The Department of Global Agricultural Sciences offers two exciting Master's programs. Both are two-year coursework and research programs offering its candidates an opportunity to develop the requisite expertise across discipline and country boundaries to tackle agricultural and environmental problems in developing countries around the world. While students from the two programs meet each other frequently at lectures, research seminars and other departmental activities, they operate under separate rules of admission and administration.
International Program on Agricultural Development Studies (IPADS) is the Department's English-language program. Admission screening to this program is made through document screening and video interviews at the IPADS Office. As admitted students choose supervisors for their Master's research after completing the one-year coursework component, they do not have to specify their intended supervisor on application. The university year for this program starts in October each year.
Regular Program at the Department of Global Agricultural Sciences (RP) is the Department's mixed-language program. While some subjects in this program are taught in Japanese, the program is designed so that candidates can obtain the 30 credit points required to graduate without attending these subjects. Admission screening to this program is made through the entrance examination, which is conducted in Tokyo by the central Admission Office at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences for all of its 12 departments. As applicants are asked to nominate their intended supervisors on application, they need to have a clear idea about the theme of their Master's research in advance. The university year for this program starts in April each year.
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Which program suits a candidate better depends on each individual's situation and preference. If you don't have any preferred area of specialty yet, IPADS offers you a solution with a one-year, intensive coursework during which you can "shop around" for the discipline in which you would like to conduct your Master's research. On the other hand, if you have already decided on your specialty area and are hoping to build your knowledge and skills around it, you may want to contact potential supervisors and discuss your suitability as a RP candidate.
The Department of Global Agricultural Sciences offers a three-year, research-only PhD program. Admission is conducted through the central Admission Office at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information, please visit the PhD Admission Office.