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 have to have permanent 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)

The Graduate School has established its scholarship grant in 2016, as an incentive for academically motivated grad students.

【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 : April (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 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 fora and the environment of the graduate school (e.g., libraries).

International student from Vietnam

Dear prospective graduate students of UNP, I enrolled in UNP with the purpose of studying intensively about Economics in English. It is quite amusing that I came to Japan without the capability of speaking Japanese as well as any knowledge of the International Relations field in which this university specializes. It was quite arduous for me at first to adapt and learn both of them at the same time, but succesfully I still survive after all. The expertise of professors, either Japanese or non-Japanese, is explicitly vast and profound. It must have been a tough task for them to enlighten and teach me from scratch. At present, I am rather proud of myself to be a greater ME and get better at a new language and a new major. It is my pleasure to study here, taking in special care from professors, enthusiatic support provided by university staff and great friends I have made at this school.

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

Working full-time

2017 Graduates

I attended the graduate school while continuing to work 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 that I took courses and had exchange with professors, I was able to improve my skills for 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.