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Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Hyogo

The Graduate School of Social Sciences consists of five departments: the Department of Economics (Master’s Program and Doctoral Program), the Department of Business Administration (Master’s Program and Doctoral Program), the Department of Global Business (Master’s Program), the Department of Professional Accountancy (Professional Degree Program), and the Department of Professional Business (Professional Degree Program).

As part of our efforts to respond to the changing circumstances brought about by the rapid globalization, in 2019, the University of Hyogo reorganized its undergraduate schools, opening the School of Economics and Management with the goal of preparing students to play an active role on the global stage, particularly in the fields of economics and business administration.

In order to further pursue this goal, in 2021, the new graduate school was established to provide more advanced levels of education and research in economics and business administration and to offer prompt and flexible responses to the needs of society.

The new graduate school has four major features: education and research programs that benefit from our past achievements and long-lasting traditions; the Department of Global Business, created as an extension of the Global Business Course in the School of Economics and Management; a clearer and more specific visions of how to assist students in their development in their chosen fields; and enriched, recurring education programs.

Education and Research Purpose

Through conducting in-depth interdisciplinary research activities in fields related to economics and business administration, we will equip our students with essential expertise and skills, as well as foster their desire to follow ethical principles and behaviors. In doing so, our graduates will be of benefit to society as researchers and highly specialized professionals, thereby fulfilling society’s expectations.

Structure of the Graduate School of Social Sciences

Departments & Programs

Departments Programs Quota Degree
Department of Economics Master’s 15 Master of Economics
Doctoral 5 Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Department of Business Administration Master’s 5 Master of Arts in Business Administration
Doctoral 5 Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
Department of Global Business Master’s 6 Master of Global Business Administration
Department of Professional Accountancy Professional Degree 20 Master of Professional Accountancy
Department of Professional Business
Regional Innovation course
Additional Course: License for Business Consultant for SMEs
Professional Degree 45 Master of Business Administration
Healthcare Management course Master of Healthcare Management
Long-term-care and Social care Management course

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics, which aims to enable its graduates to engage in work requiring advanced research abilities, offers a Master’s Program and a Doctoral Program. For the Master’s Program, we enriched the curriculum to help students acquire essential abilities in their respective fields of expertise in phases. We accept students of any age, as long as they have an undergraduate university degree and can attend daytime classes.

Department of Business Administration

The Department of Business Administration (DBA), which aims at developing students’ abilities to engage in work requiring advanced research abilities, has a Master’s Program and a Doctoral Program. In addition, the DBA enhanced the educational curriculums to help ensure students progressively acquire the essential abilities they need in their respective chosen fields of expertise in phases.

Department of Global Business

The Department of Global Business (DGB) aims mainly at fostering businesspersons who wish to play an active role on the global stage. Students will study law, comparative culture, comparative society, and other relevant subjects, as well as business administration, economics, and Japanese business. All classes will be offered in English. In the Consulting Project class, students will develop perspectives necessary for a global businessperson through participation in fieldwork overseas. The DGB offers fall (September) admission in addition to regular admission in April.

Department of Professional Accountancy

The Department of Professional Accountancy offers a Professional Degree Program to enable students to become professional accountants, mainly through the study of accounting as a basic subject. Classes in this program are conducted during the daytime on weekdays, and the department accepts recent university graduates and unemployed recent university graduates with work experience.

Department of Professional Business

The Department of Professional Business (DPB) has a Professional Degree Program for students who desire to become business professionals, mainly through the study of business administration. Since classes in this program are conducted mostly on Saturdays, the department accepts full-time workers and others who have relevant work experience. The DPB is more focused on recurrent education than its predecessor, the Graduate School of Business, which has enjoyed notable success.

History

1929
Predecessor of University of Hyogo was established
1948
Kobe University of Commerce was established
1965
Graduate School of Business Administration (Master’s Program), Kobe University of Commerce was established
1967
Graduate School of Economics (Master’s Program) was established
1971
Doctoral Programs were added to the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Economics
2004
Three Hyogo prefectural universities, including Kobe University of Commerce, were integrated into the University of Hyogo
2010
The Master’s Program of the Graduate School of Business Administration was reorganized into the Graduate School of Business
2021
Graduate School of Social Sciences was established

Society for the Academic Promotion

The Society for Academic Promotion, on the Kobe Campus for Commerce of University of Hyogo, is a membership society comprised of regular members (full-time professors on the Kobe Campus of Commerce) and student members (undergraduate and graduate school students and research students on the Kobe Campus of Commerce), among others. The society was established with the purpose of promoting academic research activities. One of its main functions is academic publishing.
At present, the society issues the publications listed below.

Journal of University of Hyogo
Journal of Cultural Science
Academic Book
Research Paper
Working Paper
Discussion Paper
Some of the Discussion Papers are written in English.