GRIPS Global Governance Program (G-cube)

In AY2021, the Security and International Studies Program will be merged into the G-cube program as a G-cube concentration, joining the Global Governance Studies Concentration and the International Development Studies Concentration.

Further details will be announced shortly after March 10, 2021.


Program in brief

Equips students to become Leader of Leaders for government, business, and international arenas.

  • Program Director: Professor Kazushi Takahashi
  • Associate Director: Vice President, Professor Yoko Kijima / Associate Professor Yusuke Takagi
  • Degrees Offered: Master of Arts in Advanced Policy Studies, Ph.D. in Advanced Policy Studies
  • Scholarship: GRIPS Fellowship, JICA Scholarship
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Time Schedule:
    • Program Duration…5 years (Minimum 3 years)
    • Enrollment…October
    • Graduation…September
  • How to Apply


  ⇒ For further information, please visit the GRIPS Global Governance (G-cube) website.


General Description

The world is faced with new and serious problems, such as financial crises, terrorism, energy challenges, and environmental issues. Behind them lie conflicting interests, large value gaps, dysfunctional global governance systems, escalating globalization, the rise of emerging states, and drastic changes in the distribution of wealth and power in the world. A new type of leader is needed to address these problems and forge a path to a new age.  These leaders require qualities, competencies, and skills that conventional institutions of higher education, which focus on nurturing highly specialized professionals, are not equipped to instill.    


Against this background, this new 5-year Ph.D. program aims to produce a new type of leader for government, business, and international arenas.  The program will equip its participants with: (1) a broad historical perspective, which will help them understand the true nature of policy issues and predict their overall impact, (2) strong analytical ability needed to develop insightful and effective policies, and (3) effective communication skills to convey ideas and opinions across languages, cultures, religions, and nationalities.


The curriculum has been designed to enable students to develop a broad historical perspective, strong analytical ability, and good communication skills through lectures, tutorials, and seminars taught entirely in English.  A distinctive feature of the program is its teaching staff, which includes nationally and internationally renowned guest speakers—many of whom are former ministers and top business leaders—as well as first-rate GRIPS faculty. 


Target Group and Eligibility

This program is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a recognized/accredited university, with the ability and will to become a leader of leaders.  Preference is given to current government officials, or those who are interested in pursuing a career as a government official, or in international organizations.

The applicant is expected to have a record of solid academic performance at the undergraduate level, and must satisfy the English language requirement with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (iBT79) or IELTS 6.0.


Curriculum Five Year Ph.D. Course 2020-2025

Category Course Name
Required Courses

Introduction to Public Policy Studies

The World and the SDGs

Leading a Nation in the Changing World

Perspectives of the World

Policy Debate Seminar I-II

Policy Workshop

Recommended Courses

Global Economic History

The Making of Modern Japan

Comparative State Formation

Development Economics

Theoretical Foundation of Economic Policy

International Relations

Structure and Process of Government

Comparative Political Economy

Comparative Analysis of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy:

Asian Experiences

Tutorial I-V

Executive Seminar Ⅰ-Ⅲ

Elective Courses

Microeconomics I

Essential Microeconomics

Macroeconomics I

Essential Macroeconomics

Introduction to Applied Econometrics

Government and Politics in Japan

International Political Economy

International Security Studies

Political Economy of Modern Japan

Advanced International Relations in East Asia

State and Politics in Southeast Asia (Advanced)

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Curriculum Three Year Ph.D. Course 2020-2023

Category Course Name
Required Courses

Policy Debate Seminar I

Executive Seminar I

G-cube Workshop

Recommended Courses

Development Econometrics

Theoretical Foundation of Economic Policy

State and Governance

The Making of Modern Japan (Advanced)

State and Politics in Southeast Asia (Advanced)

Tutorial I-Ⅲ


*Recommended courses by concentration (see the auxiliary table)

 Elective Courses Courses not listed in this table (with the advisory committee’s approval)

[auxiliary table] Recommended Courses


Category Course Name

Growth and Governance

Studies Concentration

Advanced International Security Studies

Politics and Diplomacy in Postwar Japan

Comparative Politics

Advanced Comparative Political Economy

Advanced International Relations in Europe

Common electives

Advanced International Relations in East Asia

Advanced Comparative Development Studies of Asia

Economic Development of Japan

Advanced Gender and Development

Trade and Industrial Development

International Development

Studies Concentration

Resource and Energy Economics

Agricultural Development

Advanced Development Economics

Economics of Health and Education

Advanced Poverty Alleviation

International Development Policy



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