Japan | International Credentials Equivalencies
- Minimum GPA
- A Minus GPA
- B Plus GPA
- Instruction Languages
- Bachelors Equiv.
- Bachelor`s degree (Gakushi-shogo / 学士号)
- Masters Equiv.
- Master`s degree (Shushi-go / 修士号) - see notes.
- Grad Sample
- First Degree Sample
- Bachelor's (Gakushi Shogo)
- Grading System
A 80–100 Yu (Excellent)
B 70-79 Ryo (Good)
C 60–69 Ka (Pass)
D 00–59 (Fail)
A+ 90–100 Shu (Outstanding)
A 80–89 Yu (Excellent)
B 70–79 Ryo (Good)
C 60–69 Ka (Pass)
D Fail Fuka
Ontario Admission Equivalency (OURA)
- Recognized Universities
Aichi University of Education
Aoyama Gakuin University*
Asahikawa Medical College
Chuo Univ. (Tokyo)*
Fukui Medical School
Fikuoka Univesity of Education
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
International Christian University*
Kagawa Medical School
Kochi Medical School
Kwansei Gakuin University
Medical College of Oita
Niigata University Oita University
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tokyo Gakugei University
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Toyama University,Tsuda College*
University of Ryukyus
University of Tokyo
University of Tottori
University of Tsukuba
University of Wakayama
Yokahama National University
* denotes private institutions
- Notes for Japan
Bachelor`s degree (Gakushi-shogo) 学士号
Alternative titles at this level include:
Medical degree (Igakushi)
Veterinary degree (Jūigakushi)
Dentistry degree (Shigakushi)
Master`s degree (Shushi-go) 修士号
Academic Master’s degrees would generally be termed Master of Science/Arts, while professional ones would be Master of (subject area).
There are 474 universities (national, private and local) and ranking of these institutions by academic or professional organizations does not exist.
Bachelor Degree (学士Gakushi)
Most Bachelor degrees take four years, although those in medicine, dentistry and some pharmacy and veterinary science programmes take six years. At least 124 credits are required for the completion of four-year degrees; medicine and dentistry require at least 188, veterinary science 182 and some pharmacy programmes require 186.
The first two years involve a broad range of subjects, often unrelated to the major. The final two years are then focused on the major subject(s).
Some universities offer the option for high-performing students to graduate early, after completion of a minimum of three years of study, instead of the usual four.
Master’s Degree (修士Shūshi)
There are two types of Master’s degree offered in Japan: academic research Master’s degrees and professional Master’s degrees.
Academic Master’s degrees take two years and require 30 credits, completion of a thesis and a final examination. A Bachelor degree is required for entry and students must also pass an entrance examination.
Professional Master’s degrees (修士 (専門職) Shūshi (Senmon-shoku)) studied at professional graduate schools take between one and three years, depending on the subject. The minimum credit requirement is 30 credits. Three-year law school programmes require 93 credits and have the title Juris Doctor (法務博士Hōmu hakase). Two-year teacher education programmes require a minimum of 45 credits. Submission of a thesis is not required.
There are no Master’s degrees available in medical fields; graduates may proceed directly to doctoral studies following a Bachelor degree.
Doctoral programmes take five years to complete, with a two-year Master’s degree forming the first stage of the programme. The Doctorate itself takes three years to complete. Some universities offer a three-year, post-Master’s Doctorate. Applicants to all types of programme must pass an entrance examination.
Doctorates in dentistry, medicine, some pharmaceutical fields and veterinary medicine are four years in duration. A minimum of 30 credits is required, as well as the doctoral thesis and a final examination.
It is also possible to gain a Doctorate without following one of the doctoral programmes described above. The degree can also be awarded on the basis of a dissertation alone, which is submitted, reviewed and examined by the university in accordance with degree regulations.
Last Update: September 2, 2020