Graduate Program


The Graduate School of Nursing was founded in 1979, beginning with the Master's Program, to develop nursing research abilities and advanced practice skills. In 1993, the Doctoral Program was established in response to the social need for nurse scholars. A three-year Master's Program was launched in 2002, reflecting a growing need to advance the knowledge and expertise of nurse managers. The International Program for Nursing Science started from 2012, designed for international master-course students. Disaster Nursing Global Leader Degree Program opened in 2014, is the first intercurricular, joint doctoral programs of five universities in Japan. The Graduate School of Nursing is proud of our contribution to shape and direct nursing practice and education in Japan.

The Graduate School of Nursing is committed to the generation and dissemination of nursing knowledge for improving care for individuals, families, communities, and the general population.
The Graduate School of Nursing offers three programs leading to the degree of Master of Nursing Science or Doctor of Nursing Science: (a) the Master's Program in Nursing, (b) the Doctoral Program in Nursing, and (c) the Master's Program in Nursing Systems Management. The Master's Program in Nursing aims to prepare nurses with the research abilities and advanced clinical skills to provide quality nursing care to individuals and families in a variety of healthcare settings. The Doctoral Program in Nursing prepares scholars who will contribute to the development and dissemination of nursing knowledge and advance the scientific foundation of nursing practice. The three-year Master's Program in Nursing Systems Management offers unique courses for nurse administrators to develop their research competencies while maintaining their current positions in hospitals, community health care settings, or long term care facilities. The program is aimed at preparing nurse administrators who will generate new social values through advanced problem-solving skills and innovative actions.

The Graduate School of Nursing consists of five departments (Basic Nursing, Parental and Child Nursing, Adult and Gerontological Nursing, Community Nursing, and Nursing System Management). The Department of Basic Nursing offers courses in Nursing Theory, Nursing Education, Physiology and Biochemistry, and Pathobiology. The Department of Parental and Child Nursing offers courses in Maternal Nursing and Child Nursing. The Department of Adult and Gerontological Nursing offers courses in Adult Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. The Department of Community Health Nursing offers courses in Community Nursing, Visiting Nursing, and Health Science. The Department of Nursing Systems Management offers courses in Hospital Nursing Systems Management, Community Nursing Systems Management, and Long Term Care Facilities Nursing Systems Management. Nursing Administration & Evaluation, and Continuing Education & Policy Management in Nursing.

Applicants for the regular Master's Program are required to hold a bachelor's degree or diploma in nursing. Applicants for the three-year Master's Program are required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience as nurse administrators. For international applicants, sufficient Japanese proficiency and clinical experience are required in order to apply for admission to these programs.