Based on the Meiji Gakuin University Graduate School’s Policy regarding Admission of New Students, the Graduate School of Sociology has established the following “Policy regarding Admission of New Students” in accordance with its “Policy regarding Course Completion & Degree Conferment” and “Policy regarding Curriculum Formulation and Implementation”, reflecting their respective Human Resource Development Aims and Educational Goals of the school and its various majors.
The Graduate School of Sociology Policy regarding Admission of New Students is established for each of the school’s majors.
Major of Sociology
The Major of Sociology’s educational goal is to nurture researchers with highly-specialized knowledge and skills capable of uncovering and investigating various issues hidden in modern society. In order to realize this in close cooperation between the students and the , all incoming students are expected to possess the following qualities as a starting point.
Master’s and Doctoral Programs
- Applicant Criteria
- Demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities acquired at the undergraduate level (or master’s level for doctoral programs) and required to engage in high-level research at the Graduate School.
- Understands the university’s educational philosophy of “Do for Others”, possesses a keen insight into the various issues arising in present-day society, as well as the ambition and potential to earnestly study more specialized sociology theories, concepts and methods at the Graduate School and contribute to an inclusive society as an educational researcher or high-level specialized professional.
- For doctoral programs, in addition to the above, incoming students are expected to possess the following qualities in particular.
- Interest in serious issues
While knowledge can be taught, how it is received and used depends on whether the student possesses a clear interest in relevant issues. Above all, individuals should possess an interest in devoting themselves to resolving serious issues
- Strong desire to research
The specialized knowledge accumulated to date, both in sociology as a whole and individual fields, is vast. The systematic acquisition of this knowledge demands not only significant time and effort, but also the ambition and courage to become an independent sociologist.
- Courage of expression
Graduate school is not a place for merely absorbing existing information. Those who engage with the accumulated knowledge of many predecessors – the expressions of others ― have the right and duty to create their own novel expression. Individuals should possess the courage to present their research results, without fear of standing at the cutting edge of the age
- Basic Policy for Selection of Students
Assess whether applicants possess the fundamental abilities, ambition and qualities outlined in “Applicant Criteria” above.
- Types of Student Selection and Evaluation Methods
- Student selection is based on written examinations and interviews, evaluated according to the “Basic Policy for Selection of Students”.
- Written examinations focus on assessing the fundamental academic abilities acquired at the undergraduate level (or master’s level for doctoral programs).
Interviews focus on evaluating the ambition and qualities needed to contribute to society as an educational researcher or high-level specialized professional.