One-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP1)


Program in Brief

Educates mid-career professionals in local or national governments and international organizations in the skills needed for policy analysis and policy management.Educates leaders, public managers, and public policy analysts in the policy tools and ethical principles needed for democratic and efficient governance in the public policy arena.

  • Program Director: Associate Professor Nobuhiro Hosoe
  • Deputy Director: Associate Professor Hyoung-kyu Chey /Professor Makoto Tanaka
  • Degrees Offered
    • Master of Public Policy
    • Master of Public Administration
  • Scholarship
    For International Students Only:
    • Japanese Government (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT])
    • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Target countries for ADB Scholarship

  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Time Schedule:
    • Program Duration…1 year
    • Enrollment…October
    • Graduation…September
  • How to Apply


The Program of Public Policy (PPP) is the oldest, largest, and most flexible of all the programs at GRIPS. This flagship program of GRIPS has roots going back to 1977 and the establishment of Japan’s first public policy institute, the Graduate School of Policy Sciences (GSPS). An umbrella organization, the PPP has produced a steady stream of highly qualified managers and leaders in many important areas of public policy. Graduates of this program become part of an international network of policy professionals.

The one-year program (MP1) equips managers and leaders with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for policy analysis, implementation and evaluation.


Target Group

Mid-career professionals in local or national governments and international organizations with excellent academic and work credentials and with strong leadership and managerial potential.The primary target of MP1 consists of mid-career public officials with excellent academic and work credentials, commitment to public service, and with strong managerial and leadership potential. A secondary target consists of individuals with the capacity for and commitment to high-quality public policy research. Applications are invited from officials and staff of national and local governments, as well as other international and domestic organizations concerned with public policy analysis and management.


Program Design

The Program of Public Policy consists of core courses, concentration courses, and elective courses. All MP1 students are provided a common interdisciplinary and analytical foundation through the core courses. Students acquire more specialized knowledge by selecting courses in one of four concentration areas: Economic Policy, International Development Studies, International Relations, and Public Policy. A wide range of elective courses offers students the opportunity to broaden and/or deepen their knowledge. Practical courses are offered by government officials with extensive experience in actual policy formulation and implementation. In the Summer Program, students work in interdisciplinary teams on important real-world policy issues. This combination of academic and practical knowledge is the hallmark of a GRIPS education.The curriculum is made up of an introductory course in policy studies, policy debate seminars and a wide-variety of recommended and elective courses. All MP1 students are provided a common interdisciplinary and analytical foundation through the required courses. Students acquire more specialized knowledge by taking recommended courses. A wide range of elective courses offers students the opportunity to broaden and/or deepen their academic and pragmatic skills. In particular, GRIPS core courses are strongly recommended for all students at GRIPS, including PPP students. Practical courses are offered by government officials with extensive experience in actual policy formulation and implementation. The combination of academic and practical knowledge is the hallmark of a GRIPS education.


One-year Master’s Program of Public Policy (MP1) Curriculum 2015/2016 (as of October 2015)

Category Course No.   Course Name Instructor
Required Courses
GEN5010E   Introduction to Public Policy Studies Horie, Petchko
GGG5010E   Policy Debate Seminar Ⅰ Sonobe
GGG5020E   Policy Debate Seminar Ⅱ Sonobe
Elective Courses
ECO1000EB   Microeconomics I Wie
ECO1020E   Essential MicroeconoCategorymics Yamauchi
ECO1060EA   Macroeconomics I Rhodes
ECO1080E   Essential Macroeconomics Nakamura Akihiro
ECO2000EB   Microeconomics II Wie
ECO2020EB   Government and Market Hatanaka
ECO2060EA   Macroeconomics II Rhodes
ECO2720EA   Introduction to Applied Econometrics Leon-Gonzalez
ECO2820E   Gender and Development Estudillo
ECO2860E   Poverty Alleviation Estudillo
ECO2870E   Strategy for Economic Development Otsuka
ECO2880E   Trade and Industrial Development Sonobe
ECO3140E   Public Economics TBA
ECO3530E   Resource and Energy Economics Tanaka Makoto
ECO3840EA   Development Economics Kijima
GEN5000E   GRIPS Forum Yokomichi
GOV1900E   Comparative Development Studies of Asia Kawano
GOV2100E   Government and Politics in Japan Masuyama
GOV2200EB   International Relations Yamamoto
GOV2210E   International Political Economy Chey
GOV2230E   Japanese Foreign Policy Kitaoka
GOV2240E   International Security Studies TBA
GOV2250E   Chinese Foreign Policy TBA
GOV2270E   American Foreign Policy TBA
GOV2280E   Military Operations, Strategy, and Policy Chey, et al.
GOV2310E   Comparative Politics Takenaka
GOV2320E   Comparative State Formation Onimaru
GOV2460E   State and Politics in Southeast Asia Khoo
GOV2470E   State and Politics in Africa Takeuchi
GOV2580E   Structure and Process of Government Horie
GOV2640E   National Security Policy TBA
GOV3110E   Political Economy of Modern Japan Tsunekawa
GOV3220E   Politics of Global Money and Finance Chey
GOV3230E   Transnational Organized Crime and Security Fukumi
GOV3240E   Non-Traditional Security Honna
GOV3250E   International Relations of the Asia Pacific Yamamoto
GOV3310E   Comparative Political Economy Kanchoochat
GOV3400E   International Relations in Europe Iwama
GOV3630E   Development Cooperation Policy TBA
MOR1000E   Introduction to Quantitative Methods Oyama, Morohosi
MOR1020E   Introductory Statistics Miyata
    Courses not listed in this table  
    * Selected Topics in Policy Studies I – IV   
  ** Language courses offered by the Center for Professional Communication  

Career Destinations

Graduates from this program are expected to hold executive positions in national or local government and international organizations, or to be researchers in public policy.

To list a few of the graduates’ career paths:


  • National Council of Bhutan (Bhutan, 2003)
  • Ministry of Finance (China, 2003)
  • Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia, 2004)
  • Royal Embassy of Cambodia (Cambodia, 2004)
  • Ministry Foreign Affairs and Trade (Korea, 2004)
  • United Nations WFP (Lithuania, 2004)
  • OECD (Thailand, 2004)
  • Bank of Uganda (Uganda, 2005)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (Uzbekistan, 2005)
  • Zambia Revenue Authority (Zambia, 2005)
  • Allen Consulting Group (Australia, 2006)
  • Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (Georgia, 2006)
  • Ministry of State for Planning (Kenya, 2006)
  • Standard Chartered Bank Nepal Ltd (Nepal, 2006)
  • Ministry of Information Culture and Sports (Tanzania, 2006)
  • Ministry of Economic Development (Zimbabwe, 2006)
  • National Statistical Office (Mongolia, 2007)
  • Central Bank of Myanmar (Myanmar, 2007)
  • Central Board of Revenue (Pakistan, 2007)
  • Asia Alliance Bank (Uzbekistan, 2007)
  • The Australian Treasury (Australia, 2008)
  • JICA, Ethiopia Office (Ethiopia, 2008)
  • Foreign Service Institute (Philippines, 2008)
  • Singapore Economic Development Board (Singapore, 2008)
  • Ministry of Finance and Planning (SriLanka, 2008)
  • Ministry of Education (Bhutan, 2009)
  • United Nations Development Program (Uzbekistan, 2009)
  • Office of the President, PSMD, Cabinet Office (Zambia, 2009)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (Afghanistan, 2010)
  • Ministry of Establishment (Bangladesh, 2010)
  • JICA (Cambodia, 2010)
  • Ministry of Health Malaysia (Malaysia, 2010)
  • Bank of Tanzania (Tanzania, 2010)
  • Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research (Uzbekistan, 2010)
  • Commercial Banking (Uganda, 2011)
  • Fiscal Policy and Planning Office (Philippines, 2011)
  • Korean Embassy (Korean, 2011)
  • Ghana Statistical Service (Ghana, 2012)          
  • Embassy of Japan in Nigeria (Nigeria,2012)         
  • Central Bank of Uganda (Uganda, 2012)


Origin and Affiliation of Students (as of October 2015)

Country Typical Affiliation
Afghanistan Sanayee Development Foundation
Albania Albanian Council of Ministers
Australia Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Australian Treasury
Azerbaijan Ministry of Finance
Bangladesh Ministry of Planning; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Establishment; Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government
Bhutan Ministry of Finance; National Technical Training Authority Secretariat; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education; Ministry of Information and Communications; Royal Monetary Authority
Bulgaria Ministry of Economy; University of National and World Economy
Cambodia Ministry of National Assembly Senate Relation and Inspection; General Department of Customs and Excise; National Bank of Cambodia
Cameroon Ministry of Finance
Colombia Observatorio Colombiano de Ciencia y Tecnologia
Czech Republic Ministry of Interior
Egypt Cairo University; Al-Ahram Center; Office of the Ministry
Ethiopia Mekelle University
Georgia State Chancellery of Georgia; Ministry of Finance
Ghana Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning; Ghana Statistical Service
Hungary Ministry of National Development
India National Remote Sensing Agency; Revenue Bank of India
Indonesia Bank of Indonesia; Department of Foreign Affairs; PKF Paul Hadiwinata, Hidajat, Arsono, Ade Fatma & Rekan (Registered Public Accountants)
Japan  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Finance; Agency on Statistics
Kenya Kenya Revenue Authority; Ministry of Finance and Planning
Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ministry of Science and Technology; Korean Embassy; Ministry of Economic Regulation of the Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Finance; National Bank of Kyrgyz Republic; Ministry of Economic Regulation of the Kyrgyz Republic
Laos National Economic Research Institute
Lithuania Ministry of Finance
Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Labor and Social Policy
Malaysia Ministry of Health; Ministry of Defense; Royal Malaysian Custom; Ministry of Finance
Mongolia Bank of Mongolia; Ministry of Finance; General Department of National Taxation; Parliament of Mongolia
Myanmar Ministry of Finance and Revenue; Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank; Institute of Economics; Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development
Netherlands Scientific Department; Ministry of International Kingdom Relation
Nepal National Planning Commission Secretariat; Office of the Prime Minister; Ministry of Land Reforms and Management
New Zealand Department of Labour
Nigeria Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Federal Ministry of Finance
Pakistan Central Board of Revenue; Development Authority
Philippines National Economic and Development Authority; Department of Trade and Industry; Fiscal Policy and Planning, De La Salle University; Philippine Institute for Development Studies
People’s Republic of China Ministry of Finance; State Development Planning Commission

Sierra Leone

National Revenue Authority
Singapore Singapore Economic Development Board; International Enterprise Singapore
Sri Lanka Central Bank of Sri Lanka; Ministry of Finance and Planning
Sudan Central Bank of Sudan
Tajikistan Ministry of Economy and Trade; Open Society Institute
Tanzania Ministry of Finance; Public Service Commission; Tanzania Revenue Authority; Ministry of Water and Irrigation; President’s Office, Planning Commission
Thailand Bank of Thailand; Ministry of Information and Communication Technology; Bureau of Penology
Turkmenistan Ministry of Economy and Finance
Uganda Bank of Uganda; Commercial Banking
Uzbekistan Ministry of Finance; President’s Office; UN Development Program
Vietnam Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Trade; Ministry of Information and Communication
Zambia Zambia Revenue Authority; Office of President; Ministry of Finance and National Planning; Ministry of Commerce
Zimbabwe Ministry of Finance and Economic Development; Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development

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