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Akita University

Admission Policy (What kind of student are we looking for)

The Admission Policy of the Graduate School and each Department

The Graduate School of Engineering Science, Akita University welcomes applications from candidates who meet the following criteria.

The Graduate School of Engineering Science aims to educate people who can systematically master a body of highly specialized knowledge and technology from first principles and will make a positive contribution to the energization of local communities and the sustainable development of the country as a whole with fl exibility, an international perspective, and a strong sense of ethics.

We are looking for new students who are motivated to create and craft new inventions based on expertise in science and engineering, who are driven to contribute to the development of local communities and the resolution of their numerous issues, and who will aim to use their scientific learning to help find solutions to the problems confronting all of humankind. We are actively looking to attract students from different backgrounds and with different aims. To this end, we have established a framework for flexible learning to allow working people to accommodate their studies into their working lives, and an international environment that welcomes students from countries around the world.


Department of Life Science

The department seeks applicants with a keen interest in life sciences and a determination to help solve the medical, food, and environmental issues required to achieve a sustainable society, and those with the desire to acquire a broad specialist knowledge and outstanding research capabilities in the life science field and thereby conduct research and development that will contribute to the solving of critical issues in the life science field.
A strong sense of ethics and responsibility and the desire to find and implement solutions to regional or international problems, either individually or as part of a group, are also required.

1) Life Science Course
Applicants considered include persons with a keen interest in scientific fields related to life sciences and the various fields of biological science, and a desire to utilize their high level of knowledge of life sciences, intellectual capacity, and research capability in occupational fields in future. Applicants should be both locally- and internationally-minded, observe ethical principles as an engineer and researcher, and possess a desire to improve their practical and communication skills.

Department of Materials Science

In line with its mission of fostering scientists with a sound understanding of material design from the molecular/atomic level as well as production techniques, and the capability to conduct research and development in order to generate new functional materials and new chemical processes, the department seeks applicants with the following attributes:

1) Applied Chemistry Course
Applicants considered include persons with a desire to pursue academic study and research into fields such as the development, recycling, and regeneration of new functional materials, effective use of chemical energy sources, and utilization of biological functions, and who aim to become researchers or engineers with the ability to conduct environmentally friendly manufacturing and to develop new technologies, as well as those seeking to hone their practical problem-solving ability in order to advance regional and international society. Applicants should also have a fundamental
understanding of physics and chemistry.


2) Materials Science and Engineering Course
Applicants considered include persons with a desire to pursue academic study and research of the functional materials that support the earth’s environment and the foundations of society, such as metals, semiconductors, and ceramics, and those who hold the aim of becoming researchers or engineers capable of pursuing advanced technical development in these materials.


Department of Mathematical Science and Electrical-Electronic-Computer Engineering

basic industries, find solutions to energy problems, and achieve harmony between humans and computers by identifying new problems in a range of societal fields and proactively using their acquired specialist knowledge and skills to solve them, as well as persons who aspire to attain specialized knowledge, skills, and insight in mathematics, theoretical physics, and computer science.
In addition, prospective students should possess a desire to acquire the skills for dealing with unanticipated problems by fulfilling their responsibilities and exercising leadership based on recognition of the importance of teamwork.

1) Mathematical Science Course
Applicants considered for this course include persons who possess an understanding of the fundamentals of mathematical science and have a desire to proactively acquire knowledge and skills in advanced specialist fields, those who have an interest in mathematical science and would like to study a certain topic related to the field, and those who aim to use specialist knowledge and skills related to mathematical science to contribute to society.

2) Electrical and Electronic Engineering Course
Applicants should have a desire to attain specialist knowledge in advanced technologies, including electrical energy, photonic and electronic devices, electronics, information communications, and systems control, and aspire to contribute to society as a future researcher or engineer by solving global problems or generating new findings and technologies.

3) Human-Centered Computing Course
Applicants considered include persons with a desire to generate new technologies and value to support an aging society through the realization of harmony between humans and computers, those with a desire to utilize ICT to solve regional societal issues such as healthcare, welfare, the environment, and disaster prevention and mitigation. A desire to develop the cross-cultural understanding and language ability necessary to play a leading role in global society and solve social issues with high ethical standards are also attributes that will be considered.

Department of Systems Design Engineering

The Department of Systems Design Engineering seeks applicants aiming to become researchers and engineers equipped with specialized knowledge in the fields of mechanical engineering, and civil and environmental engineering, as well as knowledge across the fields of system design, and who are able to actively contribute to manufacturing based on their understanding of the needs of regional and international society. Graduates will be expected to acquire knowledge and approaches to fields such as manufacturing in order to achieve a sustainable society, creative manufacturing, construction and maintenance of urban and regional infrastructure with a focus on
environmental protection and disaster mitigation, as well as the ability to communicate this information to the world.

1) Mechanical Engineering Course
Basic mechanical engineering consists of four kinds of dynamics-material, thermal,fluid, and mechanical-plus control engineering. Those who have sufficient knowledge of basic mechanical engineering, capability of project management, communication skills as an engineer, and eagerness and capability to contribute on establishment of sustainable society are welcomed.

2) Civil and Environmental Engineering Course
Applicants considered include persons with a desire to acquire specialized knowledge in such areas as structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, urban and traffic engineering, and concrete engineering, and to identify and solve problems in cooperation with others, as well as those possessing a willingness to tackle the challenge of forming the infrastructure for a sustainable society with a strong sense of purpose by applying appropriate technologies based on a sound understanding of regional characteristics and conditions, both within Japan and overseas.

Cooperative Major in Sustainable Engineering

Applicants considered include persons with basic knowledge in engineering fields and aim to realize a sustainable society by integrating expertise in multiple engineering fields; who are willing to contribute to the revitalization of local industries by conducting research on the electrification of power systems in mobility, the use of renewable energy, and environmentally friendly design; and who are aware of problems on a global scale and are willing to solve problems from an international perspective.