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Curriculum

Curriculum

The Graduate School of Economics accepts students for up to five years. There is a two-year program leading to a Master’s degree in Economics, and a three-year program leading to a Ph.D. degree in Economics. Three types of class are offered: introductory classes (lectures), specialized classes (lectures), and seminar classes (workshops).

For the number of degrees conferred to date, check:

The Master’s Program

The goal of the Master’s program is to gain familiarity with the modern theory and techniques of economics at levels appropriate for professional economists, and to demonstrate them by writing a thesis in a chosen field.

Requirements for the award of a Master’s degree

  1. Students must enroll in the program for at least two years (unless a one-year exemption is allowed) and complete 30 credits with the following distribution requirements:

    (1) 10 or more specialized class credits
    (2) 8 or more seminar class credits
    (3) A total of 20 or more credits earned at Keio University, including (1) and (2).
    (Credits earned outside Keio, either as part of a period of study abroad or by studying courses offered by other Japanese universities, cannot be included in this total.)
  2. They must also submit a thesis and pass the evaluation and a final oral examination.

The Doctorate Program

The goal of the doctorate program is to write a doctoral dissertation. Each student will have two professors as advisors. A prerequisite for submitting the dissertation is the publication of at least one refereed paper. Once this condition is fulfilled, candidates are free to submit their dissertation, as long as their advisors consent.

Requirements for the award of a Ph.D. degree

  1. Students must enroll in the program for at least three years and complete 12 credits.
  2. They must also submit a doctoral dissertation and pass the evaluation and a final oral examination.

For more details on our curriculum, please see the Graduate School Handbook.

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