Graduate School of AccountancyWaseda University

About the School


Accounting Specialist Program (2-year program)

Developing accounting professionals equipped with advanced knowledge and a noble sense of ethics, or a true “Accounting Mindset”

Features of the Curriculum

To nurture accounting professionals with highly specialized skills and strong ethical sense that makes possible an “accounting mindset”, the School of Accountancy offers a well-rounded curriculum from basic to applied courses.
The basic courses cover the minimum knowledge required for an accounting professional. Similarly, the knowledge needed to further succeed as an accounting professional can be attained through the core courses. For such courses, we believe that lecture style classes alone are inadequate for retaining knowledge. We therefore offer exercise classes in parallel to some of the basic courses, where students review lecture material in an appropriate written form.
We also offer practical and applied courses, allowing students to learn a variety of skills required for accounting professionals. In the practical courses professors do not merely transmit practical knowledge and methods, but engage students in a variety of learning exercises such as case studies, workshops, and presentations.

Educational Features

Diversified education with the fusion of academic and business practice.Various types of courses offered along with the lecture style.

Actuarial Specialist Program (2-year program)(from April 2019)

Nurturing actuarial professionals who play an active role in business fields including insurance, corporate pension and enterprise risk management through deep understanding of probability, statistics and business management to be used for measuring and managing uncertainties and risks in business.

The purpose of the Actuarial Specialist Program is to nurture actuaries to obtain not only exceptional actuarial knowledge and skills but also deep insight and capability to cover broader areas, which is difficult to learn from conventional actuarial programs, together with high professionalism.
The curriculum of the Actuarial Specialist Program, similar to the Accounting Specialist Program, consists of the foundational courses, the core courses and the practical-applied courses, and is organized systematically so that students can acquire knowledge at all levels from basic to advanced, and the ability to apply such knowledge to business.
Students can learn various knowledge and skills that actuaries need to know through a wide range of subjects. To make the actuarial education usable in practical business, the Actuarial Specialist Program offers several types of hands-on classes using workshops, case example studies, discussions and presentations.

Advanced Specialist Program (1-year program)

For those who have special backgrounds in business:

The field of accounting has been making constant advances. New laws and rules have been introduced into the fields of financial accounting and tax law, and new tools and ideas have entered the fields of management accounting and financial accounting. This means that accounting professionals are expected to keep updating knowledge and improving their skills in those business fields.
This one-year program is designed for CPAs, tax accountants, lawyers, real estate appraisers, Shiho-Shoshi lawyers and those who have more than seven years of experience in accounting, tax matters and judicial affairs. Students do academic research on accounting on the basis of their practical experience, and they can acquire an MBA with the completion of a Degree Thesis at the end of the program. Students also learn the latest accounting standards and various studies related to accounting, as well as conduct research in particular fields in order to develop high-level knowledge.
A key feature of the program is that the Degree Thesis is compulsory. Students choose their own theme for the Thesis and carry out research on accounting. This program aims to nurture specialists who have both wide range of knowledge and in-depth knowledge in a particular area.
48 credits are required to complete the program. The courses offered are normally completed in two years, but should be completed in one year in this program. Therefore, students are expected to become Accounting Professionals who have advanced knowledge by making full use of time to do research on a Degree Thesis.

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