Assessment Criteria for the Master’s Thesis -Master’s Program-

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science -Master’s Program-
Assessment Criteria for the Master’s Thesis

The master’s thesis will be evaluated by one primary reviewer and two co-reviewers. The degree candidate will make a master’s thesis presentation and will also undergo an oral examination. The thesis must satisfy the criteria listed below (with a total of 60 points or higher out of a total of 100 points). Part-time students may request that evaluation criteria be modified and with the approval of the supervising faculty member may substitute the thesis with a research report.

(1) Expertise

A mastery of sufficient knowledge in the field of agriculture and life sciences, a multifaceted analysis of issues, and the ability to propose solutions must be reflected in the thesis.

(2) Appropriateness of the Research Theme

The research theme for the master’s thesis (or research report) must be appropriately established and the objective for and awareness of the problem must be expressed adequately.

(3) Appropriateness of the Thesis

Appropriate organization of the thesis (primary paragraphs, figures, tables, references, etc.) is expected, and the conclusions drawn should not demonstrate flaws in logic or be “inflated.” Figures and tables must be used effectively to enhance the reader’s understanding of the content.

(4) Originality

The master’s thesis must be at a level suitable for publication in scientific journals and as such, must provide new knowledge. The research report must reinforce or reaffirm previous knowledge.

(5) Appropriateness of Supplementary Documents

Past literature and relevant research must be comprehensively reviewed through appropriate methods and this review must show thorough understanding. Furthermore, sources must be accurately and adequately cited. Copyright violation (plagiarism, citation without permission), particularly for information sourced from websites, is not permitted. The author of the thesis must also pay close attention to research ethics.