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118理工学研究科要覧Curriculum The following are the requirements for completing a Master’s degree: at least two academic years of study in the graduate program and acquisition of at least 30 academic credits, including 4 credits for Independent Study, 6 for Graduate Research 1, 8 for main specialized courses in the academic advisor’s center, and submission and approval of the Master’s thesis. Each course is usually worth 2 credits, i.e., one will typically take at least 10 courses in order to fulfill the requirement of 20 credits needed, aside from the 10 credits required for the Independent Study and Graduate Research.In the curriculum, the aim is to reinforce and encourage guidance that enables students with recognized performance and ability to obtain degrees in a shorter time than usual, provided they satisfy the completion requirements. These students can complete the Master’s Program in a minimum of one academic year, opening the door to completion of the Ph.D. Program in a minimum of three years (including the Master’s Program).Requirements for completion of the master’s programGraduate students may pursue studies leading to any of the following degrees: The School of Fundamental Science and Technology: Master of Science in Engineering or Master of Science The School of Integrated Design Engineering: Master of Science in Engineering or Master of Science The School of Science for Open and Environmental Systems: Master of Science in EngineeringTypes of Master’s degreesMaster’s programAn academic advisor must be selected for the Master’s Program. Advisors are selected from staff responsible for the Independent Study course taken by each student in the respective center. From 2016, it will be compulsory for applicants to specify their preferred advisor on the application form when taking the entrance exam. Advisors give guidance in Independent Study and advice on the courses to be taken. One of the Master’s Program completion requirements is to study main specialized courses provided by the advisor’s center. If necessary based on the advisor’s judgment, guidance may be received from more than one advisor. After matriculation, students are permitted to officially change their advisor upon advancing to the 2nd year, at the time of registering for the Graduate Research 1, due to changes in the direction of research, etc. If a change is necessary at times other than this, please consult the Vice Academic Coordinator.●Selection of an advisor for the Independent Study and Master’s Graduate Research(1) Academic knowledge in the field;(2) Scholastic ability to understand the latest and important progress in the field;(3) Capability to make contributions to society as a Master’s degree holder.For those completing the Master’s Program in March, final evaluations of the Master’s research will be given between late January and early February based on written theses and oral and/or poster presentations. For those completing the program in September, the evaluation will be given in mid August.●A Master’s thesis based on Master’s Graduate Research should be approved by all members of the sub-School based on the following criteria

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