Doctoral Program in Environmental Management

This program aims to foster graduates capable of functioning in an international setting by equipping them with comprehensive knowledge and skills for resolving conflicts and managing global environmental issues. Internship study (domestic or overseas) and the preparation of a doctoral thesis help students develop the skills required for environmentrelated work after graduation. Graduates of the doctoral program are expected to find employment in government or municipal institutions, environment-related international NGOs and universities, environment-related industries, environmental positions in various industries and government and privatesector research organizations with an environment focus.

1. Curriculum

In order to foster outstanding environmental management practitioners and researchers, course guidance is provided as needed on subjects offered under the Master’s Program in Environmental Management, focusing primarily on lectures and seminars. The student also completes an internship program lasting approximately six months, and then submits a doctoral thesis.

An academic supervisor and sub-supervisor are assigned to each student upon entry into the university, and the student receives interdisciplinary and practical guidance.

2. Internship

In the Doctoral Program in Environmental Management, an internship system has been incorporated as a compulsory part of the curriculum. Individual education based on practical experience outside of the classroom enables students to acquire competence in addressing global environmental issues.

The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies has arrangements with a wide range of international institutions and environmental research organizations that currently serve as hosts for internship training. Previously, students have undertaken internships with governmental research institutes, private research organizations, foreign universities, and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. Doctoral students must spend at least five months training and cultivating practical skills at their internship sites. After returning to the Graduate School, students prepare their doctoral theses utilizing the fruits of their experiences outside the classroom.

3. Progress toward the Degree

First year:
Supervisor selected; research plan drafted, reviewed, and presented; preliminary thesis report written; two credits completed. Preparation of an internship plan, and enrollment in exercises and seminars.
Second year:
Third year:
Second thesis report written; enrollment in exercises and seminars; submission, review, and defense of doctoral thesis.Doctoral Degree in Global Environmental Studies awarded to student.

The standard time to complete the program is three years; however exceptional students may be able to complete the degree in less time.

4. Admission Information

Applicants will be graded according to the sum total of their marks for English ability (evaluated based on TOEFLiBT (preferred), TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC-SP, or IELTS testscore) and interview performance (to assess relevant research skills and specialized knowledge over the course of master’s study or practical achievement with relation to environmental management, as well as their research plan for the doctoral program).

*Note for applicants from overseas
In keeping with the international focus of this Graduate School, we warmly welcome applications from overseas applicants to all our programs. International applicants to the Master’s Program in Environmental Management should note, however, that some of the credited electives offered by the school may be taught only in Japanese. Applicants are strongly advised to consult with their intended academic supervisor for further information on what classes are available. International applicants should also note that while proficiency in Japanese is not a requirement for the Master’s Program in Environmental Management, a degree of Japanese speaking, hearing or reading ability may enrich their social and academic interactions during their study at the Graduate School.

5. International Environmental Management Program

The doctoral program in Environmental Management has two components, the general program explained above and the “International Environmental Management Program” . For more details, please refer to this.