NIAD-QE awards Bachelor's degrees to learners other than matriculated university students who have acquired enough academic credits and have sufficient academic attainments in their discipline. Applications are accepted twice a year, in April and October.
As provided in the School Education Act, NIAD-QE is the only entity besides universities that is authorized to confer degrees in Japan.
NIAD-QE awarded Bachelor's degrees to 2,290 of the 2,366 people who applied in October 2020, including persons who graduated from junior colleges or colleges of technology and those who completed professional training colleges. On Friday, February 19, 2021, the Committee of Validation and Examination for Degrees conducted a review for the awarding of Bachelor's degrees based on the results of reviews conducted by the relevant expert committees regarding credits earned and learning outcomes/examinations.

Number of Applicants and Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Major fields Applicants Degree recipients
Literature 24[5] 20[5] 
Education 177[104] 176[104]
Liberal Arts 2 2
Liberal Arts  2 2
Social Sciences 1 1
Law 2 1
Economics 1 1
Business Administration 9[8] 9[8]
Science 2 0
Pharmaceutical Sciences 3 2
Nursing 267[18] 244[18]
Health Science 87[13] 72[13]
Acupuncture and Moxibustion 4 0
Oral Health Science 80[27] 80[27]
Nutrition 38[25] 34[23]
Engineering 1,545[1,535] 1,531[1525]
Agriculture 1 1
Home Economics 4 4
Art 116[31] 109[30]
Physical Education 1 1
Total 2,366[1,766] 2,290[1753]

* In 2015, NIAD-QE introduced a special provision on the evaluation of academic attainment for the awarding of academic degrees to students who are scheduled to complete an advanced course at a junior college or college of technology recognized by NIAD-QE. The figures in parentheses show the number of applicants and degree recipients included in the total that fall under that special provision.

See pages 17-19 of “NIAD-QE Brochure, 2021” for details on NIAD-QE's awarding of degrees.


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