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Master Program of Information Systems Architecture


The Master's Degree Program for Information Systems Architecture aims to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies that are essential for information architects.

Information architects must make full use of a variety of technical skills to make information technologies (IT) useful for business. For example, information architects are expected to possess and practice a broad array of knowledge and competencies, such as technical skills to propose a new framework based on an analysis of business and needs, skills to design optimal systems, the latest networking skills, database skills, advanced programming skills, and project management skills.

The curriculum of the Master's Degree Program for Information Systems Architecture is structured so that students can efficiently acquire the basic knowledge that is essential for information architects in their first year of the program. The curriculum is grouped into the Basic IT Classes, Common Basic Classes, and Specialized Classes. In the Basic IT Classes and Common Basic Classes, students study the basic cognitive approaches that are appropriate for information architects. In the Specialized Classes (which includes the ICT-Related Classes, Enterprise-Related Classes, Systems Development-Related Classes and Management-Related Classes), students study their specialized fields in depth. The second-year curriculum incorporates project-based learning (PBL) to help students acquire competencies that are essential for information systems architects.

Information architects as envisaged by AIIT are an extremely broad concept. To satisfy the credentials of information architects, students are expected to become advanced professionals who possess an advanced level of knowledge and expertise in their respective specialized fields of study as well as an appropriate level of knowledge in other areas. The curriculum assumes seven courses as shown on the right by taking students' future career aspirations into consideration. These seven courses are designed to meet the requirements of the IT Skills Standards Ver. 3 as published by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and to reflect the implications of the Common Career/Skill Framework (Version 1).