Program Description and Curriculum
The Graduate School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the doctoral program has launched from AY2016. The main research areas of the doctoral program are International Finance and Development, International Security and, Science and Technology. The program aims to nurture highly skilled researchers in law and politics and economics. In addition, it aims to foster cross-cutting, multidisciplinary and practical skills for policy-making.
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*The application for AY2022-2023 has already closed. The new applicagion guidelines for AY2023-2024 entry will be available on this page around November 2022.
- Admission Requirements include:
a) Master’s thesis or its equivalent
b) Foundation of specialized knowledge of either Law and Politics or Economics at master level
- Annual Intake : 8 places (Total of the 1st recruitment and the 2nd recruitment.)
- Please see the application package and FAQ for more details.
Admission Information of the 1st Recruitment for AY2022-2023
| ・Application Guidelines [for reference] (PDF 304KB)
・Enrollment Date : Late September, 2022 (Enrollment on April 1, 2022 is also available.)
|Application Period :||CLOSED
|Announcement of Candidates to be interviewed:||Tuesday, February 1, 2022 2pm (JST)|
|Interview:||Thursday, February 10 and Monday, February 14, 2022|
|Announcement of Admitted Candidates:||Friday, February 18, 2022 2pm (JST)|
Admission Information of the 2nd Recruitment for AY2022-2023
| ・Application Guidelines [for reference] (PDF 304KB)
・Enrollment Date : Late September, 2022 (Enrollment on April 1, 2023 is also available.)
|Application Period :||CLOSED
|Announcement of Candidates to be interviewed:||Friday, June 3, 2022 2pm (JST)|
|Interview:||Friday, June 10 and Monday, June 13, 2022|
|Announcement of Admitted Candidates:||Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2pm (JST)|
Admission Information of the Research (non-degree) student
Applicants who are interested in an enrollment as a research (non-degree) student in GraSPP, please see this page.
PhD Desk, Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Tokyo
When you apply for the doctoral program, please choose up to 3 professors from the following list.
For more information about faculty members, please see this page.
- Main supervisors
|AOI, Chiyuki||War and Strategic Studies; Peace and Security|
|AOKI, Naomi||Comparative Public Administration, Public Management, Civil Service Reforms, Public Governance|
|CHEN, Stacey||Labor, Development, Education, and Health Economics; Applied Econometrics|
|HENG, Yee Kuang||International Security; Strategic Studies; Existential Risks|
|IIDA, Keisuke||International political economy|
|IIZUKA, Toshiaki||Health Economics, Industrial Organization|
|ITO, Kazuyori||International Law, International Economic Law|
|JIN, Bei||Health Policy, Contemporary Chinese Politics and Governance|
|KUCHERYAVYY, Konstantin||International Trade, International Finance, Computational Economics|
|MAEDA, Kentaro||Public Administration|
|NAKATA, Taisuke||Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy|
|OHASHI, Hiroshi||Industrial Organization; International Trade; Policy Analysis|
|SHIGEOKA, Hitoshi||Applied microeconomics (Health Economics in particular)|
|SHIROYAMA, Hideaki||International public administration, Science, Technology and Public Policy|
|SUZUKI, Kazuto||International Political Economy, Science and Technology Policy|
|TAKASAKI, Yoshito||Development Economics; Resource Economics; Applied Microeconometrics; Field Experiment|
|UEDA, Kenichi||Financial economics, Economic Growth, International Finance|
Frequently Asked Questions
QWhat is the difference between the doctoral Program of the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) and the doctoral Program of the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics or the Graduate School of Economics at the University of Tokyo?
GraSPP doctoral Program graduates are expected to be policy professionals equipped with the intellectual instruments to take the lead in the real world. For that purpose, GraSPP doctoral Program trains students in skills which are necessary in order to develop original questions from their research, to construct and assess potential solutions that synthesize expert knowledge from various disciplines, and to move these solutions quickly into practice with an international perspective, communicating with diverse stakeholders, in addition to advanced research skills. During the coursework, in the Research Design Seminar, students learn to communicate with experts in different fields, and in the Project Seminar, students design and implement research projects related to real-world policy issues receiving input and feedback from actual practitioners. Students must also acquire basic knowledge of both Law and Politics and Economics. In the final examination of the doctoral thesis, the policy implications and implementation challenge of those policies will be also discussed.
QDo I need to get an approval from a professor by whom I would like to have as a supervisor prior to application?
No. You may contact our faculty if you would like, though pre-approval from professors before application is not necessary.
QI have a full-time job position. Can I enroll at GraSPP doctoral Program?
Standard duration for completion is 3 years. Those who have a difficulty in completing the program within the standard duration for personal reasons such as employment may extend the duration of study up to 6 years. The application for the extension is available only at the time of the enrollment procedure.
QWhat kind of specialized knowledge foundation should I have prior to the enrollment?
Foundation of specialized knowledge of either Law and Politics or Economics at master level is required to begin the program. In the field of Economics for example, if you are enrolled at a master or a professional degree program of a graduate school at the University of Tokyo, you should take
and earn credits for the courses in Microeconomics I/II, Macroeconomics I/II and Econometrics I/II held at the Graduate School of Economics. Excellent grades are expected for those courses. Applicants who have previously graduated from a graduate school at the University of Tokyo or at another institution, should possess a background knowledge comparable to the one delivered by the courses indicated above.
TOEFL / IELTS / GRE
QI obtained a master's degree in a graduate school whose language of instruction was in English. Do I still have to submit a TOEFL score?
Yes. In the case of a master’s degree (not a bachelor’s degree) received abroad, students will not receive an exemption.
QCan I submit a GMAT score instead of a GRE score?
No. We do not accept a GMAT score instead of a GRE score.
Master thesis or its equivalent
QWhat kind of paper/publication is regarded as an equivalent to the master thesis?
Please send any material that is relevant to the research proposal you are envisaging to GraSPP. This may include any thesis written at the professional degree program at GraSPP or any published academic papers or policy papers. Revised thesis or research paper etc. are acceptable as well.
GraSPP Master’s degree program students are required to complete a “Thesis” (course code: 5150020 / 5150021), not a “Research Paper”.
Letters of Reference
QWho should I request to write the letter of reference?
Those who can evaluate your performance properly. At least one letter must be written by your academic supervisor.
QCan the two letters of reference be submitted separately from the rest of the application documents (i.e., submitted directly by the referee)?
Yes. The referees can send letters of reference directly to the admission office. In this case, please ask the referee to make sure that your name is clearly written both on the envelope and on the letter.
Certificate of Graduation
QMy university does not issue a “Certificate of Graduation.” However, there is a date of graduation (MM-DD-YEAR) on my official transcript. Is that sufficient to prove successful completion of my degree or is a separate document necessary?
If the graduation date is included on the official transcript, we will accept it as a substitute for a certificate of graduation.
QIs it possible for my college to send official proof of graduation and any official transcripts directly to the admission office? My college would prefer to send such documents directly to you by express mail.
Official proof of graduation and official transcripts can be sent directly to the admission office from your school. Please inform us if your school will be sending these documents directly to the admission office.
Payment of Examination Fee
QI do not have a credit card for e-payment. Can I directly deposit the examination fee into the University of Tokyo's bank account?
Firstly, you should know that the credit card used for payment does not have to be your own. A relative or acquaintance may execute the payment on your behalf. In this case, please clearly state the credit card holder’s name as well as your own name on the checklist of your application package to let us know that the payment is from you. Please refer to the https://e-shiharai.net/english/ for more detailed information regarding e-payment. If you cannot make the payment through e-payment for any reason, remittance to the bank account of the University of Tokyo is also acceptable. You can get the account information from the PhD Desk.
QI have relatives who live in Japan. Can I ask them to make payment on my behalf at the admission office?
No. We do not accept cash payments. Please remit your payment to the designated bank account.