Examination fee / Tuition

Application fee 30,000 Yen
Enrollment fee for Niigata residents* 141,000 Yen
non-residents 282,000 Yen
Tuition fee(one year) 535,800 Yen

* Applicants, Applicant spouses or relatives falling into the first degree of kinship of the Applicants, have to have registered addresses in Niigata for at least ONE year prior to their enrollment at the Graduate School to be qualified as Niigata residents.

The Graduate School of the University of Niigata Prefecture Scholarship (Grant)

【Eligible students】 First year and Second year

【Number of recipients】 2 each

【Grant amount】 ¥225,000 each(yearly)

【Screening period】
・First year students : August (for students who enter the grad school in either April or October that academic year)
・Second year students : August (regardless of students’ starting date at the grad school)

・First year students are eligible only after they completed the entrance procedures.
・Professional/adult students who also receive (or will receive) tuition exemptions from the Niigata Prefecture will NOT be eligible for this grant.

Enrollment Extension

Instead of the 2-year regular enrollment, the enrollment period can be extended to 3 years (annual tuition fees will be recalculated for the long-term enrollment students so that the total tuition fees are equal to the regular two-year program).

Non-Degree Student

※Please check the follwing Link for detailed information.


The Graduate School has a building that provides a students’office, a hall, and lecture rooms. The students’office provides desks and chairs for each graduate student for their own research purposes. The office is available for 24 hours and makes various education and research activities possible.

Career Paths after Graduation

There are three patterns for career paths after graduation.

  1. Regional contribution: Linking local activities to the global society by placing emphasis on the locality (Niigata), and understanding and analyzing the international environment. Possible places of employment: Public service in Niigata, tourism, manufacturing, the financial industry, and the media.
  2. International outreach: Business activities outside the locality (Niigata). Possible places of employment: Domestic government agencies, manufacturing, the service industry, the media, think tanks, overseas corporations, and international organizations.
  3. Others: Doctoral programs in Japan and other countries.

Current Students

Working full-time

At the point in my life when I wanted to review my understanding of politics, especially the international politics that I had studied at the undergraduate level, I had the opportunity to enter this graduate school. In addition to the politics courses I was originally interested in, I have been taking classes in data analysis, which is one of the educational goals of this graduate school, and I am planning to write my master’s degree thesis using these methods. There are many challenges in going to school while working full-time, but I am enjoying my academic activities thanks to the cooperation of colleagues, teachers, staff and other students.

International student from Russia

After graduating from a university in Russia, I entered the graduate school to study the economic relationship between Japan and Russia. The program of the graduate school allows me to carry out my research from various perspectives, thanks to professors with expertise in topics that I have not covered. Also, I benefit from contacts with other international students. Setting my sights high, I am motivated to continue my research by a number of research opportunities at forums and the environment of the graduate school (e.g., libraries).

Graduate of UNP

Hello. I entered this graduate school at my desire for studying peace-building and contributing to the solution for inequality and injustice in the world. We can learn and study without any anxiety at the graduate school as professors give us brotherly advice. In addition, I believe that I will be able to become competitive globally through my experience in a program in which some courses are carried out in English. I sincerely welcome those colleagues who intend to contribute to peace in the international society from here, Niigata.

Former Students

International student from Vietnam

2017 Graduates

Assistance and communication from the school were quick and timely, which supported my study and smoothened my life here. The professors of the school were proficient and erudite with broad intellect not only about international relations but also about economics and social issues. One incredible point of the school system is the connection between the graduate program and undergraduate program. Thanks to that, I could sit in some undergraduate classes and register for several Japanese language courses. To a foreign student who is restrained in the ability of Japanese language like me, those programs were great chances to make new friends, discover a lot of hidden attractions of Niigata as well as experience the lifestyle of locals.

Working full-time

2017 Graduates

I attended the graduate school while continuing to work at a full-time job. Although it was often difficult to balance schoolwork and regular work, I managed to complete my research thanks to the support of my colleagues and professors. The intensive, small-class teaching at the graduate school gave me valuable contacts from beyond my own generation, business field, and nationality that benefited not only my academic and business career but also my personal life itself.

2016 Graduates

I graduated from the program in 2017. I received thoughtful care from not only my advisor but also other professors for these two years. Also, I was mentally supported by those professors and university staff in my job hunting. It was a strong point of the program that I could interact with many of the professors and do academic activities in an at-home atmosphere. Because of this rich environment, I would strongly recommend the graduate school for those who are interested in the program.

Working full-time

2016 Graduates

When entering the program, I was concerned that I might not able to cope with both my job and research. I indeed spent a difficult time to deal with assignments for English courses and carrying out my research. However, I managed to complete my thesis under support from professors and friends at the graduate school as well as colleagues of my job. I learned a lot about how to do analysis and research, which I believe can be very useful in my future career. Two years I spent here were a very rich time for me receiving enthusiastic support from the professors.

International student from China

2016 Graduates

The two years I spent at the graduate school were really pleasant. In the first year, taking basic courses, I indeed expanded my perspective on international affairs. In the second year, I could complete my thesis under Prof. Yamamoto’s guidance and graduate from the program. During periods in which I took courses and had exchange with professors, I was able to improve my skills in Japanese and English as well as expertise. The graduate school would provide valuable experience for both those who intend to obtain a job in Japan and those who plan to return to their home countries.