Graduate School Building
The Kansai University Graduate School aims to conduct research, and to provide both theoretical and practical instruction in the fields of Law, Letters, Economics, Business and Commerce, Sociology, Informatics, Science and Engineering,Foreign Language Education and Research, Psychology, Safety Science, East Asian Culture, Governance and Health and Well-being. Both its academic staff and the post-graduate body under its tutelage strive to attain the highest levels of understanding and expertise in their respective fields, and to contribute to the further development of human culture.
The Master's Degree Program was established in 1950 under the provisions of the University Act of 1948 -- Kansai University being among the very first few Japanese private universities to take this step -- and in 1953 a Ph.D. Degree Program followed this. Their curriculum and staff having been judged as fully meeting the Standard for the Establishment of Graduate Schools enacted in 1975, its eleven schools (those of Law, Letters, Economics, Business and Commerce, Sociology, Informatics, Science and Engineering, Foreign Language Education and Research, Psychology, Safety Science and East Asian Culture) have by now been accredited with the right to grant doctoral degrees.
Organization and Degrees
Each Ph.D. Program is a three-year course, while those for Master's Degrees are basically two-year courses. Candidates for the Ph.D. Program must have completed a Master's Degree Program at an institution of tertiary education recognized as such by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, and then pass a further set of entrance examinations.
Post-graduate students that have fulfilled the course-requirements for a Ph.D. Program within the time-period fixed, and whose research documents have been approved, receive doctoral degrees.
Schools and Majors
|Master's Degree Program||Ph. D. Degree Program|
|Law||Law and Politics||Law and Politics|
|Business and Commerce||Commerce||Commerce|
Social System Design
Social System Design
|Science and Engineering||Engineering Science
Environmental and Urban Engineering
Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering
|Integrated Science and Engineering|
|Foreign Language Education and Research||Foreign Language Education and Research||Foreign Language Education and Research|
|Societal Safety Sciences||Disaster Prevention and Reduction||Disaster Prevention and Reduction|
|East Asian Cultures||Cultural Interaction||Cultural Interaction|
|Health and Well-being||Health and Well-being||Health and Well-being|
- The Graduate School of Law offers three courses as follows.
(1) Legal and Political Studies Course (Research- Oriented Program): This program, culminating in a Ph.D., is designed to prepare students for a career in research. (2) Business Law Course (Professional Program): This program, culminating in a Master's Degree provides students who intend to become professionals in business law or pursue law-related careers with knowledge and assists them to acquire the advanced competence required in specialized professions. (3) Public Policy Course (Professional Program): This program, culminating in a Master's Degree, provides students who intend to become public servants, staff members of public organizations both at home and abroad or journalists with technical knowledge and assists them to acquire the advanced competence required in specialized professions.
- The Graduate School of Economics offers two courses, Project Course and Academic Course. The courses guide and support graduate students with various practical or academic concern through multifaceted curriculum.
Project Course offers the following five systems.
Public Policy System
Regional and International Economy System
History and Society System
Corporation and Finance System
Students are required to register the subjects offered from the system they specialize in. This course consists only of the 2-year Master's degree program, in which students are expected to acquire the highly professional knowledge.
(2) Academic Course consists of two successive programs, the 2-year Master's degree program and the 3-year Doctoral degree program. After completing this course, students are expected to become an independent researcher in their specialized Economics field.
- The Graduate School of Business and Commerce offers two programs, a Research-oriented Program and a Professional Program.
(1) The Research-oriented Program aims to provide students with the advanced skills essential to the implementation of effective independent research in their respective areas of specialization, and to foster a high level of scholarship that will form a sound basis from which to conceive and pursue further research projects.
This program consists mainly of seminars and thesis guidance, and it is intended for those that desire to go on to a Ph.D. Degree Program upon completion of a Master's Degree Program.
(2) The Professional Program aims to equip students preparing for careers in business and industry with the expertise and insight necessary for them to cope with business affairs in an increasingly complex, advanced economic environment. Offered in this program are courses by full-time professors in the Faculty of Business and Commerce and those by part-time lecturers that are highly qualified authorities in their respective fields.
Also offered are seminars in such areas as Distribution and Marketing, Finance, International Business, Management and Accounting.