Setsunan University has graduate schools for students who wish to pursue specialized knowledge and skills after completing undergraduate education. Six are currently in place: the Graduate School of Law (master's course), the Graduate School of International Languages and Cultures (master's course), the Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration (master's course), the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (doctoral course & master's course), and the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (doctoral course).
All graduate schools offer in-depth studies from a broad perspective and cultivate advanced specialized capabilities in each of their respective divisions.
With personalized guidance from faculty members and through various lectures and exercises that offer detailed investigations of subjects, the graduate schools foster highly skilled professionals and researchers who meet the needs of a new era.
Division of Law
As society becomes more and more complicated, the number of problems that require a legal viewpoint to cope with and make a judgment on is increasing. Under these circumstances, in addition to independent legal experts such as lawyers and judges, the importance and necessity of in-house, or corporate, legal specialists has become increasingly recognized. In-house specialists belong to certain organizations including companies or public associations and are responsible for making a contribution to society by enforcing legal justice while keeping a balance between laws and profits. Considering these social needs, the Department of Legal Studies mainly aims to train in-house legal experts with advanced special knowledge based on solid legal way of thinking. However, we believe that our legal education is also sufficient enough to train independent legal specialists. Toward a higher summit of legal education, we continue our efforts by conducting research on the interpretation and operation of positive laws to deal with actual social situations and needs in a more sophisticated way, and by providing education that fosters a high level of expertise.
International Languages and Cultures
In order to provide students with an opportunity to pursue more specialized knowledge and skills in their major area, a graduate program was established at the university. The term of study is two years leading to a master's degree. The aims of the MA course include deepening and broadening the students' scholarly horizons, and cultivating their analytical skills in their area of specialization. Their studies should also equip the students with skills that will be important in their future employment. The students will receive guidance in their studies from professors from all sectors of the faculty. Along with their lectures and seminars, the students will complete a thesis in their area of specialization toward their graduation.
Division of International Languages and Cultures
Today's world is entering an era of interdependence. Japan is a part of this system of global cooperation. However, it is also an era of wars, political strife, and many economic and environmental problems that cause disruption of societies' well being. In order to deal with this complex international environment, there is a need for people trained in international affairs. This faculty hopes to equip people with the understanding of other cultures and languages necessary to meet future challenges. In the future, Japan will continue to be deeply involved with both the West and Asia. Knowledge of the languages and cultures of both these areas will become increasingly important. In response to these future needs, the faculty has attempted to structure its curriculum around the study of these two areas.
Economics and Business Administration
Division of Economics
This division trains experts in regional economies and in tourism economies, with a focus on the international economy. Study here targets advanced economics that, within today's advancing globalization, can present the ideal state of the Japanese and global economies in the future. A synergistic effect with the Division of Business Administration is also maximized toward nurturing expert economists and professionals in the field of economics.
Division of Business Administration
This division prepares a new generation of managers and administrators equipped with professional expertise, sensibilities, and practical skills. Study is linked with the Division of Economics for investigation into the business administration that will be emerging in coming generations. The Division of Business Administration also fosters the sensitivity to read and interpret social and human trends and future currents during the learning process, as well as practical skill in putting analyzed and planned theories and policies into practice.
Science and Engineering
Division of Innovation and Creativity Engineering
This major is set up for the latter half of a doctoral course after two majors in the former half of the course. We prepare interdisciplinary, integrated and advanced education and research in two fields: Creative Urban Architecture and Creative Artifacts. Creative Engineering allows students to develop new types of manufacturing and to create new industries. We nurture their expertise, openmindedness and creativity as well as all-round skills while they work on their research. This major welcomes adult students as well.
Division of Social Development Engineering
In the study of social development engineering, students carry out research from the viewpoint of social development and environmental preservation, based on civil engineering, architecture and environmental engineering. More specifically, they are first expected to evaluate and analyze local development, urban development, and their effects on the surrounding environment. Then, they proceed to study urban and architectural planning, structural mechanics, and environmental engineering for living in an integrated way, which are basic technology of scientific and engineering techniques for environmental development and preservation. There are three target areas in this major, which are "urban and architectural planning," "structural engineering," and "environmental engineering."
Division of Industrial Development Engineering
This division enables students to acquire the knowledge and skill required in connection with complex and inter-disciplinary domains related to a wide range of production development and based on mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic engineering, such as materials and physical properties, energy, electricity and electronics, systems and information, and processed manufacturing. It fosters intellectual professionals with the extensive ability to make appropriate judgments and the practical skill to respond to the diversification, increasing complexity and globalization taking place in the "monozukuri" field. The curriculum is divided into Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering, but students in each of these courses also learn from those other subjects and are trained to display capabilities that are applicable to research into overall production development.
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Division of Life Science
This division trains researchers and specialists who can contribute to the fields of drug design, medical treatment, and environmental hygiene. A high level of education and research is developed to expand the fields of drug design, medical treatment, and environmental hygiene and pursue the truths of life mechanisms. Polish up even more advanced abilities in research and development. This division is available for students in the first term of their graduation year at Setsunan University's Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Living and Environmental Design.
Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
With the launch of a six-year program at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the doctoral course has been converted to four years starting in academic year 2012. The basic six-year program offers activities in clinical practice, in addition to systematic education with which students can acquire academic knowledge and research abilities in relevant areas of specialty, to foster human resources that play an active role in a wide range of medical fields. It cultivates pharmacists and other professionals equipped with high levels of expertise and excellent research abilities.
Division of Nursing
This division enables students to develop their skills to provide quality nursing care based on the most current expertise of medical and nursing care, through collaborations with various types of medical professionals. We aim in particular to train educators and researchers who are able to contribute to the development of nursing science, enhancing their pedagogical capabilities to prepare the next generation of nursing practitioners and to improve the practical abilities of on-site nursing staff.