Q1 What facilities are available to the students?
Fully air-conditioned rooms are designated for graduate students. All of them are equipped with desks, PCs and printers, etc. Some rooms are dedicated to graduate school students only, while the others could be used by undergraduate and graduate school students together. Seminars are offered in individual professors' offices or in other four research groups. The integrated circuit cards that the students obtain after admission are used for accessing the rooms, and the Library of the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, even late at night and during holidays. The integrated circuit cards are also used for operating the copiers. Upon application, students may obtain their own e-mail addresses and space for building websites. They may also use the rich computer resources.
Q2. What is the best balance between research activities and class studies?
Many first stage (master'program) students complete a high number of units in the first year of the program, thus allowing them to reduce the number of classes need to they take in the second year. The students themselves and their academic supervisors should decide the best balance between their research activities and class undertaking.
Q3. What should be written on the document moushitatesho?
No items are predetermined. Please read the guide for the application.
Q4. Can applicants consult about their research themes prior to the entrance examination?
As applicants for the second stage (doctoral program) are required to mention their research instructors on the application documents for the entrance examination, the applicants need to contact their instructors in advance. With respect to applicants for the first stage (master's program), their research instructors are decided after admission. However, the applicants may contact the faculty members for advice about their research themes, even before the admission. The faculty members' email addresses are listed on the "faculty members" web page (here). The Inquiry Form (here) may also be used for requesting their email addresses. However, please note that consultation about the content of the admission examinations is not permitted.
Q5. How many students can a research instructor accept in the first-stage program (master's program)?
There is no stipulated limit. However, if many students wish to have the same research instructor, students may need to choose a different research instructor.
Q6. How do first stage students decide their research instructors?
The students enrolled in the first-stage program (master's program) are expected to decide their research instructors by the end of the April after the admission. The four research groups will hold related orientations at the beginning of the first academic year. And then the research instructors will arrange individual interviews with the students.
Q7. Can students obtain the required credits at the Tokyo Satellite Campus while continuing to work? How many weekdays per year must they attend classes at Tsukuba Campus?
Part-time students may complete the graduate school program by taking courses at the Tokyo Satellite Campus while continuing their full-time employment. But as the Graduate School is not an evening school, students must attend a certain number of daytime classes. In addition, they must usually conduct their experiments and seminar courses (compulsory subjects, six credits) at the Tsukuba Campus. If these courses are offered at the Tokyo Satellite Campus, students will then not have to travel to Tsukuba. In summary, students must participate in courses at the Tsukuba Campus for about 10 weekdays per trimester, or about 30 weekdays per year. However, this requirement may vary according to individual student's desired research group.
Q8. Are credits earned by students at an evening graduate school on the Tokyo Satellite Campus recognized by the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies program?
Students may take evening courses at the Tokyo Satellite Campus, which are offered by the evening graduate schools of the University of Tsukuba. Some of the obtained units may be accepted as credits for completing the Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies programs.