The Open University of Japan


Higher Education for All

School of Graduate Studies

OUJ established the School of Graduate Studies Master’s Program in 2001 and the Ph.D. Program in 2014.

The following seven / six areas of study are being offered for Master’s Program / Ph.D. Program.

Master's Program 7 Programs

  • Human Life and Health Sciences
  • Sciences of Human Development and Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Governance
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Informatics
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences

Ph.D. Program 6 Programs

  • Human Life and Health Sciences
  • Human Sciences
  • Social Governance
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Informatics

Student Categories

1. Regular Students: Enroll to graduate with an academic degree

2. Non-Degree Students: Enroll in subjects of interest for a semester/year
(For career advancement, social contribution, lifelong learning, or academic research)

3. Credit Transfer Students: Enroll to acquire credits at OUJ and transfer to affiliated universities, colleges, or schools

Basic Requirements to Enroll in Courses Offered at OUJ:

  • * Non-Japanese can apply to OUJ for enrollment as regular students as long as they live in Japan and have a certificate of status of residence. Enrollment in OUJ would not meet the requirements for getting student visas for OUJ’s status as a correspondence education institution in Japan.
  • * All students who wish to enroll at OUJ must also have a high level of competency in Japanese as all the courses are conducted in Japanese.
  • * For further information, please go through our website for admissions (Japanese Only).
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