Admissions to the Graduate Programs

We are pleased to invite foreign nationals with a solid academic background to apply for our graduate programs.

Our graduate programs consist of a two-year Master's Program and a three-year Doctoral Program. Admission processes to these programs are summarized in the chart below.

In addition, we also admit research students who do not seek a degree but wish to study at our graduate school of economics.

1. Master's Program

Outline

There are two courses in the Master's Program: the Academic Researcher Course and the Professional Analyst Course. The Academic Researcher Course is designed for students who wish to progress to the Doctoral Program and provides students with the advanced knowledge and research skills required to pursue an academic career. The Professional Analyst Course is designed for students who wish to finish graduate school with a Master's degree and provides the frontier expertise and analytical skills necessary for a career as a professional economist in the public or private sector. Students enrolled in the Professional Analyst Course may choose to participate in one of the four professional training programs focusing on (a) public policy, (b) statistics and finance, (c) regional studies, or (d) health economics. Details on the screening process for these programs will be provided after the enrollment. Students enrolled in the Academic Researcher Course are not eligible for these programs. Note, however, that students enrolled in the Professional Analyst Course may choose to advance to the Doctoral Program if they fulfill the necessary academic requirements. A half of the core courses are offered in English; however, the majority of other courses are taught in Japanese. Therefore, earning a Master's degree by taking courses only in English is not possible. The list of the courses offered in English is available here

Admission Process

There are three types of exams for the Master's Program, that is, regular, special, and international exams. The exam for international applicants is usually announced in June and held in around January or February the following year at Hitotsubashi University.

The admission process for international applicants consists of two stages.

In the first stage of selection, decisions are made based on the transcripts, the recommendation letter, the research proposal, the TOEFL score, and the scores of written exams in economics and the Japanese. Applicants who have received a degree from a country where English is the main language are exempt from submitting a TOEFL score. Problems of the written exams are offered in Japanese or English. Regarding the written exam in economics, applicants may answer either in Japanese or English.

Applicants who pass the first stage are requested to visit the campus for an oral exam. In the second stage of selection, decisions are made based on the transcripts, the recommendation letter, the research proposal, the score of the economics written exam, and the score of the oral exam. The Admissions Office will give due consideration to an applicant's wish to take the oral exam in English if stated in the application form.

2. Doctoral Program

Students of our Master's Program who wish to advance to the Doctoral Program must pass a comprehensive exam and a final exam in around February or March. The comprehensive exams are held in around August or September and in February every year.

Those with a Master's degree from a program other than our Master's Program in economics who wish to enroll in our Doctoral Program may be eligible for taking: (1) a preliminary exam in around August or September with a final exam in around February or March the following year, (2) the AO (Admissions Office) exam for those with job experience 2 or more years after receiving a Master's Degree, or (3) the AO exam for international applicants with a Master's Degree from a university outside Japan. The application for the AO exam for international applicants is usually accepted between around October and December for the program starting in next Spring and between around April and May for the program starting in Autumn each year.

Admission decisions for the AO exam for international applicants will be based mainly on the application documents submitted. When necessary, we may also request applicants living in Japan to visit the Graduate School of Economics of Hitotsubashi University for an interview. For applicants living outside Japan, we may offer an alternative in place of a face-to-face interview. In the case of holding an interview or its equivalent, we will contact each applicant to set the date and other details. When the interview or its equivalent is held, admission decisions will be based also on the results of the interview or its equivalent.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult with one or more faculty members of the Graduate School of Economics in advance and find a prospective advisor for the applicant's proposed research before submitting the application. The list of faculty members and their fields of specialization is available here. Having a prospective advisor is encouraged but not required for the application. Applicants both with and without prospective advisors will be assessed fairly in making admission decisions.

3.Important Information

Application Materials

Application documents for the exams for international applicants are downloadable from the links below. Note that after the application period for an exam has passed, the documents required in subsequent application periods may change and therefore may not be valid for applications in those periods. In such a case, the list of application documents should be used for general reference only.

* Exam for International Applicants to Enter the Master's Program
* AO Exam for International Applicants to Enter the Doctoral Program

Other application materials in Japanese are available here .

Past Written Exams

A sample of past written exams are available here.

Applicants with Special Needs

Applicants with disabilities or special needs who require accommodation in the application process and/or after their admissions to our program should notify the Admissions Office two months prior to submitting their application documents. (Although the Admissions Office will accept accommodation requests after this date, we may not be able to make necessary arrangements in time for the screening and/or the program starting date.) Requesting accommodation for the application process does not obligate applicants to apply to our program. If applicants are undecided about whether to apply for our program, they can still make such requests.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office of our graduate school, at

4. Research Student (Non-Degree-Seeking Student)

To apply to our Graduate Programs as a research student, please visit the web site for research students .

To apply to the Graduate Program as a Japanese government (MEXT: Monbukagakusho) scholarship student, please visit this web site .

* For more information about studying at Hitotsubashi University, please visit the web site for prospective international students .