About APU

APU Educational Objectives

Common for all Colleges and Graduate Schools

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University University Regulations

The University's mission is to offer a wide range of knowledge as an academic center in accordance with the general principles and methods of education set forth in the Fundamental Education Law, as well as to teach and research in-depth technical knowledge pertaining to the Asia Pacific region in order to develop students' intellectual, moral, and practical abilities.​

Through its educational and research activities, APU seeks to cultivate the following kinds of graduates.

  • Japanese with global perspectives and worldviews who can cooperate with peoples of various countries and regions in the spirit of mutual international understanding.
  • Exchange students who, by learning at a Japanese institute of higher education, have developed a proper understanding of Japan and who are active in the global arena.
  • Talented individuals who can build amicable and trustworthy relationships between Japan and the countries of the world and contribute to developing the future economies and societies in their respective countries and regions.

College of Asia Pacific Studies

The College of Asia Pacific Studies, drawing on the paradigm shift of the 21st century turbulent global society, aims to promote a comprehensive understanding of the diverse societies, political conditions, economies, cultures and their uniqueness, in the Asia Pacific region; will provide the educational environment that enables the acquisition of problem-solving and practical skill based on foundational and specialized knowledge in the social sciences to solve the diverse problems the Asia-Pacific region faces. At the same time, we aim to nurture students trained with expertise, empathy, communication skills, and integrity (noble-minded and strength of core) to contribute to the sustainable development and coexistence in the region.

Diploma Policy

College of Asia Pacific Studies

To accomplish the educational and research objectives set forth in APU's regulations, the College of Asia Pacific Studies has established graduation requirements and a diploma policy as follows.

(Diploma Policy)

The College of Asia Pacific Studies has established the following six educational goals to ensure students acquire in-depth knowledge of the Asia Pacific region and the ability to be active in the international community, including the Asia Pacific region, which will drive the paradigm shift in global society in the turbulent 21st century.

  • Gain the ability to comprehensively and deeply understand the diverse and unique societies, politics, economies, and cultures of the Asia Pacific region.
  • Master the basic knowledge, theories, and methodologies of the social sciences, especially sociology, political science, and economics during the first and second years of study.
  • Understand the specialized knowledge, theories, and methodologies in one of the three areas of specialized studies: “Culture, Society, and Media,” “International Relations,” and “Global Economy.”
  • Acquire problem-solving skills while confronting the realities of the Asia Pacific region.
  • Become able to study a topic (sub-discipline) from a specialized perspective in a small group seminar and write a graduation thesis or report that reflects the results of the student’s four years of study.
  • Gain empathy, communication skills, and personal integrity needed for leadership in the Asia Pacific region through 4 years of experiences in a multicultural environment both on and off campus with the goal of contributing to sustainable development and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region.
(Graduation Requirements)
  • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 124 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
  • Complete at least 40 credits of Common Education Subjects in accordance with the following requirements:
    1. Japanese-basis students must complete at least 24 credits of English Language Education Subjects, and English-basis students must complete at least 16 credits of Japanese Language Education Subjects. However, students may be exempted from taking Language Education Subjects based on their language ability upon entry.
    2. Earn credit for at least one introductory-level course from each of the three Areas of Study, a total of 6 credits.
  • Complete at least 62 credits of APS Major Education Subjects including at least 36 credits of Major Education Subjects in the registered Area of Study.
    • Earn credits for Graduation Research II.
    • Write a graduation thesis or report to reflect the learning outcomes of their 4 years of study, and pass the examination.
    • Domestic Japanese-basis students must complete at least 20 credits of Common Liberal Arts Subjects or Major Education Subjects offered in English.
    • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the College of Asia Pacific Studies College Regulations.

Curriculum Policy (Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy)

1. Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy for College of Asia Pacific Studies
1. Curriculum Design Policy
(Subject Placement: General)
  • The curriculum is divided into Common Education Subjects and Major Education Subjects, and is designed for four years.
(Subject Placement: Common Education Subjects)
  • Common Education Subjects are divided into Language Education Subjects and Common Liberal Arts Subjects. The Language Education Subjects consist of English, Japanese, AP languages (Chinese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese) and Specific Subjects.
  • Common Liberal Arts Subjects consist of APU Literacy Subjects, Introduction to Major Subjects, and Global Citizens Foundation Subjects.
  • The APU literacy field is a group of subjects for students to deepen their knowledge in Japan and overseas, which is necessary for students of this university, and acquire a methodology for deepening their learning by making the most out of the multicultural environment of this university.
  • The Introduction to Major Studies field is a subject group that will introduce specialized learning in each college.
  • The Global Citizens Foundation field will be assigned as a diverse group of subjects that do not fall within the framework of undergraduate specialized education for cultivating rich knowledge and culture in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
(Subject Placement: Major Education Subjects)
  • Major Education Subjects are divided into Core Subject, Seminar Subjects, APS Common A Subjects, APS Common B Subjects, and Subjects for the Area of Study. Major Education Subjects for the Area of Study are divided into: International Relations; Culture, Society, and Media; and Global Economy.
  • Core Subject is designed for understanding the ideal and objective of APS.
  • Subjects for the Area of Study are designed for developing the knowledge in the three Areas of Study which make up APS education.
  • Seminar subjects are a group of subjects that allow students to conduct research in specialized fields in small classes based on their respective topics, individually optimized to meet their interests.
  • Common Subjects are designed for acquiring valuable knowledge and experiences through courses which include a Special Lecture, a Field Study and so on, not specific to a particular Area of Study.
(Curriculum Map)

*Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

(2) Curriculum Implementation Policy
(Subject Offerings)
  • Offer subjects listed in the College of Asia Pacific Studies College Regulations in both Japanese and English in principle, to allow students to enroll, take classes and graduate in either English or Japanese while also learning the non-basis language.
  • Expand the Off-campus Study Programs offered in accordance with both University and APS policies.
  • All subjects are offered in the semester, day and period which maximize students’ systematic study.
(Subject Operation)
  • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
  • Each subject is operated by following the Curriculum Map and the syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
  • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education, which encourages interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
  • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Classes.

Admission Policy

Undergraduate Program

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) welcomes students who will uphold the university’s basic ideals of Freedom, Peace, and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region. These students should also, while using both English and Japanese, be ready to acknowledge and understand differences in cultures and values, engage actively in an international campus community, and contribute to mutual learning.
New undergraduate students must possess the following attributes and abilities in order to engage in this kind of learning:

1. Knowledge and Skills
  • Basic knowledge required for studying at university
  • English or Japanese language proficiency required to pursue university-level studies
2. Reasoning, Judgment, and Expression
  • Critical thinking, analytical ability, and creativity needed to identify problems and proactively work towards their resolution
  • Ability to interpret information, as well as express one’s own ideas clearly and logically using facts and data
3. Initiative and Capacity to Collaborate with Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Ability to pursue goals and follow them through
  • Readiness to engage with and support others on the basis of mutual understanding
  • Desire to make full use of a multicultural learning environment and participate in multicultural collaborative learning
College of Asia Pacific Studies
  1. Interest in one of the fields of “Culture, Society, and Media”, “International Relations”, and “Global Economy” in global society with a focus on the Asia Pacific region
  2. Basic ability to study the field social sciences with a focus on society, politics, and economics
  3. Ability to read and write basic texts that will lead to reading and writing specialized texts at College of Asia Pacific Studies
  4. Ability to pursue one's own interests and to express them clearly
  5. Ability to integrate large amounts of information and think from multiple angles when framing opinions

College of International Management

The mission of the College of International Management is to cultivate human resources with strong business ethics that will play an active role in resolving management issues at enterprises and other organizations by imparting fundamental knowledge in management, enhancing intercultural communication skills and upholding cultural diversity.

Diploma Policy

To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the College of International Management College Regulations, the College of International Management has defined graduation requirements as well as the following four learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

(Graduation Requirements)
  • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 124 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
  • Complete at least 40 credits of Common Education Subjects in accordance with the following requirements:
    1. Japanese-basis students must complete at least 24 credits of English Language Education Subjects, and English-basis students must complete at least 16 credits of Japanese Language Education Subjects. However, students may be exempted from taking Language Education Subjects based on their language ability upon entry.
    2. Complete at least 6 credits of Required Subjects established by APM.
  • Complete at least 62 credits of APM Major Education Subjects including at least 18 credits in Required Major Education Subjects.
  • Domestic Japanese-basis students must complete at least 20 credits of Common Liberal Arts Subjects or Major Education Subjects offered in English.
  • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the College of International Management College Regulations.
(Learning Outcomes)
  1. Value "Business Ethics and Social Responsibility"
    1. 1-a. Understand the principles of business ethics and social responsibility.
    2. 1-b. Demonstrate ability to make professional decisions by applying the principles of business ethics and social responsibility.
    3. 1-c. Analyze ethical problems and propose practical solutions.
  2. Integrate and apply "Key Management Knowledge and Skills"
    1. 2-a. Demonstrate an understanding of key functional business and management concepts.
    2. 2-b. Demonstrate a professional level of communication proficiency in writing, oral presentation, and negotiation.
    3. 2-c. Apply appropriate analytical tools (qualitative and/or quantitative) to examine business problems.
    4. 2-d. Apply critical thinking and creativity in diagnosing problems and generating strategic and sustainable solutions.
  3. Appreciate "Multiculturalism, Diversity and Inclusion"
    1. 3-a. Demonstrate understanding and recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
    2. 3-b. Collaborate and communicate effectively in a multicultural team environment.
    3. 3-c. Demonstrate competency in at least one second language for cross-cultural understanding and competence.
  4. Acquire "Global Perspectives" in business management
    1. 4-a. Demonstrate a global outlook and understand today's business in Asia Pacific and the world.
    2. 4-b. Illustrate environmental, social, governance, and economic forces that shape business in Asia Pacific.
    3. 4-c. Analyze business opportunities and challenges from a global perspective

Curriculum Policy (Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy)

(1) Curriculum Design Policy
(Subject Placement: General)
  • The curriculum is divided into Common Education Subjects and Major Education Subjects, and is designed for four years.
(Subject Placement: Common Education Subjects)
  • Common Education Subjects are divided into Language Education Subjects and Common Liberal Arts Subjects. The Language Education Subjects consist of English,Japanese, AP languages (Chinese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese) and Specific Subjects.
  • Common Liberal Arts consist of APU Literacy, Introduction to Major Studies, and Global Citizens Foundation.
  • The APU literacy field is a group of subjects for students to deepen their knowledge in Japan and overseas, which is necessary for students of this university, and acquire a methodology for deepening their learning by making the most out of the multicultural environment of this university.
  • The Introduction to Major Studies field is a subject group that will introduce specialized learning in each college.
  • The Global Citizens Foundation field will be assigned as a diverse group of subjects that do not fall within the framework of undergraduate specialized education for cultivating rich knowledge and culture in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
(Subject Placement: Major Education Subjects)
  • Major Education Subjects are divided into Required Subjects, Seminar Subjects, APM Common Subjects, and Subjects for the Area of Study. Major Education Subjects for the Area of Study are divided into: Strategic Management and Leadership; Marketing; Accounting and Finance; and Entrepreneurship and Operations Management.
  • Required Subjects are designed for understanding and applying fundamental business concepts. They provide a solid grounding in each Area of Study of APM.
  • Seminar Subjects are designed for developing the knowledge and skills in their field of interest in a small group format.
  • APM Common Subjects are designed for acquiring specialized and practical knowledge and experiences irrespective of the Area of Study. They also include offcampus study programs such as Business Internship and Field Study under the theme of global business immersion, creating social impact through business, and bridging theory and practice.
  • Subjects for the Area of Study are designed for developing the knowledge in the four Areas of Study which make up APM education.
(Curriculum Map)

*Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

(2) Curriculum Implementation Policy
(Subject Offerings)
  • Offer subjects listed in the College of International Management College Regulations in both Japanese and English in principle, to allow students to enroll, take classes and graduate in either English or Japanese while also learning the opposite language.
  • Expand the Off-campus Study Programs offered in accordance with both University and APM policies.
  • All subjects are offered in the semester, day and period which allow students to take full advantage of structured learning.
(Subject Operation)
  • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
  • Each subject is operated in accordance with the Curriculum Map and each syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
  • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education, and encouraging interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
  • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries,and holding Make-up Classes.

Admissions Policy

Undergraduate Program

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) welcomes students who will uphold the university’s basic ideals of Freedom, Peace, and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region. These students should also, while using both English and Japanese, be ready to acknowledge and understand differences in cultures and values, engage actively in an international campus community, and contribute to mutual learning.
New undergraduate students must possess the following attributes and abilities in order to engage in this kind of learning:

1. Knowledge and Skills
  • Basic knowledge required for studying at university
  • English or Japanese language proficiency required to pursue university-level studies
2. Reasoning, Judgment, and Expression
  • Critical thinking, analytical ability, and creativity needed to identify problems and proactively work towards their resolution
  • Ability to interpret information, as well as express one’s own ideas clearly and logically using facts and data
3. Initiative and Capacity to Collaborate with Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Ability to pursue goals and follow them through
  • Readiness to engage with and support others on the basis of mutual understanding
  • Desire to make full use of a multicultural learning environment and participate in multicultural collaborative learning
College of International Management
  1. Interest in global management and business fields including Strategic Management and Leadership, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management
  2. Ability and desire to develop creativity, leadership skills and problem-solving skills
  3. Desire to make positive change through business and take action toward inclusion and sustainability in the Asia Pacific region and the world
(Common to all Colleges)

In order to admit undergraduate students compatible with APU’s learning environment, applicants will be evaluated through a comprehensive assessment of the aforementioned knowledge, skills, reasoning, judgement, expression, initiative, and capacity to collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds using a variety of p. 10 methods.

College of Sustainability and Tourism

The purpose of the College of Sustainability and Tourism is to develop human resources who can cope with various challenges and act responsibly as global citizens by gaining a cross-disciplinary understanding of society and regions, acquiring basic and specialized knowledge on the creation of sustainable society and tourism, and learning logical and critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative analysis, problem solving, and communication and collaboration in a cross-cultural environment through a curriculum based on sociology in collaboration with various social actors both on and off campus.

Diploma Policy

To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the College of Sustainability and Tourism College Regulations, the College of Sustainability and tourism has defined graduation requirements as well as the following three learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

(Graduation Requirements)
  • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 124 credits under the following course registration requirements.
  • Complete at least 40 credits of Common Education Subjects under the following requirements:
    1. Japanese-based students must complete at least 24 credits of English Language Education Subjects, and English-based students must complete at least 16 credits of Japanese Language Education Subjects. However, students may be exempted from taking Language Education Subjects based on their language ability upon entry.
    2. Complete at least 8 credits of required Common Liberal Arts Subjects.
  • Complete at least 62 credits of Major Education Subjects under the following requirements:
    1. Complete 6 credits of compulsory Major Education Subjects.
    2. Complete at least 5 subjects with 10 credits of Tourism Subjects.
    3. Complete at least 5 subjects with 10 credits of Sustainable Society Subjects.
    4. Complete at least 2 credits of Final Results Subjects.
    5. Complete at least 2 credits of Off-Campus Program Subjects.
  • Domestic Japanese-based students must complete at least 20 credits of Common Liberal Arts Subjects or Major Education Subjects offered in English.
  • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the College of Sustainability and Tourism College Regulations.
  • (Learning Outcomes)
    1. Acquire specialized knowledge on sustainable society and tourism
      1. 1-a. Understand societies and communities from interdisciplinary perspectives.
      2. 1-b. Demonstrate mastery of the fundamentals of sustainable society and tourism.
      3. 1-c. Demonstrate mastery of specialized knowledge on sustainable society and tourism.
    2. Acquire problem-solving literacy
      1. 2-a. Use critical and logical thinking skills.
      2. 2-b. Apply research and analytical skills, qualitatively and/or quantitatively.
      3. 2-c. Exercise problem-solving skills applicable to sustainable society and tourism.
      4. 2-d. Communicate and collaborate across cultures.
    3. Acquire a sense of responsibility as a global citizen
      1. 3-a. Act in accordance with the norms of sustainable development.
      2. 3-b. Demonstrate a commitment to the Global Code of Ethics in Tourism.

    Curriculum Policy (Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy)

    (1)Curriculum Design Policy
    (Subject Placement: General)
    • The curriculum is divided into Common Education Subjects and Major Education Subjects and is designed for four years.
    (Subject Placement: Common Education Subjects)
    • Common Education Subjects are divided into Language Education Subjects and Common Liberal Arts Subjects. The Language Education Subjects consist of English, Japanese, AP languages (Chinese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, Thai, or Vietnamese) and Specific Subjects.
    • Common Liberal Arts consist of APU Literacy, Introduction to Major Studies, and Global Citizens Foundation.
    • The APU literacy field is a group of subjects for students to deepen their knowledge in Japan and overseas, which is necessary for students of this university, and acquire a methodology for deepening their learning by making the most out of the multicultural environment of this university.
    • The Introduction to Major Studies field is a subject group that will introduce specialized learning in each college.
    • The Global Citizens Foundation field will be assigned as a diverse group of subjects that do not fall within the framework of undergraduate specialized education for cultivating rich knowledge and culture in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
    (Subject Placement: Major Education Subjects)
    • Major Education Subjects are divided into Academic Skills Subjects, Seminar and Final Results Subjects, Off-Campus Program Subjects, Common Subjects, Tourism Subjects, and Sustainable Society Subjects.
    • The Academic Skills Subjects are a group of subjects for students to acquire the academic skills required to study at the University.
    • The Seminar and Final Results Subjects shall be a group of subjects to be deepened in the form of exercise based on the students' interests.
    • The Off-Campus Program Subjects shall be a group of subjects including off-campus practical training.
    • The Common Subjects are common to both the fields of tourism and sustainable society and are subjects in fields that are important for problem solving.
    • The Tourism Subjects shall be the specialized subjects in the field of tourism.
    • The Sustainable Society Subjects shall be specialized subjects in the field of sustainable society.
    (Curriculum Map)

    *Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

    (2)Curriculum Implementation Policy
    (Subject Offerings)
    • In principle, offer subjects listed in the College Regulations in both Japanese and English to allow students to enroll, take classes and graduate in either English or Japanese while also learning the other language.
    • Expand the Off-campus Study Programs offered as per both University and College policies.
    • All subjects to be offered in the semester, day, and period which will allow students to take full advantage of structured learning.
    (Mode of Operation)
    • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. Based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
    • Each subject is operated by following the Curriculum Map and the syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
    • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education, which encourages interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
    • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the mode of operation, including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Classes.

    Admission Policy

    Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) welcomes students who will uphold the university’s basic ideals of freedom, peace and Humanity, international mutual understanding, and the future shape of the Asia Pacific region. They should also, in both English and Japanese, be ready to acknowledge and understand differences in cultures and values, engage actively in an international campus community, and contribute to mutual learning.
    New undergraduate students must possess the following attributes and abilities in order to engage in this method of learning:

    1. Knowledge and Skills
    • Basic knowledge required for studying at university
    • English or Japanese language proficiency required to pursue university-level studies
    2. Reasoning, Judgment, and Expression
    • Critical thinking, analytical ability, and creativity needed to identify problems and proactively work towards their resolution
    • Ability to interpret information accurately, as well as express one’s own ideas clearly and logically using facts and data
    3. Initiative and Capacity to Collaborate with Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds
    • Ability to pursue goals and follow through with them
    • Readiness to engage with and support others based on mutual understanding
    • Desire to make full use of a multicultural learning environment and participate in collaborative learning
    College of Sustainable Development and Tourism
    1. Interest in tourism and hospitality and sustainable society.
    2. Interest in various regions both within Japan and abroad, as well as willingness to work toward solving problems for region sustainability
    3. Willingness to learn across disciplines in collaboration with various social actors on and off campus.

    Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

    The Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies aims to cultivate human resources who will contribute to the sustainable development of and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region. These individuals will possess specialized knowledge in administration, environment and development economics and have practical problem-solving skills required for the development of the Asia Pacific region.

    Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    The Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to cultivate human resources who will contribute to the sustainable development of and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region. These individuals will possess a keen interest in research pertaining to and specialized knowledge and skills in fields including international relations and social and cultural studies, and they will demonstrate the practical problem-solving skills required for the development of the Asia Pacific region.

    Master's Program in International Cooperation Policy

    The Master's Program in International Cooperation Policy aims to cultivate human resources who will contribute to the sustainable development of and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region. These individuals will possess a keen interest in research pertaining to and specialized knowledge and skills in fields including administration, environmental studies, development, health science and tourism, and they will demonstrate the practical problem-solving skills required for the development of the Asia Pacific region.

    Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    The Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to cultivate advanced researchers and professionals who will contribute to the sustainable development of and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region and achieve an advanced capacity for pioneering new academic disciplines required for the development of the Asia Pacific region.

    Diploma Policy

    1. Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations, the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies has defined graduation requirements as well as the following three learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

    (Graduation Requirements)
    • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 32 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
    • Complete 4 credits of Analytical Foundations Subjects, at least 4 credits of Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region, at least 4 credits of Seminars and at least 10 credits of Major Subjects in the affiliated Division. However, Optional Subjects are not included in the number of credits required for completion.
    • Successfully pass the screening for the research output, in the form of either a Master’s Thesis or a special project (Research Report).
    • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations
    (Learning Outcomes)
    1. Broad knowledge and understanding of the various issues facing the Asia Pacific region
      1. 1-a. Understand important social science issues involving the Asia Pacific Region.
      2. 1-b. Understand differences between issues of the Asia Pacific Region and other regions.
    2. Advanced knowledge of discipline
      1. 2-a. Understand the theories important for the discipline being studied
      2. 2-b. Understand the current important areas for research in the discipline.
      3. 2-c. Apply theories using standard methodologies and current analytical tools.
    3. Global Perspectives
      1. 3-a. Understand interdisciplinary theories involving the Asia Pacific region and how the region interacts with other regions.
      2. 3-b. Understand critical perspectives of the Asia Pacific region from a global view.
    2. Master’s Program in International Cooperation Policy

    To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations, the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program in International Cooperation Policy has defined graduation requirements as well as the following three learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

    (Graduation Requirements)
    • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 32 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
    • Complete 4 credits of Analytical Foundations Subjects, at least 4 credits of Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region, at least 4 credits of Seminars, and at least 10 credits of Major Subjects in the affiliated Division. However, Optional Subjects are not included in the number of credits required for completion.
    • Produce a research output, in the form of either a Master’s Thesis or a special project (Research Report), and successfully pass the screening.
    • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations
    (Learning Outcomes)
    1. Broad knowledge and understanding of the various issues facing the Asia Pacific region
      1. 1-a. Understand important social science issues involving the Asia Pacific Region.
      2. 1-b. Understand differences between issues of the Asia Pacific Region and other regions.
    2. Advanced knowledge of discipline
      1. 2-a. Understand the theories important for the discipline being studied
      2. 2-b. Understand the current important areas for research in the discipline.
      3. 2-c. Apply theories using standard methodologies and current analytical tools.
    3. Global Perspectives
      1. 3-a. Understand interdisciplinary theories involving the Asia Pacific region and how the region interacts with other regions.
      2. 3-b. Understand critical perspectives of the Asia Pacific region from a global view.
    3. Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations, the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies has defined graduation requirements as well as the following four learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

    (Graduation Requirements)
    • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete 30 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
    • Become a Doctoral Degree Candidate by completing 24 credits of required subjects for Doctoral Candidacy and by successfully passing the screening for Doctoral Candidacy.
    • Submit the Doctoral Dissertation and successfully pass the screening
    • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations.
    (Learning Outcomes)
    1. Broad knowledge and understanding of the various issues facing the Asia Pacific region
    2. Advanced knowledge of discipline
    3. Ability to perform fundamental research
    4. Global perspectives

    Curriculum Policy

    1. Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy for Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies
    Curriculum Design Policy
    (Subject Placement)
    • The curriculum is divided into Analytical Foundation Subjects, Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region, Seminar Subjects, Major Subjects, Core Related Subjects, and Optional Subjects, and is designed for two years.
    • Analytical Foundation Subjects are designed for mastering the skills needed by APU Graduate Students.
    • Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region are designed for acquiring the knowledge needed by APU Graduate Students.
    • Seminar Subjects are designed for developing the knowledge and skills in their research field of interest.
    • Major Subjects are divided into International Relations Division Subjects, and Society and Culture Division Subjects. These are designed for acquiring the knowledge needed to deepen research in their field.
    • Core Related Subjects are designed for acquiring valuable knowledge and experiences through courses, not specific to a particular field of research
    • Optional Subjects are designed for learning the Japanese language.
    (Curriculum Map)

    *Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

    Curriculum Implementation Policy
    (Subject Offerings)
    • Subjects listed in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations, with the exception of the Optional Subjects, are offered in English.
    • All subjects are offered in the semester, day and period which allow students to take full advantage of structured learning.
    (Subject Operation)
    • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
    • Each subject is operated in accordance with the Curriculum Map and each syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
    • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education, and encouraging interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
    • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Class
    2. Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy for Master’s Program in International Cooperation Policy

    Curriculum Design Policy

    (Subject Placement)
    • The curriculum is divided into Analytical Foundation Subjects, Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region, Seminar Subjects, Major Subjects, Core Related Subjects, and Optional Subjects, and is designed for two years.
    • Analytical Foundation Subjects are designed for mastering the skills needed by APU Graduate Students.
    • Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region are designed for acquiring the knowledge needed by APU Graduate Students.
    • Seminar Subjects are designed for developing the knowledge and skills in their research field of interest.
    • Major Subjects are divided into International Public Administration Division Subjects, Sustainability Science Division Subjects, Tourism and Hospitality Division Subjects, and Development Economics Division Subjects. These are designed for acquiring the knowledge needed to deepen research in their field.
    • Core Related Subjects are designed for acquiring valuable knowledge and experiences through courses, not specific to a particular field of research.
    • Optional Subjects are designed for learning the Japanese language.
    (Curriculum Map)

    *Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

    Curriculum Implementation Policy

    (Subject Offerings)
    • Subjects listed in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations, with the exception of the Optional Subjects, are offered in English.
    • All subjects are offered in the semester, day and period which allow students to take full advantage of structured learning.
    (Subject Operation)
    • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
    • Each subject is operated in accordance with the Curriculum Map and each syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
    • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education, and encouraging interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
    • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Classes.
    3. Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy for Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies

    Curriculum Design Policy

    (Subject Placement)
    • The curriculum is divided into Lecture Subjects, Seminar Subjects, Research and Presentation Subjects, Tutorials, and Optional Subjects, and is designed for three years.
    • Lecture Subjects are designed for mastering the skills needed by APU Graduate Students at the Doctoral level.
    • Seminar Subjects are designed for further deepening the research in their research field.
    • Research and Presentation Subjects are designed for producing a Doctoral Dissertation in their research field.
    • Tutorials are designed for acquiring and developing, through practice, skills for academic instruction at tertiary level.
    • Optional Subjects are designed for learning the Japanese language.

    Curriculum Implementation Policy

    (Subject Offerings)
    • Subjects listed in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Graduate School Regulations, with the exception of the Optional Subjects, are offered in English.
    • All subjects are offered in the semester, day and period which allow students to take full advantage of structured learning.
    (Subject Operation)
    • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
    • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education, and encouraging interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
    • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Classes.

    Graduate School of Management

    The Mission of GSM is to cultivate creative well-rounded professionals and leaders who will play a central role in resolving management issues at globalizing enterprises and other organizations by imparting advanced management skills, a good understanding of business ethics and a deep insight into globalization.

    Diploma Policy

    Graduate School of Management

    To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the Graduate School of Management Graduate School Regulations, the Graduate School of Management has defined graduation requirements as well as the following four learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

    Graduation Requirements
    • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 44 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
    • Complete 6 credits of Analytical Foundations Subjects, 18 credits of Core Business Fundamentals Subjects, 2 credits of Capstone Subjects, at least 8 credits of Elective Subjects, and 6 credits of Seminars. However, Optional Subjects are not included in the number of credits required for completion.
    • Complete seminar subjects and produce a research project that meets the requirements and expectations set forth by the Graduate School of Management.
    • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the Graduate School of Management Graduate School Regulations.
    Learning Outcomes
    1. BUSINESS ETHICS & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
      1. 1-a. To recognize and reflect upon complex issues on ethics and social responsibility with multi-sided understanding of global business-society relations.
      2. 1-b. To evaluate ethical and socially responsible implications of contemporary business issues.
    2. ADVANCED MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
      1. 2-a. To demonstrate an understanding of advanced management knowledge and business concepts in a specialized field.
      2. 2-b. To apply advanced analytical tools (qualitative and/or quantitative) to examine business problems.
      3. 2-c. To integrate functional knowledge for developing sustainable business solutions.
      4. 2-d. To demonstrate an advanced level of communication skills in writing, oral presentation, and negotiation in business settings.
    3. CREATIVITY & INNOVATION
      1. 3-a. To identify the opportunities and challenges of innovation in a business setting.
      2. 3-b. To design creative and innovative solutions in business and/or research projects.
    4. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
      1. 4-a. To demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of businesses, economies, and societies of the globalized world.
      2. 4-b. To diagnose problems and identify opportunities for sustainable development from an Asia Pacific perspective.
    5. MULTICULTURALISM, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
      1. 5-a. To apply theories of effective leadership and team development to promote diversity and inclusion.
      2. 5-b. To demonstrate ability to leverage diversity and work productively in teams.

    Curriculum Policy

    1. Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy for Graduate School of Management
    (1) Curriculum Design Policy and Curriculum Implementation Policy for Graduate School of Management
    ① Curriculum Design Policy
    (Subject Placement)
    • The curriculum is divided into Analytical Foundation Subjects, Core Business Fundamentals Subjects, Capstone Subjects, Elective Subjects, Seminar Subjects, Core Related Subjects, Experiential Learning Subjects, and Optional Subjects, and is designed for two years.
    • Analytical Foundation Subjects are designed for mastering the skills needed by APU Graduate Students.
    • Core Business Fundamentals Subjects are designed for acquiring the knowledge needed by APU GraduateStudents.
    • Capstone Subjects are designed for mastering and deepening the systematic understanding of the theme through studies and discussions.
    • Optional Subjects are designed for acquiring the knowledge needed to deepen their research in each of the four specializations: Japanese Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Management, and Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Operations Management.
    • Seminar Subjects are designed for developing the knowledge and skills in their research field of interest.
    • Core Related Subjects are designed for acquiring valuable knowledge and experiences through courses, not specific to a particular field of research.
    • Optional Subjects are designed for learning the Japanese language.

    Experiential Learning Subjects are designed for students to develop their business knowledge and skills through practical and experiential learning.

    (Curriculum Map)

    *Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

    ② Curriculum Implementation Policy
    (Subject Offerings)
    • Subjects listed in the Graduate School of Management Graduate School Regulations with the exception of the Optional Subjects are offered in English.
    • All subjects are offered in the semester, day, and period which allows students to take full advantage of structured learning.
    (Subject Operation)
    • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
    • Each subject is operated in accordance with the Curriculum Map and each syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
    • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU’s multicultural environment and education and encouraging interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
    • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration ofClass Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Classes.

    Admission Policy

    1. Graduate Schools

    Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) welcomes students who will uphold the university’s basic ideals of Freedom, Peace, and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region. These students should also be ready to acknowledge and understand differences in cultures and values, engage actively in an international campus community, and contribute to mutual learning.

    New graduate school students must possess the following attributes and abilities in order to engage in this kind of learning:

    1. Specialized knowledge and global perspective required to pursue advanced studies in one’s graduate school and division
    2. Analytical skills, perceptiveness, and aptitude to solve real-world problems
    3. Requisite English language proficiency for research and study
    4. Desire to contribute to and make full use of a multicultural collaborative learning environment
    2. Graduate School of Management
    • High-level interest in solving the management issues faced by companies and other organizations within a global society
    • Ability to contribute innovative ideas to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific region and the world as a whole, as a well-rounded manager and inclusive leader with a deep sense of social responsibility
    • Analytical skills, perceptiveness, and problem-solving ability acquired through at least three years of workplace experience
    (Common to all Graduate Schools)

    In order to admit graduate students compatible with APU’s learning environment, research plans, assessment tests, interviews, academic transcripts, and other materials will be used in a multi-faceted evaluation of the aforementioned knowledge, attributes, skills, and intentions.

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