Policies of Graduate School [ Master's Program ]

Policies of Graduate School(Admission Policy, Curriculum Policy, and Diploma Policy)

I. Goal of our education

The goal of our education at the Graduate School of Sport and Health Science is to nurture people, with abundant humanity and leadership quality, who have learned theory and practice based on a highly academic expertise in sport and health science and who can contribute to the development of society.

Ⅱ. Admission Policy

In order to nurture people who have a fundamental knowledge of sport and health science and can contribute to the development of society through comprehensive and interdisciplinary education and research, we are recruiting students who have an academic interest in the items below to return their knowledge broadly to society.

Interest and eagerness
  1. Those who have a strong interest in solving various social problems related to sport and health science.
  2. Those who try to open up a new research field, using comprehensive and interdisciplinary approaches.
  3. Those who are willing to conduct research on theory and practice and to return its results to society.
Fundamental knowledge
  1. Those who have a fundamental knowledge of sport and health science and can logically express their own ideas by writing papers or giving presentations.
  2. Those who have the ability to read and write articles or papers on sport and health science in English or who have a basic ability in English.
  3. Those who have experience of, or an interest in, a practical job related to sport and health science.

Ⅲ.Curriculum Policy

In order to achieve the goal of our education, we are offering a curriculum following the basic concepts below. The coursework is designed so that a student can deepen his or her research themes systematically by attending several classes. Under the supervision of an academic adviser, a student can conduct his or her research by closely combining seminars, coursework, thesis advice, etc. and can write a master’s thesis.

If a student has a first-class teaching certificate for junior or senior high school (physical education), he or she can obtain the specialized certificate of the corresponding school after completing the curriculum.

(1) One major course and two fields

We have only one major course named “Sport and Health Science” in order to conduct education and research on sport and health science with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach.

This major course consists of two fields: Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport Pedagogy and Management.

  1. Sport and Exercise Science
    To conduct education and research on the scientific analysis of sport performance, or the scientific maintenance and promotion of health.
  2. Sport Pedagogy and Management
    To conduct education and research on improving education and management skills in the field of sport and health.
(2) Comprehensive and interdisciplinary education and research

We provide training in the fundamental skills necessary for systematic research in common primary classes and optional classes.

(3) Cooperative education and research

We are promoting various kinds of cooperation such as international cooperation, regional cooperation, and cooperation with sport and health industries inside and outside Japan.

(4) Theory and practice

We are conducting education and research activities based on the combination of theory and practice. A student studies the foundation of theory in the coursework, experiences practical activities in cooperation programs such as internships, and conducts practical research with leading-edge facilities and equipment in the building of Integration Core.

(5) Promotion of education and research using features of Biwako Kusatsu Campus (BKC)

A student is permitted to attend classes offered by other graduate schools at Biwako Kusatsu Campus. We conduct education and research based on theory and practice, using the features of Biwako Kusatsu Campus, which is a base of operation for Ritsumeikan’s national level college sports.

Ⅳ. Diploma Policy

The goal of our education in the master’s course of Sport and Health Science is to nurture researchers and expert professionals who have highly specialized “practical ability” and “research ability” related to sport and health science and can return their research results to society. In order to nurture people who can improve their own expertise and create new theories related to sport and health, we define the abilities and skills that students are expected to obtain in the completion of this course as follows:

We consider that a student has obtained these abilities and skills when he or she has earned the credits prescribed by the graduate school and has passed the thesis examination and been awarded a master’s degree in sport and health science.

  1. To have highly specialized “practical ability” and “research ability” and to be able to return the research results to society.
  2. To possess “leadership quality” and “coaching ability.”
  3. To possess reliable specialized knowledge in one of the three fields he or she has selected in the master’s course and be able to design high quality research independently.