Admission Policy

Master’s Degree Program

The Master’s Degree Program at the Graduate School of Information and Communication aims to foster practical people who can identify and formulate various problems of the 21st century, the entire picture of which has not been captured by previous professional studies, in an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary way, and have criteria for judgment that serve to work out an effective academic or policy portfolio on their own. In addition, our Master’s Degree Program furnishes the graduate students with the methodology and knowledge required for the above that forms the basis for the nurturing of researchers. To pursue this aim, we proactively grant admission mainly to students with the following qualities or motivation:
- those who desire to develop and advance their studies on information and communication that were learned in their undergraduate years to a higher level;
- those who desire to make further progress in interdisciplinary learning in connection with their own problem consciousness with the traditional academic frameworks in mind; and
- those who are already involved in public administration as a public official or working adult, including those who belong to an organization such as an NGO, NPO, or private enterprises, and are eager to discover the root of problems or seek a resolution that can be in any way applied to practical situations based on their own professional experiences, and desire to apply the achievement in their business resumed after completing our graduate school course.

With the above ideals of desirable students in mind, we administer internal entrance examinations, general entrance examinations, entrance examinations for international students, special entrance examinations for adult students and entrance examinations for early graduating third-year students and make selections of graduate students.

Descriptions and levels of knowledge or other qualities required are as follows:
- basic knowledge required for research activities in the field of humanities and social science or natural science; and
- ability to think flexibly and the wide perspective required to work in the interdisciplinary field.
 

Doctorate Program
The Doctorate Program at the Graduate School of Information and Communication aims to foster researchers and practical people who can identify and formulate various problems of the 21st century, the entire picture of which has not been captured by previous professional studies, in an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary way, and have firm criteria for judgment that serve to work out an effective academic or policy portfolio on their own. To pursue this aim, we proactively grant admission mainly to students with the following qualities or motivation:
- those who are interested in various problems of the 21st century and motivated to discover and formulate them in an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary way and deemed to have the skills to work out an effective academic or policy portfolio on their own; and
- those who understand the viewpoint of “information and communication,” and have the determination to attempt a paradigm conversion or paradigm creation by gathering at a venue in our graduate school with our staff or other students bringing together each member’s prescription for a complicated and highly sophisticated information society or problem consciousness, and be able to have concerted communication.

With the above ideals of desirable students in mind, we administer general entrance examinations and entrance examinations for international students and make selections of graduate students.

Descriptions and levels of knowledge or other qualities required are as follows:
- sufficient research capabilities and applicative knowledge to perform research activities in the Doctorate Program based on the education and research in the Master’s Degree Program; and
- ability to make the analyses theoretically and empirically that are required for writing a doctoral thesis.
 

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