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Waseda University

Graduate School of Economics

Doctoral Program

The Graduate School of Economics conducts entrance examinations with a view to selecting students who are interested in the real issues of economics and the history thereof, and have an interest in examining such issues from theoretical, practical, and historical viewpoints.
Especially within the doctoral program, we place an emphasis on nurturing students who can make academic contributions to the study of economics at the global level. For this reason, the most important qualities are for students to have the capacity to write a thesis based upon their specialized field, and a thirst for academic knowledge that propels them to seek out an appropriate thesis topic and examine it with thoroughness, insight, and a dedication to productive research. The basic knowledge that is required encompasses logical thinking ability, mathematical and statistical ability, and linguistic ability. Students should commit themselves diligently to research and be eager to take pioneering initiatives in one of the following 6 fields: Economic Theory, Statistics and Econometrics, Economic Policy, Public Policy, Economic History, and International Economy.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Doctor of Economics
Doctor of Global Political Economy
Subject - Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Economics
Global Political Economy
Duration 3 years
Entry Date September 21, 2017
Location 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started 1953
No. of Students 60
(As of September 21, 2016)
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members Full-Time Faculty: 44
Part-Time Faculty: 22
(As of September 21, 2016)
Tuition Fees 739,500 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Waseda University Graduate School of Economics
Location: 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050
Phone: +81-03-3208-8560
Fax: +81-03-3204-8957
E-mail: gse-ml@list.waseda.jp
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 40
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility <Application Requirements for April 2016 Admission>
Applications can only be accepted from among:
Those who have obtained a master's degree, professional master's degree, or an equivalent from an overseas institution or those who are scheduled to receive such a degree or an equivalent by March 2016.
*For more details, please refer to the application guidelines.
*Please note that overseas applicants among foreign nationals cannot apply for 2016 April admission.
Application Period <April Admission>
Application Period: January 16 to January 25, 2017
N.B. Only applications postmarked by the deadline will be accepted (for domestic applications).

<September Admission>
Application Period: March 30 to April 3, 2017
N.B. Only applications postmarked by the deadline will be accepted (for domestic applications).
(For overseas applicants, applications must ARRIVE by the deadline.)
Examination Type & Date <First screening>
1) Review of Master’s Thesis
2) Foreign Language Examination (English/French/German/Russian)

<Second screening>
Screening method: Oral examination
- <April Admission>
Date: February 5, 2017

- <September Admission>
Date: One of the followings: May 13, May 14, May 20, May 21, 2017
Each applicant will be individually informed of the the appointed time and the meeting place. The examination time will be 20 minutes.
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process Yes (for April Admission)/No (for September Admission)
<April Admission>
The oral examination will take place on Waseda Campus, Waseda University.
<September Admission>
Oral examination for September Admission will be held at the following venues.
Tokyo・Beijing・Shanghai・Taipei・
Seoul・Singapore・Bangkok・Jakarta・Dusseldorf・San Francisco・New York
Admission Fee Application Fees
<April Admission> Application Fee: 30,000 yen
<September Admission>Depends on the country of residence at the time of application. (Regardless of nationality)
Domestic applicants: 30,000 yen
Overseas Applicants: 5,000 yen
*Regardless of domestic or overseas application, payment of the application fee must be completed BEFORE submitting the application. Applications will not be accepted from applicants who have not paid this fee.

As of December 12, 2016

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