Degree Requirements

The requirements for completing the JGDP are

1. Two years of enrollment
2. Acquisition of at least 40 credits
3. Submission of a master’s thesis or research report
4. Passing the thesis/research report evaluation and final examination
5. Acquisition of total GPA of at least 2.5

A credit requirement breakdown for each course category is shown in the table below.

Japan-Global Development Program (JGDP): Foreign Policy Concentration
School GSIR
Degree MA in International Relations
Categories Course Title
Core Elective Courses Basic
・Comparative Government and Politics  
・Contemporary International Security Issues: National & Human
・Foreign Policy Analysis
・History of International Relations
・Human Rights & Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, & Equality
・International Economic Systems and Order
・International Organization
・International Political Economy
・International Politics
    ( at least 5 courses must be chosen from the above courses.)
Credit Required 10
Core Elective Courses

12 credits for thesis option
16 credits for research report option
Note 1)

JGDP Courses
(Offered by GSIR)
・Modern Japan in the World  
・International Political Economy and Japan’s Development Path 
・International Relations and Foreign Policy of Japan  
・Japanese Foreign Assistance Policy  
・Postwar Japanese Economy up to the 1980s
・Postwar Japanese Politics 
・Japanese National Security Policy  
・Japanese Public Finance & Administration
・Japan’s Education System 
JGDP Courses
(Offered by GSIM)
・Development of Japanese Industries 
・Japanese Style Management and Corporate Governance
・Japanese Corporate Finance and Financial System
・Japanese Employment Practices and Human Capital Accumulation
・Monozukuri (Manufacturing) Management in Japan
・Business Leaders in Japan 
・Small to Medium-sized Firms in Japan
Core Required Courses Seminar Courses
 (6 credits)
Note 2)
 ・Advanced Seminar I
 ・Advanced Seminar II
 ・Advanced Seminar III
Core Elective Courses

At least 2 credits from each area and 8 credits in total

Basic Discipline Courses
“Political Science”
(GSIR courses)
・Comparative Government and Politics
・Contemporary International Security Issues: National & Human
・Foreign Policy Analysis
・Human Rights & Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, & Equality
・Managing Public Organizations
・Public Administration                                       
Basic Discipline Courses
(GSIR courses)
・Cost Benefit Analysis
・Development Policy and Globalization
・Essentials of Economics
・International Economic Systems and Order
・Macroeconomics I: Income Theory 
・Microeconomics I: Price Theory               
Basic Discipline Courses
(GSIM courses)
・Financial Accounting
・International Management
・Marketing Management
・Operations Management
・Organizational Behavior
・Strategic Management               
Elective Courses All the courses offered by the university (including language courses) can be counted as Elective Courses.  The upper limit of language credits which can be counted toward graduation is 4 credits.
Required Number of Credits for Graduation  40 credits

In addition to the minimum credit requirement for each category mentioned above, students are required to obtain at least 28 credits from the courses offered by the school to which they belong.

There are courses which are listed in two different categories. In case students take those courses, the credits taken from them can be counted under each category. For example, “Foreign Policy Analysis” is counted as both “Basic” and “Basic Discipline” of Political Science area. However, only 2 credits from this course can be counted toward graduation requirements.

Note 1) The required number of JGDP course credits differs depending on whether a thesis or research report is to be undertaken. In the thesis option, 12 credits must be obtained from JGDP courses, while 16 credits must be obtained for the research report option.

Note 2) Although “Advanced Seminar I, II and III” are the Core Required courses and students are required to obtain 6 credits from them, only 2 of the 6 credits are counted toward graduation for the research report option while 6 credits will be counted for the thesis option.