Program in brief
Equips students to become Leader of Leaders for government, business, and international arenas.
- Program Director: Executive Advisor to the President and Professor Mikitaka Masuyama
- Degrees Offered: M.A. in Advanced Policy Studies, Ph.D. in Advanced Policy Studies
- Scholarship: Full Scholarship available
- Language of Instruction: English
- Time Schedule:
- Program Duration…5 years (Minimum 3 years)
- How to Apply
The world is faced with new and serious problems, such as financial crises, terrorism, energy challenges, and environmental issues. Behind them lie conflicting interests, large value gaps, dysfunctional global governance systems, escalating globalization, the rise of emerging states, and drastic changes in the distribution of wealth and power in the world. A new type of leaders is needed to address these problems and forge a path to a new age. These leaders require qualities, competencies, and skills that conventional institutions of higher education, which focus on nurturing highly specialized professionals, are not equipped to instill.
Against this background, this new 5-year Ph.D. program aims to produce a new type of leaders for government, business, and international arenas. The program will equip its participants with (1) a broad historical perspective, which will help them understand the true nature of policy issues and predict their overall impact, (2) strong analytical ability needed to develop insightful and effective policies, and (3) effective communication skills to convey ideas and opinions across languages, cultures, religions, and nationalities.
The curriculum has been designed to enable students to develop a broad historical perspective, strong analytical ability, and good communication skills through lectures, tutorials, and seminars taught entirely in English. A distinctive feature of the program is its teaching staff, which includes nationally and internationally renowned guest speakers—many of whom are former ministers and top business leaders—as well as first-rate GRIPS faculty.
Target Group and Eligibility
This program is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a recognized/accredited university, with the ability and will to become a leader of leaders. Preference is given to current government officials, or those who are interested in pursuing a career as a government official, or in international organizations.
The applicant is expected to have a record of solid academic performance at the undergraduate level, and must satisfy the English language requirement with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (CBT213, iBT79) or IELTS 6.0.
Curriculum 2014/2015 (as of December 2013)
Leading a Nation in the Changing World
Perspectives of the World
Introduction to Public Policy Studies
Policy Debate Seminar Ⅰ-Ⅱ
Executive Seminar Ⅰ-Ⅲ
Diplomatic History of Modern Japan
Comparative State Formation
Global Economic History
Comparative Political Economy
Structure and Processes of Government
Comparative Analysis on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Government and Politics in Japan
International Political Economy
International Security Studies
Political Economy of Modern Japan
Introduction to Quantitative Methods