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The University of Tokyo (National)

Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo
Name of Course/Program
Department of Public Policy, Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP)
URL of Course/Program (English)
Master of Public Policy
Credit and years needed for graduation
46 course credits for two years

Features of Graduate School

The University of Tokyo’s Graduate Schools for Law and Politics and Graduate School of Economics have co-established the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) in 2004, which offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. GraSPP aims to train students in planning, implementing and evaluating public policy, and to prepare students for careers in public service.
Many Faculty of Law and Faulty of Economics graduates have in the past become prominent government officials and influential politicians. While this tradition will likely continue, to effectively address modern-day challenges and an ever changing and more complicated Japanese societal structure, a new, innovative approach for preparing and educating future leaders is needed. In an era where Japan’s industrial structure is moving further towards a service oriented framework, its population ages and birth rate continues to decline, and globalization demands the creation of a new international financial architecture, institutions of higher education concerned with addressing these seismic shifts must adapt their approach to learning and scholarly pursuit.
To this end, GraSPP’s MPP is specifically designed to address these and other issues of national, regional, and global concern. The program builds off of a two-pillared foundation, combining theory and practice to yield a holistic approach to understanding methods of evaluation, consensus building, policy formation and implementation. Our students graduate with a tool-set that meets the gold standard of contemporary education, ready and able to meaningfully contribute to their career of choice, whether it be in government, politics, mass media, or the broader private sector arena.
The two pillars are formed from

Balanced training in law, politics, and economics, which serve as the core of policy planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Practical learning based on courses, case studies, and lectures led by preeminent practitioners.

GraSPP joins the ranks of other prestigious University of Tokyo professional schools, including the Law School and Medical School. While these are geared towards producing legal and medical professionals, GraSPP aims to graduate public policy professionals.

GraSPP professors hail from the Graduate School of Economics and the Graduate School of Law faculties, and are widely recognized as thought-leaders in their respective fields. GraSPP faculty members are readily open to out-of-classroom collaboration and guidance with students; the MPP program prides itself on the accessibility of its faculty.

A Master Degree in Public Policy will be granted upon completion of 46 credits within a minimum of 2 years. GraSPP admits approximately 110 students per academic year.
GraSPP has five sub-specializations: Legal Policy, Public Management, International Public Policy, Economic Policy and Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP).
A comprehensive admission exam is conducted. It consists of a written application, English proficiency test, written exam, and interview.
Special consideration is given to admitting midcareer businesspeople.

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Features of the Course/Program

The University of Tokyo

Objective of the Program:
The objective of this course is to produce public policy professionals who possess a global perspective and are capable of performing effectively in international policy stage. The program is aiming to nurture an environment in which the top-level Japanese and foreign students will combine their talents and cooperatively learn all the salient elements necessary to become leaders in their respective countries. 

Overview of the Program:
The two-year Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP) at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) offers an extensive and diverse menu of courses taught in English. The program provides future global leaders with an opportunity to learn cutting-edge multidisciplinary approaches to addressing current public policy challenges. The MPP/IP is designed for those who aspire to be globally competitive public policy practitioners equipped with professional knowledge and practical capacities. Our faculty consists of academics, who provide intellectual foundations, and policy practitioners, who share professional knowledge and experience with students. MPP/IP students also have access to a broad range of courses offered by other graduate schools at the University of Tokyo. Moreover, the students have a chance to join exchange or double degree programs with top public policy schools around the world. Also readily available are extracurricular activities, including internship opportunities, facilitated by the school to enhance student exposure to and understanding of real-world challenges.
MPP/IP applicants are required to choose one of the following policy streams and expected to demonstrate basic competence for learning law, politics and economics.
1. Economic Policy, Finance and Development (EPFD)
2. Public Management and International Relations (PMIR)

Features of the Master’s Program:
1. Education in English
The ability to express one’s ideas and opinions in English is critical. We seek to provide students interested in studying in Asia access to the global standard in public policy education. Courses, field studies, and case studies are all offered in English. Students interested in focusing on Asian affairs, without Japanese language ability, now have an avenue to do so at one of the world’s premier educational institutions. 
2. Curriculum with International Compatibility
Course work at GraSPP is similar to that of other leading public policy schools, and is especially integrated and compatible with our exchange school network. While the range of courses available is wide, the curriculum as a whole focuses on issues concerning the Asian region. This reflects both the school’s commitment to the community in which it is located, as well as its faculty members’ expertise.

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Necessary Curriculum to Obtain the Degrees

Core and elective core courses for respective streams (PMIR, EPFD) are available at the following link (from page 3 to page 6).

To learn more about each course details (syllabus, professor, schedule, credit etc.), please also visit the following links.

GraSPP courses

The University of Tokyo Online Course Catalogue

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List of Faculty members capable of guiding JDS China Fellows and their Research Specialities

GraSPP professional master’s degree programs including MPP/IP does not have “Supervisor System”, however if JDS students wish to write a thesis or a research paper during the two-years study at GraSPP, they may request our faculty members to be their academic advisor.
You can find more details on how to write a thesis/research paper on our website.
Thesis: http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/student-bulletin/2018-04-24-13624/
Research Paper: http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/student-bulletin/2018-04-24-13636/


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Academic Schedule

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Facilities (ex: Library, PCs, Gymnasium etc.)

 The University of Tokyo Library System is composed of about 40 libraries, including the General Library, the Komaba and the Kashiwa Libraries, and departmental libraries. The General Library is the system‘s main coordinating body. Each faculty / institution library has a large number of materials in their specialized fields.

International Student Advising Room, International Center:
 International Student Advising Room at the International Center provides advice to international students (including families) regarding their concerns and problems as well as their careers. In addition, it provides the FACE Program, a program that brings together international students with Japanese volunteers for "face-to-face" interaction. For more information, please refer the site below.

Gotenshita Memorial Arena:
 At the Hongo Campus, the" Gotenshita Memorial Arena" can be used for table tennis, badminton, futsal, volleyball, basketball, and swimming. It also has training equipment that can be used. The admission fee is 300 yen per user.

The University of Tokyo has built and designated several dormitories specifically for international student use, but is currently unable to meet demand. Although we urge you to apply, seeking alternative housing options is highly recommended.

The University of Tokyo Housing Information: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/housing.html
GraSPP Housing Information: http://www.pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/current-students/international-students/housing-information/

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Advice for our Graduate School Applicants

1. The MPP/IP seeks to nurture individuals who:

  • Aspire to acquire a graduate-level knowledge foundation that combines high levels of specialized knowledge with practical competencies in order to assume active roles as highly principled public policy professionals and leaders in international society.
  • Can proficiently evaluate challenges confronting modern society, devise optimized policy responses, evaluate policy impacts, and build consensus by proficiently managing stakeholder communications.
  • Have the competency necessary to apply fundamental knowledge in policy design, implementation and evaluation honed through a balanced study of law, politics and economics to successfully resolve policy challenges.

2. High English Language Proficiency

  • A minimum TOEFL score of iBT89 (CBT 230, PBT570), or IELTS (Academic Modules) of 6.5 is expected, but iBT100 (CBT250, PBT600) or IELTS 7.0 is strongly preferred.
  • The candidate must submit official score reports at the time of application.

3. Academic Background

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized/accredited university. 
  • A strong undergraduate background and/or evidence of experience with public policy issues.
  • A strong foundation in economics and politics or international relations is preferable.

4. Personal Characteristics

  • Adaptability to life in Japan.
  • Good personality with leadership and ability to work with other people from various countries and backgrounds.

Admissions Information

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