Graduate School Curriculum
The primary objective of the Graduate School is to cultivate academic researchers through a five-year integrated program of research training. The Master’s program is made up of Basic Courses, Advanced Courses, and Special Lectures. It has six concentrations that provide curricular models indicating which basic courses are recommended and which advanced subjects are associated with each concentration. In the Doctoral program, the Doctoral Dissertation Committees comprising two or more faculty members for each student provide individual supervision to ensure that students are able to complete their dissertations in three years. Workshops are also organized to provide students with opportunities to present their research-in-progress and to foster high-level discussion and productive interaction. In 2009, we launched the International Graduate Program for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies, with an academic year beginning in October rather than in April, and with English used as the common language. This program focuses on multi-faceted, interdisciplinary, international research into economic issues facing Japan and the rest of East Asia. Students completing the program become academic researchers and professional economists capable of formulating practical solutions to social and economic problems, and of contributing to sustainable development in the region. The Graduate School of Economics has conferred a cumulative total of 1,693 Master’s degrees and 981 Doctoral degrees (as of March 2015). Most of these alumni are working as professional researchers in universities, think tanks, and other academic organizations, either within or outside of Japan.