This page summarizes the course guide for those who are enrolled in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and wish to continue to study in the graduate school after the completion of the degree program in the undergraduate school.
The whole 4 year curriculum, from enrollment to graduation, is shown in the diagram below. A class will be taken at Ito campus (Center Zone) for the first three terms, and then at Ito campus (West Zone) for the remaining terms.
During the first three terms, subjects required for all undergraduate programs, such as liberal arts subjects, foreign languages, health and sports science, and basic sciences are offered for four days a week at Ito campus (Center Zone). Students also take major subjects for the first year once a week; these take place on Tuesdays in the first year and Fridays in the second year at Ito campus (West Zone). These subjects are prerequisites and form the foundation of all major education after the third term. In addition, a written thesis requirement is included. It is important for all the students to understand the rules and complete all requirements.
During the first three terms, students are divided into three classes automatically. There are two class-supervisors for each class so that students can consult their supervisors if they have any problems or questions, such as their curriculum of subjects required for all undergraduate programs or major subjects for the first year, and so on. Class-supervisors will continue to support students and provide advice for them even after the third term has ended.
Classes for major subjects will start in full swing from the fourth term. The area of electrical engineering and computer science is extremely broad, and it is impossible to have a thorough knowledge of every aspect. Therefore, three courses (Electrical and Electronic Engineering Course, Electronic and Communication Engineering Course, and Computer Engineering) are offered, and students must select one of them to specialize. There are further explanations for each course in a first-term lecture called "Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science". Students must choose a course once they understand all aspects of the curriculum while taking into consideration their competence. However, if more applicants apply to a particular course than the quota allows, students will be assigned according to their grade. In addition, during the fourth term, subjects required for all undergraduate programs will be offered once a week at Ito campus (Center Zone). Click here to see details for the three courses.
Students must have approval to proceed to the third year at the end of the fourth term (the second term of the second year). Please refer to the relevant page to see the requirements necessary to advance to the next year. Those who unfortunately are not approved to advance to the next year are not able to take subjects offered in the fifth term (the first term of the third year). Those who are approved to continue to the third year are able to take major subjects offered in the fifth and sixth terms.
At the end of the sixth term (the second term of the third year), those who meet the designated requirements are permitted to begin working on their thesis for the seventh and eighth terms (the fourth year). This requirement varies for each course, although the required credits for prerequisites and electives are pre-determined. Further explanation of this credit system will be found in the orientation for course curriculum before students begin the third term.
Those who are approved to begin working on their thesis must select a supervisor. While this is in most cases the student's own personal choice, if the quota is exceeded then students will be assigned according to their grade. Additionally, 4 credits or more are required according to the general electives requirement, but students are expected to take two or more credits from course subjects offered from the fifth term (the third year).
Only those who meet all the requirements described above are able to graduate from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and have opportunities to be employed or continue to study in the graduate school. The entrance examination for the graduate school is carried out from late August to early September of the fourth year. Moreover, a system of grade-skipping is available so that there is an opportunity to take the Master's program in the graduate school after students have finished the third year of the undergraduate school. This entrance examination will take place in the middle of March during the third year. Please click here to see more details for studying at the graduate school.