Graduate School of Information, Production and SystemsWaseda University

About the School

Feature & Curriculum

The three fields of IPS

IPS comprises the 3 fields of Information Architecture, Production Systems and Integrated Systems, giving you broad, interconnected coverage of both software and hardware across fields. Moreover, we provide lectures that encompass expertise in both state-of-the art technology and management, enabling you to become a technologically well-informed specialist with a generalist’s perspective. We also accept a wide range of mid-career students.

Curriculum and Syllabus

Subject

  • Fundamental subjects
    Acquire basic knowledge and skills
  • Advanced subjects
    Proceed to the most advanced and specialized knowledge
  • Laboratory work
    Gain practical grounding as an engineer
  • Specialized subjects and seminars
    Deepen your knowledge and explore your understanding of methodology

Master’s program, from entry to completion

The new course program begins for those who enter in April 2020 and later.

To complete a master’s program, you must be enrolled in the program for at least two years, earn the number of credits specified for the required courses, receive a passing evaluation for your master’s thesis, and pass a final examination. For the first six months of the program, you will have a provisional laboratory assignment. After six months you must apply for a permanent laboratory assignment, which you will have until you complete the program, by undergoing an interview with the laboratory’s supervisor. From that point you will begin writing your master’s thesis under the supervisor’s direction. You may apply for a different laboratory than your provisional laboratory assignment.

Course Credit and Completion Requirements
Course category 1 year after entry Completion requirements
Fundamental subjects 18 credits or more (maximum of 4 credits in core courses) 20 credits or more (maximum of 4 credits in core courses)
Advanced subjects
Laboratory works
Specialized subjects (Required) /

Exercises (Required)

4 credits or more 2 credits or more /

8 credits or more

Total 22 credits or more 30 credits or more
Master’s thesis (Required, no credit)  – Receive a passing evaluation
  • If you take more than 4 credits worth of core courses, the additional credits will not be counted towards the credits required for completion.
  • The credits in first column indicate the total number of credits required for the first year, and credits in the second column indicate the total number required for both years.

The master’s degree program offers three courses. Students can choose any one of the three courses once they have fulfilled a certain credit requirement defined in each course as explained below.

a course

Research-oriented. Students obtain 18 required credits over a six month period and spend one and a half years primarily engaging in research for their master’s thesis if accepted into a laboratory through an interview with faculty.

b course

Balanced type. The first year is mainly dedicated to lectures and practical training. Students obtain 22 required credits, and spend one year primarily engaging in research for their master’s thesis if accepted into a laboratory through an interview with faculty.

c course

Lecture-oriented. Students concentrate on lectures and practical training for the first one and a half years to obtain 26 required credits. If accepted into a laboratory through an interview with faculty, they carry out an assigned research task over the remaining six months.

Course credit & requirement
a course
Term 1st year 2nd year
Subject Spring Fall Spring Fall
Lectures and Laboratory works Fundamental subject (*4 or less) 18
Laboratory works 2
Advanced subject
Specialized subject (Required) 2
Exercised (Required) 8
Master’s thesis (Required, No credit) Master’s thesis
b course
Term 1st year 2nd year
Subject Spring Fall Spring Fall
Lectures and Laboratory works Fundamental subject (*6 or less) 22
Laboratory works 2
Advanced subject
Specialized subject (Required) 2
Exercised (Required) 4
Master’s thesis (Required, No credit) Master’s thesis
c course
Term 1st year 2nd year
Subject Spring Fall Spring Fall
Lectures and Laboratory works Fundamental subject (*6 or less) 26
Laboratory works
Advanced subject
Specialized subject (Required) 2
Exercised (Required) 2
Master’s thesis (Required, No credit) Master’s thesis
  1. The number of required credits in fundamental subjects, advanced subjects and laboratory works are combined and counted as the total required credits. Extra credits in the fundamental subjects beyond then minimum required number (as indicated in parentheses in the above table will not be included in the number of the required credits)
  2. Spring Semester, the spring semester for students entering in April and the fall semester for students entering in September Fall Semester, the fall semester for students entering in April and the spring semester for students entering in September.

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