The Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences has two graduate education programs: the standard and special courses. The special course, which focuses on international development research, is geared toward international students. The International Development Research Course follows a two-semester system, starting with the autumn term in October, followed by the spring term, unlike the standard course which is taught in Japanese and commences in April. Upon completing the courses, students will be awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc) or Doctor of Philosophy (Agricultural Science). The following are common features of the master’s and doctoral programs:
(1) All course work is conducted in English as the course is geared toward international students.
(2) The thesis should be based on research conducted during the course, and upon completion, should be submitted to the Division of Agriculture, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences. An appropriate degree is awarded when the examiners’ requirements are satisfied.
(3) Students are expected to learn the Japanese language during the course of their studies, and while not compulsory, this is aimed at improving their communication in daily life.