Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University

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MA Program in International Relations

The MA Program has three specializations – “Area Studies”, “International Relations”, and “International Development/ Policy Studies”. Students focus on one area of specialization, but at the same time can take courses in all three areas. By using a broad-based, multi-perspective approach to understanding and analyzing the momentous changes taking place in the Asia-Pacific region, graduates of the Program will be well-prepared to take on the region’s challenges and opportunities in a wide range of professional capacities.
Therefore, students in the MA Program can design their own core of study according to their interest, experience, and specialization. For example, a student who already possesses specialized knowledge of the language or the political/economical situation of a particular area or country is recommended to acquire various new analytical tools in the Program in addition to deepening his/her knowledge of that area/country. In contrast, students familiar with economic analysis tools, etc, are able to study the situations and languages of an area or a country using these tools.
The aim of the MA Program of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies is to develop professionals who will play an active role in the international society that includes the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, while we seek new graduates who have awareness for the issues concerning the future of the region, we also welcome applications by candidates with working experience aiming to achieve a higher level of activity in international society.

Ph.D. Program in International Studies

The Ph.D. Program was established in academic year 2000 with the goal of creating a leading academic research center focused on “Area Studies”, “International Relations”, and “International Development/ Policy Studies” in the Asia-Pacific region. The Ph.D. Program aims to produce graduates who will be active as leading researchers or highly-specialized professionals on the international scene.
Faculty research advisors are able to give instruction and guidance in either Japanese or English, and students have the option of completing their dissertation in either language. Due to the bilingual nature of the Ph.D. Program, the composition of the students is truly multilingual and multicultural.
Doctoral degree candidates are only required to complete and submit their dissertation to earn the Ph.D. degree. No additional coursework is necessary. Candidates may, however, choose to take additional master’s-level courses for credit. Those students who do not elect to take additional courses can focus exclusively on their dissertations. Because the program places few scheduling limitations on its doctoral candidates, a large number of students are actually faculty members of other universities, full-time researchers at think-tanks, full-time employees of companies, and other professionals with abundant work experience.

Three Specializations

1) Area Studies

The Area Studies specialization concentrates on the analysis of complex problems facing the Asia-Pacific region, and on searching for solutions to many of these problems by delving into the historical, economic, political, cultural, and social changes that are taking place in the region.

2) International Relations

The International Relations specialization seeks to understand and resolve the issues facing the region from the perspective of international organizations, economic cooperation, economic development, the environment, and international law.

3) International Development / Policy Studies

The International Society specialization focuses on uncovering common themes facing the world today (from the perspectives of NGOs and NPOs, overseas development assistance (ODA), gender theory, culture theory, information and telecommunications, etc.), and to explore ways in which these common themes can be addressed through greater international development and policymaking.

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