Program Overview

Program Overview

See AY2018 Graduate School Guidebook here.


Students in the Master's and Doctoral Courses can obtain the following degrees.

Degrees Offered in the Graduate School

SchoolCourseProgramArea of ConcentrationsDegree
Arts and Sciences Master's Course Education and Psychology Education Master of Arts in Education
Clinical Psychology*
Language education
Public Policy and Social Research Politics and International Studies Master of Arts in Public Administration or Master of Arts in International Relations
Social and Cultural Analysis Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Analysis
Media and Language Master of Arts in Media and Language
Public Economics Master of Arts in Public Economics
Peace Studies Master of Arts in Peace Studies
Comparative Culture Japanese Culture Studies Master of Arts in Comparative Culture
Transcultural Studies
Natural Sciences Mathematics and Information Science Master of Arts in Natural Sciences
Material Science
Life Science
Doctoral Course Arts and Sciences Doctor of Philosophy



Senshu Teacher's Certificates in Junior High School and Senior High School

ICU Graduate School students can obtain the following junior high school and senior high school teacher's certificates by satisfying the prescribed requirements.

  • English (junior/senior high school)
  • Social Studies (junior high school)
  • Japanese (junior/senior high school)
  • Geography and History (senior high school)
  • Mathematics (junior/senior high school)
  • Natural Sciences (junior/senior high school)
  • Civics (senior high school)
  • Religion (junior/senior high school)

Curatorial Certification

A student who completes the necessary practicums, earns the prescribed credits, and obtains a degree is eligible to receive a "Curatorial Program Certificate" that certifies the student as a curator.

Education System

Academic Year

Students can enter the ICU Graduate School in April or September and graduate in June or March.
The academic year is divided into trisemesters of approximately eleven weeks each. Students register and complete courses in each term. Spring term runs from early April to the end of June, Autumn term from early September to the end of November, and Winter term from early December to the end of March. Summer vacation is from July to August.


Classroom period is 70 minutes. The number of academic units assigned to a course corresponds to the number of classroom periods per week, with the exception of laboratory hours.

Language of Instruction

ICU offers students both classes instructed in Japanese and English, and students can choose in accordance with their needs and interests. Japanese students and non-Japanese students can improve language skills in English and Japanese by participating in classes together. The Japanese Language Programs offered at the undergraduate are also available for graduate students who wish to increase Japanese skills.

For Public Policy and Social Research Program, you may be able to take Master's degree by taking only classes in English depending on course selection.

Graduate School School-Wide Course

ICU has introduced the following school-wide interdisciplinary courses that provide fundamental knowledge and skill development in professional writing, computing techniques and field research. To better prepare for research methodology, publications and presentations, all Master's course students are required to take at least one of these courses, preferably during their first year of studies.

Course Title: Field Research and Professional Learning

This course provides students with opportunities and skills to link their fields of interest or specialization to personal and professional life outside the university, with the expectation that these links will provide enhanced academic motivation and new perspectives on learning and work. In this course students will be encouraged to find a way to make contributions to society by performing internship/service in sites related to their respective fields of specialization. Students will share their experiences and findings in class and learn to communicate effectively with people in different fields. Students provide services at NPOs/NGOs, Governmental organization, International organization, museums, schools, and companies.

Course Title: Writing for Researchers (English)

This course will help graduate students successfully engage in the research publication requirements of their chosen disciplines. Students will learn about the aspects of professional writing that are common to most academic fields. These will include reader expectations, required content, information ordering, logical aspects of argumentation in writing, data commentary, and qualification of claims. In addition, students will analyze examples of writing to identify discipline specific models of style, content and format. Students will be given writing assignments to practice and apply what they learn in the course.

Course Title: Writing for Researchers (Japanese)

This course will 1) explain the structure of academic writing including the formats and styles commonly used in Japan and 2) allow the students to choose the specific theme, write the paper, and receive feedback on corrections, deletions and additions, in order to learn how to write an academic paper in Japanese.

Course Title: Computing for Researchers

This course will help graduate students from many academic fields develop computing skills for research. Students will learn computing techniques and basic tools for data processing, statistical analysis, charting, graphing, as well as the TeX/LaTeX software for typesetting research articles in professional style.

Curriculum and Syllabi

You can view our curriculum and syllabi on the following links.