Graduate School

Graduate-level education is currently in the spotlight. Not just for high-level education designed for training researchers, but specialized education aimed at career professionals who put their careers on hold to better themselves by broadening their horizons with new fields of study as well. And the Graduate School of Economics here at Nihon University is one of the schools adapting to the needs of the modern-day career professional, making different tests and trials a reality. For example, one way in which we go out of our way to help working men and women is our day-night lecture system. Another is our designating floors 9 through 12 of our Building #7 to Graduate-level education. Each classroom is outfitted with the latest AV equipment, and there are even graduate student-only study rooms and special lecture rooms available. At the Graduate School of Economics, our doors are wide open for those students who want to learn more specialized areas above and beyond the undergraduate study, as well as for those professionals who aim to gain specialized knowledge in particular fields through study, while keeping their daily jobs.

Graduate School of Economics

The Graduate School of Economics features a total of 7 courses designed to meet the educational goals of the students.

Courses to Meet Your Research Needs

– Allows Room For Individual Study/Research

Researcher Development Course

Designed for people who want become researchers in a specific specialized field and plan to earn an PhD, this course serves to develop those research skills in that particular field.

Integrated Research Course

Designed for those without a desire to become a researcher, but have the following goals:
1. Want to pursue a specific research theme not offered through the Goal-Specific courses below.
2. Want to study more about the whole of economics on a deeper level and find a career as a public servant or economic analyst.

Goal-Specific Courses

– Gain Specialized Knowledge in a Specific Field

Small Business Course

With a goal of developing management executives aspiring to business development in this new era, consultants that help lead medium and small corporations to grow, and managers and supervisors that can adapt to constantly-advancing organizational management, this course is specifically aimed at helping students acquire management theory and practical skills needed in small-scale organizations.

Tax Law Course

With the acquisition of requisite tax law knowledge and practical skills as its focus, and helping you gain crucial accounting knowledge and know-how as well, this course will help you find an advanced accounting specialist position.

Accounting Course

This course will help you find a your place as an advanced accounting specialist with knowledge and skills required in the various accounting-related fields.

Financial Risk Management Course

Gain valuable specialized knowledge regarding valuating firms from a financial perspective (grading, credit control, credit investigation, asset analysis in dealing with corporate buyout and mergers, etc.), as well as specialized knowledge regarding risk management as found in firm valuation analysis.

Urban Environmental Policy Course

Mainly for members of regional autonomous bodies and public institutions, real estate appraisers, real estate consultants, etc., in this course you can gain specialized knowledge regarding urban environmental policy, an increasingly-important public policy field.

*Changing courses after being admitted is not allowed.


Applicants whose main goal is to be exempt from certain tax accountant test subjects should choose either the Tax Law course (exempt from tax law-related test subjects) or the Accounting course (exempt from accounting-related test subjects).


Yoshiyuki Sasamoto

Graduated from Graduate School of Economics in 2008

The theme of my research is “The Management of Mitsui Bank Branches from 1900 to 1910, Including the Influence of the Russo-Japanese War.” Before the war Mitsui Bank had an overwhelming share of the market, and it also helped that Professor Kazunobu Okada, whom I respect very much, is a world-renowned researcher known for his work researching the history of Mitsui Bank.
When I first learned that that Professor Okada was writing a thesis on Mitsui Bank during the period between 1920-1940, he told me that the topic of my thesis “is interesting, because no one else has ever done it before.”
Personally, I wished he would have told me that earlier, but as he once told me, “Learning at college is about looking stuff up on your own, not having everything spoon-fed to you. Us teachers are just here to help you out.”
In the College of Economics at Nihon University, I have a lot of highly-motivated professors and friends, and it makes for a great, stimulating learning environment. In the future I’d like to be an economics researcher, so I want to get the most out of my research time while I’m here at graduate school.