Osaka University has 16 graduate schools. These schools and their departments have been established for the purpose of nurturing professionals versed in scholarship appropriate to the schools and departments noted below.
The Graduate School of Letters aims to further the erudition of researchers and persons in the humanities and thereby provide society with persons who can actively apply such scholarship.
The Graduate School of Human Sciences aims to further the knowledge of researchers in the human sciences, persons who can employ scientific methods in order to see human society and culture and contribute to such in ways that will help lead to a more human society.
The Graduate School of Law and Politics aims to nurture persons possessing advanced research abilities and knowledge to thereby contribute to society. Moreover, its professors of laws and politics aim to contribute to enhancing the level of research in law and politics.
The Graduate School of Economics aims to nurture students capable of employing their knowledge of economics and management to make academic and social contributions to society based on logical, empirical, and historical approaches in economics and management. Additionally, the Graduate School of Economics aims to nurture students with a passion for enhancing human welfare, graduates who possess an understanding of social issues in Japan and the world.
The Graduate School of Science aims to nurture researchers and persons able to display their leadership in various fields. Additionally, the school aims to develop students' abilities to set agenda flexibly and logically, and look for challenges that will satisfy their curiosity in the natural sciences.
The Graduate School of Medicine aims to nurture ethical medical and health science researchers possessing creative approaches thanks to their comprehensive understanding. Such graduates would:
- Make global contributions to developing medical treatment, medicine, health science, and biology.
- Promote community medicine and the quality of health.
- Work at promoting human resources for future generations.
The Graduate School of Dentistry aims, through research and education in theory and the application of dentistry and stomatology, to nurture graduates who can contribute to improved oral health and dental medical treatment for all members of society.
The Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences aims to nurture graduates who will assist in the ethical development of bioscience, medical science, social and environmental medicine, and clinical pharmacology. Additionally, the school aims to nurture graduates possessing both overall and specialized knowledge in pharmacology who can be active creatively on the international stage in positions of leadership in research, education, industry, administration, and clinical fields.
The Graduate School of Engineering aims to nurture researchers and engineers who, as leaders, can contribute creatively to assisting society achieve a safer living environment in greater harmony with nature, and to assisting Japan become a nation that, as a scientific powerhouse, produces useful products and technologies.
The School of Engineering Science has set its leading educational principle as the fundamental development of science and technology and the creation of a more genuinely human culture based upon development of such. As such, the school aims to develop new academic fields in response to the needs of society and nurture personnel who can provide education balanced between science and engineering. Thus the school aims to produce:
- Researchers and engineers with specializations enabling them to conduct research and development, ranging from the basic to the highly specialized.
- Scientists and researchers who explore new interdisciplinary fields with advanced expertise and wide-ranging knowledge.
- International leaders who proceed independently with research and development.
The Graduate School of Language and Culture aims to promote education and research in languages in both theory and practice and in the culture and society that are integral parts of those languages. Additionally, the school aims to provide students with advanced educational literacy in response to the internationalization of our modern information society.
The Osaka School of International Public Policy aims to conduct education and research regarding public policy challenges from an interdisciplinary viewpoint based on the study of law, politics, and economics in order to nurture researchers and advanced professionals with superior abilities in communication and leadership.
The Graduate School of Information Science and Technology aims to contribute to the development of a wide range of viewpoints and knowledge in information science and technology, nurturing professional engineers and researchers who can lead the world.
The Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences has, as its mission, contributing to society through the pursuit of a variety of functions and principles of life. Additionally, the school aims to nurture persons possessing a way of thinking that integrates medicine, engineering, and science with advanced research abilities and international mindedness, and who, thereby, can become future leaders of science and industry.
The Graduate School of Law aims to nurture legal professionals possessing advanced legal knowledge, broad knowledge, compassion, and solid professional ethics.
United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Chiba University and University of Fukui
The United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Chiba University and University of Fukui aims to nurture persons who can make use of their scientific knowledge in dealing with emotional and developmental challenges of children.