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116理工学研究科要覧Curriculum The curriculum for the Master’s Program is divided into three categories: General courses, Specialized courses, Independent Study course, and Graduate Research course. We offer a total of 400 General and Specialized courses. Regardless of their majors, students are free to take any of the General and Specialized courses to fulfill part of the 30 credits required for the Master’s degree. Many of the courses are offered based on a semester system consisting of the Spring (April-July) and Fall (September-January) terms. However, some courses are offered twice a week based on a quarter system or are offered in a short-term intensive format.From the 2016 academic year, this Graduate School will shift to a new curriculum built around a system of “Main” and “Subsidiary” specialized courses, designed for the fields of education and research within each major (center). The aim in doing so is to train high-level human resources by using a new educational program that incorporates a fusion of fields, with a view to expanding the presence of leading-edge sciences in real society.The new curriculum will apply to students matriculating in or after April 2016. The old curriculum applies to students who matriculated in or before the 2015 academic year.Please note that the completion requirements for main specialized courses will not apply to the following.(1) Students who have matriculated in the Master’s Program of the Graduate School of Science and Technology after taking entrance examinations for international students (International Graduate Program, Double Degree Program, Japanese-based Program).*Applications for main specialized course completion may be made upon matriculation. In this case, 8 credits in main specialized courses will be added as completion requirements.Please confirm the “Course Guidebook and Syllabus” for information on requirements on completion.(2) Students in time-limited education programs based on external competitive funding.General courses aim to train not only professionals in various fields of science and technology, but also future leaders who will continue to propose and bring about better relationships between science and technology and human society. The courses that are being offered can be roughly divided into the following three groups: 1) subjects such as Life Ethics and Environmental Law through which one re-affirms his/her knowledge of science and technology acquired through social relationships; 2) courses in business administration that will be useful in future business practices: such as Intellectual Properties, Technical Contracts, and Management of Venture Capital; and 3) subjects such as Technical Communication and Data Literacy that improve research literacy and communication skills, both necessary to work in the global arena.●General CoursesThese courses are designed to teach advanced fundamentals of science and engineering. They help students to establish a solid foundation as scientists and engineers, and gain an overview of the research topics, or master the knowledge or methodology related to their specializations. Study programs will be set up according to instructions given by advisors. Main specialized courses, subsidiary specialized courses, and courses not belonging to either of these will be set for each center. Requirements for the completion of main specialized courses (completion requirements) and subsidiary specialized courses should be checked for each center. Compulsory courses will be set for some centers.Main specialized coursesThese are courses rigorously selected by each center, designed for learning high-level specialized knowledge befitting a graduate school educational program. The acquisition of at least 8 credits, based on the method of study instructed from the main specialized courses in the academic advisor’s center, will be added to the Master’s Program completion requirements. Main specialized courses may sometimes be taken early during the 4th undergraduate year, based on the course supervisor’s judgment. If taken not as graduation credits but as non-credit courses, they may be included in Master’s Program completion credits at the discretion of the advisor.●Specialized CoursesMaster’s programMaster’s program

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