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Graduate School of Economics

Graduate School Opened to the Public Responding to the Current of a New Era

 The university has accepted not only graduating students but also individuals from diverse backgrounds, including currently working adults of society in Shimonoseki and other regions, retired individuals and international students from South Korea and China, fostered them and then sent them out into society. Graduate students exchange opinions based on their knowledge and experience to stimulate one another. The graduate program has established empathetic support by faculty members through classes as well as research guidance offered during day and night classes.
 We have high expectations for students motivated to enhance their careers through study at our graduate school.

Graduate School/Objective

 The objective of the graduate program is for students to study and research broadly in their professional field of specialty and contribute to the development of academic culture, as well as to foster students as leaders of society making use of their highly specialized knowledge.

 The specific human resources the Graduate School of Economics (Economics and Business Administration) hopes to develop are as described below:

  1. To build on the foundation of economics and business administration currently possessed by students, we aim to develop highly specialized professionals with capacities and knowledge that enable them to be active in public agencies and the business world in and outside of Japan. Students study subjects related to industry, regional society, and community, as well as accounting, information and East Asia, and through creative research.
  2. To develop human resources capable of actively linking East Asia and Japan in business situations through highly advanced study in the field of economics and business administration.
  3. To develop human resources capable of contributing to society through creative research based on an advanced study in the field of economics and business administration and experience as working adults, and to acquire advanced professional wisdom, and the capacity to utilize and practice their research result in local community and other social situations.

Overview of the Graduate School of Economics

Curriculum Policy

 To foster highly specialized professional through advanced study and creative research on issues related to modern economic systems and business, the subject group positioned above the foundation of basic economics and business administration in undergraduate studies includes subject groups in Economic Society Systems, such as industry, region and community, and subject groups in International Business, such as accounting and informatics, and East Asia. These subjects are available for students to select and learn according to their interest.

Obtaining a teacher’s license
Types of license Subject
Junior high school single-subject teacher’s license Social Studies
High school single-subject teacher’s license Civics

 Students select and take necessary subjects under a research advisor assigned to them according to the research topic (seminar) at the time of entrance. As a rule, students select and take lectures according to their interest in their first year, and concentrate on seminars and writing of a master’s thesis in their second year. For completion of the graduate program, students are required to obtain at least 30 units, including 8 units of seminar provided by their research advisor, as well as to pass the master’s thesis examination.

*It is possible to shorten or extend the study period.
Students recognized as suitable may choose a system to complete the program in one year, or an extension system to complete the 2 year program in 3 or 4 years paying only 2-year tuition.

Diploma Policy

 The Graduate School of Economics awards a Master’s Degree in Economics to students fulfilling the following requirements:

・Individuals who have been enrolled for the designated period and have obtained the units required for completion.
・Individuals who have received the necessary research guidance, and have passed examinations and screening of their master’s thesis or research results on a specified theme.
・Individuals who have acquired basic knowledge on Economics and Business Administration as well as professional knowledge on research themes and methods as highly specialized professional.

Admission Policy

 With aging populations and advancing globalization, the social and economic environment in and outside of Japan is experiencing significant changes, and specialized knowledge to cultivate into the new era is being sought. In view of the demands of this age, the graduate school desires enrollment of students with the following qualities:

・Individuals aiming to gain new knowledge and skills through advanced study and creative research in the field of economics and business administration
・Individuals aiming to be highly specialized professionals in public agencies and in the field of business in and outside of Japan with specialized knowledge gained through advanced study and research
・Individuals aiming to acquire specialized knowledge and skills gained through creative research based on experience as a member of society with which make use of and practice research results in local communities

For working adult students <Day and night classes, and extension system>

  Research guidance and classes are offered at night and on Saturdays and holidays for working adults. Combined with intensive courses during vacation periods (summer and winter vacation), students are able to acquire necessary units. Students may also make use of our extension system so that they have sufficient time to complete their program. Furthermore, students may select the following special programs:

Working Adult Education Program with Weight on Practical Study (Education program with project research)
The “Project Research” Education Program cultivates practical problem-solving skills for working adults. This program substitutes the master’s thesis with a project study course on a “specific theme.”

Project Study Course

First Year Spring Term: Research Method
Explanation of knowledge and methods considered effective for fieldwork (interview, questionnaire) or survey and analysis of public data.

First Year Fall Term: Theme Survey
Research studies centering on fieldwork, such as previous research, bibliography, reference, and other data to determine a research theme.

Second Year Spring Term: Project Research I
Conduct research studies centering on fieldwork, such as bibliography, reference and other data on a research theme.

Second Year Fall Term: Project Research II
Based on research methods, theme survey and project research I, a theme is pursued in depth and results of the research on the “specific theme” are summarized.