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: Professor Makoto Tanaka
  • Associate Director:  Professor Nobuhiro Hosoe
  • 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
    • JICA


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



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.

We also accept Japanese students.


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 2020/2021 (as of October 2020)





Course Name


I Required Courses


Introduction to Public Policy Studies

HORIE Masahiro


The World and the SDGs

TANAKA Akihiko


Policy Debate SeminarⅠ

TANAKA Makoto, et al.


Policy Debate Seminar II

TANAKA Makoto, et al.


Tutorial I

TANAKA Makoto, et al.

Elective Courses


Microeconomics I

WIE Dainn


Essential Microeconomics



Macroeconomics I

HSU Minchung


Essential Macroeconomics



Monetary Economics (Money and Banking)



Microeconomics II

WIE Dainn


Government and Market



Macroeconomics II



Introduction to Applied Econometrics

WIE Dainn


Applied Econometrics



Gender and Development



Poverty Alleviation



Strategy for Economic Development



Trade and Industrial Development

SONOBE Tetsushi


Environmental Economics

MUNRO Alistair


Resource and Energy Economics



Cost Benefit Analysis Ⅰ



Development Economics

AIDA Takeshi


Agricultural Development



Agricultural Economics

HARA Yonosuke


International Relations in East Asia



Comparative Development Studies of Asia



Government and Politics in Japan



International Relations

YAMAMOTO Yoshinobu


International Political Economy

CHEY Hyong-kyu


Japanese Foreign Policy



International Security Studies



Debates on International Security Issues



Comparative Politics



State and Politics in Southeast Asia



Structure and Process of Government

HORIE Masahiro


Politics of Global Money and Finance

CHEY Hyong-kyu


Comparative Political Economy



International Relations in Europe



Introduction to Quantitative Methods



Introduction to Data Science



Data Science in Practice




Quantitative Social Systems Analysis



OYAMA Tatsuo


Social Science Questions and Methodologies



Comparative Analysis of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: Asian Experience



Courses not listed in this table



Selected Topics in Policy Studies I – IV               




Courses offered by the Center for Professional Communication





Origin and Affiliation of Students (as of October 2020)

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; Ministry of Economy
Bangladesh Ministry of Planning; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Establishment; Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government; Jahangirnagar University
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); Hazama Ando Corporation
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; European Comission
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; City Government of Davao; Cebu City Government; Department of Justice
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

Title of Policy Report AY2019

  • China’s Economy Strategy Toward Bangladesh
  • The Relationship Between Renewable Energy Consumption And Economic Growth: The Case Of Bangladesh 
  • Sister Cities in Japan-Southeast Asia Relations: Determinants and Contribution to Foreign Policy
  • Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors of Undergraduates in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
    With special reference to the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • The Effect of Block Grants on Education Outcomes: Evidence from the Philippines
  • The impact of Internet banking on bank services (The empirical evidence from Thailand) 
  • The Effects of Decentralization on Public Service Delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan
  • Rethinking Causes of Out of School Children in Pakistan
  • The Impact of Female Labor Force Participation on Pakistan’s Industry, Agriculture, and the Service Sectors 
  • Analysis on Duterte’s Independent Foreign Policy: Emphasis on China and the South China Sea 
  • Quantitative Analysis of the Recovery Process of Public Utilities with Focus on Water Disruption after Major Earthquakes in Japan 
  • Creating Shared Value:  Case Studies of Coffee Shop Innovations  in the Philippines 
  • Breakdown of Semi-Democratic Regime: Case study of Regime Collapse in Burma (1962) 
  • China’s Health Diplomacy 
  • Foreign Aid and Stabilization  in Post-conflict Contexts:  Evidence from the National Solidarity Program  in Afghanistan 
  • The Study on the Female Employment of Korea – With Focus on Re-Employment Career-Interrupted Women
  • Exploring the Innovation Ecosystem of Government R&D Institution

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