Outline of Completion Prerequisites and Degree Assessment and Conferral

A. Students Completing the Doctoral Program (PhD by Coursework)

Students in the Kuroshio Science doctoral program enroll for a minimum of three years and must gain 14 or more credits. After receiving the required research guidance, students then submit a dissertation and the required documents to the Head of Kuroshio Science (hereinafter, the Head). A degree is conferred after a student passes a review by the Dissertation Review Committee and a final examination.

B. Students Submitting a Dissertation (PhD by Research)

A doctoral degree can also be conferred on students who have submitted a dissertation and the required documents to the Head, passed a review by the Dissertation Review Committee and a final examination, and have been deemed to possess an academic ability equivalent to a student who has completed the graduate school doctoral program.

C. Outline of Degree Assessment and Conferral

The degree conferred is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Dissertation Review Committee reviews the submitted dissertation based on sections (2) Degree Conferral Policy and (3) Degree Evaluation Criteria below, and a pass or fail assessment for the dissertation is determined in a faculty meeting. Accordingly, at the time of the dissertation presentation and writing the dissertation, students should carefully read and fully understand the Degree Conferral Policy and Degree Evaluation Criteria, and then proceed with the work as they discuss progress in detail with their supervisor.

For the specific details of the procedures for submitting the dissertation and revisions to the dissertation after submission, refer to the implementation guidelines and additional notes regarding the doctoral dissertation review in “Regulations”.