Master’s Program

Curriculum Features

We offer several specialized subjects as well as common subjects in each specialty such as special seminars on nursing sciences or special studies on nursing sciences. We also offer eight “Specialized Basic Subjects” which provide fundamental knowledge necessary for the major. In addition, we make efforts to give an interdisciplinary perspective to our students by encouraging them to attend the “Graduate General Education Courses.”

Our students can also learn subjects (38 credits) that correspond to the curriculum to become a Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS) in cancer nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, family health nursing, and chronic care nursing.

Degree Awarded

Master of Science in Nursing


Certified Nurse Specialists (CNS) (certified by the Japanese Nursing Association) in the following fields: Family Health Nursing, Cancer Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Chronic Care Nursing

*Students who have completed the subjects required for CNS training education and have the necessary working experience are eligible to take the credentialing examination for CNS conducted by JNA. Please refer to the website of JNA for more details on subjects and number of credits required.

Degree Thesis

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Category Number of Credits Nursing Science Certified Nurse Specialists (CNS) Number of Credits Required for CNS Education Courses Midwifery Course Number of Credits Required for Midwifery Course
Cancer Chronic Care Psychiatric Mental Health Family Health
Specialized Basic Subjects Topics in Nursing Science 2 ●A ●A ●A ●A

Common Subjects A: 8 credits or more

Common Subjects B: 6 credits

A total of 14 credits or more

Specialized Basic Subjects: 19 credits or more including the compulsory subjects
Nursing Communication 2 6 credits or more in addition to the compulsory subjects
Nursing Consultation 2 ●A ●A ●A ●A
Nursing Research 3 ○A ○A ○A ○A
Health Statistics 2
Global Health Nursing 2
Nursing Ethics 2 ○A ○A ○A ○A
Continuing Profession Education 2 ○A ○A ○A ○A
Physical Assessment 2 ○B ○B ○B ○B
Pathology 2 ○B ○B ○B ○B
Clinical Pharmacology 2 ○B ○B ○B ○B
Basic Nursing Education 2
Maternal and Child Health in Community 1
Women's Health 2
Mental Health for Women 1
Bioethics in Midwifery 2
Physical Assessment in Midwifery 1
Specialized Subjects Specialized Subjects Topics in Global Health and Public Health Nursing 2 8 credits or more including 2 credits each of "Topics" and "Seminar" from the specialized subjects in each student's specialized research field Specialized Subjects: 33 credits or more including 2 credits each of "Topics" and "Seminar" in student's specialized field and the compulsory subjects
Seminar on Global Health and Public Health Nursing 2
Topics in Women's Health Nursing 2
Seminar on Women's Health NursingI 2
Seminar on Women's Health NursingII 2
Seminar on Women's Health NursingIII 3
Seminar on Women's Health NursingIV 3
Topics in MidwiferyI 2
Seminar in MidwiferyI 2
Topics in MidwiferyII 2
Seminar in MidwiferyII 2
Topics in MidwiferyIII 1
Seminar in MidwiferyIII 1
Midwifery PracticumI 8
Midwifery PracticumII 3
Topics in Family Health Nursing 2
Seminar in Family Health Nursing 2
Discussions on Family Support in Child Care Period 2
Discussions on Topics Assessing Growth and Development in Pediatric and Family Nursing 2
Seminar on Translational Research in Family Nursing 2
Discussions on Family Life Assessment 2
Discussions on Family Assessment and Intervention 2
Family Nursing Seminar in Practice for Certificate Nursing Specialist 2
Family Nursing Practice I 2
Family Nursing Practice II 4
Family Nursing Practice III 2
Topics in Oncology NursingI 2 ○G

【Cancer Nursing Field】

Common Subjects in the Field G: 6 credits

Common Subjects in the Field S: 8 credits

Practice C: 8 credits

Seminar in Oncology NursingI 2 ○S
Topics in Oncology NursingII 2 ○G
Seminar in Oncology NursingII 2 ○S
Topics in Oncology NursingIII 2 ○S
Topics in Basic Oncology 1 ○G
Topics in Clinical Oncology 1 ○G
Topics in Palliative Care 2 ○S
Oncology Nursing SeminarI 2 ○C
Oncology Nursing SeminarII 4 ○C
Oncology Nursing SeminarIII 2 ○C
Topics in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2

【Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Field】

Common Subjects in the Field: 12 credits

Common Subjects in the Field: 2 credits

Practice: 8 credits

Seminar in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2
Topics in Psychiatric NursingI 2
Topics in Psychiatric NursingII 2
Topics in Psychiatric NursingIII 2
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Seminar for Certificate Nursing SpecialistI 2
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Seminar for Certificate Nursing SpecialistII 2
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing PracticeI 4
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing PracticeII 4
Topics in Chronic Care NursingI 2

【Chronic Care Nursing Field】

Common Subjects in the Field: 14 credits

Practice: 8 credits

Seminar in Chronic Care NursingI 2
Topics in Chronic Care NursingII 2
Seminar in Chronic Care NursingII 2
Topics in Chronic Care NursingIII 2
Topics in Chronic Care NursingIV 2
Seminar in Chronic Care NursingIV 2
Chronic Care Nursing PracticeI 4
Chronic Care Nursing PracticeII 4
Common Internship 2 Elective ● 
Seminar in Nursing Science 2 Practice: 2 credits
Research on Nursing Science 4
Total Credits Completed 30 42 58
credits or more
  • Subjects specified as the curriculum for CNS and midwifery are indicated by circles in the table
  • ●Compulsory Subjects for Master's Program
  • ○Alphabets next to the circles indicate the types of subjects in each specialty of CNS
  • The completion requirements must be fulfilled in accordance with the course registration method prescribed by the Doctoral & Master's Programs in Nursing Science.
  • ■Compulsory Subjects for Midwifery Course

Doctoral Program

Curriculum Features

For the sake of carrying out excellent research in specialized fields, we have organized a curriculum to train nursing researchers who can develop new nursing techniques, education, and research methods based on their basic qualities as researchers and educators.

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Degree Thesis

Degree Thesis Themes

Category Curriculum Standard Academic Year of Course Completion Number of Credits Term Course Overview
Specialized Basic Subjects Applied Nursing Science 1 3 FallAB Based on the philosophy behind nursing theory, students will deepen their understanding of development and validation of nursing theories, analysis and evaluation methods, concept development and analysis methods, and methods for using theory in research and building theory from research through assignments and discussions, and scientifically explore the issues for the future development of nursing science.
Application of Statistics in Nursing Research 1 2 All Grounded in a basic understanding on statistics, students will learn through critiquing academic papers in their research fields to understand advanced research in nursing science, especially multivariate analysis methods used in quantitative research. The course consists of 20 lectures, and the first 10 of them will be held jointly with "Health Statistics" Course from the Master's Program. The first 10 lectures will be on basic statistics where students will learn the basics of inferential statistics, and the second half of the course will be on how to conduct quantitative research, and students will give presentations introducing their research fields, recent developments, and critique of representative quantitative research papers in the field and examine the understanding of statistical methodology and its development in research.
Research Methodology for Nursing 1 2 FallAB Research methodology to plan, conduct, and evaluate practical research in nursing science as an independent researcher will be taught through lectures and discussions.
Nursing Education 1 2 FallABC Students will learn about professor and student theories necessary for nursing education and educational methods in nursing education through lectures, discussions, and seminars. Specifically, lectures will be given on teaching and learning theories such as characteristics and changes in nursing education programs, curriculum development, methods of designing lessons based on understanding of views of education, teaching materials, and learners, intrinsic motivation theory, problem-solving-learning theory, adult learning theory, and achievement goal theory. In addition, students will prepare a practice lesson plan and give a presentation and discussion.
Specialized Subjects Advanced Topic in Nursing Science 1・2 2 FallABC This course will teach students necessary knowledge and actual research techniques to conduct an original and creative research project from the prospective of various specialized fields of nursing science for the future development of nursing science.
Advanced Seminar in Research Ethics 1 1 FallABC Students will learn about basic knowledge regarding research ethics and ethical considerations to proceed with research, which are necessary as a nursing researcher through specific cases, and acquire practical skills through e-learning materials (CITI-Japan) and discussion.
Advanced Seminar in Nursing ScienceI 1 2 FallABC Students will examine domestic and international papers on the research topics they have chosen, plan and present research objectives and methods systematically and logically, and explore the techniques of thesis writing by discussing matters constructively in order to cultivate leadership skills for the development of nursing science and the ability to conduct research activities and write papers independently.
Advanced Seminar in Nursing ScienceII 2 1 FallABC Students will explore their ability to conduct research by giving a presentation on the originality and novelty of their research topic with evidence in order to cultivate leadership skills for the development of nursing science and the ability to conduct research activities and write papers independently through the seminar. The goal is to be able to set their own research topic, to construct a research conceptual framework, to clarify and improve issues in conducting research according to the research plan that they have prepared, and to write highly creative papers based on scientific evidence. The course plan consists of two parts: one for each graduate students to give a presentation on the status of the research being conducted according to their research plan and identify issues and areas for improvement in their research through discussion with other graduate students and professors, and the other for presentation and discussion of their research that has been revised based on the improvement methods for the issues pointed out in the discussion (adding the second time onwards as needed depending on the situation).
Advanced Research in Nursing Science 3 9 All This course is offered in the third year in a seminar format by a research advisor. Graduate students will be given final guidance to conduct independent research activities on specific research topics related to nursing science based on the results of the review of their research plan and complete a doctoral thesis with high creativity and originality based on scientific evidence.
Free subjects Application of Seminar in Global Health Nursing Research 1 - 3 1 All Students will give research presentations at an international academic conference and gain an understanding of nursing research at an international level through participation in the conference, and they will apply this knowledge to their own research activities.
Application of Seminar in Global Health Nursing Practice 1 - 3 1 All Students will participate in an overseas training program of five days or more at an overseas nursing-related institution and deepen their understanding of nursing practice and issues from a global perspective.

Course Registration Method
Specialized Basic Subjects: 10 credits or more including 7 credits of the compulsory subjects
(3 or more credits from "Nursing Education," Graduate General Education Courses, and Common Foundation Courses for the Graduate School)
Specialized Subjects: 15 credits or more of specialized subjects related to nursing science