A National Survey of Psychology Education Programs and Their Content in Japan

Takashi Kusumi, Hiroshi Yama, Kensuke Okada, Satoru Kikuchi, Takahiro Hoshino

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This study reports the results of a national survey of psychology programs in Japan, conducted by the Committee on the Education and Research of the Japanese Psychological Association, based on 443 responses from program heads of 378 colleges, universities, and graduate schools. We analyzed the data by institution and type of degree program. The results indicated that: (a) undergraduate-level psychological education in Japan is mainly provided by private universities (which account for 71% of all psychology graduates at this level), while Master's (60%) and Ph.D. (83%) programs are mainly provided by national and public universities; (b) the largest groups of faculty members by specialization are in clinical psychology and in developmental and educational psychology; (c) the dominant forms of teaching are lectures and seminars; and (d) most psychology major programs in Japan aim to improve students' academic and generic skills. Finally, we suggest how psychology programs in Japan can reform curriculum and better improve students' academic skills on the basis of their generic skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-18
Number of pages15
JournalJapanese Psychological Research
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1


  • generic skills
  • graduate education
  • psychology curriculum
  • psychology education
  • undergraduate education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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