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Graduate School of International Social Sciences

Graduate School of International Social Sciences
  Master's Programs Doctoral Programs
Economics 38 10
Business Administration 38 12
Department of International and Business Law 25 8
Law School 25
Business School 12
Annual Intake 168


Comprising the Department of Economics, Business Administration, and International and Business Law, the Graduate School of International Social Sciences (GSISS) provides integrated master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) programs.

Serving a competitive pool of selected international applicants, GSISS seeks to cultivate professionals ready to lead and manage in today’s ever changing global landscape, by further strengthening our integrated and practical education conducted by professors in all departments of the graduate school in social sciences and experienced business specialists.


  1. Optional Joint M.A./Ph.D. Program (5 years total)
  2. Flexible Curriculum Across Departments
  3. All-English Programs

Master’s Programs

Department of Economics
The globalization of economic society has reached a new era. While there is rapid development of newly industrialized nations and the expansion of regional economic integration in East Asia and South-east Asia, there are also severe fiscal deficits among developed nations, liberalization and expansion of international capital movement, and instability in exchange rates. The Master’s Program in the Department of Economics provides systematic education which organically unites coursework and research by establishing economic fundamentals as the compulsory core. It provides students with both a broad and specialized knowledge by establishing a flexible curriculum across departments which combines economics, business administration, and law.
Department of Business Administration
A new global era has arrived, with Japanese firms developing increasingly close links with the economies and companies of East and South-East Asia. There is growing demand for professionals who are able to accommodate diverse business cultures and enhance a firm’s international competitiveness. In addition to imparting an understanding of the global standards of business administration and fostering an underlying competence in problem solving, the Program aims to train pragmatic international-minded graduates who are capable of effectively utilizing specialized knowledge in business administration.

The rigorous curriculum is designed to instill in students cutting-edge knowledge in business administration, accounting, and management systems. Committed to providing students with an education that emphasizes a global perspective, the program offers such courses as International Management Theory, that specifically addresses global business issues, and Comparative Management Theory, that explores similarities and differences between Japanese and Asian business practices. In addition to each specialty, students may choose a derivative business administration subject for their Master’s research topic, such as strategic theory based on computer simulations, accounting for derivatives, financial marketing, and other interdisciplinary business administration subjects.
Department of International and Business Law
Core courses in positive law, building upon the basics of constitutional law, contract law, criminal law etc. (so-called “Six Main Codes”) and covering applied legal fields such as environmental law and trade law are provided. The emphasis will be on coursework. Courses in the required skills in legal interpretation, the analysis of case law, and the analysis of modern political decision-making process are offered as same as in the YNU law school. The systematically structured curriculum ranges from contract law, torts, commercial law, corporate law and other areas of business law to taxation law, social security law and other applied law areas, as well as political science, public administration and international development studies.

The teaching emphasizes both theoretical and practical aspects of positive law, including the specialized fields of various social policies, giving students advanced knowledge in law and public policy and critical thinking ability. The course also responds to the growing demand for legal and public policy experts in East and Southeast Asia. After completion of the degree, graduates may proceed to doctoral studies, or seek employment as legal experts, public officers in national and local governments as well as international and transnational organizations, and as corporate legal advisers in international businesses.

Doctoral Programs

Department of Economics
The Ph.D. Program implements a technical curriculum where the students acquire the ability to analyze contemporary globalized economic society with the use of highly specialized economic methods. Newly established subjects such as “Structure of Developing Economies” and “Environmental Economics” respond to the demand in East and South-east Asia and other growing regions of the world for highly trained professionals.

Compulsory “Seminar” work emphasises small-class education. The designation of Research Practicums such as "Industrial-Governmental-Academic Collaborative Research" and "International Collaborative Research", and Workshops allows students to cultivate practical research skills. The Program focuses on training people who will demonstrate their ability globally. This is achieved implementing such programs as International Public Policy EP (Education Program), which is a flexible curriculum across departments of Economics, Business Administration and International and Business Law, and international graduate programs in Economics, which allows the students to study entirely in English. After acquiring cutting-edge specialized technical knowledge in economics and the ability to analyze globalized contemporary economic society, the graduates may pursue a career in academia, think tanks, and research sections of global firms.
Department of Business Administration
The Department of Business Administration’s Ph.D. Program is an integration of the Department of Business Management Systems and the Department of International Development Studies. In response to growing demand from society, the Program analyses globalized contemporary firms and the environmental problems that surround them by using business administrative methods and the methods of related social sciences. The Program seeks to develop human resources who are capable of contributing to the academic world of business administration, accounting, and management systems. The Program also emphasizes the training of professionals who wish to put applied research into practice.

The curriculum seamlessly extends education from the Master’s Program, which enables students to efficiently continue and advance their research. The integrated course work contributes to each student producing a strong doctoral dissertation, which is supervised by three professors. It also supports students who desire to continue their research after the completion of a Master’s degree, including an MBA course. The Program offers Global Business Doctor EP (Education Program) for Master's degree graduates who wish to acquire the ability to make creative and feasible business strategies. In addition, responding to the growing demand from overseas applicants, particularly from East and South-East Asia, the Japanese Management in All-English Graduate Program has been established to allow students to complete a Ph.D. degree entirely in English.
Department of International and Business Law
Students will analyze issues in modern law and politics in our global age from within a framework of legal and political science disciplines. They will also conduct research in the fields of international politics and international development with particular focus on the growing regions of East and Southeast Asia. The Department of International Business Law offers progressive courses and pioneering research. In addition to the Department's traditional area of research - intellectual property law and economic law - areas of positive law and public policy including international development studies are covered by a comprehensive curriculum that is tailored to student needs. All faculty members engage in pioneering research activities, complementing their strong commitment to teaching with scholarly and creative endeavors.

In addition, students can further their own research and develop career paths through "Industrial-Governmental-Academic Collaborative Research", “International Field Work”, and other projects that provide opportunities for them to present their research and participate in international research collaborations. A flexible curriculum across departments [International Public Policy EP (Education Program) and Taxation / Accounting EP (Education Program)] and the All-English Graduate Program also enables students to acquire and develop specialized knowledge and skills. After completing the degree, graduates may pursue global careers as research fellows, professional practitioners such as lawyers and accountants, public officers in national and regional governments, international organization staff, or policy advisers and consultants to international corporations.

Optional Joint M.A. / Ph.D. Programs

Students enrolled in M.A. Programs may apply for direct entry into doctoral/Ph.D. Programs following the completion of their master's dissertation.

Flexible Curriculum Across Departments

The graduate school offers the following two interdisciplinary Ph. D. programs taught primarily in Japanese: 1) International Public Policy EP (Education Program); 2) and Taxation/Accounting EP (Education Program). The program offers a flexible curriculum with courses instructed from select appointed professors from all three departments in the Graduate School of International Social Sciences.

International Public Policy EP

This program pursues an interdisciplinary study of international public policy and its coordination among various countries in relation to global issues such as poverty problems, sustainable development, and the capabilities of people in each country. The program is designed to provide students with lectures and workshops to study global issues based on comparative institutional analysis, historical analysis, and various empirical studies. A selected number of professors from the Department of Economics, the Department of Business Administration, and the Department of International and Business Law are cross-appointed in support of this program.

Taxation / Accounting EP

This program will be offered both by academics and by distinguished practitioners, such as practicing lawyers specialized in Taxation, and practicing accountants, who experienced tax/financial accounting practices in domestic/international fields. Doctor Candidates will pursue academic research based on Law or Accounting, traditional academic analysis or practices. Courses may include theoretical study of cross-relationship between taxation and accounting, accounting consideration as a legal method of tax study, research on methodologies for legal analysis of taxation with methods of accounting as information sciences, inter-relationship between tax/accounting theories and business conducts/practices.

All-English Graduate Programs

The graduate school offers all-English M.A. and doctoral/Ph.D. Programs. From the application and admissions process, through to lectures, qualifying exams, thesis completion and the final defense, the language of correspondence and communication is English. Mirroring the international nature of Yokohama City, there is a cosmopolitan feel to our graduate school, which comprises a growing volume of international students coming from various countries in Asia as well as other world regions.

International M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Economics
Designed to provide graduates with knowledge of economic theory, empirics, and policy at the highest of global academic standards, in 2013, the Department of Economics in the Graduate School of International Social Sciences established two all-English degree programs to serve a competitive pool of selected international student applicants eager to pursue careers as academic researchers, specialists or business professionals in the international arena.
Our program has two distinctive features. First, we offer a North American course-based curriculum with specializations in international economics and labor economics. Second, we also offer a policy-oriented program employing both comparative economic systems and political economy approaches.
Japanese Management, Department of Business Administration
In accordance with the expansion of the global economy, Japanese firms have extended the reach of where they conduct business. Having now become well known throughout the world, “Japanese Management” is generally viewed as an effective management system that covers many areas of business administration, including strategy, organization, management of technology, accounting, and management science. There are many characteristics of Japanese management and these characteristics suggest the opportunity to obtain meaningful insights through comparison with management characteristics to other countries and regions. Our Japanese Management Program focuses on students who are interested in Japanese management and wish to study business management in specific countries and areas based on Japanese management. By completing the doctoral program, students can become either an academic researcher who is deeply familiar with the essence of Japanese management and its relationship with global business or a business professional with robust analytical skills.
Transnational Law and Policy, Department of International and Business Law
The Department of International and Business Law at Yokohama National University (YNU) is launching a new doctoral program in Fall 2013 taught entirely in English. The program is designed to provide students with legal knowledge and practical skills needed for work in, inter alia, international organizations and transnational civil society organizations in various areas of global policy making. We seek motivated students from all over the world, who are eager to work in such fields. Graduates of the Doctoral Program in Transnational Law and Policy will be able to conduct leading-edge research and publish their research outcome in international conferences (both academic and policy-oriented). They will also have the opportunity to acquire high-level research skills in various methods of empirical and theoretical analysis so as to enable them to produce policy-oriented papers.

Master’s Program in English for Foreign Students

Special Master’s Programs for government officers from developing countries
The Graduate School of International Social Sciences (GSISS) offers four special Master’s Programs in English.
  1. Master’s Program in Public Policy and Taxation (PPT) was started in 1996, as one of the partnership programs funded by the World Bank. Most students in this program are tax officers. The Practicum is done in cooperation with Japan’s National Tax Agency.
  2. Indonesian Linkage Program (ILP) was established in 2007 under an agreement with the Indonesian MOF and the National Development Planning Board of Indonesia (BAPPENAS). Students in this program are either Indonesian MOF or BAPPENAS officers. The first year of the program is held at the partner universities in Indonesia. The second year is conducted at the IGSSS in YNU. This program is a double degree program, which is very new in Japan. Students who successfully complete the master’s program receive a Master’s Degree from both YNU and the partner university in Indonesia.

    In addition to these programs, GSISS accepted scholarship students funded by the World Custom Organization (WCO) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in the past. Graduates of all these programs have returned to their home countries and contributed toward improving their respective countries in various ways. Notably, some graduates have become National Tax Agency Commissioners. These programs maintain a high educational standard internationally and an excellent reputation with the World Bank and governments around the world.

Juris Doctor Program

The program at the Law School is a sui generis one, in the sense that it is a three-year professional program. The graducates are conferred the degree of juris doctor.

Law School

The Law School trains students to be highly competitive lawyers in various legal fields, as well as practicing lawyers advising and advocating for citizens. The school is also open to those with academic backgrounds other than law and those with working experience, offering practical study in close cooperation with the Yokohama Bar Association.

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