Cultivating the practical abilities and academic knowledge essential for high-level professionals and independent researchers

The Department of Social Work of the undergraduate Faculty of Sociology & Social Work has a history of 80 years, and more than 50 years have passed since the Major of Social Work of the Graduate School of Sociology & Social Work had its start as the Major of Social Work of the Faculty of Letters. We have changed our curriculum in order to enable us to adequately meet the wide-ranging need for social work responses in 21st century Japan. In the Master’s course, we have established lecture classes that range across multiple fields, and answering the needs of our students, we seek to cultivate skills that will enable them to respond to actual social situations. In the Doctor’s course we emphasize the development of independent research skills and advanced and specialized practical abilities, and offer students guidance in the writing of their doctoral theses. We participate with the graduate schools of 12 universities in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area in a system by means of which we exchange auditing students and offer interchangeable credits, enabling our students to take classes at other graduate schools. We have also established recurrent education systems in both the Master’s and Doctor’s courses, and we accept a diverse range of students.


Recurrent Education of Social Workers

“Recurrent education” refers to the use of universities and other educational institutions in the main by workers who have completed their school-based education. In fiscal 2008, we introduced a recurrent education system for practicing social workers in both the Master’s and the Doctor’s courses. We have also established an entrance examination support system and a lecture hour limitation support system that enable students to continue to work as social workers while studying.

  1. Entrance examination support system
    Individuals who have worked in the field of social work for a specified number of years or more can be accepted as students solely on the basis of a thesis and an interview.*
  2. Lecture hour limitation support system
    To facilitate study by workers, we have set a six-hour time limit (18:25) on the mandatory subjects Principles of Social Work and Social Work Studies. All of our educational staff also offer classes at night and on Saturdays in rotation.
  3. Payment of two years’ fees for three years’ study (Master’s course)
    If it is difficult for a student to submit their thesis in two years for reasons of work, etc., we have established a course enabling them to pay two years’ fees for three years’ study.

*Meiji Gakuin graduates with outstanding results are able to be accepted on the basis of an interview only. Please enquire regarding detailed conditions, etc.

Benefit-type research subsidy system

The Graduate School of Sociology & Social Work (Major of Sociology and Major of Social Work) has a system offering a benefit-type research subsidy to graduate school students. This system offers two subsidies: Type 1, for new entrants to the Master’s course in the Major of Sociology, offers 250,000 yen per person to a maximum of 10 students; Type 2, for students in their second year or above and new entrants to the Doctor’s course, offers 150,000 yen per person to a maximum of 15 students. For more details, please enquire at the Graduate School Office.