MA in International Peace Studies program developed for individuals who wish to contribute to creating the conditions for peace, enhancing the security of individuals, and eliminating poverty and other institutional impediments for human development in the world.
It enables program participants to acquire the basic skills and knowledge necessary to design, implement and evaluate public policies for achieving peace, protecting human security and expanding the capabilities and freedom of individuals. The program places a particularly strong emphasis on developing deep understanding and humane compassion of different cultures in the world.
II. Main features of the curriculum
1. Reformulating and analyzing practical policy issues for achieving peace and protecting human security
Analyzing practical policy issues for peace, development and human security is the core feature of this track. Inspiration behind this track comes from inspiration. One is the desire of students to strengthen their capacity to design, implement and evaluate important practical policies in government, business and civil society organizations. The second is the desire of experienced faculty members with their strong academic backgrounds to work with students to develop better policies for peace and human security. . In this effort the program benefits from the synergy produced by the students, who come from more than 40 countries in the world, and multinational faculty members. This track enables its students to acquire the basic skills and concepts necessary for analyzing policy problems for peace and human security in terms of theoretical models and concepts that reflect the historical experiences of individuals, organizations and nations in the world. This track is particularly useful for individuals who wish to reexamine their actual work experience from a much broader perspective and at a depth required for academic analysis. Faculty members endeavor to work with students to analyse practical policy problems relating to peace, development and human security in an appropriate theoretical and empirical framework.
2. Platform for formulating global policy issues for IUJ
This track is multidisciplinary and examines ways of achieving peace, eliminating poverty and advancing human security. Its focus is the security and development of individuals, and it analyses historical and institutional impediments that prevent individuals from realizing their potential capabilities and which jeopardize their security. The subjects of its analysis include a host of important global policy issues, such as peace and conflict, poverty and development, environment and sustainable development, discrimination by gender or ethnicity, intercultural communication, the formation of global civil society, and corporate social responsibility. This track serves as a platform to examine these important global policy issues for the entire IUJ community.
3. Unique opportunity to learn international relations, economics and management
This track is supported by International Development Program (IDP) of Graduate School of International Relations and the MBA Program of the Graduate School of International Management. The IDP provides an analysis of the functions of markets, while the MBA looks at business organizations. This track is free from the naive misunderstanding of the functions of market mechanism and business organizations that is often found in the literature of peace studies. In this sense, this track is based on the solid analysis of the market mechanism and business firms.
4. Interdisciplinary, focus on Japan and other Asian countries
This track offers courses that study the evolutionary process of modern Japan. In particular, it enables students to examine the historical relationships of Japan with other countries, including Korea, China, Russia, and the U.S. Its courses study conflict as well as the efforts to achieve peace in Japan and East Asia. The multinationality and diverse background of IUJ students provide a unique opportunity to undertake such studies.
5. All courses in English, but a great chance to learn Japanese
Our faculty members have accumulated vast teaching and research experience within and also outside Japan. They have been receiving research grants and have published extensively. Our faculty members have a unique ability to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research in relation to peace, conflict and development related issues Faculty members work closely with students when they write their theses normally in the final year. Students benefit from the careful and professional supervision offered by faculty members in the advanced seminars which are conducted in that final year .
6. Access to internet resources
Students have access to an efficient campus-wide LAN (Local Area Network) that is linked 24 hours a day to the global Internet, for collecting information from a variety of sources.
7. Additional language support to students with weak English skills
Students with weak English skills (TOEFL score less than 600, or its equivalent) are required to take English courses in order to work effectively in English environment.
8. Accomplished faculty engaged in research
Our faculty has accumulated vast teaching and research experiences in and out of Japan. They have been receiving research grants and publishing extensively. Faculty is closely working with students in their theses writing. Students get full one year for their theses writing and constant supervision from respective supervisors through personal meetings and three advanced seminars which are spread out through one year. Faculty also has unique ability to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research in peace, conflict and development related issues.
9. Diverse student body
Our university is uniquely diversified with students and faculty coming from all over the world. Students from more than fifty countries bring a variety of cultures, perspectives, wisdom and experience. It is simply a human laboratory in a resort.
10. Small classes and low student-to-faculty ratio
Small classes in our program provide an excellent opportunity for students to closely interact with the faculty. We attempt to maintain an interactive class atmosphere through small class size.
11. Flexibility and customizable course of studies
Given the structure of program, students can enjoy greater flexibility and customize their courses of studies by selecting courses from International Development Program (IDP) which mainly focuses on economics and International Business School (MBA) which concentrates on business.
12. Internships in Japan and outside
Many students of IUJ receive internships in and out of Japan. They also participate in exchange programs with well-known universities. IUJ has also established links programs with universities abroad. IUJ assists students in getting internships, job opportunities etc.