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The Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP)
Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), the University of Tokyo, will launch a new 2-year program, Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP), in October 2010.
This new program aims to educate world leaders in the field of Public Policy.
1.Education in English
Students can read Master of Public Policy (Specialist) solely in English.
International and Japanese students study in the same course, stimulating each other.
2. International Curriculum of High Standards
Adding Japanese experience and philosophy to a universally acceptable curriculum of international standards.
3. Expanding Global Network
Strengthening International Linkage with top-notch universities in the world such as Lee Kuan Yew School in Singapore, SIPA of Columbia University in US, Sciences Po in France, LSE in UK by introducing double degrees.
4. Attracting Brilliant Students from Asia and the Rest of the World
Preparing a menu of scholarship programs in collaboration with multilateral and bilateral donors.
In the case of applicants who live outside Japan, including Japanese nationals residing outside Japan, screening could be carried out solely by documents. ( Statement of Purpose, Standardized tests, two letters of recommendation, and other application materials.)
In this division, Japanese and international students will be educated in the same course with policy-oriented coursework, and endow Master of Public Policy, professional degree (senmon-shoku gakui) after two years of education.
To complete MPP/IP, 46 units are required.
- 14 units of core courses
- 8 units of case studies
- 4 units of practical training
- 20 more units from core and/or elective courses
The main language of instruction is English, while students will be allowed to read Japanese coursework up to 14 units to meet their degree requirements.
Model Student Profile
The program seeks to nurture individuals who can:
Play active roles as highly-principled public policy professionals and leaders in international society by acquiring a graduate level foundation which combines high level specialized knowledge and practical competencies.
Adequately diagnose the sources of the various challenges confronting modern society, devise policy responses to address these challenges,evaluate policy impacts, communicate these policies to the general public and build consensus.
Implement and guide policies to a successful conclusion by honing a balanced foundation in legal, political and economic studies which will guide the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies.
At the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), innovations have been made in a coverage of courses offered, contents of subjects, and teaching methods in order to make its students to acquire practical skills in addition to interdisciplinary understanding over law, political sciences, international relations, and economics.
Applicants from a broad pool are welcome. Naturally, this includes individuals who have a specialized undergraduate education in fields such as law, politics, economics and international relations. However, individuals who are intent on commencing academic tutelage in the field, Japanese and foreign students who wish to gain experience and learn about issues related to Japan and the international community, and individuals with practical vocational experience who wish to advance their knowledge are also all encouraged to apply.
- Application Form (Form #1)
- Official proof of graduation
- Official transcript
- TOEFL* Official Score Report
- *except applicants who earned a bachelorís degree or the international equivalent from an institution in which English was the language of instruction.
* Applicants can alternatively submit the score of IELTS.
- GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) General Test Official Score Report (not required)
- Statement of Purpose
- One copy of your census register, passport, or other proof of citizenship (Please do not send the original.)
- Two letters of recommendation (Form #2)
- Three passport-style photographs (please write your name on the back)
- Receipt to establish transferring Application Fee
- Checklist (Form #3)
Application Schedule for AY2010/2011
|November-December, 2009||Contact Admission Office||for applicants from overseas|
|~February 27, 2010||Submit Application documents||Send the original hard copy|
|March, 2010||Screening and Selection|
|~March 31, 2010||Notification of Acceptance|
Tuition and Fees
10,000 yen(for the applicants residing outside Japan)
30,000 yen (for the applicants residing in Japan)
- * Japanese government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship students are exempt from the examination fee as well as the entrance fee and annual tuition.
Admission Fee 282,000 yen
Annual Tuition 535,800 yen (M.P.P. program)
A limited number of scholarships may be available from the following organizations. (in process)
Asian Development Bank
The World Bank
Qualifications for Enrollment
- To be eligible for admission to the M.P.P. program, you must be a holder of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent status.
- Applicants who expect to earn the required degree(s) between the time of application and the end of September 2010 should submit with their application an official statement that certifies anticipated graduation.
- Applicants must have at least 16 years of school education including university education or its equivalent. Applicants who have spent fewer than 16 years completing their elementary, middle school, high school and university education must explain very clearly their academic history.
- Please be informed that those applying based on non-standard qualifications may need to contact the MPP/IP Admission Office, Graduate School of Public Policy. For details, please refer to Appendix I.
- Applicants must be proficient enough in English to participate in lectures and receive academic guidance in English at the graduate level.