Application Guidelines of Master's English Program

                Okayama University

       Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

              (Master’s English Program)

   Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS), Okayama University, is accepting Master’s English Program applicants for April 2018 enrollment in all divisions of Master’s course.

   This English Program consists of interdisciplinary courses conducted in English. Students can finish their MA degree in English, but they also have an option of doing part of their course work in Japanese as well. Courses offered in the department of letters include anthropology, history, linguistics, literatures, philosophy, sociology, to name a few, all focused on Japanese Studies. Courses offered from other departments, including law, political science, economics, and management complement the program.

   The program aims at fostering individuals who have a strong command of the English language and can apply the diverse interdisciplinary skills acquired through this program to various issues that arise in the future. To accomplish this, Japanese students and students from abroad interact with one another using English, both in and out of classroom settings. Students are encouraged to find their own research topic, to study abroad, and to participate in both domestic and international internship programs.

   The MA thesis is to be completed in a topic of the student's choice, and should be written in English. Students are affiliated with one of the departments of our graduate school, and supervised by one of our faculty members. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with their potential supervisors, and applications must include the name of the supervisor of their choice.

□Application Procedure
1.
Applicants wishing to be admitted to the English program should contact (via e-mail), and get approved by, their potential supervisor, with whom you want to work while at Okayama. An application form should include the name of the potential supervisor.
See: https://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/user/hss/eng/For_Prospective_Students/Masters_Course.html
New Staff Arrangement in Master's Course from April 2018
2.
Applicants need to make contact with the office of GSHSS to obtain the application form.
3.
Unless you are a native speaker of English and/or you have finished your undergraduate degree at an English speaking institution, a proof of your English language skill must be included in your application. This includes your test score from TOEFL-iBT, IELTS, or TOEIC, or other official documents demonstrating your English language skills.
□Application Schedule
Submission period for application
July 9 - July 13, 2018
Examination
August 21, 2018 (Document screening)
Announcement of selection results
13:00, September 3, 2018 (On the Website & E-mail)
Enrollment
September 13 ? September 14, 2018
Admission Application, Examination Slip, and Photo Slip
Resume

□Requesting an Application Form for Enrollment

  Applicants need to make contact with the office of GSHSS to obtain the application form.


  Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University
  3-1-1, Tsushima-Naka, Kita-Ku, Okayama, 700-8530 JAPAN
  E-mail:ggg7372@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp


    Divisions and Programs of Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Divisions
Professional Researcher Programs

International Society
International Languages and Cultures
International Law and Politics
International Comparative Economics
Japanese and Asian Culture Japanese and Asian Literature and Culture
Linguistics


Human Socio-Culture
Philosophy and History of Ideas
Aesthetics and History of Art
History and Archeology
Field Science
Psychology
Legal and Political Theory Legal and Political Theory
Economic Theory and Policy Economic Theory and Statistics
Socio-Economic Planning and Policy Science
Management Sciences Business Administration
Accounting

   * The English program recruits the candidates from all above divisions.

□Eligibility for Application

Applicants should correspond to either of the following:

1.
A person who graduated from a Japanese university or be expected to complete such education by March 31, 2018.
2.
A person who has received a bachelor’s degree, in accordance with the 1947 School Education Law (No. 26, Article104, Section 4) or be expected to receive such degree by March 31, 2018.
3.
A person who has completed 16 years of formal schooling in a foreign country or be expected to complete such education by March 31, 2018.
4.
A person who has completed 16 years of formal schooling in a foreign country, by earning the credits of correspondence course in the schooling program in Japan or be expected to complete such education by March 31, 2018.
5.
A Person who has taken courses from a foreign university in Japan (completing sixteen years of education) thereby completing the required number of years of schooling, of which is recognized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) or be expected to complete such education by March 31, 2018 (cf. 2005 Notification of MEXT, No. 9).
6.
A Person who have been conferred a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree through attending an overseas university or other overseas school (limited to those whose education and research activities have been evaluated by persons who have been certified by the relevant country's government or a related institution, or have been separately designated by MEXT as being equivalent to such) and graduated from a program that requires 3 or more years to complete (Includes graduating from a program implemented by the relevant overseas school while living in Japan through distance learning, as well as graduating from a program implemented by an educational facility established with the relevant overseas country's school education system and has received the designation mentioned above).
7.
A person who has completed the specialized curriculum of a higher vocational school, of four years or more, and has been specially selected by MEXT or be expected to complete such education by March 31, 2018 (cf. 2005 Notification of MEXT, No.169).
8.
A person who has been specially selected by MEXT (1953 Notification of ME, No.5).
9.
A person who is 22 years old or more, recognized by the GSHSS committee as having academic ability equivalent to that of a university graduate and who is 22 years old or more by March 31, 2018. * In this case, eligibility screening is required.
□Admissions Policy

   The Okayama University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary graduate school consisting of master's and doctorate courses, which is based on our undergraduate schools; Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Economics. The master's course offers four majors: Socio-Cultural Sciences, Comparative Socio-Cultural Sciences, Public Policy Sciences, and Organizational Management Sciences. These programs cover the whole field of the humanities and social sciences. The master's course offers six majors: International Society, Japanese and Asian Culture, Human Socio-Culture, Legal and Political Theory, Economic Theory and Policy, Management Sciences. These programs cover the whole field of the humanities and social sciences. The course offers two programs: Professional Researcher Program, Advanced Human Resources Training Programs.


Successful student candidates:

1.
In the Master’s course, we demand the students who aim to be researchers or professionals acquired extensive knowledge and ability, technique and judgment in the fields of literature, law, and economics.
2.
In the Master’s course, we demand the students who desire the alternative, integral and interdisciplinary research covering multiple fields of humanities and social sciences or natural sciences.
3.
In the Master’s course, we admit the members of society who have intentions of exclusive studies and extensive knowledge.
4.
In the Master’s course, we admit the professionals who have intentions of career developments and leaderships.
5.
In the Master’s course, we welcome the students who desire to approach the problems of “construction of an Inclusive Society”, that is, “coexistence of human beings”, “coexistence of diverse cultures”, “economic and political coexistence in different regions” and so on.

  Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University
  3-1-1, Tsushima-Naka, Kita-Ku, Okayama, 700-8530 JAPAN
  E-mail:ggg7372@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp