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

Offering a wide-ranging curriculum catered to various needs including training for research, honing business skills and personal development

The Course of Economics has focused its efforts on training graduate students who want to deepen their understanding and knowledge of economics as an academic discipline and helping them become professional researchers by offering a systematically selected set of programs in economics and its various theories. Some of our graduate students who aspired to further research activities have gone on to obtain doctoral degrees and are now playing active roles in academic, research or other institutions. While we will always maintain this focus on training researchers in the field of economics, in 2017, we boldly expanded the scope of the course and introduced new subjects and faculty members to keep pace with the expansion.

As a part of the expansion, we first introduced elements of business school training to meet the needs of students who work for corporate employers or serve as national or local government officials and wish to enhance their skills and gain insights in areas of economics relevant to their jobs. We also changed the structure of the course to enable students to acquire knowledge not only in the field of economics but also in regard to issues concerning society and people’s lives for the purpose of promoting students’ social activities and personal development. To meet these practical and other wide-ranging needs, we also reorganized the composition and content of our programs.

With these aims, we enhanced and reorganized our course offerings by integrating the Environmental Studies Course into the Course of Economics. As a result, we added to our existing Basic Economics subjects four new areas of specialization—Policy and Economic History, Global Economics, Industrial Design, and Labor, Social Security and the Environment—so as to provide our students with diverse class offerings that will enrich their business, personal and social lives. Furthermore, we offer classes on business-oriented subjects on weekday evenings and Saturdays to make it easy for working students to attend.

Furthermore, in 2019, we inaugurated a new compulsory subject called the Comprehensive Workshop on Research to be taken in the first year of the doctoral program to systematically provide students with introductory education on how to conduct research, research ethics and career development. As the Comprehensive Workshop on Research is the only compulsory subject of the course, our students are free to choose other Basic Economics subjects and their area of specialization in accordance with their interests and needs.
Students studying at the Graduate School of Economics include not only Japanese college graduates who have received their schooling under the Japanese education system but also many others who have come to study in Japan after graduating overseas. There are also students who are studying at the Graduate School while working for a corporate employer, national government agency or local government office.

As you can see, the diversity and flexibility embodied by the Course of Economics at the Toyo University Graduate School of Economics is what gives it its unique appeal. We hope that the students who come here to pursue their studies for diverse purposes will gain a broader perspective by working together to explore the discipline of economics from different angles. To help realize this goal, the Course of Economics strives to meet our students’ various needs by having a diverse lineup of faculty members. Anyone interested in what our course has to offer is welcome to come visit us to see for yourself.

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)