Doctoral Program in Environmental Management

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This program aims to train professionals capable of functioning in an international setting by equipping them with the comprehensive knowledge and skills needed 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 environment-related work after graduation. Graduates of the doctoral program are expected to find employment in national or local government, international organizations, environmentrelated departments of industries, environment-related industries, environmental NGOs, universities, or government/private-sector research organizations with an environmental focus, among others.

Curriculum structure

In order to cultivate 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.

Internship study

An internship is a compulsory part of the curriculum of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Management. Individual education based on practical experience outside 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.

Progress towards the degree

First year:
Academic supervisor selected; research plan drafted, reviewed and presented; preliminary thesis report written; 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.

“Doctor of Global Environmental Studies” awarded.

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

Completion Requirements

  •  Complete 3 years or more of full-time study for the doctoral program
  • Acquire 14 credits or more in major courses
  • Pass the examination and review of the doctoral dissertation conducted by GSGES

Students who have achieved remarkable research accomplishments may be eligible for a shortening of the period above in accordance with the provisions stipulated separately.

Required Credits for Completion:
Successful completion of the Internship (10 credits) and Exercises in Environmental Management Ia, Ib, IIa, IIb (each worth 1 credit) is required.