Division of Economics Correspondence Education

A Master’s in Economics correspondence course providing support for working people who wish to undertake research.

Rapid socioeconomic changes are taking place in Japan today as the country struggles to cope with economic globalization and an aging population with a declining birthrate. In many different sectors of society there is a dire need for working people with objective discernment and problem-solving ability. A need emerged for a graduate school to offer a correspondence course whereby working people in various fields who possess a clear awareness of societal issues could pursue higher studies and carry out research while continuing with their employment.
Finally, in response to the needs from both supply of and demand for specialists with good judgment and high productivity, Japan’s first correspondence course at graduate level in economics, the Correspondence Education Course of the Division of Economics was established in 2007.

Support for the growth and development of working individuals

Those who enroll in the Correspondence Education Course aim to grow as individuals while working on the frontlines of society. Or, even if they are not currently in the workforce, they wish to deepen their understanding of issues using their real-world experience, aiming to give back to the world by producing research results. The goal of the Correspondence Education Course is to provide training for all such individuals by fostering the analytical abilities needed to resolve issues based on theory and verification.

Broad-based content from basic knowledge to applied skills

Students in this program also include those who may have graduated from the Faculty of Economics but who have not worked recently in an area related to their previous studies. Applicants from other academic backgrounds may also be considered for admission. Both basic and applied economics are taught to inspire and help such program enrollees move forward in their chosen studies. As a rule the course is intended to be completed in a period of two years.

Extended one-on-one guidance

In the Correspondence Education Course, research guidance is provided primarily through e-mail, with schooling (face-to-face classes) held in September and February. Additionally, extended oneon- one guidance aims to provide face-to-face instruction on one's specialized research topic, giving correspondence students the precise interaction needed to make progress according to their degree of readiness to take on issues and advancement with their studies and research.

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