The Faculty of International Studies, which forms the foundation for the graduate program in the same topic, was established in Yokohama in 1986. The city is home to the port that welcomed new engagement with the world at the end of the Edo period, and was also a place of great significance in the life of Meiji Gakuin University's founder, Dr. James Hepburn. The spirit of the university is to search for truths that go beyond national borders, to act not just for personal profit but for the good of all, and to be of service to society. The graduate program was established four years after the faculty, also here in Yokohama—a fitting place to carry on this spirit of learning and service. Today, the human race is facing many global-scale problems. Even when it comes to the most familiar local problems, people around the world are grappling with similar challenges. Scholars and practitioners in many countries are forming new networks and frameworks that cut across conventional academic fields as they search for answers to these challenges. The Graduate Program in International Studies strives to serve young people who wish to devote themselves to this intellectual pursuit.
The curriculum does not conform to conventional academic frameworks, but rather centers around three main pillars: Japanese and Asian Studies, Peace Studies, and International Community Studies. Graduate students deepen their study of a chosen field through focused individual guidance from the professor who will serve as chief examiner on their master's thesis, but may also take classes in different fields or receive guidance from other professors during their office hours if the topic of their studies requires them to do so. We also offer opportunities for overseas internships with NGOs, NPOs, and other organizations, as well as study abroad. In addition, the program has established a system for admitting non-traditional students who wish to pursue in-depth study of a subject related to their area of professional or non-academic experience, thereby opening the doors of the graduate school to motivated members of the community with a desire to continue lifelong learning. We welcome applications from all individuals who want to join our Yokohama community in the pursuit of open-hearted learning.