Master’s Course Overview

ICU offers a wide variety of programs for students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Japan. ICU places an emphasis on conducting extensive research, in preparation for demanding positions in international organisations.

Since its inception in 1953, ICU has produced over 2400 Master’s students, and its alumni is active in various key appointments around the world.

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Available Area of Concentrations

ICU offers four  programmes, which are Education and Psychology, Public Policy andSocial Research, Comparative Culture and Natural Sciences. Each of these programmes have more specific areas of concentrations which students can choose to research more in detail.

Education and Psychology

  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Language Education

Public Policy and Social Research

  • Politics and International Studies
  • Social and Cultural Analysis
  • Media and Language
  • Public Economics
  • Peace Studies

Comparative Culture

  • Japanese Cultural Studies
  • Transcultural Studies

Natural Sciences

  • Mathematics and Information Sciences
  • Material Science
  • Life Science


Degree Requirements

Each student is required to be enrolled in the Master’s school for at least two years, complete 30 credits worth of classes, be approved for Master’s candidacy, submit a master thesis, and successfully pass the thesis defence carried out by the school.

ICU has introduced Graduate school-wide classes which are necessary for building fundamental skills in writing, research, and presentation. To ensure all students improve their research methodology, they are required to take these classes.

For a more specific list of available classes and courses, take a look here.

Degree Structure

ICU’s academic year is divided into three semesters. This gives students more opportunity to select a wider variety of classes; traditionally students would only be able to select courses twice an academic year.

Why International Christian University?

ICU was set up in April 1953, as the first liberal arts college in Japan. Since the beginning, ICU had always planned to place an emphasis on graduate education, with the establishment of graduate division of Education in April 1957; Public Administration in 1963; Comparative Culture in 1976; and Natural Sciences in 1987.

ICU’s campus is different to most universities in Tokyo as student dormitories are housed on campus. This encourages ICU’s international student body to interact together with their faculty and nurture their growth and development.

ICU also provides courses in both Japanese and English. Students are free to choose whichever courses they like based on their needs and interests. It is also possible to graduate from the Public Policy and Social Research program with only english courses.

ICU’s graduate student population is extremely international. Out of a total of 169 graduate students, 77 are from Japan, and the rest are spread out amongst almost 35 countries.

In addition, graduate students can help assist a class as Teacher Assistant’s (TA) and learn pedagogical methods directly from the professors. The TA system works in conjunction with ICU’s scholarship programs and provides financial support for graduate students.

ICU also has a partnership with Rotary Peace Center, which offers a prestigious fellowship programme for remarkable graduate students to study and research conflict resolution.


After Graduation

Due to the small number of students on campus, ICU is able to provide personalised career placement guidance. This ensures that students get careers best suited for their aptitudes and interests.

For more information and Masters course overview at ICU, take a look here.