of academic integrity such as plagiarism.


5) The Ph.D. Faculty Committee will examine all documents and determine whether or not the thesis is suitable to be examined. If it is suitable, they will select four examiners and propose them at the GSAPS Faculty Meeting.


6) In case an examiner external to GSAPS (excluding previous project research faculty in the MA or Ph.D. program) is selected, the main advisor should submit that examiner’s curriculum vitae and list of research and publications, and obtain the approval of the Ph.D. Faculty Committee.


 Article 9 (Evaluation Criteria)


Theses submitted by students will be examined according to the following criteria established by GSAPS. A Ph.D. will be awarded if the thesis satisfies the criteria below and is approved by the GSAPS Faculty Meeting.


 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


Article 10 (Procedures Regarding Examination and Determination of Results)


1) The GSAPS Faculty Meeting will establish the examination committee. The examination committee will consist of a chief examiner and at least three deputy examiners. The chief advisor will serve as the chief examiner, and as a rule, the deputy advisor will serve as the head deputy examiner.


2) The chief examiner will hold primary responsibility for facilitating the appropriate examination of the thesis in terms of academic merit through managing the examination schedule and examination process. The chief examiner is also responsible for informing the candidate regarding the examination process. The head deputy examiner will hold equal responsibility for managing the examination schedule and examination process alongside the chief examiner, while other deputy examiners will be responsible for guaranteeing a fair and open examination.


3) The oral examination should be public. The oral examination requires the full attendance of the examination committee. The examination date, time, and location shall be announced by the GSAPS office two weeks prior to the examination. The oral examination shall be presided over by the examination committee, and all participants are required to follow the guidance of the chief examiner.


4) Following the oral examination, the examination committee will judge the thesis. A judgment of “pass” requires the approval of at least two-thirds of the examination committee. Based on the results of the oral examination the primary responsibility for the acceptance or failure of the thesis lies with the particular examination committee involved.


5) If during the oral examination the examination committee determines that revision of the thesis is necessary, the candidate is required to submit a revised thesis and a separate “Explanation of Revisions” which describes the revisions to the examination committee by the date stipulated by the examination committee. The examination committee shall determine whether or not the revisions are acceptable, and confirm the revised thesis as the “Doctoral Thesis (Final Version).”


6) In the event that the examination committee does not request revision as in Clause (5) above, the thesis submitted according to Article 8 Clause (1) will be treated as the “Doctoral Thesis (Final Version).”


7) The examination committee will examine the thesis to ensure that it does not contain any breach of academic integrity such as plagiarism.


8) Following the examination committee’s examination of academic integrity in Clause (7), the candidate is required to submit the “Doctoral Thesis (Final Version)” and Summary of Doctoral Thesis to the GSAPS office as a digital PDF file. The deadline for submission shall not exceed the date stipulated in the “Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis” prepared by the examination committee according to Clause (9) of this Article.


9) For a thesis deemed acceptable by the examination committee according to Clause (4) of this Article, the chief examiner shall submit the “Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis” (approximately 4,000 characters in Japanese, or 1,500 words in English; however, the thesis’s title must be written in both Japanese and English) to the GSAPS office. The “Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis” shall be submitted two weeks before the Faculty Meeting in which the thesis is to be discussed (for September submissions, this would be the January Faculty Meeting; for February submissions, this would be the June Faculty Meeting). In the case of a candidate who was instructed to revise the thesis, the “Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis” shall include the examination committee’s evaluation of these revisions. For an unsuccessful candidate, the chief examiner should prepare the “Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis” which describes the reasons for failure and submit it in the same manner as above. All examiners should sign the “Examination Report on the Doctoral Thesis.”


10) The chief examiner will report the examination results at the Ph.D. Faculty Committee meeting, and must obtain the approval of the Ph.D. Faculty Committee. The GSAPS office will distribute the above document to all faculty members one week before the Faculty Meeting.


11) A doctoral thesis that has been accepted by the examination committee and which has attained approval by the Ph.D. Faculty Committee is subject to final approval by the Faculty Meeting regarding the acceptance or failure of the doctoral thesis. The Faculty Meeting in which the final decision is made requires attendance by more than two-thirds of the members, as stipulated in Article 18 Clause (2) in the Waseda University Provisions for Degrees.


12) Regarding the decision made according to Clause (11) above, and a secret vote shall be immediately conducted. When approval is given by a two-thirds majority of the members, procedures for conferral of the Ph.D. degree shall be conducted.


13) Doctoral theses shall be made publically available in their entirety for viewing online. If unavoidable circumstances make it impossible to post the entire thesis online within one year starting from the day that the Ph.D. is awarded, it is possible to post a summary of the thesis instead if approval is granted at the GSAPS Faculty Meeting. Here, unavoidable circumstances refer to: copyright protection, protection of private information, forthcoming publication, submission to an academic journal that prohibits making the thesis public, an ongoing patent application, or similar circumstances. However, even in these circumstances the entire thesis will be made available for viewing upon request. If the unavoidable circumstances are resolved, the author of the thesis is required to report this to the GSAPS office as soon as possible and complete the procedures for making the entire thesis available online.


Article 11 (Shortening the Period of Enrolment)


  The regulation concerning the enrolment period, as stipulated in Article 1 Clause (2), Article 5, and Article 8 Clause (1), shall not prevent the approval of short-term completion by the Faculty Meeting for students who have shown outstanding results, as according to Article 14 Clause (1) of the University Regulations. The application for short-term completion to the Dean can be made by the chief advisor with the approval of the guidance committee.


Article 12 (Regulations for Submission of Thesis for Candidates Who Have Withdrawn from the Program)


  A candidate who has been enrolled in the Ph.D. program for at least three years, and who has completed the interim presentation and withdrawn from the program, will be considered as candidates who have withdrawn after completion of the research guidance period. In this case, Article 7, “Submission of at Least One Paper to an Academic Journal,” is not considered a requirement for being considered as such a candidate. If a Ph.D. candidate who has withdrawn from the Ph.D. program in this way does not submit the doctoral thesis according to Article 8 of this regulation, or fails the thesis evaluation and examination, s/he is allowed to submit the doctoral thesis within three years from the day of withdrawal, as stipulated in Article 14 Clause (5) of the University Regulations.


Article 13 (Changing of Bylaws)


  These bylaws may be revised at the discretion of the Faculty Meeting.