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Higher Education Qualifications

List of Degrees

Bachelor's degree

Requirements
Graduation from university (undergraduate program), application to NIAD-QE and pass designated examination, or completion of a program of educational institution operated by government ministries and agencies approved by NIAD-QE and pass designated examination
Awarding institution
University, NIAD-QE
Standard program length
4 years
6 years for Medical, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Clinical), and Veterinary Medical Science
Number of credits required
124
188 for Medical and Dentistry
186 for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Clinical)
182 for Veterinary Medical Science
ISCED2011(1)
665
766 for Medical, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Clinical), and Veterinary Medical Science
665 for NIAD-QE degrees(2)
Further studies
Admission to graduate school, or Professional Graduate School
Further accessible qualifications
Master's degree, Doctoral degree, Professional degree

Bachelor's degree (Professional)

Requirements
Graduation from Professional and Vocational University
Awarding institution
Professional and Vocational University
Standard program length
4 years
Number of credits required
124
ISCED2011(1)
N/A
Further studies
Admission to graduate school or Professional Graduate School
Further accessible qualifications
Master's degree, Doctoral degree, Professional degree

Associate degree

Requirements
Graduation from junior college *Awarded to graduates of junior college since 2006.
Awarding institution
Junior college
Standard program length
2 years or 3 years
Number of credits required
62 (for 2-year program)
93 (for 3-year program)
ISCED2011(1)
544
Further studies
Transfer to university, transfer to Professional Graduate School
Further accessible qualifications
Bachelor's degreeBachelor's degree (Professional)

Associate degree (Professional)

Requirements
Graduation from Professional and Vocational Junior College or completion of the first half (zenki) at PVU that divides its course into two levels
Awarding institution
PVJC, PVU that divides its course into two levels (the degree is awarded to those who have completed the first half (zenki))
Standard program length
2 years or 3 years
Number of credits required
62 (for 2-year program)
93 (for 3-year program)
ISCED2011(1)
N/A
Further studies
Transfer to university or Professional and Vocational University
Further accessible qualifications
Bachelor's degreeBachelor's degree (Professional)

Master's degree

Requirements
Completion of graduate school (Master’s program) or completion of a program of educational institution operated by government ministries and agencies recognized by NIAD-QE and pass designated examination
Awarding institution
Graduate school (Master's program), NIAD-QE
Standard program length
2 years
Number of credits required
30
ISCED2011(1)
767(2)
Further studies
Admission to gradaute school (Doctoral program)
Further accessible qualifications
Doctoral degree

Doctoral degree

Requirements
Completion of graduate school (Doctoral program), or completion of a program of educational institution operated by government ministries and agencies certified by NIAD-QE and pass designated examination
Awarding institution
Graduate school (Doctoral program), NIAD-QE
Standard program length
5 years
Number of credits required
30 (not required for persons who hold Master's or Professional degree)
ISCED2011(1)
864(2)
Further studies
-
Further accessible qualifications
-

Professional degrees

Master of xxx (Professional)

Requirements
Completion of Professional Graduate School (except law school and Professional Graduate School for Teacher Education)
Awarding institution
Professional Graduate School (except law school and Professional Graduate School for Teacher Education)
Standard program length
1-2 years
Number of credits required
30
ISCED2011(1)
767
Further studies
Admission to graduate school (Doctoral program)
Further accessible qualifications
Doctoral degree

J.D. (Juris Doctor)

Requirements
Completion of law school
Awarding institution
Law school
Standard program length
3 years
Number of credits required
93
ISCED2011(1)
767
Further studies
Admission to graduate school (Doctoral program)
Further accessible qualifications
Doctoral degree

Master of Education (Professional)

Requirements
Completion of Professional Graduate School for Teacher Education
Awarding institution
Professional Graduate School for Teacher Education
Standard program length
2 years
Number of credits required
45
ISCED2011(1)
767
Further studies
Admission to graduate school (Doctoral program)
Further accessible qualifications
Doctoral degree

List of Titles

Associate

Requirements
Graduation from College of Technology
Awarding institution
College of Technology
Standard program length
5 years
5.5 years for Mercantile Shipping
Number of credits required
167
147 for Mercantile Shipping
ISCED2011(1)
554
Further studies
Admission to College of Technology (Advanced Course), transfer to university, transfer to Professional and Vocational University
Further accessible qualifications
Bachelor's degreeBachelor's degree (Professional)

Diploma

Requirements
Completion of a program that meets the requirements below and is certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  1. Program length is 2 years or more
  2. The total number of instruction hours required for completion of the program is 1700 credit hours or 62 credits or more
  3. Completion of the program is certified based on the assessment of academic achievement
Awarding institution
Professional Training College
Standard program length
2 years
Number of credits required
62
ISCED2011(1)
554
Further studies
Transfer to university, transfer to PVU
Further accessible qualifications
Bachelor's degreeBachelor's degree (Professional)

Advanced Diploma

Requirements
Completion of a program that meets the requirements below and is certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  1. Program length is 4 years or more
  2. The total number of instruction hours required for completion of the program is 3400 class hours or 124 credits or more
  3. Systematic organization of the education program
  4. Completion of program is certified based on the assessment of academic achievement
Awarding institution
Professional Training College
Standard program length
4 years
Number of credits required
124
ISCED2011(1)
554
Further studies
Graduate school, Professional Graduate School
Further accessible qualifications
Master's degreeDoctoral degree

(1) ISCED2011: ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) is a framework developed by UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) to enable comparison of education systems around the world. It is one of the United Nations International Family of Economic and Social Classifications. It was first approved at the UNESCO general assembly in 1976, and the current version was revised in 2011. ISCED2011 categorizes educational programs into 9 levels (from 0 to 8) based on the qualifications received, and tertiary level is from 5 to 8. Subcategories are set based on the characteristics of the academic program, and the three digits express levels, categories, and subcategories.

(2) ISCED classification applies only to the second type of NIAD-QE degrees (awarding degrees upon completion of a study at a NIAD-QE approved program).

Degrees Awarded by NIAD-QE

NIAD-QE evaluates various learning outcomes at the higher education level and awards degrees to persons recognized as having academic ability equivalent to or greater than those who have graduated from a university undergraduate program or completed graduate school.

NIAD-QE awards degrees in two schemes: (1) for graduates of junior colleges and Colleges of Technology, who have accumulated credit hours to a certain level of learning (such as a Bachelor’s degree); and (2) for those who have completed courses at educational institutions operated by government ministries and agencies recognized as equivalent to university undergraduate programs or graduate programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees).

(1) Awarding Degrees to Learners Who Have Completed Study at a Junior College or College of Technology(Bachelor’s Degree)

NIAD-QE awards Bachelor's degrees to learners who have attained certain level of studies at a HEI, acquired certain academic credits on top of that from a university as a non-degree student or from an advanced course recognized by NIAD-QE, and then recognized, as a result of NIAD-QE examination, as having academic ability equivalent to or greater than the graduates of university undergraduate program.

  ▶ See NIAD-QE website for details.

(2) Awarding Degrees Upon Completion of Study at a NIAD-QE-Approved Program (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees)

NIAD-QE examines academic programs offered by educational institutions operated by government ministries and agencies in light of the School Education Act, Standards for the Establishment of Universities, and Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools, and recognizes programs offering education equivalent to a university undergraduate program or a graduate school Master’s or Doctoral program. Those who completed these academic programs, applied to NIAD-QE, and passed the examination are awarded corresponding degree. As a rule, NIAD-QE confirms that the above-mentioned level is being maintained by conducting a review of education conditions every five years for each program.

  ▶ See NIAD-QE website for details.