Master’s Program in Environmental Management

In order to foster outstanding environmental management professionals, students are required to participate in lengthy internship study. Based on practical experience gained outside of the university, the student presents an innovative master’s thesis and gains professional skills. After completing the master’s degree, the student may continue on to the doctoral program in order to obtain advanced professional skills or may choose to work for national or local government organizations, international organizations, at environment-linked departments of industries, environment-related industries, environmentrelated NGOs, among others.

The curriculum also fosters outstanding researchers. Students are engaged in academic research in the specific field of his/her major, as well as in interdisciplinary course work, in order to gain the ability to open academic frontiers related to global and/or local environmental issues. After completing the master’s degree, the student may continue on to the Doctoral Program in Global Environmental Studies to obtain advanced academic research skills at the international level, or may choose to work for environment-related research institutions or other organizations.

1. Curriculum

The core requirements of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management are courses in the theoretical foundations of global environmental studies (global environmental laws and policy, global environmental economics, global resources and ecosystem management, environmental ethics and environmental education). The student studies environmental management fundamentals and theories, and attends seminars corresponding to the student’s area of interest. After that, the student completes an internship and then submits a master’s thesis.

Through the environmental management seminars, the student participates in special lectures by invited lecturers, fieldwork, experiments and practical study, and literature review, all of which serve to instill the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for environmental research or practice at the international level.

2. Internship

An internship system has been incorporated as a compulsory part of the curriculum of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management. Individual education based on practical experience outside of the classroom enables students to acquire competence in addressing global environmental issues. The Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies has agreements with a wide range of domestic and international institutions and environmental research organizations that currently serve as hosts for internship training. Previously, students have been placed as interns at governmental research institutes, private research organizations, foreign universities, and international organizations such as the United Nations and international NGOs.

Two kinds of internships are available for students. Longterm internships, which require students to spend at least three months at one site to train and cultivate practical skills, and short-term internships of one to two months for students whose research objectives are best achieved through brief practical experience. (For short term internships, submission of preliminary thesis work is required.)

3. Progress toward the Degree

First Year:
Course work, drafting of internship study plan, internship.
Second Year:
Submission and review of master’s thesis, Master’s Degree in Global Environmental Studies.

4. Admission Information

Applicants will be graded according to the sum total of their marks for English ability (evaluated based on TOEFLiBT (preferred), TOEFL-PBT, TOEIC-SP, or IELTS test-score), general knowledge of global environment, basic knowledge of the applicant’s choice of study area and interviews (to assess achievement in undergraduate program, study plan and capacity for the master’s program).

5. International Environmental Management Program

The Master’s program in Environmental Management has two components. One is the general program explained above and the other is the “International Environmental Management Program” (G30 program). Please refer to the following website for more details:
http://www2.ges.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/activities/educational-activities/g30-educational-program/