Greetings from the Dean
The Graduate School of Economics started with a master's program in economics in April 1972. The program was reorganized in 1978 as the master's program preceding a doctor's program in economics, which was established in the same year, to build a structure of high-level specialized education and research guidance related to economics. In April 1993, a master's program in business administration was added to the Graduate School of Economics, and it was reorganized in 1995 as the master's program preceding a doctor's program in business administration, which was established in the same year. Thanks to this, the Graduate School of Economics came to be able to offer both master's and doctor's programs in two fields–economics and business administration–and became truly ready as the highest seat of learning for research in economics. As the research area expanded and deepened, the Graduate School of Economics itself was reorganized in April 2003: The graduate programs in business administration became independent as the Business Administration Master's and Doctor's Programs offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Graduate School of Economics started offering the Economics Program only. Then, a new program called "Special Public Policy Studies Program" was launched in April 2007.
The "research guidance courses" currently provided by the Economics Program include the courses in the master's and doctor's programs such as Theoretical Economics; History of Economics; Economic History; Economic Policy; International Economy; International Relations; Finance; Public Finance; Statistics; Social Security; Labor Economy; Economic Geography; and Environmental Economics, and the courses in the master's program such as Interpreting in Theory and Consumer Policy and Laws. In addition, following the establishment of the Special Public Policy Studies Program, four courses were established as introductory courses, including Comprehensive Economics. Through the courses mentioned above, guidance is given on master's and doctor's theses. High-level expert education and research regarding the histories of Japanese, Asian, European, and U.S. economies, and the theory and reality of today's world economy have been taught in the Economics Program, helping produce many doctors in economics (doctor's degree with thesis/without thesis) and train many researchers and teachers. For the graduate school education offered by the Graduate School of Economics, not only is emphasis placed on research on establishing an academic discipline and theory, but also social aspects–the fundamental characteristics of social sciences–are introduced into education and research. Our efforts are being concentrated on the development of high-level professionals by providing a wide curriculum that can lead to solutions to problems arising in the actual society as well as courses that adopt practical content and empirical research. In addition, the Graduate School of Economics is also distinctive as a globally-oriented graduate school that actively accepts not only students in Japan but also international students from abroad. We also place emphasis on promoting international exchange and international understanding as well as on specialized education and research in economics.