At NAIST, the standard period for completion of a master's program is two years, and that for a doctoral program three years. Students who are in excellent standing, however, may complete their programs in shorter periods of time. The minimum periods required for a master's degree and a doctorate are one and two years, respectively.

Number of Master's Degrees

As of March 1, 2017
Graduate School of Information ScienceGraduate School of Biological SciencesGraduate School of Materials Science
Graduates No. of students completing course work within the shorter term Percentage of short-term students Graduates No. of students completing course work within the shorter term Percentage of short-term students Graduates No. of students completing course work within the shorter term Percentage of short-term students
1997 134 10 7.5% 118 0 0.0% - - -
1998 118 7 5.9% 118 0 0.0% - - -
1999 129 8 6.2% 117 0 0.0% 97 0 0.0%
2000 136 9 6.6% 120 1 0.8% 85 0 0.0%
2001 122 8 6.6% 109 0 0.0% 92 0 0.0%
2002 123 2 1.6% 111 0 0.0% 83 1 1.2%
2003 158 8 5.1% 110 0 0.0% 88 2 2.3%
2004 160 11 6.9% 109 0 0.0% 94 2 2.1%
2005 133 9 6.8% 114 0 0.0% 89 0 0.0%
2006 148 7 4.7% 97 0 0.0% 99 0 0.0%
2007 154 6 3.9% 108 0 0.0% 92 2 2.2%
2008 154 7 4.5% 104 0 0.0% 95 1 1.1%
2009 148 4 2.7% 102 0 0.0% 93 1 1.1%
2010 150 7 4.7% 99 1 1.0% 96 0 0.0%
2011 139 3 2.2% 94 0 0.0% 94 1 1.1%
2012 135 3 2.2% 114 0 0.0% 94 0 0.0%
2013 138 6 4.3% 115 0 0.0% 99 1 1.0%
2014 136 4 2.9% 91 0 0.0% 97 0 0.0%
2015 135 5 3.7% 105 0 0.0% 98 0 0.0%
2016 10 2 20.0% 7 0 0.0% 1 0 0.0%

Number of Ph.D. Degrees Conferred

As of March 1, 2017
Graduate School of Information ScienceGraduate School of Biological SciencesGraduate School of Materials Science
Graduates No. of students completing course work within the shorter term Percentage of short-term students Graduates No. of students completing course work within the shorter term Percentage of short-term students Graduates No. of students completing course work within the shorter term Percentage of short-term students
1997 23 10 43.5% 3 3 100.0% - - -
1998 29 11 37.9% 14 1 7.1% - - -
1999 25 9 36.0% 27 2 7.4% - - -
2000 27 9 33.3% 33 1 3.0% - - -
2001 40 15 37.5% 30 0 0.0% - - -
2002 30 11 36.7% 32 0 0.0% 22 8 36.4%
2003 33 6 18.2% 29 1 3.4% 18 5 27.8%
2004 35 14 40.0% 21 1 4.8% 17 5 29.4%
2005 35 12 34.3% 20 0 0.0% 24 2 8.3%
2006 50 11 22.0% 30 1 3.3% 17 4 23.5%
2007 35 10 28.6% 30 1 3.3% 23 5 21.7%
2008 33 8 24.2% 21 0 0.0% 24 12 50.0%
2009 41 12 29.3% 21 0 0.0% 16 5 31.3%
2010 27 9 33.3% 18 0 0.0% 23 7 30.4%
2011 27 3 11.1% 14 0 0.0% 18 3 16.7%
2012 28 8 28.6% 15 1 6.7% 20 3 15.0%
2013 30 7 23.3% 25 1 4.0% 20 4 20.0%
2014 17 2 11.8% 20 1 5.0% 21 4 19.0%
2015 28 5 17.9% 20 0 0.0% 24 7 29.2%
2016 19 6 31.6% 9 0 0.0% 6 4 66.7%