Master’s Course

The master’s course typically takes 2 years for completion. In the guidance session at the beginning of the course, information on classes and course studies in general is provided, and then the students are assigned to advisors. 30 credits or more are necessary in order to attain a master’s degree for which thesis writing is a major requirement. Students work on their theses under the instruction of their advisors. It is also an important training opportunity for them to partake in seminars and conferences with scholars from their specialized field.

Since the academic year 2005, students on the master’s courses have been allowed, after consultation with their supervisors, to carry out a Master Research Project instead of writing a master’s thesis. In a Master Research Project, they are required to research into a pre-set topic, regularly report their progress, and submit a “Report of Master Research Project” at the end of the course.

The master’s course entrance examination is held twice each academic year, in September (the 1st call) and February (the 2nd call), to fill a total of 90 places.


Pre-enrollment June Information Session on Graduate Studies (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo)
Applications for the master’s course entrance examination (the 1st call) to be received
September Master’s Course Entrance Examination (the 1st call) to be held
Information Session on Graduate Studies (Tokyo,  Sapporo)
January Applications for the master’s course entrance examination (the 2nd call) to be received
February Master’s Course Entrance Examination (the 2nd call) to be held
Enrollment April Enrollment Ceremony and Guidance Session
Research topic and the assignment of supervisors to be filed
The Final Year November Master’s thesis title to be submitted
January Master’s thesis to be submitted
March Conferral Ceremony (Master’s Degrees)