… develop timelines, plan carefully, and be on time
A master or doctoral thesis in sustainability science is required for all GPSS students. The theme of the master or doctoral research will unlikely be adequately discussed within an existing discipline, so students are urged to apply interdisciplinary approaches to a specific issue related to sustainability or to develop a proposal for new institutions, values, or paradigms designed for building a sustainable society, going beyond simply analysis of specific environmental problems. Research on sustainability requires diverse concepts, tools, and methodologies; hence, GPSS students are strongly encouraged to discuss issues with faculty members from a variety of backgrounds and to choose his/her principal advisor(s) after careful deliberation.
Students first discuss their ideas concerning graduate research with some of the members of the GPSS Steering Committee so that committee members can understand students’ knowledge and their areas of research interest. Students are then provided with information on faculty advisors involved in the program as well as suggestions regarding possible research themes. Depending upon a student’s research interest, individual meetings can be arranged with potential principal advisors. Through this process, students choose their principal advisor (hereinafter advisor) within a few months after enrollment, based on mutual agreement between the students and their advisor. The topic of a thesis is decided through discussions with the advisor.
The program is aimed at providing students with concepts and methodologies for utilizing and integrating diverse academic fields and disciplines. Hence, each student will also choose a co-advisor (hereinafter co-advisor), preferably with a background that differs from that of the principal advisor. After consulting the principal advisor, each student is to submit a list of three potential co-advisors to the GPSS Steering Committee within one year after enrollment. Upon approval of the GPSS Steering Committee, the co-advisor will be decided by the beginning of the second year. Co-advisors will provide advice to students at least two times during the second year, once before the mid-term presentation and once before the final presentation. The decision regarding the granting of a master or doctoral degree will be made by considering the principal advisor’s evaluation of the thesis, co-advisor’s evaluation of the thesis, and the evaluation of the final presentation made before the members of the GPSS Steering Committee.
Every thesis must include an abstract of no more than 1,000 words. Theses and abstracts will be made publicly available through the GPSS website and /or the Kashiwa Library, unless there are specific reasons not to do so. 7.0 Sample Pages