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Diploma Policy

1 Master’s Program

 Master’s Program The requirements for completing the are as follows: (1) More than two years of enrollment in the Graduate School of Law, (2) more than 30 credits (including more than 8 credits in seminars and more than 4 credits in research guidance), and (3) passing a thesis review and final examination after receiving the required research guidance. For Master’s theses, students are required to first closely examine preceding studies related to the themes they have selected for their theses and obtain a proper understanding of them, and then re-examine them in a critical manner from their own perspectives.

2 Doctoral Program

 Doctoral Program The requirements for completing the are as follows: (1) more than three years (two years for graduates of Professional law schools) of enrollment in the Graduate School of Law, (2) more than 20 credits (14 credits for graduates of professional law schools), and (3) passing a dissertation review and final examination after receiving the required research guidance.

 For doctoral dissertations in the Researcher Development Course, students are required to demonstrate through their dissertations that they have the ability to conduct research and education at universities and carry out cutting-edge research based on high-level basic theories as independent researchers. For doctoral dissertations in the Applied Research Course, students are required to demonstrate through their dissertations that they have acquired the ability to play a leading role at research institutions, international organizations, or enterprises as professionals with sophisticated expertise and carry out high-level applied research from a practical perspective.

3 EU Interdisciplinary Research Program

 Minor Program The requirements for completing the are as follows:
 For students in Master’s Programs, a total of 16 credits must be earned: (1) 4 credits from EU Workshops, (2) 2 courses and 8 credits from the EU Research Skills I & II, and (3) 2 courses and 4 credits from compulsory electives. For students in Doctoral Programs, a total of 18 credits must be earned: (1) 6 credits from the EU Workshops and (2) 2 courses and 12 credits from the EU Research Skills I & II. They also need to make an open presentation of their own doctoral dissertation in the presence of EU Workshop instructors. The EU Interdisciplinary Research Program was jointly opened by the Graduate Schools of Law, Commerce and Management, Economics, and Social Sciences in April 2013. In this minor program, students are required to improve their analytical skills in social sciences, broaden their views on research on Europe in a multidisciplinary manner, and acquire skills to communicate their own views in English, while continuing work in their majors.