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Curriculum

Well-developed Coursework Based on Compulsory Courses

GSE continues to improve the compulsory courses that are designed to provide students with the knowledge they need to complete their Master’s degree. Although there are some differences depending on field of specialization and course, the compulsory courses of the Master’s Degree in Economics Program is organized as follows.

The Economics Course includes three compulsory courses designed to teach students the core concepts of modern economics. Students are required to take one course each in the areas of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Statistics and Econometrics, the last designed to deepen the understanding of Economic Data Analysis and polish the analysis skills that highly qualified professionals with economics degrees need. The Economic History Research Field of the Economics Course is unique for deepening students’ understanding of the wide range of methodologies applied to research on economic history by including Methodology of Economic History as a compulsory course.

The Global Political Economy Course has made the most effort among all the courses to improve its coursework with the addition of two political science methodology courses to go along with the three economics courses described above, for a total of five compulsory courses.

Master’s Thesis Guidance

We have a well-planned Master’s Thesis Guidance Program. The Program progresses through the following four steps.

Course Classification of the Master’s Program

The Program’s various courses are organized as follows. Compulsory courses and common basic courses are taught in both Japanese and English every academic year.

A. Compulsory Courses for Each Course

(1) Microeconomics

Microeconomics is taught at four different levels. The level the student enrolls in depends on the number of microeconomic courses they completed before entering the Program. Students who intend to advance to the Doctoral Program through direct application must take Advanced Microeconomics.

(2) Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics is taught at four different levels. The level the student enrolls in depends on the number of macroeconomic courses they completed before entering the Program. Students who intend to advance
to the Doctoral Program through direct application must take Advanced Macroeconomics.

(3) Statistics and Econometrics

According to their economic analysis skills at the time of enrollment, students enroll in Statistics, Multivariate Analysis and Econometrics. Any one of these courses satisfies the compulsory course requirement, thus providing a curriculum that can meet the needs of a diverse student body. Those students who intend to advance to the Doctoral Program through a direct application, however, must take Econometrics.

(4) Approaches to Economic History   *For students of the Economic History research area

This is a compulsory course for students pursuing their Master’s in Economic History. The course is designed to broaden the students’ perspective as they go about selecting a research topic by deepening their understanding of the various approaches to the study of economic history. (As noted above,
students enrolled in the Economic History curriculum can either take Approaches to Economic History or any one of the compulsory courses on Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Statistics and Econometrics.)

(5) Political Science Methodology ( Two courses: Empirical Analysis and Normative Studies )

*For Global Political Economy Course Students

The Global Political Economy Course includes two compulsory courses in political science. These courses are designed to teach students the various methodologies of empirical political analysis, the basic concepts and framework of contemporary political science, and a general understanding of modern normative political theories. In these courses, students learn the basic research methodologies of political science and the basic theory of both economics and political science, essential knowledge for developing professionals capable of making a global contribution.

B. Specialized Courses within the Economics Course

【 Common Basic Courses 】

These courses provide the foundation for conducting a wide range of economic research. Courses include Calculus and Linear Algebra, which provides the mathematical foundation for Economics, as well as practical courses on presentations and academic writing in English.

【 Elective Courses 】

Student select elective courses from a wide range of specialized courses in different research areas suited to their Master’s thesis topic. Elective courses are in areas such as Economic Theory Research,
Applied Economics, Regional Economic Research, and Readings in Economic History.
Course Examples: Game Theory, Statistical Finance, Global Economic History, Welfare Economics, Health Economics, Environmental Economics, International Finance and Macroeconomic Policy, International Macroeconomics, Development Economics, and Japanese Economy.

C. Specialized Courses within the Global Political Economy Course

【Common Basic Courses】

The common basic course group includes compulsory courses. Like the common basic courses in the Economics Course, students can take any one of the mathematics courses fundamental to economics instead of a course in this group.

【Core Courses】

The Global Political Economy Course has developed a core course curriculum with a specialized focus. The curriculum is divided into four clusters, each of which contains a well-balanced set of political science and economics courses designed to endow the student with a deep understanding of international political economics.

Course Registration Models

GSE has developed different curricula for each Course. Course curricula are intended to give students a solid base of knowledge. The focus is on the coursework required by the Course the student has enrolled in and in line with their research topic, along with research guidance on their Master’s thesis. For
your reference, we have provided several course registration models. Please note these are for reference only; students are not required to follow any of the plans shown here. After enrollment, students develop their own course registration plans in line with their research interests and career plans consisting of common courses, elective courses, courses audited at other graduate schools or at other universities.

List of Courses

Economic Course

Global Political Economy Course

Five-Year Doctoral Program

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