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Waseda University

Graduate School of Economics

Master's Program

The Graduate School of Economics strives for the development of economics and to become a place of highly focused, high-level interdisciplinary learning and research.
In pursuit of two goals – to train researchers and to create highly skilled professionals – we established the Economics Course and the Global Political Economy Course within the Graduate School of Economics. We have created an environment for education and research to encourage students to enhance their ability to think precisely based on economic theory and to analyze and comprehend a broad range of perspectives by strengthening coursework and enriching the joint-research supervision system.
In the Master's program, students must take Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Economic Data Analysis. These allow students to develop specialized knowledge and advanced ability to analyze data. We also provide advanced subjects in each course, thereby enabling students to conduct research at their own pace and in accordance with their own career plans.
The school has achieved excellent results in its efforts to internationalize. The number of international students has increased dramatically as a result of establishing an English-based Degree Program (September Admission) and the consequent enrichment of subjects taught in English.
We consider it one of our priorities to provide research and educational opportunities for scholars and students not only from Japan but also from around the world. We will continue seek out those who wish to play an active role on the world stage and are willing to overcome whatever obstacles they face as economic researchers and skilled professionals.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts
Subject - Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Economics
Global Political Economy
Duration 2 years
Entry Date September 21, 2017
Location 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started 1951
No. of Students 200
(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 878,500 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Waseda University, Graduate School of Economics
Location: 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050
Phone: +81-3-3208-8560
<Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (Japan time)>
Fax: +81-3-3204-8957
Email::gse-ml@list.waseda.jp
URL:http://www.waseda-pse.jp/gse/en/
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 80
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility <Application Requirements for September 2016 Admission>
Applications are accepted from those who fulfill the following requirements:
(1) Academic Background
Applications can only be accepted from among:
- Those who have completed or who are expected to complete 16 years of school education in countries other than Japan or are scheduled to graduate from a university by September, 2016.
- Those who have completed or who are expected to complete 15 years of education in countries other than Japan by September 2016 and are recognized by the Graduate School of Economics as having completed all requirements and demonstrated excellent academic performance.
(2) Foreign Language Proficiency Ability
- Submission of language proficiency certificate (English) (original)
Applicants must submit a score of one of the following English proficiency tests: TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL-PBT, IELTS, or TOEIC (TOEIC (IP) score is not acceptable). The score must be of tests taken within the past two years from the last day of the application period.
Those whose first language is English, or those who have received a degree from an institute of higher education (a university or higher) in an English speaking country will not have to submit a score.
[Note] There are cases where you will not be required to submit a language score if you received a degree from an English program in a non-English speaking country.

*For more details, please refer to the application guidelines.
Application Period Application period: February 24 to March 7, 2017
N.B. Only applications postmarked by the deadline will be accepted. (Applications from overseas must
ARRIVE by the deadline to be accepted.)
Examination Type & Date <First screening>
1) English
Screening method: Screening by English proficiency test score
2) Economics
Screening method: Screening by research progress in the field of economics
Announcement of results of the first screening: April 14, 2017

<Second screening>
Screening method: Oral examination
Dates: One of the followings: May 13, May 14, May 20, May 21, 2017
Announcement of successful candidates: May 26, 2017
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Oral examination 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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