Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

We have three graduate programs taught from the four undergraduate departments. Each consists of master’s and doctoral programs.

Our graduate programs respond to the rapidly evolving needs of society and aim to give our students a headstart in their careers. At Tsuda University, we offer master’s and doctoral programs in English Language and Literature, International and Cultural Studies, and Mathematics and Computer Science. Therefore, after completion of an undergraduate program at Tsuda University, it is possible to continue studying at the graduate level.
Tsuda University is renowned for the high level of its education and research, and its curriculum is enhanced by credit exchange agreements with graduate programs at other universities. Our graduate programs now have many students who have graduated from other universities.

Graduate Program in English and Cultural Studies

The program aims to cultivate specialists and researchers in the following fields: British Literature, American Literature, British Studies, American Studies, Linguistics, and Communication Studies (including English Education). Graduate students can choose from among a variety of seminars — from those offered within each area of specialization to those which cross over disciplines. We encourage graduate students to broaden their interest and expertise as well as delve deeply into their chosen areas of research.
Our faculty gives guidance and advice to students who intend to study or conduct research abroad, mainly in the U.S. or the U.K. Some of them obtain academic degrees there. In addition, our program belongs to an association that consists of 12 private universities; within the association, credits are mutually transferable. Our program is highly accessible to students of various ages and backgrounds, including those who are raising a family or are already working members of society. Such a diverse student body broadens the scope of academic inquiry and makes for more lively discussions in the classroom.

Graduate Program in International and Cultural Studies

The master’s program was established in 1974, and the doctoral program in 1976. Our graduate program in International and Cultural Studies was the first of its kind in Japan. Students examine contemporary society’s problems from a historical perspective, taking into account the characteristics of individual regions, cultures, and ethnicities. In addition to the standard stand-alone subjects, our curriculum also employs an interdisciplinary approach, with the aim of producing specialists and researchers with superior critical thinking and analytical capabilities. The scope of research is vast, as graduate students may choose from among a wide variety of historical eras, areas, and methodologies in the selection of their research topic.
The curriculum consists of three components: a comprehensive seminar, in which the entire graduate student body participates in discussions with selected members of the faculty; a seminar attended by both methodology majors and area-studies majors, where joint discussions are undertaken on specified topics; and individual guidance on academic research, administered by faculty members. In addition, our graduate students have the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate research as members of one of the 10 study groups organized by the Institute for International and Cultural Studies.

Graduate Program in Mathematics and Computer Science

This graduate school offers a host of mathematics and computer science courses, and aims to cultivate researchers with specialized knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. Graduate seminars provide an opportunity for private instruction from a supervisory faculty member, and are a requirement for graduation.
Students are expected to master methodologies to systematically examine themes in which they have a personal interest and to which they can apply critical thinking. Foreign researchers give a series of lectures, usually intensives, on the latest developments in the field.
Students are encouraged to take part in seminars and academic associations outside the university in order to broaden their perspectives. Tsuda University has an intercollegiate arrangement with 10 universities in Japan that makes course credits mutually transferable. In addition, utilizing the student exchange program of Queen’s University in Canada, we are able to send students abroad.
Through these various arrangements for academic exchanges, we are able to instill in our graduates the type of broad knowledge required for careers in mathematical research and computer science. Upon completion of this course, graduates have a wide variety of career options. For example, Tsuda alumnae are playing active roles in society as university instructors, high school teachers, researchers, and engineers.