In addition to the three cutting-edge science and technology fields - information science and engineering, biological science, and materials science and engineering - NAIST actively promotes the exploration of related interdisciplinary fields in response to increasing societal demands in order to foster scholars with both a deep understanding of their own specialization and thorough knowledge of the related fields that will contribute to leading the next generation of advanced science and technology with holistic perspectives, a spirit of challenge, multi-disciplinary understanding and a global outlook. NAIST operates an accredited degree program to achieve these objectives under an educational research advising body formed to accomplish them from multifaceted perspectives (multiple faculty members with different viewpoints advise and guide students).
Master's degrees shall be given to students who understand the basic concepts of advanced science and technology (information science and engineering, biological science, materials science and engineering, and their interdisciplinary fields) achieved through "science and technology subjects" and are able to apply their expertise to problem solving, who have the skills to perform research in a specific field or technology development obtained through "research-based subjects," and have acquired excellent international communication skills and high ethical standards through "general subjects." They will also have been enrolled in the course for the stipulated period, acquired the necessary credits, and passed the master's thesis review and examination.
Doctor's degrees shall be given to students who have advanced expertise and skills based on an understanding of a wide range of theories and systems of advanced science and technology (information science and engineering, biological science, materials science and engineering, and their interdisciplinary fields), who have the ability to discover and solve problems developed through "subjects fostering independent researchers," and who have global communication skills, high ethical standards and a holistic perspective, and the ability to exercise leadership in advanced science and technology fields. They will also have been enrolled in the course for the stipulated period, acquired the necessary credits, and have submitted an internationally valid doctoral thesis, passing its review and examination.