Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies

Building on a deep understanding of humanities, social science and natural science, the Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies proposes an interdisciplinary approach to solving the ever more complex challenges of our urban society. The school works closely with the community and, as a public institution of the city of Yokohama, benefits from collaboration with city agencies and international organizations. The goal of the Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies is to train students who can tackle the various problems that modern society presents us with - especially those that relate to the topic of urban society - in a practical manner and from a foundation of deep understanding of humans and culture.
Degree awarded Master of Arts (MA); Doctor of Philosophy (Arts)

Duration 2 Years (MA); 3 Years (PhD)

Medium of instruction Mainly in Japanese

Study in English Depends on supervisor
Language requirements JLPT N2 or higher

Non-degree program Available (Research only)

Admission capacity Master's program: 20, Doctoral program: 3

Course Structure

Graduate School Philosophy


Master's program
It consists of the following courses and completes a total of 30 credits over two years.

Comprehensive Research Subjects (4 credits) Courses that invite off-campus lecturers to stimulate practical interest
Special Courses (14 Credits) Lecture subjects that deepen expertise
Basic Courses (4 credits or more) Humanities courses aiming to understand people and culture
Special Lectures (6 credits or more) Subjects to explore applied and practical issues
Seminar subject (8 credits) Seminar subject that provides research guidance for the preparation of a master's thesis
Master's thesis (4 credits) Credits earned by submitting a master's thesis

Doctoral program
A total of 20 credits will be earned from the following subjects in three years, and will be completed after a doctoral thesis examination.

Multidisciplinary Exchange Exercises (2 credits) Seminar subject to acquire a comprehensive and interdisciplinary viewpoint
Specialized Subjects (6 credits) Lectures to deepen expertise in each field
Research Exercise Subjects (12 credits) Subjects for research guidance for the preparation of doctoral dissertations
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Africa studies, Architectural planning, China studies, Community design, Community resilience, Condominium management, Development aid, Development geography, Disaster management, Economic geography, Environmental psychology, Environmental studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Housing policies, Housing policy, Management of living environment, Property management, Real estate sciences, Urban design, Urban environments for children, Urban geography, Urban planning, Urban planning, Urban studies, etc.


American literature, Applied ethics, Clinical psychology, Cultural anthropology, Culture of healing, Developmental psychology, Educational administration, Educational management, Educational psychology, Ethics, Ethnicity, Gender studies, Higher education, Iranian area studies, Islamic area studies, Japanese history, Mental health, Modern history of Iran, Multiculturalism, Phenomenological theory of humankind, Philosophical logic, Political history of pre-modern China, Psychoanalysis, Social psychology, Sociolinguistics, Western history, etc.


Economic systems, Economics of living and welfare, Education for immigrant children in Japan, Global economics, Global governance, Global politics, Global public policy, International law, Local society and minorities, Media, Modern society, Social theory, Socioeconomic history of Thailand, Sociology of culture, Southeast Asian studies, Visual media and culture, etc.


Message from the Dean

In a globalized modern urban society, there are complex issues that cannot be grasped by the conventional framework, such as the creation of a multicultural society, addressing global environmental issues, building regional governance in the era of regional sovereignty, and forming a connected welfare society in an age of aging. In order to delve structurally into these unexplained issues and find a direction for solutions with a long-term perspective, we need a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach that goes beyond that boundary, based on specific specialized fields. In addition, in addressing concrete and realistic issues, it is essential to ensure that students acquire the academic achievements of a deep understanding of human beings and cultures that the humanities have built up. The Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultura Studies has a multidisciplinary education and research system that can handle both basic and applied fields. In addition, with the aim of becoming a graduate school open to the local community, we are promoting cooperation with local communities and active acceptance of individuals who are currently in the workforce.


Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies Faculty List

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