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Application Guidelines of Master’s English Program

Okayama University

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

(Master’s English Program)

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS), Okayama University, is accepting Master’s English Program applicants for April 2018 enrollment in all divisions of Master’s course.

This English Program consists of interdisciplinary courses conducted in English. Students can finish their MA degree in English, but they also have an option of doing part of their course work in Japanese as well. Courses offered in the department of letters include anthropology, history, linguistics, literatures, philosophy, sociology, to name a few, all focused on Japanese Studies. Courses offered from other departments, including law, political science, economics, and management complement the program.

The program aims at fostering individuals who have a strong command of the English language and can apply the diverse interdisciplinary skills acquired through this program to various issues that arise in the future. To accomplish this, Japanese students and students from abroad interact with one another using English, both in and out of classroom settings. Students are encouraged to find their own research topic, to study abroad, and to participate in both domestic and international internship programs.

The MA thesis is to be completed in a topic of the student’s choice, and should be written in English. Students are affiliated with one of the departments of our graduate school, and supervised by one of our faculty members. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with their potential supervisors, and applications must include the name of the supervisor of their choice.

□Application Procedure
1.
Applicants wishing to be admitted to the English program should contact (via e-mail), and get approved by, their potential supervisor, with whom you want to work while at Okayama. An application form should include the name of the potential supervisor.
See: https://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/user/hss/eng/For_Prospective_Students/Masters_Course.html
2.
Applicants need to make contact with the office of GSHSS to obtain the application form.
3.
Unless you are a native speaker of English and/or you have finished your undergraduate degree at an English speaking institution, a proof of your English language skill must be included in your application. This includes your test score from TOEFL-iBT, IELTS, or TOEIC, or other official documents demonstrating your English language skills.

Divisions and Programs of Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Divisions
Professional Researcher Programs
International Society International Languages and Cultures
International Law and Politics
International Comparative Economics
Japanese and Asian Culture Japanese and Asian Literature and Culture
Linguistics
Human Socio-Culture Philosophy and History of Ideas
Aesthetics and History of Art
History and Archeology
Field Science
Psychology
Legal and Political Theory Legal and Political Theory
Economic Theory and Policy Economic Theory and Statistics
Socio-Economic Planning and Policy Science
Management Sciences Business Administration
Accounting

* The English program recruits the candidates from all above divisions.

□Admissions Policy

The Okayama University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary graduate school consisting of master’s and doctorate courses, which is based on our undergraduate schools; Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Economics. The master’s course offers four majors: Socio-Cultural Sciences, Comparative Socio-Cultural Sciences, Public Policy Sciences, and Organizational Management Sciences. These programs cover the whole field of the humanities and social sciences. The master’s course offers six majors: International Society, Japanese and Asian Culture, Human Socio-Culture, Legal and Political Theory, Economic Theory and Policy, Management Sciences. These programs cover the whole field of the humanities and social sciences. The course offers two programs: Professional Researcher Program, Advanced Human Resources Training Programs.

 

Successful student candidates:

1.
In the Master’s course, we demand the students who aim to be researchers or professionals acquired extensive knowledge and ability, technique and judgment in the fields of literature, law, and economics.
2.
In the Master’s course, we demand the students who desire the alternative, integral and interdisciplinary research covering multiple fields of humanities and social sciences or natural sciences.
3.
In the Master’s course, we admit the members of society who have intentions of exclusive studies and extensive knowledge.
4.
In the Master’s course, we admit the professionals who have intentions of career developments and leaderships.
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In the Master’s course, we welcome the students who desire to approach the problems of “construction of an Inclusive Society”, that is, “coexistence of human beings”, “coexistence of diverse cultures”, “economic and political coexistence in different regions” and so on.

 

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University
3-1-1, Tsushima-Naka, Kita-Ku, Okayama, 700-8530 JAPAN
E-mail:ggg7372@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp