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The Faculty of Policy Management, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and the Graduate School of Media and Governance has launched the Bachelor's-Master's Four-Year Integrated Education Program, which allows students to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degrees in 4 years.
The standard length of study is 4 years for a bachelor's degree and 2 years for a master's degree totaling 6 years, but participation in the program gives students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in 3 years and a master's degree in 1 year, for a total of 4 years of study.
Students in their First Year who complete the required procedures and receive approval to participate in the program may begin the program from their Second Year.
Students of the Faculty of Policy Management or the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies who entered in the semester immediately prior to the application and are in the second semester of their first year.
The details will be announced at keio.jp.
Course Registration for Program Participants
For Program participants, the maximum number of credits that may be earned in a single semester is 24 credits (in comparison to the standard 20 credits). In order to graduate, it is necessary to earn 124 credits during the three years for undergraduate study, so it is advised that careful attention be paid to course registration each semester. However, only up to 20 credits can be registered through the Course Registration System, so separate processes need to be completed at the SFC Academic Affairs Office during the course registration period for courses that will exceed the 20 credits.
In addition, if Program Courses, Research Concept and Methodology Courses, and Project Courses* offered by the Graduate School of Media and Governance are taken for transferable credits earned before entering the Master's Program, a maximum of 12 credits (in comparison to the standard 8 credits) can be counted as credits required for earning a master's degree after the student advances to the Graduate School of Media and Governance. Refer to here.
*Submission of a Personal Statement from an Academic Advisor is required for Project Courses.
Requirements for Advancement to the Next Year and Graduation
Requirements for advancing to the next year and graduation for Program participants are as described below. If a Program participant cannot graduate in three years after entering the University for reasons such as temporary leave of absence or study abroad; or has not fulfilled requirements for advancement to the next year or graduation, the student will be disqualified from the Program at that point. The standard University Rules and Regulations will once again apply to these students, and individual instructions will be given on handling the differences between requirements of the Program and standard University Rules and Regulations.
If the following five requirements are fulfilled, a Program participant can advance to the Third Year:
|Fundamental Subjects||At least 30 credits|
|Fundamental Subjects－Language Communication *1
Note: At least 4 credits must be earned from one language *2
|At least 8 credits|
|Fundamental Subjects－Data Science Data Science 1 *3||At least 2 credits|
|Fundamental Subjects－Data Science Data Science 2 *3||At least 2 credits|
|Fundamental Subjects－Fundamentals of Information Technology||At least 4 credits|
|Seminar A or Seminar B||At least 2 credits|
However, a student who has presented a paper at an academic conference , or has achieved outstanding research results, may be granted an exemption from the above requirement 3. Outstanding research results refers to one of the following:
a) Penning of a peer reviewed journal paper. This includes papers presented at international conferences lis ted in the Graduate School of Media and Governance Whitelist. Please refer to the Keio University Student Website for details on the Whitelist.
b) Becoming an author of an academic book
c) Being awarded high prizes in an officially recognized contest
If the following four requirements are met, the Program participant can graduate upon completion of the Third Year:
|Physical Education 2||1 credit|
|Physical Education 3||1 credit|
|Advanced Subjects||At least 30 credits|
|Graduation Project 2||2 credits|
Advancement to the Graduate School of Media and Governance
In order to advance to the Graduate School of Media and Governance, the Program participant must make an application through internal recommendation to the Graduate School of Media and Governance in the first semester of the Third Year, be accepted, complete admission registration during the designated period, and enroll in the designated semester and academic year. If not accepted to the Graduate School of Media and Governance, or if necessary admission registration procedures are not carried out, the student will be disqualified from the Program at that point. The standard University Rules and Regulations will once again apply to these students, and individual instructions will be given on handling the differences between requirements of the Program and standard University Rules and Regulations. For details, refer to Application through Internal Recommendation.
Course Registration at the Graduate School of Media and Governance
To earn a master's degree, at least 30 credits must be earned in one year. These include a maximum of 12 transferable credits earned before entering the Master's program. In order to earn the master's degree in one year, requirements for early completion of the Master's Program must be fulfilled. In principle, Program participants are by definition expected to be students with superior achievements. For details of other requirements, refer to the Guidebook for Students of the Graduate School of Media and Governance.