Graduate School of International Studies: <br/>Master's Degree Program

Graduate School of International Studies: Master Degree Program

Graduate School of International Studies
Faculty of International Studies (Master Degree Program)
Faculty of International Studies (Doctoral Degree Program)

The Graduate School places an emphasis on international, interdisciplinary, and practical research.



Master Degree Program

In this phase of rapid internationalization, the need arises for educated and caring individuals to participate in an informed dialogue with members of the global community. The faculty is oriented towards preparing students to become leaders, scholars, and teachers as well as skilled researchers. Students involved in the program are encouraged to address the issues facing society and to work towards solutions.


Special Features

  1. The faculty provides students with courses that are flexible and interdisciplinary. These courses offer students a base through which they can respond to global issues affecting our diverse, international society.
  2. Emphasis is placed on international, interdisciplinary, and practical research.
  3. The faculty offers graduate programs leading to either a "Master's of Arts" or a "Master's of International Studies."
  4. The faculty has introduced a semester system to accommodate students who work full time, returnees who have been studying abroad, and international students.
  5. For potential students who work full time, the faculty offers both day and evening lectures. All students wishing to enroll in the program are required to take an entrance exam.

Program Overview

The program is based primarily on history, theory, and international policy. Under this rubric, the faculty has introduced five main programs: International Relations, Public Policy, Business Management, Socio-Cultural Studies and Linguistics. There are also two additional programs which branch off from the five main programs: Peace Studies and Area Studies.
The aim of the program is to broaden one's knowledge of this interdisciplinary field. In addition, the faculty will help students pursue future opportunities. Students are encouraged to research current issues facing the international community by addressing them in terms of politics, law, economics, business management, cultures, and languages.

1. International Relations

This program offers a number of in depth courses about the relationships between nations, peoples, international organizations, citizens, and NPOs. Through this course of study, students will gain a rigorous understanding of global power dynamics and broaden their academic research.

2. Public Policy

This program offers expertise in policy-related matters in the public and private sectors, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The program is relevant to a wide variety of fields, including economics, law, education, environment, media, and sports, and aims to prepare students for careers in these areas of interest.

3. Business Management

This program offers students a solid foundation, both theoretical and practical, in the structures, functions, and objectives of business enterprise. The goal of the program is to give students the support and leadership skills they require to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of international business.

4. Socio-Cultural Studies

Society is based on the ongoing interactions between cultures and individuals, which have occurred throughout history. The process of these interactions is based on a symbolic system of interpretation from which concrete actions are taken. Through investigating the use of how symbols are used, we can see how the rules of society are created and re-created every day through these interactions. Students will conduct basic and advanced research of social and cultural phenomena through critical thinking and practical field studies.

5. Language and Cultural Studies

This program provides various language-related courses: Language and Society, Foreign Language Teaching, Language Policy, Comparative Linguistics, English Literature, Irish Literature, French Literature, Cross-cultural Understanding, Interpretation, and Translation. This program offers opportunities for students to examine the ways in which language, culture and society intersect, and enable them to become well-rounded scholars and teachers.

Area Studies

This program is an interdisciplinary field of research pertaining to specific geographical, national or cultural regions examined through a cross-sectional perspective. Working in conjunction with the five main programs, students have the opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of international society.

Peace Studies

This is an interdisciplinary program which allows students to critically approach and address issues of war, conflicts and nuclear weapons, as well as how peace is affected by the actions of society, economics, politics, and the individual. Students are encouraged to develop and expand their own understanding of peace.


Faculty members

●International Relations
Position Name Subject Research Field
Professor OBA, Chieko History of International Relations in Europe History of International Relations
Professor KIM, Yeongho Northeast Asian Politics Politics
Contemporary Korean Studies
Hiroshima Peace Institute Professor NAGAI, Hitoshi Modern Japanese History Modern Japanese History
Japan-Philippines Relations
Hiroshima Peace Institute Professor MIZUMOTO, Kazumi Contemporary Disarmament and Peace International Relations
Nuclear Disarmament
Security Studies
Professor YOSHIDA, Haruhiko International Cooperation International Cooperation
Hiroshima Peace Institute Professor YUASA,Takeshi

International Organizations

International Politics of Central Asia

Regional Organizations and Security  in the Post-Soviet Area
Associate Professor IIJIMA, Noriko History of International Relations in China Modern Chinese History
Theory of Overseas Chinese
Associate Professor ITAYA, Taisei Southeast Asian Politics Southeast Asian Studies
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Associate Professor KIM, Mikyoung Peace and Security in East Asia Sociology
Northeast Asia
Associate Professor KURASHINA, Itsuki American Politics and Diplomacy International Politics
History of American Politics and Foreign Relations
Associate Professor SHULATOV, Yaroslav Russian Political Foreign Diplomacy History, Politics
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Associate Professor SON,Hyunjin International Relations in Northeast Asia

International Law

International Relations in Korean


Associate Professor NISHIDA, Tatuya International Security International Relations Theory
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Associate Professor FUKUI,Yasuhito Conflict and Security Law International Disarmament Law
Lecturer FURUZAWA,Yoshiaki
Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution


●Public Policy
Position Name


Research Field
Professor AKAHOSHI, Shinsaku Educational Administration Educational Administration
Professor INOUE, Yasuhiro Information and Media Mass Media
International Communication
Professor OTA, Ikuko International Law International Law
Professor KANAYA, Nobuko Nonprofit Organizations Nonprofit Organizations
Public Policy
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Professor GANESAN, Narayanan Development Issues in Southeast Asia Southeast Asian Politics
International Relations
Professor SONE, Mikiko Community Sports Community Sports
Lifelong Sports
Professor TERADA, Hideko Urban Economics Transport Economics
Local Public Finance
Professor YAMAGUCHI, Mitsuaki Psychology for Health Health Psychology
Associate Professor URABE, Masashi International Education Education
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Associate Professo KAWAKAMI,Akihiro

Constitutional Law Japan

(Special Study)

Constitutional Law Study
Associate Professor TAKAHASHI, Hiromasa Economic Policy Theoretical Economics
Lecturer MEGURO,Toshio International Development Studies

Environmental Sociology

African Area Studies

●Business Management
Position Name


Research Field
Professor OHTOWA, Takeshi Multinational Enterprises Multinational Enterprises
International Trade
Professor LEE,Jaeho International Management

International Management

Supply Chain Management

Associate Professor KITA, Tsutomu Public Sector Accounting Financial Management
Public Sector Accounting
Associate Professor YAMANE, Fumihiro Fundamental Statistics for Academy Research  
Lecturer LEE,Ling Marketing Marketing
●Socio-Cultural Studies
Position Name Subject Research Field
Professor WOHR, Ulrike Gender Studies Gender History of Modern Japan
Professor UNO, Masaki Islamic Society in the Middle East Arab Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Professor SATO, Miyuki Japanese Culture Japanese Literature
Cultural Studies
Professor YUASA, Masae Comtemporary Sociology Sociology
Associate Professor KAKIGI, Nobuyuki Contemporary Thought Philosophy
Hiroshima Peace Institute, Associate Professor JACOBS, Robert American Cultural History Nuclear History and Culture
Associate Professor TAGAWA, Gen African Culture and Society African Studies
Associate Professor YOSHIE, Takafumi Latin American Culture Latin American Studies
●Language and Cultural Studies
Position Name Subject Research Field
Professor AOKI, Nobuyuki Language Education English Language Education
Professor IWAI, Chiaki Applied Linguistics Applied Linguistics
Professor YOKOYAMA, Tomoyuki Translation Studies Translation Studies
Language Education
Professor LUAN, Zhumin Contrastive Linguistics Japanese Linguistics (History of Japanese)
Professor WATANABE, Tomoe Interpretation Studies English Language Education
Associate Professor OBA, Shizue French Literature and Culture French Literature, Area and Cultural Studies
Associate Professor CARSON,Luke Cross-cultural Psychology and Communication

Cross-cultural Studies



Associate Professor GORMAN, Michael American Literature and Culture American Literature and American Studies
Associate Professor MUTO,Ayaka Japanese Languege Education

Japanese Linguistics(Cognitive Semantics)

Japanese Languege Education



Graduate Admissions

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○2017 First Semester Admissions

 Master Course

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   [B]Curriculum Vitae > (PDF)

   [C]Examination Admission Card / Photograph Card /

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 Doctor Course

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   Bank Remittance Form(入学検定料振込依頼書) > (PDF)


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○2017First Semester Admissions for Institutions with International Academic Exchange Agreement

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   Doctor admission > (PDF)


○2016 Second Semester Admissions

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○2017 First Semester Admissions(1)

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○2016 Second Semester Admissions for Institutions with International Academic Exchange Agreement

Recommendation-Based Examination

   Master admission > (PDF)

   Doctor admission > (PDF)



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