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Graduate School
Commemorating its 58th anniversary, the Graduate School of Kokugakuin University is one of Japan’s oldest graduate schools. One of the major roles of graduate schools is the conferral of degrees, and the number of Master’s degrees conferred by Kokugakuin University is one of the highest in the country for graduate schools in the humanities. Re-education of working people is also emphasized. The number of working students studying at the graduate school of Kokugakuin University is increasing year by year. The number of foreign students is so large that many who earn their degrees at this school achieve success in their home countries. In the future, the Graduate School of Kokugakuin University will strive to continue training outstanding researchers and high-level professionals, enhancing its exceptional research performance even further, backed by the research results of the 21st Century COE Program.

Graduate School of Letters

Shinto Studies and Religious Studies
Shinto Studies is our central discipline, based on the spirit of our school’s foundation. This department boasts a high level of specialization and unrivaled professionalism in Shinto Studies, as well as substantial training and research in the science of religion and religious sociology. It also conducts research and analysis of contemporary religion.

Japanese Literature
Japanese Literature is one of Kokugakuin’s core disciplines; with a tradition of comprehensive study based on rigorous philological and ethnological methodologies, the Kokugakuin program in Japanese Literature has produced many important research results. In 2008, Kokugakuin responded to current issues of globalization by establishing a new program in Japanese Classics, providing a multifaceted approach to Japan’s oldest literary works. Similarly, new courses in international and interdisciplinary approaches were also introduced, together with a practical research course aimed at fostering students’ abilities at project planning and survey methodology.

History
Three programs of study are available in this specialization, the core disciplines of Japanese history and Archaeology, together with World History. This specialization also offers courses in historical geography, the treatment of cultural properties, and museology, and the curriculum is enriched by the addition of subjects in philosophy, such as intellectual history and the history of art. In recent years, the specialization has introduced state-of-the-art historical research in prehistory and ancient ancient cultural exchange across the broader Asian region, in this way laying the foundation for Kokugakuin’s own unique approach to interdisciplinary research.

Graduate School of Law

Law
An advance-placement system is available in the Graduate School of Law. Students may acquire a master’s degree within five years of admission to the undergraduate division of the University. After admission, students who wish to acquire a master’s degree must submit a research paper on a theme of interest for accreditation. To aspiring researchers, detailed instructions are given by means of prepared guidelines for a master’s or doctoral thesis. Master Career Planning, a career coaching subject, Graduate School focuses on training human resources for success in the working world. The Doctoral Program provides the Law School graduates with a system for easy admission and proactively extends instruction and support to acquire a doctorate by completing the program.

Graduate School of Economics

Economics
The Graduate School of Economics is designed to train those who are engaged in independent research and related professions, and fosters high-level research capabilities and exceptional scholarship. The education and research field is roughly classified into three areas: the first is the basic area of economics, including economic theory, economic history and financial theory; the second area addresses the actual issues the world is now facing, such as environment economics and development economics, which is one of the areas of the Department of Socio-Economic Networking; the third area is that of management, accounting and tax laws. Many foreign students are enrolled in this specialization; various graduate students with their respective research goals work hard through friendly competition to achieve their research results.
Graduate School of Economics