PMPP-ISM Curriculum

MA in Public Management (Information Systems Management)

This two-year master’s program requires scholars to earn at least 44 credits and complete a master’s thesis on information systems in the public or nonprofit sector.


All scholars must complete nine required courses (17 credits), including Public Management, Public Policy Process, Public Policy Modeling, Introduction to Electronic Government, Public Management Information Systems, and Public Information Policy and Management. Compared to the regular PMPP program, PMPP-ISM does not require Microeconomics, Public Administration, and Public Finance and Budgeting. Three advanced seminars (6 credits) are also required for three terms to facilitate communication between scholars and their supervisors.

Scholars need to take elective courses to earn at least 21 credits. Fourteen credits out of the 21 must come from elective courses, such as Public Administration, Public Organization Theory, Public Human Resource Management, Public Finance and Budgeting, Policy Evaluation and Management, Local Government and Public Services, and Cost Benefit Analysis that are listed in the curriculum handbook. Scholars also need to take other elective courses or GSIM courses to acquire remaining seven credits. However, credits from English and Japanese courses do not count toward the M.A. degree in Public Management.

Master’s Thesis

The thesis writing gives scholars an important opportunity to learn how to formulate a relevant research question, analyze managerial and/or policy issues, and organize arguments logically. Scholars also learn how to write academic English professionally.

Scholars are expected to find a significant management and policy issue regarding information systems in the public or nonprofit sector (e.g., copyright, universal service and access, Web accessibility and usability, development and evaluation of online public service, digital inequality, privacy, free speech, and civic engagement). A good research question should be specific in terms of region, scope, and time-span. Scholars discuss thesis writing with their academic supervisors during advanced seminars. They will present and defend their research in an oral exam and then finalize their draft.