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Graduate School of Economics

Economics (Doctoral Program)

The Graduate School of Economics aims to produce researchers and professional economists who possess a broad perspective and advanced knowledge that enables them to deal with the changing needs of society.

Characteristics of the Graduate School of Economics

Program Structure

The Graduate School consists of a two-year Masters' Program and a three-year Doctoral Program, totaling a five-year term dedicated to the advanced study of economics. The curriculum is divided in two fields, "Economics" and "Business Administration & Accounting," covering a wide range of subjects.
"Modern economy" is the main theme of study in the "Economics" field. With a focus on the globalizing economic trends, the School aims to produce individuals capable of independently discovering and solving problems, with a broad view toward macro-economics, Asian economies, financial and tax systems, and banking systems.
The main study theme for the "Business Administration & Accounting" field is the "Research on modern enterprises" that thrive through this volatile economy. The School's mission is to foster individuals who will take part in activities of analysis and resolution, related to: modern management issues including corporate management organization, management control system, and corporate governance; modern financial issues including global accounting and environmental accounting. In order to realize the aforementioned objectives, the Master's Program offers three courses: "Researcher Course", "Certified Public Tax Accountant Course" (with two sub-courses: "Taxation" and "Accounting"), and "Master's Degree Course for Working Adults."
The followings are the types of applicants, by Course, the School seeks.

Three Policies (Diplomas, Curriculum, and Admissions) (PDF:64KB)PDF

Researcher Course

Applicants who are eager to:

  • - develop proactive abilities to discover problems and solve them, by which they can contribute to society, through analyzing and forecasting the current and future situation of modern economies and enterprises,
  • - advance themselves further to the Doctoral Program level to enhance their analytical and forecasting abilities,
    with a careful eye on the globalizing economy.
Certified Public Tax Accountant Course

Applicants who are eager to:

  • - acquire the skills needed to become a Certified Public Tax Accountant,
  • - submit a master's thesis on either taxation or accounting during the Master's Program, in order to become a Certified Public Tax Accountant.
Master's Degree Course for Working Adults

Applicants who:

  • - are willing to advance their analytical and forecasting skills to a higher level, based on awareness of issues they came across in their working experience,
  • - wish to return to study and/or conduct research, write a thesis, and obtain an advanced degree, in order to enrich their lives.

The School responds to the various educational demands of our society by fostering not only researchers and advanced professionals, but also highly educated citizens.

Courses Offered and Requirements for the Degree

A wide range of subjects from the fields of economics, business administration, and accounting are covered with the courses offered.
Master's students should attend courses covering and related to their chosen field, where they will receive advice from their academic advisors. At the same time, students should prepare their thesis, with supports provided by their academic advisors through seminars. For successful completion, students must earn a minimum of 30 credits, as well as pass a thesis examination and an oral examination.
Doctoral students must earn at least four credits in advanced seminars, and with support provided by their academic advisors (professors), pass a doctoral dissertation examination and an oral examination. Students who successfully complete the Master's Program are awarded a Master's Degree in Economics, and those students who also successfully complete the Doctoral Program requirements are awarded a Doctor's Degree in Economics.

Lectures and Academic Advisors

Lectures and academic advice for the Master's Program are basically provided by our dedicated teaching staff. Some lectures, however, are conducted by special researchers or business people invited from outside the University, so as to make a broader range of perspectives available to students.
Students will receive supervision from our dedicated teaching staff as they conduct research during their doctoral program studies. See the course list for more information about what courses, and by whom, are offered in the masters' and doctoral programs.
Depending on their area of study, graduate students are assigned to an academic advisor (professor), who will provide intensive, one-on-one research advice for the student to create a thesis or dissertation. At the Graduate School of Economics, the teaching staff other than the assigned advisor will also assist graduate students' research. Graduate students are given priority access to University facilities and services, including the library, photocopying service, and personal computers. In addition, an individual study booth, a personal computer, a locker, and other facilities are available within the graduate students' laboratory.

Types of Admission

There are three types of admission to the master's program: Regular Admission, Working Adults Admission, and Recommendation Admission. For the Regular Admission, applicants are required to take a written examination. Applicants for the Working Adults Admission may have the written exam requirement waived if they have sufficient work experience and meet other criteria. University graduates with outstanding performance and grades may apply through the Recommendation Admission, if they have a recommendation issued by their dean. The admission by Recommendation is a newly offered process type since 2010.
Applicants are required to take examinations of specific courses, depending on the Course they apply for. Make sure you check the corresponding requirement section for each Course, and then choose the type of admission that best fits your background. Note for students admitted to the master's program through Recommendation: in order to proceed on to the doctoral program, students must satisfy separately defined curriculum requirements.

International Students

The Graduate School of Economics does not offer any course specifically designed for international students. [Anyone, regardless of nationality, is invited to apply, however,] Lectures and seminars are conducted in Japanese, unless otherwise agreed upon by the teaching staff in charge and the attendees.
International students are required to take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) to verify their proficiency in the Japanese language. Applicants are expected to have enough Japanese language proficiency to understand lectures and seminars as a graduate school student.

Future Careers

As globalization and dependence on information increases, needs for human resources with advanced, professional skills based on deep and systematic knowledge are growing. There are numerous careers that students who complete any of our graduate courses will be qualified to pursue.

  • (1) Master's graduates of the Researcher Course may choose to proceed on to the doctoral program and pursue a career in research. In addition, there are many master's graduates who teach not only at Tezukayama University but also at other universities.
  • (2) Career examples for Research Course graduates include government or other public organizations, enterprises, economic organizations, where they can make the most of their advanced skills as specialists in economics and accounting by engaging in research and planning.
  • (3) Graduates from the Certified Public Tax Accountant Course may be eligible for partial exemption from examination subjects upon application to take the Certified Public Tax Accountant Examination. More specifically, if a master's research project that counts toward one's degree is recognized by the National Tax Council, some of the examination subjects are considered passed, and the requirement for taking the corresponding examination is waived. Note that the Certified Public Tax Accountant Course does not automatically guarantee such exemption.

For more information, visit the following website: :
Certified Public Tax Accountant Law (Revised) "Examination exemption for degree holders" Q&A, URL:

The vast majority of the graduates from this Course go on to become a Certified Public Tax Accountant. Graduates may also pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant.

  • (4) Those who successfully complete the Master's Degree Course for Working Adults may contribute to society by leveraging their expertise, for example, by becoming a consultant in different areas. If the Graduates further wish to enhance their professional expertise at a later time, they may do so by applying for the Doctoral Program when they are ready. OR Graduates may also apply for the Doctoral Program at a later time, whenever they wish to return to further enhance their professional expertise.
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