The master's programs, through a rigorous two-year sequence of studies, equip future leaders with the conceptual framework and specific skills needed for success in economics and business administration. The Graduate School of Economics offers programs in the following two major fields.
The Economics Program admits 50 students annually; it is ranked as one of the best economics graduate programs in Japan. Students must complete required courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Economic History, as well as courses relevant to specific fields, and pass their master theses to earn the Master of Economics degree. Field options include Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics, Public Economics. Monetary Economics, Labor Economics, International Trade, International Finance, Mathematical Economics, Behavioral Economics, History of Economics, Economic History, and Business History. Most graduates pursue doctoral degrees thereafter.
The Management Program admits 33 students annually. The program aims to educate promising students who wish to prepare themselves for teaching and research careers in academia or for responsible positions in research organizations or business enterprises. The program offers the following four specializations.
The Management Research is intended to prepare students for careers in research, as well as teaching in the management sciences and related fields of business administration. Students take the required courses of Finance, Operations Research, Marketing Science, Management Information, Risk Management, Financial Engineering, and Statistics. Each student is expected to complete several courses in the management sciences, and receive a passing evaluation of the master thesis to earn a Master of Business Administration or Master of Economics degree.
The MOT program, established in 2004, is a joint effort between The Graduate School of Economics and the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University. It is the most popular interdisciplinary program at Osaka University. MOT refers to the set of activities associated with integrating high technology products into the marketplace. The MOT program at Osaka aims to equip future leaders with operational and organizational abilities associated with managing new product development and commercialization. Students take the required courses of Marketing Management, Strategic Management, Knowledge Management, and Applied Statistics. Additionally, each student is expected to complete several MOT courses and receive a passing evaluation of the master thesis to earn the Master of Business Administration degree or Master of Economics degree.
The aim of the Business Administration specialization is to equip future leaders with the conceptual framework and specific skills needed to be successful in business administration. Students take required courses of Accounting, Finance, Management Science, Corporate Investment, and Statistics. Each student must complete several fields in business administration and receive a passing evaluation of the master thesis or research paper to earn the Master of Business Administration degree.
The Global Management Course primarily focuses on management education and technological development needed particularly for emerging markets in Asia, learning about its languages, regions, cultures, and economy.