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Timeline for Degree Conferment

There are four possible dates of graduation each year (March, June, September, and December).

Master’s Program

For students selected a master’s thesis/research project
March CompletionJune CompletionSeptember CompletionDecember Completion
Submission of research proposal Within one year of enrollment (Within 6 months for SD program students)
Submission of application for conferment of degree Late January of the 2nd year Late April of the 2nd year Late June of the 2nd year Late October of the 2nd year
Submission of master's thesis/ research project report Early February Early May Early August Early November
Thesis/report defense February May August November
Conferment of degree March June September December

Note: SD program students can complete only in September. March/June completion is possible for fast-track degree completion.

Note: Mα program students must submit a research proposal one year before the planned date of completion.

For students selected Survey for Doctoral Research Plan
March completionSeptember completion
Submission of research proposal Within one year of enrollment (Within 6 months for SD program students)
Preliminary examination Complete before the Ph.D. qualifying examination
Submission of a report on Survey for Doctoral Research Plan report Early October Early April
Ph.D. qualifying examination October April
Application submission of conferment of degree Late January Late June
Conferment of degree March September

Note: SD program students can complete only in September.

Doctoral Program

March CompletionJune CompletionSeptember CompletionDecember Completion
Submission of research proposal Within one year of enrollment
(Within 6 months for SD program students)
Submission of dissertation outline Early July of 3rd year Early October of 3rd year Early January of 3rd year Early April of 3rd year
Submission of application for preliminary defense Early October Early January Early April Early July
Preliminary defense December March June September
Submission of application for degree/dissertation/abstract Early January Early April Early July Early October
Formal hearing/ final defense and final examination February May August November
Conferment of degree March June September December

Note: SD program students can complete only in March. June/September/December completion is for fast-track degree completion

Those who awarded doctoral degrees must publicize their doctoral dissertation and its abstract by registering the dissertation in the JAIST library repository.

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