The Graduate School of Simulation Studies awards a Master’s Degree to students who have acquired the mindset and basic skills of simulation, and who can work as professionals that independently apply those skills in simulation to help resolve various present-day issues. Specifically, the Master of Simulation Studies is conferred on students who have completed the courses of the Master’s Program and acquired the prescribed credits, and who have passed the review and test for their independent research on a chosen theme.
The Graduate School of Simulation Studies awards a Doctoral Degree to students who have acquired the necessary specialist knowledge and skills to use simulation to help resolve various issues in contemporary society, and contribute to the development of science and the happiness of humankind. These students are also able to independently and systematically drive forward their applied research and propose societal applications for their research findings. Specifically, the Doctor of Simulation Studies is conferred on students who have completed the courses of the Doctoral Program and acquired the prescribed credits, and who have passed a review of their doctoral thesis.
The Graduate School of Simulation Studies Master’s Program accepts students from a wide range of fields, including the social sciences and natural sciences. Students of this Program acquire the basic skills and techniques of simulation, and learn how to independently apply them in simulation to help resolve various issues in society as researchers, technicians and engineers who are highly competent in the practical application of simulation.
In order to achieve this goal of producing professionals in simulation, the curriculum has been structured to enable students to acquire capabilities for the practical application of integrated skills and techniques in a series of simulation processes, from data collection, data processing, modelling, algorithms, programming and visualization to reviewing and proposing solutions to problems. Specifically, students learn the basic skills and techniques of simulation in the required subjects assigned for the first year, within the common subjects. The Master’s Program has four elective fields for the application of simulation to actual issues, and an elective subject is assigned to each field. The curriculum has also been organized to enable students to gradually deepen their research from basic to developmental content. In Advanced Research I and Advanced Research II, students are able to experience an integrated process of independent theme-based research completed by their own efforts, starting from setting a research theme to considering measures for resolving problems.
The Graduate School of Simulation Studies Doctoral Program is distinctive for its research themes that facilitate the development of simulation technologies based on the knowledge of information science and computational science, and the specific application of those technologies for the happiness of humankind.Doctoral Program students are able to further develop the knowledge acquired in the Master’s Program to a Doctoral Program level. The students aim to apply their high-level research findings using simulation to resolve a range of present-day issues.
Although simulation technologies are being taught in existing education on information science, there is a growing emphasis on the perspective of how these technologies can be of use in society. Learning about simulation technologies is also being increasingly required in areas for the education of real problems in society such as policy issues, new developments in industry, and the natural environment. The Doctoral Program is notable for offering education in (1) Advanced simulation technologies, and (2) Research required to resolve various present-day issues using simulation, and to contribute to the happiness of humankind and development of scientific technologies. For those students who are interested, the Program also offers education in the world’s leading edge computational science and computer science that are needed in society today, through its lecture subjects on massively parallel computing as represented by the K computer. The education offered in the Doctoral Program teaches students not only simulation technologies, but also emphasizes the importance of acquiring a broad perspective and scientific way of thinking in order to successively produce talented individuals to work in front-line fields. The Program also focuses on research for achieving breakthroughs in information science and computational science, through creating innovation in simulation skills and techniques themselves. Lecture courses covering a broad range of peripheral knowledge in various areas of simulation research suitable for the Doctoral Program are also offered to cultivate basic education in related fields.
[Our Ideal Student]
The Graduate School of Simulation Studies Master’s Program provides education to enable students to independently apply the mindset, skills and techniques of simulation to help resolve various issues in society as researchers, technicians and engineers who are highly competent in the practical application of simulation. Through this, the Program aims to play a part in building a society where people can live with peace of mind.
The Program is distinctive for its systematic and uniform education in simulation in the social sciences and natural sciences. These simulations are done on the complex social systems that comprise the intertwining elements of nature and objects governed by universal laws, and the human element with behavioral norms that are not universal. Accordingly, the Program welcomes highly motivated and knowledgeable students from a wide range of fields, including the social sciences and natural sciences.
The following is the basic policy for acceptance, which the School uses to determine the students who have the basic abilities and qualities to complete the subjects of the Master’s Program.
[Basic Policy for Acceptance]
(1) Accepting students from a wide range of fields, including the social sciences and natural sciences.
(2) Accepting students from Japan and overseas, provided they are recognized as having the academic ability equivalent to that acquired by graduating from a four-year university or college in Japan.
(3) Confirming the basic academic ability required to complete the subjects of the Master’s Program, assuming the exam is taken by students from a wide range of fields.
[Our Ideal Student]
Our ideal Doctoral Program student actively acquires the specialized knowledge, skills and techniques needed to help resolve the various issues in modern society using simulation. Such a student has the motivation and knowledge to move forward with research that independently and systematically applies these acquired knowledge, skills and techniques, and enthusiastically propose their research findings in society.
Students who have completed the Graduate School of Simulation Studies Master’s Program, which is the basis of the Doctoral Program, are considered to be the candidates aspiring to progress on to the School’s Doctoral Program. Other candidates for the Doctoral Program include students who have completed a Master’s Program at another graduate school of science and engineering and/or social science. In this case, the requirements for acceptance are a Master’s Program level education in either policy issues, industrial technology, or the natural environment, and basic knowledge and experience in the series of processes in simulation research including data analysis, modelling, programming and implementation, and the verification of results.
[Basic Policy for Acceptance]
Student enrollment selection is basically determined according to either of the following.
(1) Students with a Master’s Degree, or who are expected to acquire a Master’s Degree
(2) Students with a degree equivalent to a Master’s Degree that was acquired in a foreign country, or who are expected to acquire such a degree
(3) Students with academic ability that is recognized by this School as being equivalent to or greater than a Master’s Degree
In the student enrollment selection, candidates are screened according to whether they have the knowledge and qualities required to conduct research either to resolve specific issues related to policy issues, industrial technologies, and the natural environment using simulation, or to resolve issues in computational science and technologies that are common in simulations in these fields. Recently, there are more than a few students who are independently studying simulation separately and at an individual level aside from the courses taken at university. Accordingly, when screening candidates on their basic knowledge of and experience in simulation, in addition to confirming the study of computational science-related subjects taken at an undergraduate degree or Master’s Program level, during the oral test, candidates will be asked questions to confirm their knowledge of and abilities in simulation. For the acceptance of foreign students from overseas, candidates will undergo a screening of documents to confirm if they have the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 Level or above, or an equivalent level of Japanese language proficiency. They will also sit for an interview and oral test to check if their Japanese language proficiency is sufficient to understand everyday-level research guidance, and to take classes without any difficulties.