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The Graduate Schools

In 2008, we established the Major in Psychology within the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, that seeks to train clinical psychologists, and the Graduate School of Rehabilitation was established in 2009. Moreover, the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences was established in 2012, based on the 6-year program in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. With the goal of making Kobe Gakuin University "a university that can contribute to the betterment of health and lives," we have so far established seven graduate schools specializing in various professional disciplines. While the research of these graduate schools connects directly back to each respective department, they strive to be centers of learning that enter fields differing from the departments their students graduated from so that they foster the kind of flexible thinking and professionalism that makes graduates immediately ready to serve in the working world.

The Graduate School of Law

Training specialists in law and political science to serve as leaders in our complex contemporary society.

  • Major in Law, Master's and Doctoral Programs (enrollment limit: 10 and 5)
  • Major in International Relations and Law, Master's Program (enrollment limit: 8)

The Major in Law is organized into groups of subjects in each field: public law subjects such as constitutional law; and private law subjects such as civil law. The Major in International Relations and Law offers a variety of subjects such as international law, international trade law, and international political science. Students are trained to become high-level professionals such as specialists in law and political science, as well as tax accountants and civil servants.

The Graduate School of Economics

Aiming to produce graduates possessing specialized knowledge in economics and business administration together with the practical skills needed in society.

  • Major in Economics, Master's and Doctoral Programs (enrollment limit: 3 and 2)
  • Major in Business Administration, Master's Program (enrollment limit: 3)

The Major in Economics encompasses economic theory, economic policy, and other applied fields. The Major in Business Administration focuses on the theory of business administration while providing broad coverage of topics such as accounting and management science. Students are able to earn a portion of credits in other majors as well. Graduates have immediately put their skills to use in the business world and other professional career paths in positions including tax accountants.

The Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences

An interdisciplinary and innovative program of study focused on understanding the fundamental nature of human beings and culture.

  • Major in Human Behavior, Master's and Doctoral Programs (enrollment limit: 4 and 2)
  • Major in Local Cultures, Master's and Doctoral Programs (enrollment limit: 6 and 2)
  • Major in Psychology, Master's Programs (enrollment limit: 6 for Psychology and 12 for Clinical Psychology)

In the Human Behavior and Local Cultures majors, students develop a broad perspective and a deeper connection with their own humanity through an interdisciplinary, innovative program that facilitates an understanding of the fundamental nature of human beings and culture. The Major in Psychology trains students to become psychology experts who are generalists or have specialties focused on clinical practices.

The Graduate School of Rehabilitation

Developing high-level specialist professionals who can act as leaders on the front lines of rehabilitation, and people who can carry out future education and research.

  • Major in Medical Rehabilitation, Master's and Doctoral Programs (enrollment limit: 3 and 3)
  • Major in Social Rehabilitation, Master's Program (enrollment limit: 2)

The Graduate School of Rehabilitation aims to develop high-level specialist professionals capable of responding to and supporting medicine and medical technology by keeping pace with its progress and maintaining an appropriate grasp of the current state and future outlook of social systems. These are the professionals who will act as the next-generation leaders in education and research in the field of rehabilitation. The Major in Social Rehabilitation will encompass research in general welfare practice and welfare system engineering, and carry out education, practical education and research. In addition, by making public the fruits of research at the Rehabilitation Graduate School, we aim to produce individuals capable of contributing to society.

The Graduate School of Nutrition

Providing high-level specialized capabilities in nutrition as preparation for a variety of careers following graduation.

  • Major in Nutrition, Master's Program (enrollment limit: 8)

The Graduate School of Nutrition enables students to explore their research themes in depth in small classes. Research accomplishments derived from advanced specialized capabilities (including scientific reasoning, experimental techniques, research planning and data processing) have been highly evaluated. Students completing their courses of this graduate school go on to work as experts and specialists in public organizations, hospitals, and private companies.

The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Training excellent researchers in the area of clinical pharmacy.

  • Major in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Doctoral Program (4 years) (enrollment limit: 3) ( Including quota for foreign students and working adult students)

The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences develops high-level specialist professionals capable of responding to the progress in medicine and cultivates human resources who will act as the next-generation leaders in education and research in the field of medical pharmacy. It also aims to produce human resources who can fulfill the mission of social service through clinical development and evaluation of medicines.

The Graduate School of Food and Medicinal Sciences

A doctoral program for those eager to explore a broad range of research in nutrition and pharmaceutical sciences.

  • Major in Food and Medicinal Sciences, Doctoral Program (3 years) (enrollment limit: 2)

The Graduate School of Food and Medicinal Sciences provides a three-year Doctoral Program for those who possess a master's degree in Nutrition, Pharmaceutical Sciences (those who have completed a four-year master's program), or related fields of natural science and who intend to acquire knowledge and research methods in the field of increasingly sophisticated health science. When students complete the program and pass a thesis examination, they earn one of the degrees of Doctor of Nutrition or Doctor of Science.

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