Q&A

Q1What is a qualification for applying for the leading program?
A1Those who belong to 13 graduate schools of Keio University will be eligible to apply for the leading program. It will be desirable if the first year master students would apply for the program, since the program is a five-year program for two master degrees and one doctoral degree.
Q2When are we able to apply for the program?
A2The deadline for an application for the program will be the day of the graduate entrance ceremony in April or the next day. It will be recommended that all application materials should be downloaded earlier from the home page of the program (http://www.plgs.keio.ac.jp/). Additional applications will be accepted in September as an enrollment in the fall semester.
Q3How many graduate students will be accepted in each academic year?
A3Around 20 graduate students per year.
Q4Is there any problem if applicants are not strongly competent in English?
A4English communication skills will be required, since highly qualified doctoral students in the leading program should work in global societies. However, it won’t be any problem if each of applicants can improve their skills with efforts over a year, once he or she is admitted for the program.
Q5Can M.D.s in the Graduate School of Medicine at Keio University participate in the program?
A5It is possible for the first year doctoral student to apply for the program after M.D.s are granted with their medical licenses. Those who are admitted as the first-year master students of a doctoral program at the Graduate School of Medicine at Keio University can apply for the leading program.
Q6Can admitted graduate students in the program be supported with a stipend?
A6All admitted graduate students will be appointed as research assistants (RAs). The master or doctoral students will be paid 140,000 through 180,000 or 200,000 through 240,000 yens per month, respectively.
Q7What does RA stand for?
A7RA stands for research assistant. Students will be hired as research assistants (RAs) with their stipend, take various courses in the core curriculum, participate in various events and work together to challenge the reform of graduate school system.
Q8What is the full-scale integration of arts and sciences?
A8The full-scale integration of arts and sciences is the innovated system of Keio University where RAs should expand their skills and knowledge broadly and learn a variety of thoughts and methodologies beyond their own expertise through their earnings of two master degrees (double degrees) from two different graduate schools, one from arts and the other from sciences. After RAs earn two master degrees, they will return to their first major doctoral program and deepen their research with their broad perspective of view and vision and planning ability that they would have gained from two master degrees.
Q9What are effects of ‘waterhole’?
A9Organisms have evolved by exchanging genetic materials in a variety of environments including a waterhole of savanna. RAs, faculty members with a variety of values from 13 graduate schools and experts from a variety of industries and government all gather in the Hiyoshi Campus West Annex, exchange different views and values, get stimulated and gain their awareness.
Q10Is it difficult to earn two master degrees in three years?
A10The joint-degree program of Keio University was institutionalized in 2012 for graduate students enrolled in the leading program. When RAs choose their second major master program from seven graduate schools (Letters, Economics, Business and Commerce, Science and Technology, Medicine, Media and Governance, Law), the joint-degree program facilitates RAs to preempt courses required for their second master program, some of credits earned which will be certified upon their admission in the second major master program.
Q11Are earnings of two different master degrees the compulsory requirement for the leading program?
A11Though the leading program is based on earnings of two different mater degrees since the program achieves the full-scale integration of arts and sciences, earnings of two different master degrees is not the compulsory requirement at all. This requirement can be replaced with other procedures, i.e., through a collaborative agreement with foreign universities as exemplified by the double-degree program or research study abroad for RA’s first major expertise.
Q12What is the innovated education that collaborations among academia, industry and government support?
A12Every Saturday, experts appointed as a mentor and a part-time project professor, mostly a manager or equivalent or higher position in renowned Japanese industries and/or a local government, teach and guide RAs in group project exercise. The exercise consists of exchanging discussions on actual societal issues and their possible solutions in a small group of RAs with a mentor and in all RAs and mentors for three hours in total.
Q13What does the group project exercise do?
A13It does a group work with mentors from industries and/or a local government. Refer to A12 for details.
Q14Who is a mentor? How many RAs work with one mentor?
A14A mentor is a part-time project faculty member and teaches and guides RAs in our group project exercise. All mentors have been dispatched from industries and a local government. Each mentor is assigned to have several RAs (up to four or five RAs). Refer to A12 for details.
Q15Do all RAs need to gather in one place and take a course?
A15All RAs will be required to participate in classes on Saturday at Hiyoshi Campus West Annex. However, they will be able to take some of classes on weekdays using the e-Learning Cloud System from different campuses where RAs belong to.
Q16What is actual employment opportunity once RAs fulfill all requirements in the leading program?
A16Possible employers will be management sections and/or planning sections of industries, international organizations, policy-making institutions of central and local governments. In addition, research sections of industries and public sectors might be possible employers as well.
Q17Are RAs granted with any certificate or others once they fulfill all requirements in the leading program?
A17Upon the completion of the leading program and doctoral program, the completion of the leading program will be described on a diploma.
Q18What would happen if RAs were unable to fulfill all requirements for their doctoral program in five years?
A18The stipend support for RAs in the leading program will last only five years. Therefore, RAs will continue their doctoral program without any problem, although they are no longer RAs in the leading program.