Master's course

Master's course

In the Master's course, students delve deeper into their field of study to enhance their research abilities and to acquire the professional skills necessary for their future career.


Master's Course Program and Area of Concentrations

ProgramArea of ConcentrationsDegree
Education and Psychology Education Master of Arts in Education
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


Requirements for Degrees

Graduate School students generally spend at least two years in their programs. Over the course of their studies at the ICU Graduate School, each student must earn a total of 30 credits. Students must also take a Master's Candidacy Examination, submit a Master's Thesis, successfully complete the Master's Thesis review, and pass a final examination.

Required Course and Units

School-wide interdisciplinary Course

Program Foundation Course

Specialization Course

Research Course


Min. 2 units in 1 subject

Min. 4 units in 2 subjects

Min. 8 units in 4 subjects

Min. 6 units in 3 subjects

Min. 30 units

Min. 6 units in 3 subjects from Program Foundation, Specialization and Research Course

Min. 4 units in 2 subjects from all Graduate School courses

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

Procedure of Conferring Master's Degree

Year Term Procedure Remarks
1st year 1st term Matriculation ceremony, Orientation (Academic guidance) Completion of GS required courses
2nd term
3rd term Submission of [Application for Candidacy for the Degree of MA]
2nd year 1st term Approval of Candidacy for the Degree of MA
(Requirements: Residence of one year or more,
Completion of 18 units or more with a GPA* of 3.00 or above.)
Start writing Master's thesis
2nd term Submission of [Report on Outline of Master's Thesis] (Interim report / Interim presentation)
3rd term

Submission of [Application for Submission of Master's thesis]
Submission of [Master's Thesis and summary]
The final examination for Master's Thesis
Completion of required courses with a grade point average of 3.00 or above for all grades received
Conferral of M.A. at the Commencement

※To know about GPA, please click here.

You can view the list of master's thesis of past graduates.

AY2016 / AY2015 / AY2014