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M.A. Program

The Department of Economics at Yokohama National University (YNU), located in the second largest metropolis in Japan, offers an M.A. program in economics taught entirely in English. The program is designed to provide students with academic knowledge and tools in economic theory and empirics of the highest global standards, and at the same time is well-grounded in policy-relevance. We offer (1) core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, economic systems and economic policy, and (2) advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics/econometrics, international economics, public finance, economic development and environmental economics.

From 2023 intake, application for International M.A. Program has been suspended.

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Preparing for M.A. Program


All applicants are expected to have knowledge of intermediate level microeconomics and macroeconomics. Further education in economics and econometrics is helpful, but not required.


Core subjects in the International M.A. Program’s curriculum are rather mathematically involved. Applicants are expected to have the following background in mathematics upon entering the program:

Recommended Background for Entrance into International M.A. Program in Economics from October 2021

Coursework in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, mathematical statistics and basic probability theory.

We recommend that you take related courses in your country before you enter our program. Students who are fluent in Japanese may take those classes which are offered in our Japanese master’s program such as Mathematics for Economics and Mathematical Statistics.

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