Kogakuin University’s Graduate School of Engineering established a master’s program in April 1964 and a doctoral program in April 1966 for the purposes of researching and teaching engineering theory and applications based on the foundations of undergraduate education. In 1977, the graduate school’s code was changed, and these programs were unified under one administration. The master’s programs are generally two years long while the doctoral programs are three. The graduate school offers education and research through its six programs—based on several departments in the respective engineering, architecture, informatics, and global engineering faculty/school—and we have assembled a diverse faculty team that covers various specialized fields in broad disciplines.
Education in the Graduate School of Engineering consists of classes based on course subjects (credit-based, for master’s programs only) and research-related instruction pertaining to degree thesis preparation. Courses in the master’s programs are divided into specialized courses required for the program and other electives. The specialized courses for the mechanical engineering, applied chemistry and chemical engineering, electrical engineering and electronics, and informatics programs consist of lectures (two credits) and practicals (eight credits). The architecture program consists of practicals (eight credits). Please refer to the “Graduate School of Engineering Studies Guide” for information about the systems design program. Students decide their programs upon enrollment, and the faculty members of those programs become their faculty advisors. We have also established a system of instruction under which assistant faculty advisors are chosen to allow meticulous instruction by multiple faculty advisors, providing graduate students with powerful support for their studies.
Students complete master’s programs by passing the master’s thesis review and final examinations after acquiring the minimum prescribed 30 course credits (37 for the systems design program) during two or more years of study, as well as receiving the required research instruction. However, anyone who produces outstanding research work may complete the program after a year or more of enrollment. Anyone who completes a master’s program receives a master’s degree in engineering, although students in the informatics, architecture or systems design programs can instead receive a master’s degree in informatics, architecture or system design, respectively.
Students complete doctoral programs by passing the doctoral thesis review and final examinations after receiving the required research instruction during the three or more years of study. However, anyone who produces outstanding research work may complete the doctor’s program after a year or more of enrollment. Anyone who completes the program is conferred a PhD in engineering, while students in the informatics or architecture programs can receive a PhD in informatics or architecture, respectively.