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Graduate School of Economics

Based on the University’s primary educational goals, the Graduate School of Economics aims to educate competent graduates able to contribute to economic and social stability and progress. It also aims for the educational and research objectives of imparting advanced specialized knowledge and research capabilities. Moreover, it fosters the knowledge and conceptual abilities needed to succeed in highly specialized professions.

Diploma Policy

Major in Economics, Management, and Finance
These programs provide research instruction on economic theory, economic history, applied economics, management, management information, accounting, and finance, based on the prerequisites of specialized knowledge and general education learned in bachelor’s degree programs. The educational and research goals are to educate graduates equipped with outstanding professional and leadership abilities that will enable them to contribute to economic and social stability and progress. The Graduate Program (M.A. Section) aims to improve research capabilities and foster the knowledge and skills needed in highly specialized professions. The second half seeks to impart advanced academic and research ability as well as the specific skills needed to succeed in the research sections of institutes of higher learning, corporations, and other organizations.

Graduate Program (M.A. Section)
To complete this program, the student must earn the required course credits (30 course credits), enroll for at least two years (four terms), undergo research guidance, and submit a Master’s thesis or research paper that earns a passing grade. Students who have attained the talents suited to researchers and advanced professionals by acquiring the specialized knowledge, research and studying abilities, and expression skills identified as objectives of the Researcher and Advanced Professional courses below are awarded a Master’s degree in Economics.

(1) The Researcher course welcomes students:
  • Who have mastered specialized knowledge in economics, management, or finance
  • Who possess the academic and analytical abilities and the desire to pursue knowledge needed to elucidate a theme chosen by themselves in a specialized research domain
  • Who possess sufficient skills in areas such as composition, verbal expression, and argument to communicate research results
  • Who have the talents needed to enable him or her to continue independent research activities in Japan and around the world

(2) The Advanced Professional course welcomes students:
  • Who have mastered specialized knowledge suited to each program
  • Who possess the academic and analytical abilities and the desire to pursue knowledge needed for career development and elucidation of a theme chosen by themselves in each specialized domain
  • Who possess sufficient skills in areas such as composition, verbal expression, and argument to communicate his or her views
  • Who has the talents needed to enable him or her to continue pursuit of advanced specialized knowledge
 
Graduate Program (Ph.D. Section)
Students in this program acquire the ability to carry out independent research activities in their areas of research specialization both in Japan and around the world, as capable researchers able to contribute to social and economic stability and progress. A student who has undergone research guidance and earned the required course credits, enrolled for at least three years (six terms), submitted a Doctoral thesis that received a passing grade, and passed the final exam is awarded a doctorate in Economics.

Curriculum Policy

The Graduate Program (M.A. Section)
Education in the The Graduate Program (M.A. Section) focuses on fostering high levels of specialized abilities and practical application skills, building on fundamental academic abilities. The curriculum consists of course subjects taught in lecture form, course subjects taught through reading literature in small groups, and seminars intended for purposes of guidance on preparing a thesis.
 
(1) Researcher track
Depending on the research theme, each student is assigned one faculty advisor and one sub faculty advisor, each of whom is a full-time professor. Under intensive guidance suited to his or her case, the student prepares a course plan tailored to a research theme decided through guidance by and discussion with his or her faculty advisor and studies toward the goal of developing a Master’s thesis.

(2)  Advanced Professional track
This course consists of a career-specific program intended mainly for earning vocational qualifications and a theme-specific program in which research advances per a theme decided on in advance.
 
The career-specific program is designed for students desiring to begin professional careers after completion. It has curricula in four areas, for public officials, accounting specialists, IT management strategists, and securities analysts. Faculty members in charge of core classes in each program serve as faculty advisors and sub faculty advisors, teaching basic capabilities and specialized knowledge as needed in each profession.
Intended in principle for students who already have a full-time job, the theme-specific program allows students to carry out practical, solution-based research on research themes chosen from eight themes designed to address topics that they might experience or need to solve in the workplace. Curricula are prepared based on these research themes, and faculty members in charge of core classes in each research theme serve as faculty advisors and sub faculty advisors. A long-term enrollment system is available for students taking this program while working full time, enabling them to complete the program in two to four years.
 
The Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section)
The Doctoral Program (second half) covers research themes in the seven areas of economic theory, economic history, applied economics, management, management information, accounting, and finance. In each field, particular research subjects in the context of advanced seminars are offered as specialized classes, along with thesis guidance classes to help the student prepare his or her doctoral thesis. The curriculum is intended to educate researchers for employment in research activities at research institutions such as universities and think tanks, and students aim to complete their doctoral theses on research themes chosen based on guidance and advice from their faculty advisors and sub faculty advisors.

Admissions Policy

-Types of students sought

The Graduate Program (M.A. Section)
This program welcomes applicants who wish to improve their research abilities and to acquire the knowledge needed for highly specialized employment with the following qualifications:
Those who understand the founding principles and basic educational goals of the University.
Those who learned general education and specialized knowledge in bachelor’s degree programs, and possess abilities to understand foreign-language literature as needed for learning in the graduate school.
Those who have academic analytical skills in the domains of economic theory, economic history, applied economics, management, management information, accounting, finance, or in related areas.
 
The Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section)
This program welcomes applicants who are motivated to complete their doctoral theses in the domains of economics, management, or finance, based on theoretical and analytical skills, and practical language skills obtained in the Graduate Program (Ph. D. Section).
Those who wish to carry out research activities in Japan or around the world in their specialized research areas as capable researchers.
Those who can contribute to social and economic stability and progress.
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