The curriculum consists of Basic, Topics, Practical Training, and Case Study courses.
Basic courses provide students with a strong foundation in the disciplines of law, politics, and economics, and aim to develop their analytical and quantitative reasoning skill-sets.
Topics classes are highly focused, specialized courses in a chosen field. Students are encouraged to utilize these Topics courses to best fit their desired career path post-graduation.
Practical Training courses are designed to give students the opportunity to study the policy-making process under real-world conditions, and offer insight into the intricacies involved in public policy careers. Professors of these courses are all career practitioners with proven track records of public service excellence.
Case Studies focus on specific issues as they relate to public policy, and teach students how to apply social science methodologies to analytical pursuit. Mastering effective communication and presentation skills are also an important aspect of the Case Study.
Research paper and research thesis
Academic credits are awarded in the ordinary way to those who submit a research paper or thesis and pass an oral examination.
Although a Master's thesis is not required for completion of the program, those who intend to pursue a professional career in research are recommended to write a research paper or thesis.
For the admission to the PhD program of the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo, a thesis is mandatory.
Total credit units required
The MPP degree requires the completion of a minimum of 46 course credits in order to become eligible to graduate. Each program (sub-specialization) sets prerequisites and credit requirements for graduation.