The Faculty has the following three departments (student capacity, 200 people) (please follow the links to the descriptions of each department.)
Students are accepted as a group at the time of admission, so their assignment to a department takes place in their second year and it is decided based on their wishes and grades. However, the AO entrance exam is carried out for the Department of Global Transportation Sciences' Nautical Science course and an entrance exam for recommended candidates is carried out for the Department of Ocean Safety Systems Science, the Department of Global Transportation Sciences, and the Department of Marine Engineering, and these exams determine the assignment to a department for the students who pass them.
Students who intend to become seafarers are required to take the Department of Global Transportation Sciences' Nautical Science course and the Department of Marine Engineering's Ship Management course as required subjects relating to the qualification conditions to become seafarers, and then in principle, after graduation they proceed to the Sea Training Course (six months). The corresponding department for students who entered in academic year 2012 or before is the Department of Maritime Technology Management.
Second year students will take seminar-style classes called Fundamental Seminar and are free to choose a research lab in an area that interests them, irrespective of the departmental framework, and are given the opportunity to conduct entry-level research.
The Graduate School of Maritime Sciences has an integrated educational system specializing in maritime sciences for both Master's and Doctoral Programs. The Master's Program is a two-year course with a capacity of 75 students, and the Doctoral Program is a three-year course with a capacity of 11 students. Admission takes place in April and October, with students who are continuing on to the Graduate School after completing the Sea Training Course entering in October.
In the Graduate School, the research is mainly conducted in the research labs, so the choice of research lab is important when a student continues with their studies. The Graduate School organization has the following system of divisions.
Please follow the links for descriptions of specific research fields.
The Graduate School has one major, but classes are also held in parallel to the three courses in accordance with each division. From academic year 2008, joint classes have been held through the Kansai Maritime Education Alliance, which is a collaboration with Osaka University and Osaka Prefecture University.
Students who complete the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences Master's Program are awarded a Master's degree (in Maritime Sciences). Also, students who complete the Doctoral Program are awarded a Ph.D. (in Maritime Sciences, Engineering, or Philosophy).