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Faculty of Economics and Business, Hokkaido University

Educational Road Map

We aim our education and research at a wide variety of economic and business issues that have been rapidly diversified due to globalization and informatization of the world. In our post-graduate education program, there are two divisions: the Division of Modern Economics and Management, and the Division of Accounting Information. Both divisions conduct research and education in various new as well as traditional areas.

Master’s Program (2 Years)

There are two types of courses in our master’s program: the Doctoral Course and the Specialized Course.

1. Master’s Program (Doctoral Course)

This is a pre-doctoral program designed for prospective research students who will progress to the 3-year Doctoral Program in the field of economics and management. Toward the end of the program, students choose their own topic and write a master’s thesis.

Master’s Thesis
  • A good master’s thesis is academically unique research that can develop into further studies. Students are assessed upon their thesis when progressing to the 3-year doctoral program.
  • In the end, the students present their master’s thesis in a public seminar.

 

2. Master’s Program (Specialized Course)

The Specialized Course is designed for students who aim to be specialists in government agencies, companies, and NPOs with wide knowledge and skills in economics and business administration. There are two sub-courses: the Economic Policy Course and the Master of Business Administration Course. Students in the Specialized Course write a “research paper.”

Research Paper

  • Students summarize in their research paper the professional knowledge, skills, and experience they obtained through the master’s study.
  • Students can present their research outcome in a public forum.

 

Doctoral Program (3 Years)

Successful students who completed a master’s program can progress to the Doctoral Program. As an independent researcher, the student in this program can conduct independent studies. The Doctoral Program is designed to develop personnel with advanced skills who can carry out research education at universities.

Because the student’s goal is to write the Ph.D thesis, the course work like the one for master students is not required. Instead, students can receive in-depth research guidance through seminars and workshops.

Ph.D. Thesis
  • The Ph.D thesis consists of papers that are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, supplemented with literature survey, data source, fieldwork report, etc.
  • Students present their work in public seminars to get advice in the process of writing the thesis.

 

Professional Degree Program (Accounting School)

This program develops accounting professionals. The program encourages interactions between students and instructors and aims to enhance practical, problem-solving skills of the students.

The course requires students to take at least 48 credits while the master’s thesis is not required.
A Master’s Thesis is not required. This course requires at least 48 credits, including the following: Financial Accounting (10 credits), Managerial Accounting (6), Auditing (6), Tax Accounting (2), Case Study on Accounting (2), Accounting in English (2), Law (2), Economics & Management (2) and IT & Management Information (6).