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Economics at Osaka City University

Osaka City University is one of the largest and most prestigious public universities in Japan. The University has its roots in Osaka Commercial Training Institute, whose history dates back to 1880, and has its research and educational mission firmly focused on economics and commerce. The Graduate School of Economics was founded in 1953 and is now a leading research and educational institution in the Kansai area. The alumni network of the school includes a number of eminent economists and is now spreading rapidly into neighboring countries.

The School of Economics has its main building in the University's Sugimoto Campus. The Sugimoto Campus is conveniently located in the southern part of Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, and promises easy access to both the city center and the New Kansai Airport. Please click here for access to the School.

Graduate Programs

The School of Economics has thoroughly renewed its graduate program in 2003. The aim of the overhaul is to keep our graduate training fully up to date and to better accommodate increasingly diverse needs of the society for graduate education in economics.

A major feature of our new graduate program is a specialized two-year Masters Program for students wishing to start a professional career immediately after the completion of their masters degree. As before, we also provide an integrated Graduate Program that consists of a two-year Masters Program (zenki hakase katei) and a three-year Doctoral Program (koki hakase katei). Students enrolled on this program have the choice of leaving the School after obtaining a Masters Degree and continuing their research on the Doctoral Program, the latter subject to successful performance at the Doctoral entrance examination. The Doctoral Program is also open to applicants wishing to switch from other universities upon completion of their masters degree.

An outstanding feature of our graduate education is its multi-faceted approach to economics. The expertise of our staff is wide-ranging and covers virtually all areas of economics and related disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to contact our staff prior to formal application and to discuss the topic they wish to study for their dissertation.

Student Support

The School strives to provide students with a stimulating learning and research environment. All graduate students are entitled to a supervisor and two academic advisors. The supervisor and the advisors guide their students throughout their thesis research and act as a first port of call whenever difficulties arise in their student life.

In addition to a variety of formal courses the School organizes numerous seminars and workshops, in which students are encouraged to present their ongoing research. The School also publishes refereed English- and Japanese-language journals and invites students to submit their finished work.

All graduate students are entitled to a personal space in one of our eighteen Graduate Student Rooms, most of which are located within the main building and have access to the School’s computer network. This helps students work in close contact with their supervisor and, perhaps more importantly, other students as well. The large and thriving graduate community that results is the School's important intellectual asset.

The School makes every effort to provide students with financial assistance. Tuition waivers are granted generously to well-performing students. Students formally enrolled on our programs can apply for numerous School and University financial assistantships as well as other public scholarships. Doctoral students are eligible for the School's Teaching Assistance Scheme, which provides both financial assistance and an opportunity for educational training.

Osaka City University possesses its own student accommodation in the vicinity of its Sugimoto Campus. Graduate students can also apply for other accommodations provided by the Osaka City and Prefectural Governments.

Further details of our graduate program can be found in our downloadable program brochure. Please click here for schedules of this year's entrance examinations.


Graduate School of Economics
Osaka City University
3-3-138 Sugimoto, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, 558-8585
Tel: 81-(0)6-6605-2251
Fax: 81-(0)6-6605-3065