01. Course of Study

The curriculum is designed for students to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in computer science and engineering from fundamentals to applications, to solve practical problems related to ICT industry, and to do research on structure and function of "information".  The Master's Program provides students with several different course groups as described in items 1 to 5 below.
The Doctoral Program does not set course assignments for students. This enables students to concentrate on guidance from their research advisors regarding their theses, etc. during the enrollment period.

1. Regular courses

A varied selection of regular courses, including high-level and advanced studies, has been prepared to meet the goals of each field of study.
When selecting courses, students are expected to consider the objectives of his or her studies and plans for the future. It is important that students do not limit themselves to a particular field, but choose well-balanced courses that offer an expanded range of studies.
Students affiliated with the Graduate Department of Computer and Information Systems must obtain at least 16 credits and with the Graduate Department of Information Technologies and Project Management must obtain at least 22 credits to complete the program. At least 8 credits must be earned from core courses of their fields of studies in principle. Students will be affiliated, in principle, with a field of study with which their research advisor is associated.

These Fields of Study are accordingly designed to the Undergraduate curriculum. Therefore, students will be able to make consecutive research plan throughout undergraduate-graduate school programs and develop expertise systematically. Students will check the related courses with Curricurum Guide and G.S Course Map (*internal access only) and get advece from their research advisors to make thier course plans.

2. Seminars

The Graduate School requires students to acquire higher knowledge and to foster their creativity and ability to identify and solve problems through positive and self-directed learning. Toward this end, the School offers seminars for students to supplement their own voluntary studies through exposure to diverse points of view, and at the same time to study with a wider perspective, not limited solely to their field of study.

The Graduate Department of Computer and Information Systems
Students affiliated with the Graduate Department of Computer and Information Systems are required to earn a total of 4 course credits among Research Seminars I and II (2 courses, 4 credits) . These students must also earn at least 4 course credits from Creative Factory Seminar (2 credits) of their choice, Research Progress Report Seminar (2 credits), External Presentation Seminar, Research Paper Writing Seminar (2 credits), or Effective Scientific Presentation Seminar (2 credits) to earn a minimum of 8 credits.
Those who have been authorized for early completion of the Master's Program, or whose standard enrollment period in the Master's Program is less than two years based on inter-university agreements, are eligible to register for Special Research Seminars I and II in stead of Research Seminars I and II which are full-year courses. Students of Dual Degree Program are required to earn total of 4 credits from Special Research Seminar I (4 credits) even they are affiliated to the second year of the Master's Program. However, should those students be unable to complete the Master's Program in a period of time shorter than the academic residence requirement period, registration for special research seminars I and II shall be nullified, and registration shall be reverted to research seminars I and II. Applicants for early completion of the Master's Program upon their first-year enrollment of the Master's Program need to submit documents verifying their "outstanding achievements" by the relevant designated date. Otherwise reapplication for early completion of the Program is required for requesting early completion a half year later than the original request. Other than those mentioned above shall register for Research Seminar II, a full-year course.
Seminar Courses of the Graduate Department of Computer and Information Systems
The Graduate Department of Information Technologies and Project Management
Students affiliated with the Graduate Department of Information Technologies and Project Management must earn a total of at least 5 course credits for research seminars/conferences (3 credits) and tea seminars/contests (2 credits). These students must also earn at least 3 course credits from among Creative Factory Seminar (2 credits ) of their choice, Research Paper Writing Seminar (2 credits), Effective Scientific Presentation Seminar (2 credits) and/or educational seminars (3 credits) to earn at least a total of 8 credits.
In cases where students have been authorized for early completion of the Master's Program based on their work experience in the IT business circle, these students are allowed to shorten the period of completion of the courses, "IT Specialists Educational Seminars," "IT Specialists Research Seminars/Conferences" and "IT Specialists Tea Seminars/Contests."
Seminar Courses of the Graduate Department of Information Technologies and Project Management (IT Specialist Program)

3. Thesis Research Course

This is a required course for students affiliated with the Graduate Department of Computer and Information Systems. In taking the course, guidance from relevant research advisors on the writing of the thesis, etc. should be taken into consideration.

4. Software Development Arena

Students affiliated with the Graduate Department of Information Technologies and Project Management must obtain 20 units of academic credits from courses, Software Development Arena I to IV.
In cases where students have been authorized for early completion of the Master's Program based on their work experience in the IT business circle, these students are allowed to concurrently register for the courses, "Software Development Arena III" and "Software Development Arena IV."

5. Conversion courses

These courses are basic to studies related to computer science and engineering.
It is desirable for students who have not completed subjects equivalent to the conversion courses before entering the University (because they have majors other than computer science and engineering, etc.) to complete all unfinished conversion courses in the first year, if possible.  In this case, the number of credits earned for the conversion courses shall not count as those for regular courses required for completion of the program. Conversion courses must be chosen under the guidance of a research advisor.
As taking conversion courses is just a supplementary measure, the earned credits for conversion courses shall not included in the number of credits required for completion of the program.

02. Registration Guide

1. Master's Program (The Graduate Department of Computer and Information Systems)

  1. The Graduate School has adopted the quarter system. Since credits are awarded at the end of each quarter, students are required to concentrate on their studies over a short term.
  2. Immediately after enrollment, each student will be assigned to a laboratory based on his or her field of study. At the same time, each student will be assigned to a research advisor. Students will be affiliated, in principle, with a field of study with which their research advisor is associated. Research advisors must be 1) a full-time faculty members of the Graduate School, and 2) there must be two-year or longer term of office before the "DAY OF RESIGNATION BY RETIREMENT" of the respective advisor.
  3. In the Master's Program, two advisors will be assigned per student; a research advisor and a curriculum advisor. In the first year, the research advisor provides guidance and advice on curriculum selection to students who have already chosen the theme of their theses. In the second year, the research advisor guides these students primarily on thesis writing.
    Curriculum advisors shall give the students other than the ones mentioned above guidance and advice on course registration only during their first academic year. Research advisors shall be assigned to students before the fourth quarter of the first academic year starts, even though they have been assigned to curriculum advisors.
  4. To enroll in a course, students should use the Academic Administration System of the University of Aizu to input the necessary information, and pay attention to Articles 5 and 6 of the Graduate School Regulation on the Completion of University of Aizu Graduate School Studies. For deregistration from regular courses, students must apply to the Academic Affairs Section for approval within the first 2 weeks of a quarter (10 working days). Deregistration of intensive courses and seminars must be applied within on the first day of the course.
    [Deregistration Procedure]
    Email the following information to sad-aas@u-aizu.ac.jp
    - Title of email: "GS Course Deregistration ---(Course code)"
    - Your Student ID No.
    - Your Name
    - Code and Title of the Course
    [effective as of April 1, 2016]
  5. Students must obtain at least 30 credits: 6 credits from 1 required thesis research course in their own field of study, at least 16 credits from regular courses, and at least 8 credits from seminars.
  6. To complete the Master's Program, a student must remain enrolled in the school for at least 2 years and obtain at least 30 credits during that period. Another requirement is that students must complete the Master's Program within 6 years. Students who are recognized by the Graduate School Faculty Assembly as having achieved excellent progress may complete the Master's Program after one year of enrollment to the Master's Program.
  7. When a student is expected to meet all the requirements for completion of the Master's Program and is planning to have his/her Master's thesis reviewed, theme of the thesis must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School after having obtained the approval of a research advisor. Application for the thesis review must be submitted by students followingly. Once approved by the research advisor, the thesis must be submitted to the President of the University by deadline.
  8. There is no upper limit in the number of courses that one student can register for. In addition, up to 10 credits earned from course work at respective graduate schools will be approved as credits earned within the Master's Program of the UoA by the relative committee. This credit transfer will be based on consultation by the UoA President with the respective graduate schools.

2. Master's Program (The Graduate Department of Information Technologies and Project Management)

  1. The Graduate School has adopted the quarter system. Since credits are awarded at the end of each quarter, students are required to concentrate on their studies over a short term.
  2. On entering the School, two to four students will first form one project team, and then select one project per team. A project team will be assigned to faculty members who are in charge of the projects selected by students. Students will be affiliated with PM field of study, regardless of their research advisor's field of study. Research advisors must be a full-time faculty members of the Graduate School, and there must be ,in principle, at least two years before the "DAY OF RESIGNATION BY RETIREMENT" of the respective advisor.
    Limited to situations in which a student is unable to form a team for unavoidable reasons after admission or transfer to the PM Department, said student shall be exceptionally allowed to engage in a product individually. Further, said student shall be able to independently earn the credits for courses normally taken as part of a team.
  3. To register to a course, students should use the UoA Academic Administration System. And please pay attention to Articles 5 and 6 of the Graduate School Regulation on the Completion of University of Aizu Graduate School Studies. For deregistration from regular courses, students must apply to the Academic Affairs Section for approval within the first 2 weeks of a quarter (10 working days). Deregistration of intensive courses and seminars must be applied within on the first day of the course.
    [Deregistration Procedure]
    Email the following information to sad-aas@u-aizu.ac.jp
    - Title of email: "GS Course Deregistration ---(Course code)"
    - Your Student ID No.
    - Your Name
    - Code and Title of the Course
    [effective as of April 1, 2016]
  4. Students must obtain at least 50 credits: 22 credits from regular courses, 8 credits for seminars, and 20 credits from 4 courses of Software Development Arena.
  5. To complete the Master's Program, a student must remain enrolled in the school for at least 2 years and obtain at least 50 credits during that period. Another requirement is that students must complete the Master's Program within 6 years.
    However, students who are recognized by the Graduate School Faculty Assembly as having achieved excellent progress may complete the Master's Program after having studied at the school for at least 1 year.
    Students who have work experience in the IT business circle may complete the Master's Program after having studied at the School for one and a half years.
  6. The student must submit his/her specific research theme to the Dean of the Graduate School upon obtaining approval from his/her research advisor.
    Once approved by the research advisor, research achievements from the selected theme must be submitted to the President of the University by a specified date.
  7. There is no upper limit in the number of courses that one student can register for. In addition, up to 10 credits earned from course work at respective graduate schools will be approved as credits earned within the Master's Program of the UoA by the relative committee. This credit transfer will be based on consultation by the UoA President with the respective graduate schools.

3. Doctoral Program

  1. Each student will be assigned to a research advisor, and a sub research advisor if necessary. In principle, the student cannot change his/her research advisor during the enrollment period. Research advisors must be a full-time Doctoral Maru-Go faculty member and there must be at least three years before the "DAY OF RESIGNATION BY RETIREMENT" of the respective advisor.
  2. Students shall receive instructions from research advisors on dissertation writing, etc. during their enrollment period. Instruction shall be given through "special research" and a "special seminars." Regarding special research, students shall determine their research theme and propose an implementation plan for the relevant research. Regarding special seminars, students shall decide on a schedule for studying of relevant literature, etc. concerning the research, following the advice of their research advisors. Participation in special training programs (internships), for which research is conducted at companies, etc., or in "creative factories,", or virtual laboratories for which students are supervised by multiple advisors, are also options that are available to students.
  3. Students shall register a research theme, special research plan, and study plan of the special seminar when entering the School.
  4. In the second year of the Doctoral Program, students must set up a progress report presentation meeting to report on the progress made on studies, research, etc. during the previous year. Students must organize these meetings.
  5. When students are planning to have their doctoral dissertation reviewed, students must submit the theme of the dissertation to the Dean of the Graduate School after having obtained the approval of their research advisors. Students must then submit an application for dissertation review. Once approved by the research advisor, the dissertation must be submitted to the President of the University by deadline.
    Procedures for Advising Students of the Doctoral Program (Internal Access)

03. Teacher Certification Program

1. Types of teaching certificates

Specialized certificate for teaching in junior high school (Mathematics)
Specialized certificate for teaching in high school (Mathematics)
Specialized certificate for teaching in high school (Information)

2. Qualifications for obtaining specialized certificates

  1. Acquisition of academic credits required to obtain a class 1 teaching certificate of the relevant certificate type
  2. Acquisition of 24 academic credits in "Courses concerning subjects in or related to the teaching profession"
  3. Possession of a Master's degree

3. Courses to be taken

In order to obtain specialized certificates, it is necessary to earn prescribed academic credits in "Courses concerning subjects in or related to the teaching profession" as described below. In addition, regarding "Courses concerning subjects in or related to the teaching profession," please refer to II - iv Attached Table No. 3 of the University Regulation on the Completion of University of Aizu Studies.

Specialized certificates for teaching in junior high school Specialized certificates for teaching in high school
Courses concerning subjects in or related to the teaching profession 24 credits 24 credits

As "Courses related to the teaching profession" are not offered at the Graduate School, the prescribed academic credits (24 credits) must be earned in "Courses concerning subjects in the teaching profession."
However, the subject for the "Courses concerning subjects in the teaching profession" to be completed at the Master's Program must be the same as the subject completed for class 1 teaching certificate at the Undergraduate School.

Responsibility for the wording of this article lies with Student Affairs Division

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