The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers four master's degree courses in Law, Economic and Social Systems, Humanistic-Environmental Cultural Sciences and International Cultural Sciences and a doctoral degree course in Social Sciences.
The school promotes a variety of research areas and has developed high quality postgraduate programs centered mainly on community-based subjects, which enhance students' practical expertise in their specialized fields.
In order to meet the challenges of providing higher education that is accessible to mature students from the local community, classes are also offered in the evening (to enable those with full-time jobs to enroll) and off-campus in the access centers in Amami and Tokunoshima.
In April 2017, Graduate School of Education of Kagoshima University newly established "Division of Professional Teacher Education Course" in addition to the Education Practice Course, which was established beforehand.
Education Practice Course aims at fostering teachers and human resources who can possess broad views for academic fields through comprehensive lectures and research method trainings based on actual problems in local areas.
The graduate students will be given "Master's Degree of Pedagogy" after completing the designated subjects.
"Division of Professional Teacher Education" aims at fostering prominent professional teachers, who will be able to teach and learn by themselves over a lifetime as a considerate practitioner of education needed for the future.
The graduate students will be awarded Master of Education after completing the designated subjects.
Furthermore, those teachers, who have already possessed the first grade teacher's license for elementary, junior high or senior high school, will be able to acquire the specialized teacher's certificate.
The Graduate School of Health Sciences aims to develop professionals with highly advanced knowledge and skills in health sciences, and leading administrators who can carry out excellent educational and research activities.
Additionally the school trains personnel who can both contribute to health care on remote islands and globally, and disseminate the results and data of educational research widely.
In April 2003, a master's course was established, and in April 2005, a doctoral course was created.
The department's educational goals are to develop high-quality educators and researchers to carry out original research and efficiently provide education to develop students' competencies.
Moreover, the school focuses on the development of personnel who contribute to community health care in rural, island, and international settings.
The Graduate School of Science and Engineering aims to produce professionals who dedicate themselves to scientific pursuits, uphold high ethical standards, and take on difficult challenges.
Students are provided with an education that meets the changing needs of contemporary society in both content and application.
The curriculum includes theories ranging from basic to applied science and engineering, and students are supported through advanced studies.
The Graduate School of Science and Engineering develops students into engineers, researchers, and other professionals that will positively contribute to the future of society.
Such professionals will be required to make ethical judgments on sensitive issues, to be knowledgeable about the nature of the world, and to be responsive to the advancement and diversification of the natural sciences.
The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (UGSAS) at Kagoshima University was established in 1988.
The UGSAS is composed of the master programs among three allied universities: Saga University, Kagoshima University, and the University of the Ryukyus.
The aim of UGSAS for students to master advanced agricultural or fisheries sciences through study and research involving regional or international issues.
Our doctoral research activities focus on food production and environmental conservation based on advanced life science or marine science.
Successful graduates of this program are awarded a Doctorate Degree of Philosophy.
The Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences aims to respond quickly to the many demands of society and to carry out high level education and research efficiently, while placing priority on medical ethics.
The school strives to apply a flexible and wide-ranging scope to medical and dental research and to the development of treatments for the cure and prevention of human disorders.
As central goals, this school hopes to foster leading researchers and educators in life science fields and create a center of education and research in medicine, dentistry, and life science with particular relevance to the local region.
In addition to graduates in the fields of medicine or dentistry, the school welcomes graduates from a diverse range of disciplines.
This School was established in April 2007 as an independent graduate course offering a professional degree program that specializes in training clinical psychologists.
We provide advanced professional education based on a curriculum of lectures, seminars and practical training to foster clinical psychologists and who can contribute to people's mental well-being.
On-campus clinical psychology training takes place inside the annexed counseling room.
Off-campus training takes place at four locations over a 2-year period, covering the educational, medical, welfare, and judicial areas.
Fifteen students take a two-year course and obtain the degree of Master of Clinical Psychology.
Graduate from this program possess a very high pass rate for examination of clinical psychologist and finds employment in Japan.
Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine was newly established at Kagoshima University on April, 2018.
The doctoral program is operated by Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine at Kagoshima University and Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine at Yamaguchi University, building on the baccalaureate degree programs established collectively by Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Kagoshima University and Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Yamaguchi University.
During the four-year course offered by this graduate school, students receive advanced postgraduate education corresponding to a variety of international demands.
From April fiscal year 2019, both the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Fisheries joined to establish the 'Graduate School of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries'.
The purpose of research and education in this new Graduate School is to award degrees to students who have advanced expertise in plant production science, animal science, local business, food distribution, aquaculture, production activities relating to food innovation, food and health as well as those fields that are underlying such as local environmental characteristics, sub-tropicalization, forestry management, disaster prevention, fishery resources and local ecology.
The purpose of this Graduate School is to create graduates with the ability to propose solutions to challenges; and the practical skills to execute these solutions, thus developing human resources who can contribute to the regional areas as well as to the rest of the world.
The United Graduate School of Veterinary Science was established in 1990.
The school is operated in cooperation with the departments of Veterinary Science at Yamaguchi University, Tottori University, and Kagoshima University.
This four-year program aims to train outstanding researchers and technologists with expert knowledge and advanced practical skills.
The school promotes international relations and accepts many international students from various countries.
Since 2018, the school has started a new doctoral 4 year program in Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine at Kagoshima University and Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine at Yamaguchi University.