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): Public Management Concentration
School GSIR
Degree MA in Public Management
Categories Course Title
Core Required Courses Basic
・Managing Public Organizations
・Public Administration
・Public Finance and Budgeting
・Public Human Resource Management
・Public Policy Process
・Statistical Methods
Credit Required 12
Core Elective Courses

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

JGDP Courses
(Offered by GSIR)
・International Political Economy Surrounding Japan
・International Relations and Foreign Policy of Japan and Their Impact on Development
・Japan in the World after the Meiji Restoration
・Japanese Foreign Assistance Policy and Its Impact on Development
・Japanese Public Finance & Administration & Its Impact on Development
・Japan’s Education System and Its Impact on Development
・Postwar Japanese Economy and Its International Expansion
・Postwar Japanese Politics and Its Impact on Development
・Japanese National Security Policy and its Impact on Development
JGDP Courses
(Offered by GSIM)
・Business Leaders in Japan and Their Impact on Development
・Development of Japanese Industries and Innovation
・Japanese Corporate Finance and Financial Systems and Their Impact on Development
・Japanese Corporate Systems & Japanese Style Management & Their Impact on Development
・Japanese Employment Practices and Human Capital Accumulation
・Monozukuri (Manufacturing) Management in Japan
・Small to Medium-sized Firms in Japan and Their Impact on Development
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, “Public Administration ” 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.