Conditions for completing a graduate school differ for
master's and doctor's courses. To complete a master's course, a
student must study for at least two years in principle, acquire
the necessary credits (at least 30 credits) in his or her special
subject, write a master's thesis that is judged satisfactory, and
pass an examination. Students who complete a master's course receive
a "master's degree."
In the case of a doctor's course, a student must attend
graduate school for at least five years (including the two years
of a master's course), acquire at least 30 credits (including master's
course credits), write a doctoral thesis that is judged satisfactory,
and pass an examination. Students who complete a doctor's course
receive a "doctor's degree."
Please refer to Chapter 5. 9 for the international recognition
of graduate school degrees and Fig. 6 in Chapter 17 for the numbers
of master's and doctor's degrees conferred on international students.