We offer a professional degree program that emphasizes practical application as well as theoretical research performed at the Faculty of Political Science and Economics. Students acquire a theoretical foundation through systematic curriculum offered in cooperation with the Graduate School of Political Science and the Graduate School of Economics. Students also acquire highly specialized professional abilities from members of the faculty with exceptional practical experience who teach with academic expertise in the field of Public Management. By offering a high-level and practical education that connect between theory and practice, our program meets the needs of modern society for the training and education of highly specialized professionals in a wide range of fields.
Upon enrollment, GSPM assigns a main supervisor and a sub-supervisor to each student according to the student’s research theme and carrier vision. The supervisors provide students with guidance on study, research, and other aspects of academic life. As a rule, each student is assigned a faculty member with professional experience and a faculty member with academic expertise as either the main or sub-supervisor. This system enables students to receive guidance provided from both a theoretical and practical point of view. They may be changed each semester.
There is a wide range of issues in the public management sector and modern society. In order to solve them, organizations as well as individuals who are active in the public sector need both practical and natural science. To teach interdisciplinary and practical knowledge effectively, GSPM has established four groups of courses: basic courses, core courses, advanced courses, and practicum courses. In addition, students can receive research supervision, which suits their respective theme. Research supervision enables students apply to the knowledge and ability acquired in these courses to writing a research paper.
Basic courses, which include required courses in basic analytical methods, teach research and reasoning methods common to all social sciences and research paper writing techniques. By dealing with analytical techniques and evaluation methods and the fundamental theories and policies of the field of public policy, required courses build the foundation needed to deal effectively with various social issues.
Course Examples: Elementary Quantitative Methods, Basic Economics, Public Philosophy
Core courses develop the specialized knowledge and practical research ability that are critical for effective public management. Core courses are classified into three areas:“National/Local Government and Administration,” “Politics and International Affairs,” and “Public Policy.” Students are free to take courses in any of these areas in accordance with their particular research topic.
Course Examples: Public Organization, Local Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Public Economics
Advanced Courses utilize the foundation provided by core courses and are designed to endow students with the abilities they need to explore their respective research topics. Like core courses, advanced courses are classified into three areas, from which students are free to choose.Course Examples: Science of Development Administration, Special Lectures on Japanese Government Administration, Lecture on International Relations, The Theory of Politics, Medical Economics, Topics in Public Policy
Designed to develop specialized knowledge and abilities, practicum courses focus on practical application. Through internships and field work that take into account the day-to-day work of civil servants, politicians, policy assistants, NPOs and NGOs, think tanks,consulting firms, these courses sharpen the management abilities needed to formulate,apply, and evaluate policy.Course Examples: Internship (Diet/Waseda Tomonkai), Internship (Self-Government). Field Studies (Chiikisousei), Field Studies (Regional Independence), Case Studies (Programing Management), Policy Study (Science and Technology Policy)
Seminars are designed to train students in how to formulate policy that is both theoretically sound and well grounded in reality. Seminars help students acquire this training by guiding them in the writing of a research paper. Students are required to take their main supervisor’s seminar and are encouraged to take their sub-supervisor’s seminar as well. Seminar Examples: Regional Policy Seminar, Public Accounting Seminar, Personnel Administration Seminar, Policy Evaluation Practice Seminar, Process of Decision-Making Seminar, Public Economics Seminar
A student attends research paper interim report sessions, energetically competes with other students, and applies the knowledge and skills gained in GSPM to writing a research paper. A student’s paper is refereed by 3 faculty members including his or her main and sub-supervisors.