Graduate School

Department of Human Welfare, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Master’s Course—Two Years

Students study a good balance of basic theory, policies/systems/services, and social work.

  • 1. Development of professionals (leaders in welfare) with high levels of expertise and practical skills.
  • 2. Preparation of master’s theses.

Students who complete the Master’s Course (two years) are given a master’s degree in Human Welfare.

Admission Policy

The Master’s Course, Department of Human Welfare, School of Humanities and Social Sciences admits students who have the following abilities, qualities, and sense of purpose as conditions for receiving education designated in the graduate school’s Diploma Policy and Curriculum Policy:

  1. 1. Those who respect others.
    In today’s world where many people isolate themselves, we want students who follow the spirit of Buddhism, which is one of the founding principles of IBU. We want people who seek to know themselves and who respect others.
  2. 2. Those who are eager to do research.
    We want students who are eager to learn and who will conduct their studies by using their knowledge in the foundations of social welfare, their comprehensive academic background, and their abilities to carry out theoretical and practical research.
  3. 3. Those who are enthusiastic about raising the level of social welfare.
    Society is changing at breakneck speed—aging populations and advancing globalization are just two examples—and our ability to ensure the welfare of citizens is facing increasingly diverse challenges. To meet the growing need for deeper research into the many aspects of social welfare, we seek students with a passion for improving how society helps those in need.

Doctoral Course—Three Years

Students deepen their research in order to become researchers or experts who are highly capable and knowledgeable.

  • 1. Development of researchers who have advanced research capabilities.
  • 2. Development of professionals (leaders in welfare) with high levels of expertise and practical skills.
  • 3. Preparation of doctoral theses.

Students who complete the Doctoral Course (three years) and pass the thesis review are given a Ph.D. in Human Welfare.

Admission Policy

The Doctoral Course, Department of Human Welfare, School of Humanities and Social Sciences admits students who have the following abilities, qualities, and sense of purpose as conditions for receiving education designated in the graduate school’s Diploma Policy and Curriculum Policy:

  1. 1. Those who respect others.
    In today’s world where many people isolate themselves, we want students who follow the spirit of Buddhism, which is one of the founding principles of IBU. We want people who seek to know themselves and who respect others.
  2. 2. Those who are eager to do research.
    We want students who are eager to take on specific areas of research and who will do so by using their systematic expertise in social welfare, their comprehensive academic background, and their ability to think analytically and logically in conducting theoretical and practical research.
  3. 3. Those who are enthusiastic about raising the level of social welfare.
    Society is changing at breakneck speed—aging populations and advancing globalization are just two examples—and our ability to ensure the welfare of citizens is facing increasingly diverse challenges. To meet the growing need for deeper research into the many aspects of social welfare, we seek students with a passion for improving how society helps those in need.
  4. 4. Those with clear and precise research themes.
    We seek students who have clear, precise ideas for their research, who can conduct it autonomously, and who can approach it from multiple perspectives.

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