About Waseda University 

Waseda University was founded in 1882, named Tokyo Senmon Gakko by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the Prime Minister of Japan in 1898 and from 1914 to 1916 and an early advocate of Western studies in Japan. 

Waseda University is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities with rigorous admission among Japanese universities and is often paired with Keio University as the best private university in Japan. The university is especially well-known for its programs in political science and economics. Notable alumni of Waseda University include seven Prime Ministers of Japan, multiple CEOs, and Presidents of globally eminent companies, such as Honda, Nintendo, Sony, etc. and many athletes, artists, novelists.

Waseda is home to thirty-six departments: thirteen undergraduate schools and twenty-three graduate schools. It has a very large student body of roughly 50,000 students (41,965 Undergraduates/8,256 Postgraduates) spread over 8 campuses as of 2018. Waseda had an admission rate of 17% in 2015 and provided 10 billion JPY worth of financial aid to its students in 2017. 

List of Graduate Schools 

Graduate School of Political Science

In the Graduate School of Political Science, students will have the opportunity to study theoretical, philosophical, and historical approaches to modern political science comprehensively. They will be able to understand the roots and causes of political systems and complex global issues that our world is facing nowadays, such as increasing equality between different social classes, the rise of far-right parties in developed nations and nationalistic clashes, immigration trends due to conflicts, etc.

Equipped with a deep understanding of the systematic institutions and a holistic point of view on current world happenings, students are expected to bring their knowledge and training in fields such as journalism, public management, and other fields to create changes.

Graduate School of Economics

The program aims at training students to develop a solid theoretical foundation and advanced data analysis skills in statistics and econometrics that will open up professional opportunities for them at financial institutions, think tanks, and other important private sectors and industries. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in research can also consider proceeding to the Doctoral Program, also within the Graduate School of Economics. 

Graduate School of Law

The L.L.M program in Waseda at the Graduate School of Law is conducted entirely in English with a duration of one year. By providing both theoretical and practical expertise on Asian economic integration and law, the school aims at educating students who are passionate about legal structures and issues, who can potentially become legal, business, and government leaders who wish to make a change in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

A wide range of careers that are promised by attending the Graduate School of Law are: 

  • Specialized, Transnational Legal Practice
  • Public Policy and Global Development
  • Diplomacy and Security
  • International Dispute Resolution or Law Enforcement
  • International Business
  • Academia

Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering

At Waseda University, the School of Fundamental Science and Engineering is a department in which science and engineering are pursued on the twin bases of mathematics and fundamental engineering.

Within this Graduate School, prospective students have a wide range of options of specializations in different departments: 

  • Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics
  • Department of Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Electronic and Physical Systems
  • Department of Intermedia Studies
  • Department of Computer Science and Communications Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science

Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering

The School of Creative Science and Engineering prides itself on working in fields that are closely related to society, also known as “practical science”. Different from theoretical and abstract engineering, all departments in this graduate school are focused on studying about ways in which human life is affected by materials, products, society, and the environment, and investigating research development for the purpose of enriching human life.

Adhering to the core mission of the Graduate School, departments include Architecture, Modern Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Resources and Environmental Engineering, and the Division of Socio-Cultural Studies.

Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

The graduate program of the School of Advanced Science and Engineering has eleven departments that cover a variety of academic fields, including physics, chemistry, life science, electrical engineering, and information. Within this school, education and research are seamlessly and tightly linked through these programs, which is reflected through the choice of many undergraduate students who opt for continuing with the Master’s program in the School of Advanced Science and Engineering.

Graduate School of Social Sciences

The Graduate School of Social Sciences emphasizes a learning experience where students can apply both the basic and applied sciences. In order to help students acquire knowledge and methodological skills from societal issues first hand, classes encourage students to conduct field research where they can study the topic closely and analyze information from actually occurring events.

Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies

The main purpose of this graduate school is to address the issues arising from globalization that are related to various means of communication, including language and digital media, and the production, dissemination, and consumption of images. Students will get to study the profound and large scale impacts of visualization of information on our daily lives as humans. This new area of studies promises to drive novel and intriguing research from students who want to research on our global society.

Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies

The Graduate School is focused on pursuing research in multifaceted perspectives that can help address and analyze significant changes in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of economic, social, cultural issues that arise out of the globalization process. Students are trained in an extensive, interdisciplinary International Relations program in which they can choose one of the specializations such as Area Studies, International Relations, and International Development/Policy Studies. 

Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems

Located in the city of Kitakyushu, the IPS Graduate School offers three fields of study, including Information Architecture, Production System, and Integrated Systems. Under this program, students are able to undertake academic research in the technological fields that society currently requires, and strives to attain a sustainable society through the use of technology. You will be provided broad coverage of both software and hardware across fields.

Waseda Business School

This a special school for students who want to pursue a graduate degree at Waseda University. As a professional graduate school, Waseda Business School is considered as Japan’s number 1 Business School. It offers three programs: MBA, Finance, Double MBA; with each possessing a reputation for being a high-quality curriculum education.

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As a top private university in Japan, Waseda University demonstrates its leading position through a strong and robust lineup of graduate programs. International students who are interested in pursuing a Master’s and experiencing campus life in Japan might want to consider applying to Waseda University for their solid academic training and support by professors who are in the frontier of their research.