Three Fundamental Policies

GSAPS Three Fundamental Policies

The fundamental ideology of the International Studies Program at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies; GSAPS, is as follows:

Admissions Policy

‘Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, GSAPS seeks not only to conduct interdisciplinary research from the global and regional perspectives in the fields of regional history, politics, economics, industry, business management, society, culture and various international concerns, but also to deepen understanding of a growing Asia-Pacific region, and to mold future experts and researchers who can assume responsibility of the region’s future’.
GSAPS seeks students from both the domestic and international arenas, who are keen to learn and motivated to excel, and aim for a better future for the global society.
For our MA Program, GSAPS welcomes application not only from undergraduate students, but professionals who have relevant work experience, and seek to further enhance the well-being of global society, instead of just one’s home country. For our Ph.D. Program, GSAPS seeks candidates who have high-level of understanding and specialized knowledge in their field of research, and aim to become specialists and researchers who can contribute effectively to global society, including the Asia-Pacific region.
In respect of admissions evaluation, on top of agreeing to the fundamental ideology of the Graduate School, GSAPS attaches great importance to the following three factors.

  1. Accurate understanding of the various global problems and possess the knowledge to identify and formulate solutions
  2. Ability to think rationally and logically
  3. Communications capacity, including language abilities skills required in global society

Curriculum Policy

For the MA Program in International Relations, there are three fields of research – Area Studies, International Relations, and International Cooperation/ Policy Studies. Students will focus on one field and can choose to take courses from the other fields. Students can observe and analyze the growing Asia-Pacific region from various viewpoints, as it is organized systemically to facilitate the learning process. Classes are offered in both Japanese and English.
With an extensive network of internal, domestic and international partners, GSAPS has become an educational hub. Together with the students and faculty members, GSAPS works closely with the partners (‘external actors’) and implement the ‘Triangle Method’. Classes are divided into core, basic and advanced courses, and (free) electives. In addition, each project research advisor (faculty member) provides academic guidance on thesis writing and research methods to students in the form of a project seminar. GSAPS is currently implementing important curriculum changes in order to meet the needs of cultivating specialists of Asia, international civil servants, information and media specialists and experts of business in Asia.
For the Ph.D. Program in International Studies, GSAPS faculty members support the Ph.D. candidates in the penning of doctoral thesis (dissertation), in Japanese or English.
Students can choose to complete their master’s thesis or doctoral thesis (dissertation) in Japanese or English.

Diploma Policy

Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, GSAPS seeks not only to conduct interdisciplinary research from the global and regional perspectives in the fields of regional history, politics, economics, industry, business management, society, culture and various international concerns, but also to further deepen the understanding of a growing Asia-Pacific region. GSAPS seeks to train future experts, specialists and researchers who can assume responsibility of the region’s future.
Graduates of the MA Program in International Relations will be able to view issues from a wide spectrum, possess an advanced level of professional knowledge and research skills with regards to the field of international relations, and obtain highly-sort skills required of a specialist. They will be conferred the degree of ‘MA (Master of Arts) in International Relations’.
Graduates of the Ph.D. Program in International Studies will be able to conduct independent research as a specialist of the Asia-Pacific region, in the fields of Area Studies, International Relations, International Cooperation/ Policy Studies. They will possess the required high-level research skills in order to carry out specialized tasks, and become an independent and learned scholar. They will be conferred the degree of ‘Ph.D. in International Studies’.