Course of Economics

Course of Economics


Meeting the needs of working professionals and researchers through a curriculum that encompasses economic globalization and environmental issues




Chair of the Course of Economics

Koichi Kume

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Message from the Course Chair

A diverse curriculum for nurturing researchers, improving business skills, and achieving self-development

Designed for graduate students who wish to explore “economics as a discipline,” the Course of Economics nurtures researchers by systematically offering classes in economics and various related theories. Students who are particularly interested in research can progress to the Doctoral course. After earning a Doctoral degree, many students go on to work at universities and specialized research institutes. This route to development as a researcher in the field of economics will continue to be open in the future; however, in 2017, we boldly expanded the range of subject areas covered by the course and introduced classes and faculty members for these new areas.

First, we added the elements of a “business school,” where people working in businesses, public agencies, and local government offices could strengthen their knowledge and skills in the field of economics. Moreover, with social activities and self-development in mind, we established a system for fostering extensive insight that also considers the perspectives of society and life in addition to economic aspects. We have reorganized the subjects offered to cater to these practical and wide-ranging needs.
Under these aims, we integrated the Environment Studies course into the course of Economics, and we have reinforced and reorganized the lesson subjects in the course of Economics. We supplemented our existing basic economics subjects, theory and policy subjects, and the Global Economics areas, three new areas have been established: New industries and Design, Labor and Social security, and Environmental economics and Environmental policy. We assigned diverse subjects exploring business, life, and social activities to each of the three areas. Furthermore, we now offer classes on business-oriented subjects on weekday evenings and Saturdays to enable the participation of people working in businesses and public agencies. In addition, there are no required subjects, and therefore, students are free to select subjects according to their individual interests and needs from the five areas outlined above.

For the Doctoral course, students generally complete the curriculum over two years. However, we also offer a system in which students can complete the course at a slower pace over three years, depending on their circumstances.

In addition to students educated in Japan, the Graduate School of Economics welcomes many international students who have graduated from overseas universities before coming to Japan to study. Some students are also studying with us while working in businesses and public agencies.

These unique aspects of diversity and flexibility are what give the Course of Economics its appeal. Our students, who take the course for various purposes, come together to explore the discipline of economics from different angles and can expect to develop a wide variety of viewpoints and perspectives. The Course of Economics has a diverse line-up of faculty members who respond to an extensive range of needs. We invite you to knock at our door!

Overview of the Course

The Course of Economics has two divisions that aim to nurture professionals who can respond to daily changes in society. In the Economics division, students conduct research according to their individual needs under the guidance of experts from various fields of economics. Along with researchers and educators, the course provides knowledge that will benefit students who intend to work in the business world. The path to the Doctoral course is open to those aspiring to work as professional researchers.


  • Admission capacity: Master’s program – 10 students; Doctoral program – 3 students
  • Lecture times: Day/Evening (mainly day)
  • Campus: Hakusan
  • Degree: Master’s program – Master of Economics; Doctoral program – Ph.D. in Economics
  • Training and Education Benefits System: Master’s program
  • Teacher’s license: High school (Geography and History, Civics); Junior high school (Social Studies)