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Developing World-class Researchers – 5-year Doctoral Program

Comprising the Former Period (two years) and Latter Period (three years) of Doctoral Degree Program, the 5-year Doctoral Program aims to train future researchers over the course of five years. During the first two years, students are required to take at least thirty credits by participating in lectures and seminars to write their master's theses. In the following three years, they receive advice from supervisors as doctoral candidates in order to complete their dissertations, while contributing to academic societies and professional economics journals.


Lectures are basically given through a series of fifteen weekly classes which last for ninety minutes each. Students are graded based on their reports and/or final examinations. From a list of subjects which covers an extremely wide variety of fields, students may select subjects for acquiring skills in use of analysis tools, in addition to other highly-specialized subjects. Several part-time lecturers are also invited from outside of the university each year.


Graduate students may join a seminar of their choice, where they are given training to become full-fledged researchers. Seminar classes meet twice a week. In the Former Period, students read essential literature in turns and report on their research projects for their master's theses. In the Latter Period, they spend most of their time working on their research papers in preparation for a doctoral thesis. They may also participate in seminars to receive research guidance from instructors other than their main advisors.

Rokko Forum

A workshop for joint research and education, Rokko Forum plays a key role in developing researchers along with seminars. Numerous instructors form a team to provide advice on research papers by graduate students in the Latter Period of Doctoral Degree Program. Furthermore, prominent researchers from around the world are invited to deliver lectures and teach classes, thus connecting the students with the cutting edge of economics.

Master's Thesis

The first step in becoming a full-fledged researcher is to prepare a master's thesis. Students are generally expected to build up basic knowledge and skills as researchers by completing required subjects in the first year of the Former Period before deciding on a research topic and writing a thesis in the second year, which is then submitted after review at a "Master's Thesis Open Seminar."

Doctoral Thesis

A doctoral degree may be acquired through the standard program of course work and a thesis or by simply submitting a thesis, but students of 5-year Doctoral Program are expected to take the former path. Students may submit a doctoral thesis and request a review if they have completed the Former Period of Doctoral Degree Program, spent at least three years on the Latter Period of Doctoral Degree Program and earned the required number of credits, and passed tests on scholastic ability in two fields and one or more foreign languages. Since the first doctoral degree was granted in the 1988-1989 academic year, one-hundred-five Japanese and fifty-eight non-Japanese graduates of this Graduate School have obtained their doctoral degrees through course work and a thesis (as of April 2012).

Developing Professionals with Advanced Expertise – 2-year Master's Program and 2-year Program for Working Professionals

2-year Master's Program and 2-year Program for Working Professionals aim to train professionals with advanced expertise over a period of two years. Students can obtain a Master’s degree by completing subjects given on weekdays and Saturdays

Skill-up Program

This program aims to provide students with opportunities to systematically learn skills for the application of theoretical models and demonstrative analysis based on large-scale data processing, which will be necessary for them to forecast trends in the Japanese economy and analyze consumer behavior, so that they can acquire quantitative analysis skills for practical use at think tanks, research sections of private corporations, and public agencies. The Skill-up Program is offered to graduate students in 2-year Master's Program and 2-year Program for Working Professionals.

Along with lectures, Basic Statistical Analysis, Econometrics is also offered as a part of the Skill-up Program. In addition, students may take subjects on Basic Microeconomics, Basic Macroeconomics, and Basic Mathematics for Economics, to build up their foundations within the discipline before moving on to advanced economic analysis. After acquiring a command of the tools for economic analysis through completion of these core subjects, students take a Seminar (small-group research guidance) and complete their master's theses. Those who have successfully completed the course requirements will be granted a Skill-up Program Certificate together with a master's degree in economics.

Saturday Classes

Classes for the Working Professional Course are given on Saturdays and evenings of weekdays, in principle, so that some students may complete the course by attending Saturday classes only without affecting their jobs. If time permits, they may even take daytime lectures on weekdays for 5-year Doctoral Program, 2-year Master's Program, and lectures offered by other graduate schools (excluding the MBA Program and Graduate School of Law), which qualify as credits towards completion of their course.

Recurrent Education Program

While tapping into the wealth of knowledge and experience of working professionals, the Recurrent Education Program aims to apply integrated techniques for policy analysis based on economic theories to policy issues such as administrative and fiscal reform, welfare services, and regional economy, so as to contribute to policy formulation. The goal of this Program is to train professionals in policy development who are well-versed in economics, including journalists, local government staff, and members of local assemblies. Students on the 2-year Master's Program who seek such professions are also welcome to take this Program.

In addition to lectures on the core subjects of Basic Microeconomics, Basic Macroeconomics and Basic Statistical Analysis, which provide the foundations for policy analysis, a special lecture on Recurrent Economic Analysis on formulation of policy is given. Having established through these core subjects a solid base for the economic theories necessary for economic policies, students begin working on their own research topics in a Recurrent Seminar (small-class research guidance on selected policy themes) to complete their master's theses. Those who have successfully completed the course requirements will be granted a Recurrent Education Program Certificate together with a master's degree in economics.