An important feature of the Graduate School of Public Policy, setting it apart from the other Graduate Schools such as the Graduate School of Law, is that it is not based around one Faculty. The Graduate School of Public Policy is connected with all the Faculties, ranging from the Faculty of Literature to the Faculty of Science and Engineering. While the other Graduate Schools are typically set up to provide programs up through the Doctoral programs, this Graduate School offers only the Public Policy Master’s program.
The aim of establishing this Graduate School is to systematically educate and foster professionals in the field of public policy. The School will foster not only people who aspire to become national or local public servants, but also those who wish to work as international public servants, personnel in NPO/NGOs, or as a lawmaker or a secretary to a lawmaker. Still others will become policy professionals who will take an active role in public and private research institutions.
To realize the objectives of the School, a curriculum comprised of three categories has been developed: basic classes, development classes, and a research program unique to this School. In order to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies, a total of 48 credits must be earned and a research paper or Master’s thesis submitted. Most of the subjects offered are half-year courses in the semester system and worth 2 credits. The Policy Workshop, which is part of the research program, is taken back-to-back over a full year and is worth 8 credits. When taken both years of the Master’s program, a total of 16 credits can be earned. This program was developed with the intention of providing comprehensive rather than fragmented educational and research guidance. Plans call for holding most of the policy seminars, conducted primarily by visiting professors who are active in the business world, at Ichigaya Tamachi Campus located in the center of Tokyo.
The Graduate School of Public Policy is connected with all the Faculties, and aims for a coherent synthesis of sciences and humanities so as to cultivate highly competent professionals in the field of public policy. We foster not only people who aspire to become national or local public servants, but also other kinds of public policy professionals including those who wish to work as international public servants and personnel in NPO/NGOs.
Sukehiro HOSONO Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy