Admission Policy

Master’s Degree Program
The aim of the Master’s Degree Program at the Graduate School of Global Japanese Studies is to foster practical people, educators, researchers, etc. with a good understanding of Japanese culture and social systems from an international perspective who have the ability to understand different cultures and diverse social systems and to appropriately express their own intentions and have the qualifications to work extensively in international society. To pursue this aim, we proactively grant admission to the following types of students:
- those who are able to acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to conduct research in the field of Global Japanese Studies and spare no effort for that;
- those who desire to conduct more interdisciplinary research in connection with their own problem consciousness, with the traditional academic frameworks in mind;
- those who are already involved in linguistic education or working adults including those who belong to an organization such as a public institution, NPO, NGO, or private enterprise and are eager to discover the root of problems or to seek a resolution that can be in any way applied to practical situations based on their own professional experiences and desire to apply the achievement in their business after completing our graduate school course; and
- international students who intend to conduct research on Japanese culture and social systems based on comparisons with the culture or social systems of their own country.

With the above ideals of desirable students in mind, we administer internal entrance examinations, general entrance examinations, entrance examinations for international students and special entrance examinations for adult students and make selections of graduate students in order to individually or comprehensively determine these qualities or motivation.

Descriptions and levels of knowledge or other qualities required in advance are as follows:
- knowledge and ability essential to the pursuit of research related to Global Japanese Studies;
- to have a strong motivation to build a framework for a new study area without being caught up in traditional academic fields; and
- ability to understand Japanese culture and convey and introduce it in various languages or through various means of expression.
 
Doctorate Program
The Doctorate Program at the Graduate School of Global Japanese Studies aims to foster human resources with a good understanding of Japanese culture and social systems from an international perspective who have the ability to understand different cultures and diverse social systems and to appropriately express their own intention and have the qualifications to work extensively in international society, especially researchers who have developed a flexible and solid base to contribute to the development of Global Japanese Studies. We proactively grant admission to the following types of students who conform to this aim:
- those who have the qualities and ability needed to think from an international perspective;
- those who desire to professionally conduct more interdisciplinary research in connection with their own problem consciousness, with the traditional academic frameworks in mind; and
- those who have sufficient intellectual capacity and ability to plan to complete an excellent doctoral thesis that serves as a stepping stone to independence as a researcher in academic fields related to the study area of our Graduate School or interdisciplinary fields.

With the above ideals of desirable students in mind, we make selections of graduate students in order to determine whether each applicant has the necessary capacity, qualities and ability to plan to write a doctoral thesis without separating international students or adult students from domestic students.

Descriptions and levels of knowledge or other qualities required in advance are as follows:
- ability to have discussion on research issues and to present research results in various languages or through various means of expression;
- ability to clearly position the research theme under exploration in relation to Global Japanese Studies and achieve objective understanding; and
- in case of an international student, to be motivated to promote exchanges between the student’s homeland and Japan.
 

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