Guide to Graduate Schools

Master’s Program in Education

The three subprograms: the gateways to highly professional researchers, administrators and practitioners in various fields of education

Subprogram in International Education: The base in Japan for international education where you can explore the International Baccalaureate and other education programs in global contexts.

This subprogram is aimed at training research-oriented, highly-skilled professionals for leading the development of various IB-minded human resources in administrative agencies, international organizations, private enterprises, etc., in and outside Japan. Based on achievements of the predecessor Master of Arts in Education (International Education) Master’s Program in Education and through linkage with other subprograms, aptitudes, and capabilities required of teachers and researchers to lead international education and related fields and leaders in the globalizing society are fostered.

Subprogram in School Education for the Next Generation: Training and enhancing practical specialists with a focus on school education for leading professional development for “Society 5.0”.

This subprogram is aimed at training research-oriented, highly-skilled professional educators for leading research and education activities in administrative agencies, international organizations, schools, social education/lifelong learning institutions, NPOs, and other education-related organizations, etc., in and outside Japan. The predecessors of the Subprograms follow the lineage of the Koto Shihan Gakko (Higher Normal School) and have long been supporting the core of secondary education in Japan including educational administra­tion/policy and practical aspects. Based on these achievements and through linkage with other subprograms, a wide range of fields from fundamental/theoretical contents to practical contents of education sciences and specialized disciplines related to school curricular education, such as literature and mathemat­ics, are covered to foster aptitudes and capabilities for leading the next-gen­eration school education. This subprogram is especially recommended for those aspiring to become teachers as well as administrators at secondary schools. Also, the one-year program for incumbent teachers is available.

Subprogram in Education Sciences: Leading research base of education sciences in Japan pursuing solutions to practical issues based on the academic perspective with the foundation of the essence in education.

In this subprogram, future researchers are trained to be capable of pursuing solutions to contemporary practical issues in education with the essential theories of education as their core basis. The foundations vital for researchers in education sciences will be acquired through learning fundamental knowledge and diverse research methodologies of education sciences and receiving high-level research guidance in the subprogram. Focus is also placed on education research exchanges with leading overseas universities. The typical examples include the double-degree program with the Northeast Normal University in China established in 2017, and other various overseas dispatches of graduate students. This subprogram is the leading base of education science research in Japan, with faculties of the respective fields actively engaged at the forefronts of academic fields and subsuming a wide range of fields of fundamental research, application research, and interdisciplinary research of education science.

Subprogram in International Education

In this page, we will introduce Subprogram in International Education, where you can study in English.

A short Introduction Video About the Subprogram in International Education

Academic Degrees and Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Special teaching certificate for elementary school, Special teaching certificate for junior high school (all subjects), Special teaching certificate for high school (all subjects), Special teaching certificate for nursing homes, Special nutrition teaching certificate, school psychologist, School psychologist, IB educator certificates (IBCTL, IBACTLR), etc.


  • Requirements for Completion
    Students of the Master’s Program in Education must earn the specified credits (30 credits) after studying more than two years and submit a master’s thesis or report on practical research. You must pass the assessment and final examination after the necessary research guidance.

Students who enrolled through the special screening for working individuals can attend exceptional courses so that they can complete regular graduate courses while continuing work. That is, students who wish to study exceptional courses must take 24 credits through daytime courses offered in the first year. For the second year, students must take 6 credits through courses offered in the evening.

Those who have achieved outstanding results and also have acquired the credits set forth separately and passed the master’s thesis and final examination shall be eligible to shorten the period of enrollment to at least one year.

The requirements for the completion of the one-year program for incumbent teachers are different from those of the special screening for working individuals.

  • Class Subjects
    Students must earn at least 3 credits from the Foundation Subjects of Graduate School Common Foundation Courses.
    ・Study on Educational Theory
    ・Study on Educational Development for Next Generation
    ・Theory of International EducationStudents must earn at least 18 credits from the Foundation Subjects for Major (Compulsory Elective Subjects).
    Students must earn at least 9 credits from the Major Subjects (Compulsory Elective Subjects). University’s electronic course catalogue is called KdB.

Staff and Faculty

Many faculty members are involved in this program and provide academic guidance in each field.
In addition to these faculty member in charge, many cooperating professors and adjunct professors are involved in the lectures, seminars and individual academic guidance.

Please Look at Staff Page of Education.
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The List below is the faculty members of the Subprogram in International Education:

Name Official title Detailed Description of Research Field
Hirofumi Hamada Professor School Management in the U.S.A. and Japan, Teacher Education, School Improvement
Teruyuki Fujita Professor Career Education, Educational and Vocational Guidance
Kuanysh Tastanbekova Associate Professor Language education policy for indigenous, immigrant and ethnic minority; Multicultural education; Education policy in Central Asian Republics; Education policy of international organizations
Masahiro Tanaka Associate Professor Quality Assurance in Higher Education
Shizuko Umetsu Assistant Professor Comparative Education, IB education
Kaori Kikuchi Assistant Professor Globalization and Education, Education Policy in the UK, Citizenship Education, Education for Immigrant Children, Education for International Understanding
Yuichi Furuta Assistant Professor Educational Policy and School Improvement
Wakana Kawakami Assistant Professor Moral Education

Admission Information

In addition to the general entrance examination, admission by various selection methods is implemented.

Please see the “University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions” website concerning, entrance examination dates, examination subjects, etc.

Graduate Admissions 2022
Subprogram in International Education
October (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals/ Special Selection for English Speakers and Overseas Japanese Nationals)
Application guidelines for the Special Selection for English Speakers and Overseas Japanese National are here.
*The application starts in September. Please check the application guidelines carefully.

The collection of past Entrance examination (the special selection for English speakers and overseas Japanese nationals) is here.
AY2022  AY2021    AY2020 


The information session by the Master’s program in Education

Date June 23rd, 2024 (SUN.) 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place Tsukuba campus in the University of Tsukuba (Online participation is available)
Registration Please register here
We will send you the Zoom links and passwords for accessing the online site for meetings.  
Official Language
The official language is Japanese. However, the meeting of Subprogram in International Education will be held in both Japanese and English.

Typical Career Paths


・Subprogram in International Education
Many of those who completed the Subprogram gain employment with domestic and overseas, public and private IB World Schools (at all three levels) and international schools. Furthermore, there are also those who are with universities that provide an IB teacher training course and who are on the path to research in universities. In addition, there are those who are active in various areas related to international education including engaging in academic administration.

The Results of AY2019 Teacher:5(Including IB World School, International School, and English Teachers), Return to teacher work:1, Government office& Company etc.:2, , Other:1

・Subprogram in School Education for the Next Generation As career courses after the completion of the Doctoral Program, there is a wide choice of options from administrative agencies including domestic and overseas education-related organizations such as domestic and overseas educational administration, schools (teachers), social education administration and life-long learning agencies, and NPOs, international agencies, domestic and overseas universities, research agencies, and others.

The Results of AY2019 Teacher:41, Return to teacher work:3, Government office& Company etc.:14, Going on to the Doctoral Program of Education and other advancedschools:4, Other:1

・Subprogram in Education Sciences The majority of the students studied in the Subprogram in Education Sciences will be researchers engaged in education and research in the various branches of education administration in domestic and overseas universities, research agencies, and so forth. Most of them advance to the Doctoral Program in Education,. However, in recent years, there is an increasing number of those entering the graduate school in different disciplines in University of Tsukuba or other universities, and becoming junior and senior high school teachers, public service workers, business people, and so on.

The Results of AY2019 Teacher:0, Return to teacher work:0, Government office& Company etc.:5, Going on to the Doctoral Program of Education and other advanced schools :8, Other:1

The above is the data for the graduates from the courses of old organization in AY 2019.

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