Admission Policies (Master’s Program)

Hirosaki University Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science (Master’s Program) 
Admission Policies

◎  Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science

1 Overview

The graduate school provides a platform for graduate students to transform into highly specialized experts who demonstrate a broad understanding of technologies and contribute to local community development, exceptional engineers with an international perspective, and researchers who can challenge the frontiers of research and remain ahead of the needs of the times.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students inquisitive of their academic field
  • Students motivated to master a broad range of specialized knowledge in addition to their own academic and related fields
  • Students willing to acquire skills and to collect information, think critically, and solve problems

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Fundamental academic skills in agricultural science, biological sciences, and environmental sciences

4 Policies on Student Selection

Students are selected based on the cumulative results of submitted applications, paper examinations, and oral examinations, all of which assess fundamental academic skills in agricultural, biological, and environmental sciences, as well as the candidate’s intellectual curiosity and drive for research.

Biology Program

1 Overview

Universality observed in basic life activities of all organisms and biodiversity observed in morphology and behaviors of individuals are formed by mutual interaction between the genetic information coded in DNA and the surrounding environment. This graduate program focuses on research related to understanding the factors supporting basic life activity processes and their mechanisms, including development, energy metabolism, adaptation, and evolution, as well as research on dynamic and composite biological and ecological systems formed through the mutual interaction of individuals, the environment, and biodiversity. Through this research, the program develops researchers in biological fields, biotechnology experts related to agriculture and food products, and specialized experts for the conservation of ecosystems.

2 The Type of Students We Look For [A1]

  • Students with a strong interest in life sciences who are willing to challenge research to advance their understanding of basic biological phenomena
  • Students interested in ecology and the evolution of organisms, who are willing to solve environmental problems through biology
  • Students demonstrating great creativity, individuality, and curiosity, as well as general proactivity

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Undergraduate-level knowledge on the mechanisms of basic biological phenomena, biodiversity, adaptation to the environment, and evolution

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

1 Overview

Life is constantly sustained by the many chemical reactions of biological molecules (enzyme reaction system). Technologies that utilize such systems are expected to play an important multifaceted role in the near future. This graduate program is designed to develop researchers, highly-specialized experts, and Ph.D. candidates with an international perspective who can thrive in society, by providing specialized knowledge and skills related to research in biological functions and reaction mechanisms, and production and control of matter by organisms.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students with a passion for understanding biological functions at a molecular level
  • Students willing to actively challenge new disciplines
  • Students with high ideals for serving mankind through research achievements
  • Students with work experience as experts or researchers, who want to further master higher technologies and knowledge

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Fundamental knowledge of biochemistry

Applied Biosciences Program

1 Overview

This graduate program is designed to transform graduate students into skilled individuals specialized in the research and development of breeding technologies for new food plant varieties, soil and pest management in food plant production, and food product function and safety to ensure sufficient, environment-friendly, sustainable food supply.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students with a strong interest in the development and use of biological resources and control of the production environment
  • Students willing to continue nurturing problem-solving skills for biological resources and environment-related problems

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Fundamental knowledge of general biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology

Agriculture and Horticulture Program

1 Overview

The program focuses on research to develop agricultural production techniques, revitalize agriculture, and improve food and the environment to establish sustainable and multi-functional agriculture and human livelihoods. Graduate students acquire specialist expertise and knowledge in agricultural production and agricultural management, economy, and distribution, and develop abilities to independently identify and solve problems in each area of expertise.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students interested in various local- and national-level problems related to food and agriculture
  • Students willing to learn comprehensive solutions from agricultural technologies and social economics perspectives
  • Students willing to contribute to industry, education, culture, and local communities on the basis of the knowledge and theories acquired from this program

3 Pre-admission Requirements

A strong interest in production technologies for food agriculture and social economics, and fundamental knowledge in agriculture and horticulture

Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Program

1 Overview

Challenges related to the 21st century include the development of sustainable agriculture appropriate for the nature and climate of northern Tohoku to develop the region as a food base and the development of adequate conditions for rural community settlements. Considering the “soft” issues such as business planning and selecting agents for these operations is also necessary. This graduate program therefore addresses topics such as the management and development of production infrastructure, maintaining the living environment for local residents, and development of planning methods to prepare individuals with highly specialized expertise, skills, and proactive problem-solving skills who are able to consider the protection and conservation of the natural environment.

2 The Type of Students We Look For

  • Students interested in domestic and foreign local issues, including rural and local environment issues
  • Students willing to flexibly learn the issues at hand as required, even those beyond their undergraduate area of specialization
  • Students willing to learn theories by working on practical issues

3 Pre-admission Requirements

Independent problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and fundamental knowledge of agricultural and environmental engineering

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