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