The curriculum of the one-year master’s program consists of a combination of required courses and
elective courses: the former provides analytical and empirical skills and knowledge that are applicable to
policy-oriented issues; the latter focuses more on specific aspects of practical and policy-oriented issues
and expands the theoretical capability and descriptive knowledge obtained from the required courses. This
combination allows the scholars to facilitate problem identification and problem solving in regional and
Different from the two-year master’s programs, scholars are not required to write a solid master’s thesis.
Instead, they are required to write a policy paper on an important policy-related topic under the supervision
of faculty members. This gives the scholars an opportunity to learn how to discuss their policy
topic by integrating the concepts and methods that have been acquired during the entire one-year program
as well as knowledge developed in their previous professional careers.