GSAM

Completion Requirements

Seminars

Joint Research Presentations

Research Proposal

Master’s Thesis / Research Report Examination

Completion Requirements

What are the GSAM program completion requirements?
To graduate from GSAM, you must 1) be enrolled as a full-time student for 2 years (exceptions can be made for outstanding students), 2) complete 32 credits or more and 3) write a Master’s Thesis or a Research Report and pass the approval process. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
GSAM Program Outline
Which subjects / how many credits should I complete?
All students are required to earn at least 32 credits for program completion, including: 4 credits from Analytical Foundation Subjects, 4 credits from Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region, 4 credits from seminars, and 10 credits from Major Subjects within your affiliated Division. In addition, students must complete at least 10 credits from any subjects that align with your interests. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
GSAM Program Outline
What is the maximum credit registration limit per semester?
Master’s students can register for up to 22 credits per semester.
Do I receive credit for all seminars?
Yes. Students will receive credits for all seminar subjects they pass.
Do credits from all seminars count toward the credits required for program completion?
Yes. Any credits earned from seminars will count towards the credits required for program completion.
Do I have to take all the subjects in my Division?
Not necessarily. Students must acquire at least 10 of the required 14 credits from subjects within their affiliated Division.
Can I change my Division?
Yes, students are allowed to change their Division (within the same major). However, as Divisions are directly linked to credits required for program completion, division transfer applications must be submitted by the end of the first semester of enrollment. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
Note: Usually, a Division change also requires a supervisor change, and students are required to submit the additional supervisor change application.
Changing Divisions

Seminars

When is my seminar class?
Although Wednesdays are reserved for graduate seminars, the exact days and times of the seminar classes are decided individually between supervisors and students. Please contact your supervisor for details.
Who is my seminar supervisor?
Students meet with relevant supervisors at the First Seminar Meeting. Every student is assigned an individual supervisor from their affiliated Division within one month of the start of classes. Please contact the Division Head for information about your supervisor.
Do I have to attend all seminar classes?
Yes. All students are registered for seminars consecutively from the first semester through their last semester of enrollment. Attendance of all classes is mandatory.
Can I change my supervisor?
Yes. Students must submit the designated application form by the end of Course Registration Period A. Students are required to find their own replacement supervisor and receive approval from both their current and new supervisors. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
Changing Supervisors

Joint Research Presentations

What is the schedule for the Joint Research Presentations in my Division?
Joint Research Presentations within the Division are held every quarter (mid-May and early July in the spring semester and mid-November and early January in the fall semester). The detailed schedule is announced on the Graduate School website and Campus Terminal at the beginning of each semester.
GSA Seminars
What should I do if I am not available to present at my assigned time?
The presentation schedule is usually set by the Division at the beginning of each semester. If you are not available at your designated time due to unavoidable circumstances, please consult with your supervisor and the Division Head in advance, and notify the Academic Office.
I was not assigned to present but I want to give my presentation now. What can I do?
Usually, presenters are decided by the Division at the beginning of every semester. Please consult with your supervisor and the Division Head to see if it is possible to present at this time.
When should I give my Joint Research Presentation?
As a rule, final semester students should give their presentations at least 2 weeks before the Master’s Thesis / Research Report submission deadline. However, presentation requirements including the timing and number of the presentations, differ for each Division and may depend on the student’s enrollment status (1st semester, final semester, accelerated completion program, etc.). Please consult with your supervisor and the Division Head for the presentation schedule.
What should I prepare for the presentation? How long should it be?
Students are expected to present the progress of their research. Details may differ depending on the time of the presentation (1st semester, 2nd semester, final semester, etc.).
The suggested presentation length differs per Division. Usually, students in the final stages of their research are given more time for presentation and Q&A. Details are announced at the beginning of each semester.
Please consult with your supervisor about the detailed contents of your presentation in advance.

Research Proposal

When is the deadline to submit my Research Proposal?
The spring semester Research Proposal submission deadline is June 30. The fall semester deadline is January 10. Please refer to the Graduate school website for details.
Research Proposal
What is the exact examination schedule?
Research Proposals are screened within the Division after submission. In the spring semester, feedback from examiners is provided to students on August 5. In the fall semester, feedback is provided on February 10. Please refer to the Graduate school website for details.
Research Proposal
What are the requirements to submit a Research Proposal?
All students must submit a research proposal approved by their supervisor for examination. The proposal should include the theme of the study, the research background and research question, the significance of the study, methodology, and other specific information. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
Research Proposal
Where can I find the designated application form?
The application form is available for download from the Graduate School website.
Research Proposal
I could not get my supervisor’s signature. Can I still submit my application?
If you are unable to get your supervisor’s signature, you can submit an email from them confirming their approval instead. Please consult with the Academic Office in advance.
My research topic/type of paper may change in the future. Is that ok?
Yes. Students can change the research topic/type of paper after submitting their Research Proposal. However, please consult with your supervisor before changing your topic or type of paper.
My research type (Master’s Thesis / Research Report) may change in the future. Is that ok?
Yes. However, different types of research (Master’s Thesis / Research Report) require different approaches. Please make sure that you carefully discuss this with your supervisor before making any changes to your research type (Master’s Thesis / Research Report).

Master’s Thesis/Research Report Examination

What are the differences between a Master’s Thesis and a Research Report? Which one should I write?
There are many differences between a Master’s Thesis and a Research Report. A Research Report only provides a summary or report of research done by others, while a Master’s Thesis contributes something to the body of literature independent of the research done by others. Students interested in pursuing further research in a doctoral program or as a professional researcher are recommended to write a Master’s Thesis because the process of will introduce you to skills and methodology for doing research. Students who plan to pursue professional or non-research-oriented careers might find the information gathering process of a Research Report more suitable. Students should read the characteristics of both types consult with their supervisor to decide which best suits their purpose. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
Master’s Thesis and Research Report
When is the deadline to submit my Master’s Thesis / Research Report?
The submission deadlines for Master’s Theses / Research Reports are June 15 for spring semester examination and December 5 for fall semester examination. The exact examination schedule is uploaded to the Graduate School website at the beginning of the semester.
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What is the exact examination schedule?
Fall and Spring semester schedules differ. Please refer to the Graduate School website for details.
Master’s Thesis & Research Report
What are the requirements to submit a Master’s Thesis / Research Report?
Students must be registered for the Final Research Project. The details of the examination requirements and procedures are outlined in the Procedures for the Master’s Thesis and Research Report in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Master’s Program and on the Graduate School website.
Master’s Thesis & Research Report
Should I attach a title page for examination?
Yes. The designated title page must be attached to the Master's Thesis / Research Report upon submission. Master's Theses / Research Reports without the attached title page will not be accepted under any circumstances. The form is available for download from the Graduate School website.
Master’s Thesis & Research Report
Where and how should I submit my Master’s Thesis / Research Report?
You must submit a soft copy of the Master's Thesis / Research Report to the Academic Office via Turnitin.
Master’s Thesis & Research Report
I cannot submit my Master’s Thesis / Research Report on time. Can I submit it later?
No. Late submissions are not accepted under any circumstances.
Can I know the name of my examiner?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide any information related to examiners’ identity if the examiner chose to remain anonymous.
I received a pass result for my Master’s Thesis / Research Report. What should I do next?
Congratulations! There are still a number of things to do before graduation. Please refer to the results notification handout and the Graduate School website for detailed information.
I received a fail result for my Master’s Thesis / Research Report. What are my options?
Students who did not pass the Master’s Thesis / Research Report examination may continue working on revising their Master’s Thesis / Research Report to submit it for examination again or may choose to leave the program. If you have any concerns please consult with the Academic Office.
I received a pass result for my Master’s Thesis / Research Report but could not complete the required credits. What are my options?
Students who were not able to graduate due to insufficient credits can choose to stay enrolled in the program until they are able to do so (up to 8 semesters). Please note that scholarships do not apply for enrollment longer than 4 semesters and you will be billed tuition for every semester of extension.
What format should I use when writing my Master’s Thesis / Research Report?
All Master’s Theses and Research Reports should follow the APU style. Sample formatting guidelines can be found on the Graduate School website.
Master’s Thesis & Research Report
When should I decide whether to write a Master’s Thesis or a Research Report?
Writing a Master’s Thesis or a Research Report requires different research approaches so it is recommended to decide the type of research around the time you are writing your Research Proposal. However, changes can be made any time before the submission of the Master’s Thesis / Research Report for examination in your final semester. Please make sure that you consult with your supervisor in advance for any changes you want to make.
When do I need to inform the University/Office what I am writing – a Master’s Thesis or a Research Report?
Students must inform the Academic Office of the type of research they are planning to submit when submitting their Research Proposal. However, the finalized type of the research – a Master’s Thesis or a Research Report – should be reported to the Academic Office when you submit the Master’s Thesis / Research Report for examination.
What is the benchmark for the Turnitin similarity percentage for my final Master’s Thesis / Research Report?
Currently, GSA does not have an exact benchmark for the Turnitin similarity reports. Please make sure that you constantly consult with your supervisor and receive guidance on how to interpret the similarity reports.
Please understand that the similarity index does not necessarily mean that the Master’s Thesis / Research Report is plagiarized / contains no plagiarized material. Students should strive to avoid any kind of plagiarism.

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