International PhD in Economics in Japan. Coursework conducted entirely in English. Scholarships available.
PhD in Economics
Regular fees: 535800 JPY
International Fees : 535800 JPY
Government Scholarships with monthly stipend available. These are financed by MEXT, but are not through the embassy, but through our university. Please ask for more information.
The Graduate School of International Social Sciences at Yokohama National University, located in the second largest metropolis in Japan, offers a Ph.D. program in economics taught entirely in English. The program provides students with academic knowledge and tools in economic theory and empirics of the highest global standards, and at the same time is well-grounded in policy-relevance. We seek motivated students from all over the world, who are eager to work as academic researchers, specialists or professionals in the international arena. Graduates have gone on to work for the World Bank, Universities, Global multinationals and more. Applicants generally have a Master's before entering and complete the PhD program in 3 years. Scholarships available!
The Ph.D. in Economics requires successful completion of 20 credits or more from offered courses and the successful proposal, submission and oral defense of a doctoral dissertation. Entry into the Ph.D. program typically presumes the student already has a two-year Master’s degree. As such, students ideally can finish their Ph.D. in three years at YNU. The Ph.D. program is organized around three areas of specialization: (A) International Economics; (B) Data Analytics; (C) International Political Economy.
The intake period for the International Ph.D. Program in Economics is October and application begins in September of the previous year.
The program was selected as one of the International Priority Graduate Programs (PGP) by MEXT (Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). MEXT will allocate scholarships and international travel funding to Japan for three students admitted in Fall 2023 and onwards.
It is easy to apply to our program and scholarships. You can apply via the Internet. In the first stage, we screen applicants based on documents submitted. We then conduct VoIP Phone interviews in the second stage. There is no minimum GPA required. We require a minimum score of one of the following: TOEFL iBT (79), PBT (550), IELTS academic (6.5), or Duolingo (105). The English language requirement will be waived if you have completed your bachelor study or master’s degree study with English as the medium of instruction within the last 5 years in the following countries: US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or South Africa. Even if you completed your bachelor or master’s degree in English as the medium of instruction within last 5 years in the other countries including India, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc., you are not exempt from the requirement. However, you can provide an official letter from the university certifying that English was the language of instruction instead of an official test score by a testing institution. Regarding the GRE, we look at the GRE Quantitative Reasoning scores only. The application fee is 5,000 Japanese yen. There is no need for you to come to Japan for handling these procedures until enrollment.