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The Graduate School of Engineering aims to develop creative researchers and advanced engineers with specialized knowledge of a very high level. This graduate school was started in 1953 under the new university system as the new graduate school for Master's and Doctoral courses. It was created as an organization for advanced education and research that further expands upon the mission of the graduate school under the old system. Initially it offered 11 degree fields: mechanical engineering, applied chemistry, fermentation engineering, metallurgy, naval architecture, electrical engineering, precision mechanics, applied physics, communication systems engineering, welding engineering, and structural engineering. In response to advances in science and technology and the demands of society, the school grew substantially and in 1993 had expanded to 22 degree fields.

The majority of these degree fields were established in connection with a department of the School of Engineering. However as one part of reforms which shifted the focus to the graduate school, a complete reorganization was carried out in 1995. This reorganization included interdisciplinary expansion of science and technologies, the construction of an education and research system for cutting-edge scientific technologies, and a shift in the focus of education from application-oriented engineering education to the development of creative research abilities and technical development abilities.

The Applied Science Division degrees (6 degrees: Material and Life Science, Molecular Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Biotechnology, Precision Science and Technology, Applied Physics) were established in 1995. The Electronic and Information Engineering Division degrees (6 degrees: Electronic, Information and Energy Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Communications Systems Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Information Systems Engineering; and Nuclear Engineering) were established in 1996. The Applied Physics Division degrees (7 degrees: Adaptive Machine Systems, Mechanophysical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Systems, Computer-Controlled Mechanical Systems, Materials Science and Processing, Materials Science and Engineering, and Manufacturing Science) were established in 1997. The Global Architecture Division degrees (5 degrees: Global Architecture, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and Environmental Engineering) were established in 1998. A Business Engineering degree was established as a separate major field in 2004. For the purpose of creating new academic areas in order to adapt to the rapid development and diversification of science and technology and to meet the demands of society, the degree fields were reorganized in 2005 to the current 10 degree fields at present.

The Graduate School of Engineering carries on the free and creative research environment that is a tradition of Osaka University, and has produced a great many outstanding world-recognized research results. In order to develop top-class and highly creative researchers and engineers, research is not limited to the instructors in Graduate School of Engineering. We also welcome excellent instructors from the other departments within the university and outside the university, including from The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Joining and Welding Research Institute, Institute of Laser Engineering, Cybermedia Center, Research Center for Ultra-High Voltage Electron Microscopy, and other institutions to provide enthusiastic instruction and conduct active research. At present, the number of enrollees in the Graduate School of Engineering is limited to 790 persons for the Master's course, and 184 persons for the Doctoral course. Since the launch of the new university system in 1953, a total of 30,705 persons have received Master's degrees and 7,644 persons have received Doctoral degrees (4,690 degrees awarded by completion of the course and 2,954 degrees awarded on merit of dissertation) (as of March 2019). Together with the 47,135 graduates from the undergraduate School of Engineering (as of March 2019), these persons are playing important roles in industry, government, and academia.

The standard number of years for course completion in the graduate school is 2 years for the Master's course and 3 years for the Doctoral course, however some exceptional students are able to complete early the course. We wholeheartedly encourage such exceptional students to enter the Graduate School of Engineering.

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