The Open University of Japan


Higher Education for All

School of Graduate Studies

OUJ established the School of Graduate Studies Master’s Program in the 2001 academic year and has since instructed adult students tackling programs in many workplaces and local communities and achieve a measure of results. In April 2014, the Ph.D. Program of the School of Graduate Studies was established, with OUJ starting to accept students from October of the same year.

The following seven / five areas of study are being offered for Master’s Program / Ph.D. Program. The students enrolled to acquire a degree must select one area of study and earn more than 30 credits for Master’s Program and 18 credits for Ph.D. Program.

Master's Program

  • 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

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

Basic Requirements to Enroll in Courses Offered at OUJ:

  • * Non-Japanese nationals can apply to the University only if they are currently living in Japan AND have a valid visa which will allow them to stay in Japan for the entire duration of their study. Student visas cannot be issued by the University as the University does not have an authorization to issue such a visa due to its status as an correspondence education institution in Japan.
  • * All students who wish to enroll 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 web site for admissions (Japanese Only).
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