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Master’s Course

Economics-related Departments

Department of Economics
In order to nurture economic specialists with a global outlook, the Department of Economics has continued and expanded on the high-level basic education and training focusing on basic economic theory, analysis of economic systems, the collection/analysis/processing of economic information, analysis of international economics, international comparative analysis of economic expansion, market competition and cooperation, policy analysis, and development and the environment. In particular, as evidenced by the English-language classes and research guidance that have been provided in earnest since 1996, education for international students has been radically improved in accordance with the department’s aim to nurture human resources capable of performing on the international stage.
Department of Economics (Finance Program Special Course)
This course was established in 2008 as a “Program for Finance through Economic-Engineering Collaboration” supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under the “Support Program for Improving Graduate School Education”. Integrating the humanities (economics) and science (engineering) enables the nurturing of practical human resources with both the economic and mathematical/computer science knowledge that is required in both the practical business activities of companies and study and research activities in universities. The Department prepares specialists equipped with high-level financial engineering/finance skills and practical expertise.

Doctoral Course

Department of Economics

This department trains specialists with high-level knowledge and research skills of an international standard and an international perspective. Study and research focuses on the basic theory required for analyzing globalizing economies and industries and evaluating policy, data-based empirical analysis, field studies, and international comparative analysis.

Global Economy and Theoretical Analysis
Study and research comprises model-based theoretical analysis, statistical and quantitative clarification of economic systems, socioeconomic analysis of social systems overall, and economic/quantitative analysis of finance and financial administration aimed at clarifying various economic phenomena in globalized economic systems.
Global Economy and Policy Evaluation
Study and research comprises empirical and quantitative analysis and international comparative analysis of various phenomena in globalized economies and industries, international trade/investment/technology and economic growth, development of international financial systems, historical development processes of economies, and international economic expansion and regional concerns, as well as analysis and evaluation of related policies.

International M.A. and Ph.D. Programs - Economics Programs Taught in English

Course/Instruction Structure

Master’s Course

In the Master’s Course, each postgraduate student chooses one of the following two methods, depending on their individual research theme and field of interest, for their study during their first year.

  • (a) Coursework study focusing on micro- and macro-economics with the aim of fostering the basic skills required by the student to write a Master’s thesis.
  • (b) Narrowing their research theme with the advice of their academic supervisor and study of necessary courses.

Regardless of which method is chosen, students may write their Master’s thesis in their second year of study if they have completed 16 credits or more of study in their first year. In the case of Method (a), students must achieve a prescribed level of results in micro- and macro-economics before writing their Master’ thesis.

In students’ second year of study, during which they write their Master’s thesis, they not only receive continuous advice and guidance from their academic supervisors but are also provided with many opportunities for advancing their research, such as seminars and midterm presentations. Moreover, in addition to accessing the Center for International Trade Studies, library resources, and e-journals, students can also nurture their interest in certain topics through the many seminars that are held, including some attended by overseas researchers, in connection with various research projects.

Master’s Program

  1. Curriculum
    Lectures
    Systematic lectures on each research theme.
    Seminars
    Aimed at fostering students’ specialist knowledge.
  2. Credits required for completion
    The number of credits required for completion of a Master’s Degree is as follows.
    Department of Economics/Department of International Economics
    Major elective courses (required):8 credits or more
    Elective courses: 16 credits or more
    Seminars: 8 credits
    Total: 32 credits or more
    Department of Economics (Finance Program Special Course)
    Required courses: 20 credits or more
    Elective courses (required): 8 credits or more
    Seminars: 8 credits
    Total: 36 credits or more

Doctoral Course

In the Doctoral Course, a Supervisory Committee is formed for each student’s research theme at the time the student enters the Graduate School. Following the First Mid-term Report presented in the first half of their second year, students receive support for writing their Doctoral dissertations under meticulous academic supervision. In order to foster interest in certain topics, students must participate over two years in workshops on research fields related to their own and present reports.

Furthermore, with the approval of the Supervisory Committee, students can participate in joint industry-government research, joint international research, overseas fieldwork, and other project research and receive credit for this participation. Moreover, selected students may receive partial funding of their travel expenses for their participation in and reports for overseas conferences.

Doctoral Program

  1. Curriculum
    Courses and prerequisites
    Study in the Doctoral Program comprises lectures, seminars, seminars (workshops), seminars (fieldwork), and research practicum. In addition ,a prerequisite system has also been implemented with the aim of enhancing students’ basic knowledge.
    1) Lectures
    Lectures taught by each Graduate School teaching staff (2 credits per semester)
    2) Seminars
    Seminars taught by each Graduate School teaching staff (4 credits per year)
    3) Seminars (workshops)
    Seminars taking a diversity of forms and attended by several teaching staff of other fields and external specialists (2 credits per year)
    4) Seminars (fieldwork)
    Credits are approved in accordance with certain conditions for surveys, practical research, and/or training conducted either in Japan or overseas (2 credits per year).
    5) Prerequisites
    If deemed necessary by the Supervisory Committee, students must take lectures offered by the International Graduate School of Social Sciences Master’s Course, Faculty of Economics and/or the Faculty of Business Administration. The Supervisory Committee instructs individual students as to which courses they are required to take.
    Up to 4 credits for prerequisite courses may be counted as credits for completion. (*However, only 6 credits including research practicum may be counted as credits for completion.)
    6) Research practicum (*Supervisory Committee approval is required for this)
      1. Conduct research as part of a project such as joint industry-academia research, joint international research, or overseas fieldwork.
      2. Practical teacher training through the Graduate School Master’s Course education practice
      3. Presentation of the results obtained through 1) at a conference.
      Up to 4 credits for research practicum may be exchanged for required courses in the student’s field of specialization.
      (*However, only 6 credits including research practicum may be counted as credits for completion.)
  2. Credits required for completion
    1. Lectures (including prerequisites and research practicum): 8 credits or more. Students must take courses in their field of specialization. However, up to 4 credits may be exchanged from credits for courses in other fields of specialization. (*International Development Studies students can obtain credit in their field of specialization for the following courses after 2006: Contemporary Social Sciences, Financial Time Series Analysis, Quantitative Business Analysis, Human Resource Management, National Accounting System Theory, Law of International Economic Organizations, and Law of International Economic Organizations.)
    2. Seminars taught by academic supervisor in charge: 8 credits or more
    3. Seminars (workshops)
    4. Seminars (fieldwork)
      A total of 4 credits or more for 3)and 4) combined is required. However, up to 2 credits of seminars (fieldwork) is permitted.
    Total: 20 credits or more
  3. Academic Degree

    Students who obtain the credits required for completion, achieve a GPA of 2.0 or higher, submit a doctoral dissertation, and pass the dissertation review and final examinations receive a doctoral degree. Regardless of their field of specialization, doctoral degree recipients will be presented with one of the following doctoral degrees: Doctor of Philosophy, Doctoral Degree (Economics), Doctoral Degree (Business Administration); or Doctoral Degree (International Economic Law).

    In order to provide systematic support to graduate students attaining their degrees, the Graduate School has established a check system that operates under a collective guidance system comprising three academic supervisors.

Entrance Examinations

Master’s Course

General Entrance Examinations are held for the “Department of Economics and Department of International Economics” and “Entrance Examination for the Finance Program Special Course” (for examinees wishing to study in the Department of Economics’ finance program). There are also “Entrance Examinations for Foreign Students” for international students on Japanese Government or home country scholarships and “Entrance Examinations for Adult Students” for general or dispatched adult members of society.

For detailed information about entrance examinations, please refer to the website below as well as contact the International Graduate School of Social Sciences directly.

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Doctoral Course

Entrance examinations are held for Japanese, international, and adult students, all of which are assessed based on a foreign language examination, Master’s or other screening thesis, and oral examination. Depending on their field of specialization, international students may choose to take a Japanese language examination for their foreign language examination.

Of graduate students studying in the Yokohama National University International Graduate School of Social Sciences Master’s Course, those studying in the Department of Economics or the Department of International Economics have the opportunity to proceed to the Doctoral Course by sitting a comprehensive entrance examination based on their research plan, etc. in the autumn of their second year of graduate study.


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