The Graduate School of Public Policy was established in 2004 as a professional graduate school. In this Graduate School we aim to train students so that they are able to discover issues confronting modern society, to plan public policy and systems to cope with such issues from a global perspective, and to transform students into experts ready to serve as public officials who are capable of communicating and consensus building.
Current Japanese society is changing rapidly and making us face issues we have never experienced such as the transformation of industrial structure, the declining birth rate and aging population, the progress of globalization and global environmental issues. In such a time, what is needed is the high-level ability to understand the true nature of confronting issues appropriately and to develop policy with new ideas. Therefore, talented individuals are required with advanced expertise in planning, implementing and evaluating policy, and who have competency in public service both in Japan and abroad. Traditionally, civil servants mainly deal with public policy, and the required ability is assumed to be acquired through practical experience after securing a position in an administrative organization. However, the civil servant system is currently under reorganization and the practice of lifetime employment has been drastically changed. Also as observed in the activities of NGOs that relate to global environmental issues, society's expectations for people with expertise involved in public policy are expanding to include not only public services in the national and local governments, but also in many fields of the public sector on a global basis.
In this Graduate School, in order to train policy practitioners to meet current and future demand, we provide students with broad knowledge across the fields of law, politics, economics and international relations. Also a well-balanced and high-level law, politics and economics education is given to build the fundamental ability for policy planning, implementation and evaluation so that students can acquire the skills required in practice. At the same time, we incorporate various novel ideas and schemes into the curriculum that are different from traditional graduate school education. Examples are practical learning including lessons by practitioners and lectures and case studies based on actual domestic and international cases.
In the Graduate School of Public Policy we are actively engaged in international exchange. It is in this spirit of cooperation that we implemented reciprocal exchange agreements with the School of International and Public Affairs (Columbia University) and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (the National University of Singapore) in the autumn of 2006. In 2008 we signed agreements with the School of Global Policy and Strategy (University of California, San Diego), Sciences Po (Paris), and Hertie School of Governance (Berlin). We are also pleased to announce that the Graduate School of International Studies (Seoul National University) and the School of International Studies (Peking University) have joined our partnership of the CAMPUS Asia Program, which is an educational collaboration between China, Korea and Japan. Also, GraSPP concluded exchange agreements with Heidelberg University and Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) - EAESP in 2013, and with HEC Paris in 2015. Thus, we currently have a total of nine partner universities, including the CAMPUS Asia Program universities. Students at both GraSPP and the partner schools can enjoy the opportunity to enroll in a diverse range of classes together whilst creating new friendships and experiencing each other's cultures.
Memorandums for double degree programs were also concluded with LKY-SPP in 2009 and with SIPA in 2010, with Sciences Po in 2011, with HSoG and GSIS-SNU in 2012, and with SIS-PKU in 2013. Recently, a new agreement was signed between GraSPP and Sciences Po's School of Public Affairs (SPA) that offers an MPP (Master of Public Policy). Under the double degree programs, students can obtain degrees from both the University of Tokyo and the partner university upon satisfying the graduation requirements of both degrees. Please refer to the International Exchange section of the GraSPP homepage for further information.
In April 2016, GraSPP launched a Doctoral program in public policy. The knowledge and skills needed for the planning, evaluation and implementation of policy are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex. Moreover, in-depth study at the doctorate level is often times essential for building professional careers in negotiation at international agencies.
The aim of the Doctoral program is to foster highly-principled professionals who possess advanced abilities in interdisciplinary research skills and are capable of planning and evaluating solutions that employ their full range of expertise.
Our program is designed to train top-class professionals to possess not only advanced specialist research skills in their particular fields (either Economics or Law and Politics) but also interdisciplinary skills and practical skills with international application.
GraSPP's Overseas Partner Universities:
School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore
The School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego
Hertie School of Governance
Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University
The School of International Studies at Peking University
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) - EAESP
Legal Policy Program
Public Management Program
International Public Policy Program
Economic Policy Program
Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP)
Campus Asia Program (MPP/CAP) (to be absorbed into MPP/IP from 2017)
Doctoral Program (International Public Policy)
4. Special Selection for International Applicants
5. Type of Degree
Doctoral degree: PhD in Public Policy
6. Required Japanese Level
7. Application Distribution/Application Periods
Application distribution: May of the preceding year
Application period: August of the preceding year
MPP/IP (admission in October)
Application guidelines will be available around September of the preceding year
Application period: around November of the preceding year to January of the admission year
Doctoral Program (International Public Policy)
Application guidelines will be firstly released around November of the preceding year.
Applications will be accepted twice a year; firstly in mid-December of the preceding year to mid-January of the admission year, and secondly in mid-April to mid-May of the admission year.
ppin AT j.u-tokyo.ac.jp
International Student Advisor
pryugaku AT pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp