Q1For students, what are the merits of the 1 graduate school transition?
A1 Up until now students participated in a specific curriculum established in three distinct areas aligned with the Graduate School of Information Science, the Graduate School of Biological Sciences and the Graduate School of Materials Science. However, with the transition to 1 graduate school in the master's course, in addition to the 3 base programs based upon the current educational system, there will be 4 programs established that span these 3 programs, information and biological sciences, information and materials sciences, biological and materials sciences, and information and biological and materials science. Through this, students entering NAIST in 2018 will be able to study in the current 3 areas while also being able to study in interdisciplinary areas arising from societal needs and demand.
For example, a student who chooses to enter a laboratory of the Division of Information Science can choose 1 of 4 education programs from the Program of Information Science and Engineering, an extension of the current information science curriculum and additionally from the Program of Computational Biology (the interdisciplinary program of information and biological sciences), Program of Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems (the interdisciplinary program of information and materials sciences), and the Program of Data Science (the interdisciplinary program of information, biological and materials sciences). The range of education available for students will be greatly widened.
Q2What differences will occur in the curriculum after the transition to 1 graduate school?
A2 Until the transition, students could only choose curriculum from within the graduate schools they entered, so they were limited to one of the graduate schools curriculum. However, from 2018, with the transition to 1 graduate school, the base programs and 4 interdisciplinary programs explained above will become the basic structure for curriculum to be offered

The base programs are as follows:

  • Program of Information Science and Engineering: An expansion of the current information science program
  • Program of Biological Science: An expansion of the current biosciences program
  • Program of Materials Science and Engineering: An expansion of the current materials science program

And in addition to these 3 programs, 4 interdisciplinary programs will be:

  • Program of Computational Biology: An interdisciplinary information and biological science program
  • Program of Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems: An interdisciplinary materials and information science program
  • Program of Bionanotechnology: An interdisciplinary bioscience and materials science program
  • Program of Data Science: An interdisciplinary information, biological and materials science program

These are planned to make up the 7 programs from which students may choose.

Q3What about admissions for 2019?
A3 NAIST is planning examinations for admission in the areas of information, biological and materials science. After entering NAIST you can sit for the examination of the area you are interested in studying.
For example, if you have studied information science before entering NAIST and would like to study biological science here, please sit for the biological science examination.
For details concerning examination dates, admissions materials, etc., refer to the 2019 Admission Information and Application Guide (To be distributed from late January 2018{Tentative})
Q4Will it be possible to sit for two area examinations?
A4 You may not sit for two area examinations at the same time.
However, you may apply for a different area examination at a different examination time. For example, you may apply for the information science area in the first examination and then biological science in the second examination.
Please not that in the case that you are tentatively accepted to both areas, you must choose one of the area to apply for at the time of application.
For Inquiries:
Admissions Section
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8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma Nara 630-0192 Japan
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