Tsuru University offers a masters course to further academic research and enhance education. Our program aims to cultivate professionals in society, educators and researchers with a broader perspective and vision, who are able to support more advanced and complex systems in academia, culture and society.
History and prescribed number of students for masters course
First, the Japanese Program and the Sociological Community Studies Program were established in 1995. Thereafter, the English Language and British /American Literature Program were added in 1998, the Comparative Cultures Program in 2000 and the Practical Studies of Clinical Education Program in 2003, which together currently make up the 5 graduate school programs. The current capacity for the masters course is 5 students per program, with a total of 25 first year graduate students and an overall total of 50 graduate students. We also admit a small number of research students not enrolled in said programs.
Admission for working educators, working professionals in society and foreign exchange students
Admissions for working educators began in 2000. Teachers who are active in elementary, junior high and high school can further their studies at graduate school and receive a master’s degree. Admission into the Japanese Program, the English Language and British /American Literature Program and the Practical Studies of Clinical Education Program is also available to working professionals in society. Students can take advantage of an environment rich with intellectual stimulation where the youthful minds of recent graduates and the wisdom of professionals with abundant experience in society or the educational field can enlighten each other. Admission is also available to foreign exchange students, and the Comparative Cultures Program in particular receives a number of students from China and Korea.
All 5 programs share a focus on acquiring academic knowledge in the true sense, which acts as a foundation for their main objective, encouraging each graduate student to pursue individual research topics. In the Japanese Program, students engage in their own research based on a curriculum that includes classical literature, modern literature and Japanese language studies. In the Sociological Community Studies Program, students engage in comprehensive and interdisciplinary research related to community studies based on a social sciences platform. In the English Language and British /American Literature Program, students use their strong and applicable English language skills and cultural observations in English speaking countries in order to conduct research in British literature, American literature, English language studies and English language educational studies. In the Comparative Cultures Program, students conduct research by comparing Japanese culture and cultures from different regions (Asia, Europe and North America). In the Practical Studies of Clinical Education Program, a research guidance system is available that combines clinical pedagogy and educational clinical psychology in order to explore educational practices to meet the specific problems (cases) of modern children.
Earning academic degrees and acquiring qualifications
After completing a minimum of 32 units from a list of specified courses, the graduate students must submit a master’s thesis. After undergoing a thesis review and passing an oral examination, the student is awarded a master’s degree. In addition, professionals who have a first-class teacher’s credential can also acquire a specialization certificate if they complete the specified units for the corresponding program. Our curriculum enables students to obtain a specialization certificate for junior high and high school Japanese in the Japanese Program, for junior high school social studies and high school geography, history and civics in the Sociological Community Studies Program, for junior high and high school English in the English Language and British /American Literature Program and also in the Practical Studies of Clinical Education Program regardless of the subject and the type of elementary, junior high school or high school.
Post graduate career options
After studying in and completing these educational programs, our graduate school alumni help contribute to society as educators and civil servants. In addition, some of our graduates who completed the masters course continue their research and enroll in doctoral programs at other graduate schools. The graduate school staff concentrates all their energy to develop professionals that can pass on their high level of expertise and knowledge to society.
Graduate School Policies
This graduate school admits students who understand the mission of the university, who hold expert knowledge and research skills needed for post-graduate studies and research, who are motivated and who are qualified for the program.
The graduate school orchestrates and implements the best curriculum to build research skills for the post-graduate students by providing instruction and research on academic theory and application in order to achieve the education and research goals.
The graduate school strives to be a higher institution of learning that nurtures high level professionals with a broader perspective and vision, who are able to support complex systems in academia, culture and society, and provide them with skills to make a meaningful contribution to society based on the expert knowledge of each program.