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The Graduate School

Each of the five divisions of the Komazawa Graduate School has a Master's and a Doctoral Degree program.

Requirements for completion of the Master's Degree program:

  1. A minimum of two years residence
  2. A minimum of 30 credits
  3. Tutorial training, a final written Master's Degree examination, and a final oral examination

Requirements for completion of the Doctoral Program:

  1. A minimum of three years residence subsequent to graduation from the Master's Degree program
  2. Tutorial training
  3. A written examination on the topic of the doctoral dissertation
  4. An oral examination
  5. Highly advanced students are to gain four credits, staying at least one more year in the Doctoral Degree course
  6. The Doctoral Degree is awarded to a student who has passed the final examination and has passed appraisal of the thesis for the Doctoral Degree after a period of more than three years of courses and more than twelve credits of thesis guidance
  7. A student who has finished the three year Doctoral Degree course and completed more than twenty credits may, as a student near completion of the doctoral degree course, leave university residence, unless the student has submitted the thesis for the doctoral degree

Requirements for completion of the Graduate Division of Legal Research and Training (Law School)

Three years is required for graduation from Law School. However, two years is a minimum for graduation for students who were admitted into the program intended for graduates of the four-year Law Department. Ninety-four credits are required for graduation, but for students to graduate from the Law Department program, 30 credit hours of courses must be completed in the first year of Law School, and they must acquire a minimum of 64 credit hours of course work. The required courses and the number of credits for graduation vary with the field, but students can graduate when all the requirements are fulfilled.

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