The Graduate Program in Economics has two objectives: to give students the skills needed to engage in independent research in the future, and to train professionals equipped with the knowledge to engage in highly specialized fields of work. Measures to achieve these goals include a diversity of classes, a separate admissions process for non-traditional students, and a selection of night classes. The curriculum is adjusted continuously in response to changing economic realities. In light of the trend toward computerization and other social transformations, recent resources have been devoted to the fields of information and public economics. Students may also take classes at eight affiliated universities. Here at Meiji Gakuin University, both lecture and seminar classes are intensive, providing an excellent setting for the study of advanced economic theory. Both Japan and other countries have faced many problems related to the economy and finance in recent years. Through the extensive application of theoretical, institutional, and historical knowledge, as well as through empirical analysis, students in the program develop the ability to understand these problems and come up with solutions. As a consequence, they also become capable of writing academic papers with real-world relevance. Phrased differently, the department is committed to nurturing our students' ability to recognize and solve problems not only through the application of knowledge but also by analyzing institutions and empirical evidence. The program is aimed both at fostering insightful scholars and educators with specialized as well as broad knowledge, and at contributing to the education of life-long learners and working students seeking to take the next step in their careers.
Undergraduate students in Meiji Gakuin University's Faculty of Economics who complete three years of study with excellent grades may receive an undergraduate degree in three years and continue on to graduate studies in economics through the Accelerated Admissions Program. Students interested in this program may apply for the graduate program with an oral exam only (that is, an interview). It is possible for students to obtain both an undergraduate and a master's degree in five years.
The conditions for applying to the program are as follows:
To support student research, the Graduate School of Economics offers scholarships of either 100,000 or 200,000 yen to partially fund overseas research or presentations by enrolled students. Grants of up to 50,000 yen are also available to support travel costs associated with attending academic conferences within Japan.
Students may receive up to ten of the thirty credits required for graduation by completing classes at any of our eight affiliated graduate schools (Aoyama Gakuin University, Senshu University, Chuo University, Toyo University, Nihon University, Hosei University, Meiji University, and Rikkyo University).