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Graduate Division of Commerce

The Komazawa University Graduate Division of Commerce, founded in 1966, has provided tuition for more than thirty years. Through these years, it has developed a prestigious tradition guaranteeing an educational level of very high quality. During this time it has been instrumental in launching countless professional careers for certified public accountants, tax accountants, researchers, and educators.

The Graduate Division of Commerce is founded upon a philosophy which envisions the education of researchers with broad-minded and imaginative understanding. The Division has three curricula; Commercial Science, Accounting, and Business Administration, each of which has been designed to produce liberal and innovative researchers by means of theoretical and practical studies. Those who pass through this program to become professional accountants or other types of specialist in the business world are expected to reflect the philosophy of the Graduate Division.

The Graduate Division of Commerce offers a master's degree program and a doctoral degree program. In the master's degree program, basic and practical studies as well as theoretical studies are pursued in the specialized courses constituting Accounting, Commercial Science and Business Administration. Enrollment in the graduate program is a mixture of those who intend to do scholarly research and those who intend to do advanced professional work in the business world. The program accordingly offers a wide variety of courses to suit the aspirations of both types of student. The following itemizes the courses which are available. The subject of Accounting is articulated into the following courses: Accounting, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Accounting Audit, International Accounting, Tax Accounting, and Tax Law. Instruction in Commerce is provided by the following courses: History of Commerce, Theory of Commerce, Commercial Policy, Marketing, Consumer Economics, Trading, and Banking. The following courses make up instruction in Business Administration: Business Administration, History of Business Administration, Labor Management, Business Administration Policy, and Finance Management. Candidates for a master's degree are invited to choose from whichever of the courses listed above they believe will be most advantageous to their vocational aspiration.

The aim of the doctoral program is to train candidates to be capable researchers in their professional specialty. Their chief task is to compose a substantial research thesis under the supervision of an academic advisor. Another important aim of the Graduate Division is to instill in the candidates an unusually high level of professional ability in the practical business sphere. The most substantial purpose of the program lies in the master's degree program, which is to enable its students to officially qualify for such professional careers as certified public accountants or tax accountants. A large number of the students who successfully complete the master's degree program become actively engaged in the business world as professional accountants.

The educational program in Commerce emphasizes not only theoretical research but also practical application. Many of the students enrolled in the graduate program are from Asian countries; these students most often return to their home countries to take high-level administrative positions or teaching posts in universities.

The professors composing the Graduate Division of Commerce are renowned authorities in their fields who respond very effectively to the academic and professional needs of their students. The students share a graduate study room. They have an opportunity to further refine their professional abilities through their student-run annual publication: The Academic Magazine. They can submit their papers to Economics Essays. They also have the opportunity to conduct study meetings in which they can mutually address the needs they feel in their academic work.