The Curriculum

MA in Public Management

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


All scholars must complete nine required courses (17 credits), including Public Management, Public Administration, Public Policy Process, Public Policy Modeling, and Public Finance and Budgeting, which provide basic knowledge and skills for public management and policy analysis. 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. Eight credits out of the 21 must come from elective courses, such as Public Organization Theory, Public Human Resource Management, Public Information Policy and Management, Local Government and Public Services, and Public Management Information Systems, that are listed in the curriculum handbook. Scholars also need to take other elective courses or GSIM courses to acquire remaining 13 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 public problem in management (e.g., performance management failure) or policy (e.g., the impact of the revenue target policy). 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.