国際大学 Graduate school of International Relations PhD Program

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PhD Program Starting in September 2015 Graduate school of International Relations International University of Japan

3 Clusters in the PhD Program

The PhD program, according to specialized research areas, consists of 3 clusters that are formulated by further developing the 3 existing Master’s programs in GSIR, i.e.,“International Development Program,”“Public Management and Policy Analysis Program” and “International Relations Program.”

  • Economics Cluster

    fosters researchers with the specialized knowledge and high-level research ability in Economics including quantitative and statistical methods, and fosters those professionals with the above-mentioned knowledge and abilities which can be applied to relevant jobs (such as economic development or economic policy formulation) in such places as international organizations and government bodies.

  • Public Management Cluster

    fosters researchers with specialized knowledge and high-level research ability in Public Management, and fosters those professionals with the above-mentioned knowledge and abilities which can be applied to relevant jobs (such as effective management) in such places as international organizations and government bodies.

  • International Relations Cluster

    fosters researchers with the specialized knowledge and high-level research ability in the increasingly complex field of International Relations, including security, and fosters those professionals with the above-mentioned knowledge and abilities which can be applied to relevant jobs (such as security policy formulation) and be implemented in such places as international organizations and government bodies.

Degree Requirements

PhD candidates must satisfy the following requirements while enrolled in the program for a minimum of 3 years and receiving necessary research guidance.

  • To obtain 8 credits (4 courses) from the “Common Elective Required Courses” (listed below) including 6 credits (3 courses) from the required courses for their chosen Cluster.

    Economics Cluster 
    Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Econometrics I

    Note: In addtion, Students are strongly urged to take Advanced Economics II.
    Public Management Cluster 
    Advanced Public Management, Advanced Public Policy Process, Advanced Public Policy Modeling
    International Relations Cluster 
    Advanced Studies in International Politics, Advanced Studies in International Political Economy, Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Global Justice

  • To obtain 9 credits from “PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminar I, II and III” (which carry 3 credits each).

  • To pass the PhD candidate examination conducted at the end of 1st year. Candidates will be given a second chance during the 2nd year to take this examination if they fail the examination in the 1st year.

  • To pass the evaluation and the final examination of their PhD dissertation. The PhD dissertation is, in principle, comprised of three academic papers, one of which must be accepted by a refereed academic journal.

Curriculum and Courses

The PhD curriculum consists of Common Elective Required Courses and PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminars. The Common Elective Required Courses are designed to give students high level specialized and scholastic knowledge and research capability required for PhD candidates. The PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminars are designed to give students guidance for writing a PhD dissertation.

Common Elective Required Courses

Advanced Microeconomics (Winter, 1st year) / Advanced Macroeconomics(Fall, 1st year) / Advanced Econometrics I (Winter, 1st year) / Advanced Econometrics II (Spring, 1st year) / Advanced Public Management (Fall, 1st year) / Advanced Public Policy Process (Winter, 1st year) / Advanced Public Policy Modeling (Spring, 1st year) / Advanced Studies in International Politics (Fall, 1st year) / Advanced Studies in International Political Economy(Winter, 1st year) / Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Global Justice (Spring, 1st year)

PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminars

The PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminars are designed to prepare students for a PhD dissertation in Economics, Public Management or International Relations.
PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminar I (1st full year) / PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminar II (2nd full year) / PhD Dissertation Advanced Seminar III (3rd full year)

3-year Schedule

PhD Faculty Members

Economics Cluster

Ryuta Ray Kato, Professor (PhD, University of Essex) / Shinichi Watanabe, Specially Appointed Professor (PhD, University of Minnesota) / Ching-Yang Lin, Associate Professor (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) / Hideaki Goto, Associate Professor (PhD, Cornell University) / Chun-Hung Kuo, Associate Professor (PhD, North Carolina State University) / Yusuke Jinnai, Associate Professor (PhD, University of Rochester) / Haruyoshi Ito, Associate Professor (PhD, University of Hawaii, Doctorate, Keio University) / Cheng-Tao Tang, Assistant Professor (PhD, University of New South Wales)

Public Management Cluster

Jay Rajasekera, Professor (PhD, North Carolina State University) / Hun Myoung Park, Associate Professor (PhD, Indiana University Bloomington) / Yongjin Chang, Assistant Professor (PhD, American University), / Seunghoo Lim, Assistant Professor (PhD, Florida State University)

International Relations Cluster

Nawalage S. Cooray, Professor (Doctorate, Nagoya University) / Maung Aung Myoe, Professor (PhD, Australia National University)/ Osamu Nakamura, Professor (Doctorate, Soka University) / Tomohito Shinoda, Professor (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) / Motohide Saji, Associate Professor (PhD, University of Chicago) / Naoko Kumagai, Associate Professor (PhD, City University of New York) / Vida Macikenaite, Assistant Professor (Doctorate, Keio University)

Facilities

  • Dormitories

    IUJ dormitories offer students a very special international experience. Each student occupies a private room and neighbors include men and women from all over the world. There are three single student dormitories (SD1, SD2 and SD3) and one married student dormitory (MSA). Each single room is furnished and has a private Western-style bathroom and an outlet and Wi-Fi access for connecting to the campus LAN. The dormitories also boast computer lounges, numerous meeting rooms, common kitchens, washing machines, TV lounges with satellite broadcasts, a billiards room, a tatami room, a prayer room, and storage.

  • Special Study Room (exclusively for PhD Students)

    A special study room will be set up in the 1st floor of MLIC exclusively available for PhD students. The Study Room will be equipped with 15 lockers, 15 desks, one PC printer, cabinets and bookshelves. The Study Room will be located close to PC rooms and library which allows PhD students to easily access these facilities.

  • Matsushita Library and Information Center (MLIC)

    The MLIC fulfills the dual roles of library and information center. Two computer rooms, offering PCs with Windows operating systems, are available. Students have unrestricted high-speed access to the entire range of resources offered on the Internet. With extensive database subscriptions and holdings on CD-ROM, the library offers free and easy access on and off campus to thousands of current journals and newspapers, many in full text, as well as to principal world economic statistics and data. MLIC also subscribes to leading financial data and market research services, which enable students to access real time information on business and market movements.

Admissions

Minimum (legal) eligibility for admission

Holding a Master’s degree or equivalent

Required Qualifications for Admission

Specialized knowledge required for completing PhD course work (Master’s level knowledge and capability in Economics, Public Management or International Relations or equivalent).
English competency required for undertaking advanced research and study to complete the PhD Dissertation.

Application Evaluation: Documentary screening and interviews

After examining all the application documents submitted, admission interviews will be arranged with applicants. The interviews will be conducted in IUJ campus for residents of Japan or conducted through the Internet (e.g. using Skype) for the residents of countries other than Japan.

Number of Students to be admitted

5 students per year

Application Fee

Domestic Applicants 30,000yen
International Applicants 5,000yen

Offer schedule

For application schedules and other details for admissions, please refer to the “Admissions Guidelines” available at our website.

Scholarships and financial aids

Some scholarships are available for Japanese and non-Japanese students (only for self-funded students) who fulfill certain criteria. Please refer to the “Scholarship Guidelines for Non-Japanese" or "Scholarship Guidelines for Japanese".

Admissions and Tuition Fees

Admission Fee

300,000 Japanese Yen (One time at enrollment, exemption applicable for IUJ alumni)

Tuition Fee

1,350,000 Japanese Yen per year (450,000 Yen per term)

Application and Inquiries

Office of Admissions and Career Support
Graduate School of International Relations
International University of Japan
777 Kokusai-cho, Minami Uonuma-shi, Niigata 949-7277 Japan
TEL:+81-25-779-1200
FAX:+81-25-779-1188
E-MAIL:admgsir@iuj.ac.jp