Selection of masters courses offered in English at major Japanese universities.
Masters programmes at major universities are 2-year courses.
Only English courses are shown because it is uncommon to take Japanese masters degrees unless you already have prior Japanese knowledge
Why Masters in Japan?
Masters programmes offered by established universities are often well connected globally.
Moreover, many of these programmes allows you to take classes across faculties, including undergraduate courses.
You could expect to get a good taste and experience of Japan which complements your undergraduate education, be it in Singapore, UK or the US.
English Masters Programmes in Japan attract students globally, with a few being mid-career professionals.
This gives you a good mix of connections and understanding of different perspectives.
Meeting mid-career professionals gives you an opportunity to understand work culture and various working situations around the world, on top of forming strong connections which may help you in future.
University of Tokyo
Public Policy | Global Society | Economics | Environmental Sciences | Natural Sciences | Bioengineering | Architecture and Urban Design | International Technology Management | Agricultural Development | International Health | Information, Technology, and Society in Asia
Non-specialised courses: For generalist students, there are three popular courses for students: Masters in Public Policy, Graduate Program on Global Society, and the International Master's Degree Program: Information, Technology, and Society in Asia.
These courses do not require prior domain knowledge, and are often popular for students seeking breadth in diversifying knowledge from their undergraduate studies.
Specialised courses: UTokyo offers a wide range of graduate programmes including Economics, Science, and Engineering.
Global Public Policy Network Dual Degree Programme
Partner Country & Tokyo
University of Tokyo
The GPPN Dual Degree Programme allows students to get a two Masters in Public Policy from two separate universities.
One year would be spent in the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, and another year would be spent in a partner university that includes Columbia University, Sciences Po, London School of Economics, and the National University of Singapore.
Note: Students apply into the Masters in Public Policy programme first, and then apply for the Dual Degree during their first semester of studies.
Political Science | Economics | Law | Arts and Sciences | Science and Engineering | Social Science | Sports Science | International Culture and Communication Studies | Asia Pacific Studies | Information, Production, and Systems | Business
Most of Waseda's humanities-based graduate programmes are designed for students who are new to the field. Some popular courses include the Master of Arts in Journalism, and Masters in International Relations.
The STEM faculties offer specialised courses in both science and engineering.
Nanyang Technological University - Waseda University Double Masters in Business Administration
Singapore & Tokyo
This 14-month programme grants students two MBAs from Nanyang Technological University and Waseda University.
It allows students to study with a dual focus on both global business and management of technology.
Economics | Taxation Policy and Management | Advanced Science and Technology | Global Environmental System |
Media and Governance | Media Design | Law
Non-specialised courses: Keio's programmes focus on giving students a hands-on experience and teaching career-related skills to better prepare its students for the workforce. This includes in fields such as business, cybersecurity, environmental leadership, systems thinking.
Specialised courses: Keio's specialised courses are mainly in the field of economics.
Keio University Double Masters Programmes
Partner University & Tokyo
Economics | Business and Commerce | Human Relations | Science and Technology | Business Administration | Media and Governance
Keio University partners with a wide range of schools across Europe and Asia for its Double Masters programmes. Most notably it offers Double Masters with ESSEC Business School, Sciences Po, and Ecole Centrale Group from France, KTH Royal Institute of Technology from Sweden, and Fudan University from China.
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Engineering | Sciences | Information Technology
Titech's Masters Programmes are highly specialised for students who wish to pursue research in a laboratory on campus. Students on the International Graduate Programme will select a professor to work under for their two years in a research lab, while also undertaking graduate courses.
Tokyo Institute of Technology - Tsinghua University Double Masters Programme
Beijing, China & Tokyo
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Nanotechnology | Bioscience and Biotechnology | Decision Science and Technology
The Tokyo Tech-Tsinghua University Joint Graduate Program is a two year programme that grants students two Masters degrees, one from Tokyo Institute of Technology and one from Tsinghua University.
Students alternate semesters in each university, and will have one academic research supervisor in each university. Students will also be part of one of three courses under the programme: Nanotechnology, Bioscience and Biotechnology, and Decision Science and Technology.
Economics | Engineering
Agriculture | Energy Science | Informatics | Biostudies and Medicine | Global Environmental Studies | Science (Primate Research Institute) | Management
Kyoto University offers a range of graduate programmes in English typically specialising in science and engineering.
Cornell University - Kyoto University Double Masters Programme
New York, USA & Kyoto
Management | Business Administration | Hospitality
The Kyoto-Cornell International Collaborative Degree Opportunity is a two year programme that grants students a Master of Business Administration from Kyoto University and a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University.
Students spend their first and final semester at Kyoto University, with their two semesters in between at Cornell University. They will study leadership, hospitality, marketing, AI and IT management, under their professors and professionals in the field.
Engineering | Environmental Studies | Science |
Mathematics | Bioagricultural Sciences | Medicine | Economics | Humanities | Law | International Development
Nagoya University offers a wide range of graduate programmes under its Global 30 International Graduate Programme from engineering to cultural studies.
It also offers the Nagoya University Global Environmental Leaders Program for those who are interested in Climate Change, Water and Waste Management, and Biodiversity Conservation
Humanities | Integrated Sciences for Global Society | Human-Environment Studies | Law | Economics | Science | Mathematics | Engineering | Design | Information Science
Many of Kyushu University's masters programmes are specialised courses within their various domains such as engineering, economics and natural sciences.
Science | Medicine | Agricultural Science |
Environmental Studies | Law | Politics | Engineering | Information Science | Economics | Linguistics | Social Sciences
Tohoku University's programmes mainly specialise in either economics or engineering. They offer highly specialised courses for aerospace engineering, robotics and biomechanics.
They also offer the Graduate Program in Global Governance and Sustainable Development, an interdisciplinary course that combines Governance, Development and Environment courses into a single curriculum
Sciences | Engineering | Agriscience | Global Environment Management
Hokkaido University's masters courses are mainly science specialised courses, in physics, life sciences, chemistry and material science, as well as engineering.
They offer scholarships for their Integrated Science Programme that waives the tuition fee and provides a monthly stipend. (See Scholarships page)
Integrated Science | International Physics | Biotechnology Global Human Resource Development | Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering | Quantum Engineering Design
Under its Global 30 project, Osaka University offers graduate courses that specialise in the sciences including Integrated Science, Physics, Biotechnology, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, and Quantum Engineering.