Assessment Criteria for the Master’s Thesis

Hirosaki University Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science (Master’s Program) 
Assessment Criteria for the Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis is assessed by one primary reviewer and two co-reviewers, and the degree candidate is subjected to a master’s thesis presentation and oral assessment. The thesis must satisfy the criteria listed below (the score must total 60 or higher of 100 points). Part-time students may request that assessment criteria be modified, and, under the approval of the supervising faculty member, may substitute the thesis with a research report.

(1) Expertise

Mastery of sufficient knowledge in the field of agriculture and life sciences, multifaceted analysis of issues, and an ability to propose a solution must be reflected in the thesis.

(2) Appropriateness of the Research Theme

The research theme for the master’s thesis (or research report) must be appropriately established and the objective for and awareness of the problem must be expressed adequately.

(3) Appropriateness of the Thesis

Appropriate writing of the thesis (primary paragraphs, figures, tables, references, etc.) is expected, and the conclusions drawn should not demonstrate flaws in logic or be “inflated.” Figures and tables must be used effectively to enhance readers’ understanding of the content.

(4) Originality

The master’s thesis must be at a level suitable for publication in scientific journals and as such, must provide new knowledge. The research report must be such that it reinforces or reaffirms previous knowledge.

(5) Appropriateness of Supplementary Documents

Past literature and relevant research must be broadly reviewed through appropriate methods and be understood. Furthermore, the literature must be accurately and adequately cited. Copyright violation (plagiarism, citation without permission), particularly for information sourced from websites, is not permitted. The author of the thesis must also pay close attention to research ethics.