Degree Programs for Ph D Students Master s and by theregoesthatman


									                         Degree Programs for Ph.D. Students

Master’s and Doctoral Integrated Program
Policy Analysis Program              Trains students to research and analyze real-world policy issues theoretically and

Doctoral Programs
Public Policy Program                Equips public administrators and researchers in the field of policy studies with
                                     advanced skills and deep knowledge for policy analysis
Policy Professionals Program         Trains government officials, journalists, and other practitioners to
*mainly for Japanese Students        develop skills for policy analysis through the case study approach
Security and International           Trains foreign policy professionals to conduct in-depth analysis of topics
Studies Program                      related to security and international studies
Science and Technology Policy        Equips government officials with skills needed to design and implement
Program                              policies related to science and technology, and trains other professionals
*mainly for Japanese Students        to become experts in the theory and practice of policymaking
Graduate Program in Japanese         Equips Japanese-language educators with linguistic, cultural, and
Language and Culture                 intellectual knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality
                                     Japanese-language education

Master’s and Doctoral Integrated Program                      and subjects related to policy analysis, students will
                                                              develop the ability to handle various policy issues.
Policy Analysis Program                                       (4) Students are provided with opportunities to
1. Objective                                                  consider various practical issues with those who are
   This program aims to provide individuals with the          involved in actual policy formulation and analysis
training to research and analyze actual policy issues,        through daily interactions, lectures, tutorials, and
both theoretically and empirically.                           workshops.
With the understanding that economics and                     (5) An economics-related degree or previous
econometrics are the key disciplines to analyze               knowledge is not necessarily required for entry into
modern policy issues, the program requires students           the program. However, depending on a student's level
to take the basic economics and econometrics courses.         of economic knowledge and understanding, the
The program will employ a broad international                 student may be required to take some basic subjects
perspective.                                                  prior to taking the core subjects. Conversely, the
2. Program Features                                           requirement for studying some or all of the core
(1) Master's and doctorate courses are integrated, and        subjects may be waived for advanced students, as
the usual time needed for completion of the doctorate         training is adjusted to suit the ability of each student.
course is five years. Doctorate degrees can be                (6) So that doctoral graduates may have their
completed in a minimum of three years from course             qualifications recognized internationally, all subjects
entry.                                                        and research skills are taught in English.
(2) Not only can a master's degree be obtained within
the first two years of the course, but it is also possible    Doctoral Programs
to take the qualifying examinations required for
writing a doctoral thesis during this time.
                                                              Public Policy Program
(3) The study of economics methodology is                       Candidates in the doctoral Public Policy Program
compulsory. By studying specific economic theories
focus on conducting high-level policy research,           Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
mastering the discipline required for performing
policy research, writing research papers in areas of      Target Group:
social science, teaching at institutions of higher           GRIPS Security and International Studies Program
education, and gaining proficiency in foreign             will start accepting international students from
languages.                                                October 2007. We accept applicants who have already
   This Ph. D. Program accepts students who have          acquired Master's Degree in the field of social science,
demonstrated their ability by completing our Master       especially International Relations, Political Science,
of Public Policy Program. Those who have completed        Economics, and Law. We also accept applicants who
master’s courses in relevant areas of study at other      may be regarded as having experience and expertise
institutions are also welcomed. Such prospective          equivalent to possessing a Master's degree. The main
students may enter the Program after passing some         target group is officials of national and local
internal examinations, including the Qualifying           government with already considerable experience.
Examination, in order to confirm their academic
ability.                                                  Program Outline:
   Some Ph. D. candidates may write their dissertation       Programs for international students are taught
while continuing their current employment. This           entirely in English, so that non-Japanese students can
special course of study within the Program is offered     study without having any knowledge of the Japanese
to those who aim to produce a highly academic             language. In addition, Japanese language classes are
dissertation based on practical experience. The period    provided for those students who wish to learn
of enrollment starts at approximately one year of         Japanese during their period of study. Those foreign
intensive research guidance. Candidates in this course    students whose Japanese is of a sufficiently high
of study are not required to have teaching ability in     standard may take courses in the Japanese programs.
specific academic areas. The acquisition of a master's    The programs are demanding and require a high level
degree at an institute abroad is a prerequisite, in       of commitment from the students. In order to
principle, but candidates whose writings or               accommodate high level education within short period,
achievements demonstrate an ability beyond that of a      GRIPS operates on a four-term system: a Fall Term
master’s level may also be accepted.                      (16 weeks), Winter Term (8 weeks), Spring Term (16
   In addition to lectures and seminars, candidates       weeks), and Summer Term (8 weeks). Students are
also have opportunities to participate in more            normally admitted at the beginning of either Spring
practical research activities while writing their         Term or Fall Term.
dissertation. For example, they may get involved in          For international students, the usual residential
on-going research projects at our Policy Research         requirement to complete a Ph. D degree at GRIPS is
Center or participate in collaborative research with      three years. In order to be eligible for a Qualifying
governmental research organizations that partner with     Exam, students must earn a minimum of 14 credits
GRIPS.                                                    from the courses and tutorials offered. It is expected
                                                          that these credits can be acquired by the end of first
Policy Professionals Program                              year.
  (N/A)                                                      At the end of the first year, the doctoral students
                                                          are expected to submit a thesis proposal and pass the
Security and International Studies Program                Qualifying Exam for Doctoral Dissertation. After
Objectives:                                               passing the Qualifying Exam, the students can begin
   The growing interconnectedness of the world on         with working on their dissertation in the second
both global and regional levels underscores the           academic year, aiming to complete the Dissertation by
importance of strategic issues, above all                 the end of the third year.
comprehensive security issues, as a field of advanced
study. GRIPS' Security and International Studies          Courses Offered:
Program aims to foster in-depth analysis of such          1. Theory Subjects
topics as traditional and non-traditional security,          International Relations
regionalization    and    regionalism,    international      International Political Economy
relations and political economy, and other foreign           Comparative Politics
policy issues. This is a Ph D program geared toward          Security Studies
training foreign policy professionals and security        2. Regional/Country Subjects
specialists from around the globe. It is designed and        International Relations in East Asia
run in partnership with the Japanese National Defense        International Relations in Europe
Academy, the Japanese Ministry of Defense, and the           International Relations in the Middle East
  Japanese Diplomacy                                       Japanese, so that students are required for enough
  American Foreign and Domestic Policy                     knowledge of the Japanese language. The program is
  Chinese Foreign and Domestic Policy                      demanding and requires a high level of commitment
Policy Subjects                                            from the students for completing the Dissertation by
  Defense Policy                                           the end of the third year.
  Information and Strategy                                    This program is jointly run by three institutions
  United Nations/International Organizations               working together in close collaboration: the Japan
                                                           Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa
Advisory Group:                                            (JFJLI), which has a proven track record and
   After entering GRIPS, students are expected to          instructional expertise in training non-native Japanese
choose an Advisory Group consisting of three               language teachers, particularly in Japanese teaching
professors, associate professors, and assistant            methodology; the National Institute for Japanese
professors. This Advisory Group will help the              Language (NIJLA), a research institute that
students decide the optimal combination of courses         specializes in the study of linguistics, Japanese
and tutorials. The Group will be in constant contact in    language and Japanese language education; and the
order to guide the student to the goal of obtaining the    National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
degree.                                                    (GRIPS), a graduate-level academic research
                                                           institution that studies societies and cultural policies,
Science and Technology Policy Program                      particularly Japanese culture, as part of a general
   In recent years, science and technology have been       program of policy research. The close collaboration
regarded as the foundation of development in Japan, a      among these three institutions enables them to
country lacking in natural resources. The importance       provide comprehensive and high-level education and
of science and technology have been underscored by         research opportunities in Japanese language education
the enactment of the Science and Technology Basic          and culture.
Law and the formation of the Science and Technology
Basic Plan. Advances in science and technology also
present new challenges, including changes in society
and the economy, emerging bioethical concerns,
increasing need for policies that consider risks and
social costs (need for regulatory science), and
disputes and protection of intellectual property rights.
   Candidates in this Program conduct high-level
policy research and policy planning, master the
discipline required for performing policy research,
write papers in areas of social science, teach at
institutions of higher education, and improve their
proficiency in foreign languages.
   This joint program is provided in cooperation with
the National Institute of Science and Technology
Policy and the Japan Science and Technology

Graduate Program in Japanese Language and
 The objective of this program is to nurture in
individuals a broad knowledge of, understanding of,
and insight into Japanese language education, society,
and culture. It also provides scholarly training in
disciplines in order to develop abilities in conducting
advanced academic research. It aims to produce
individuals who are qualified to take an active role in
Japanese language education in their own countries
either as future leaders in Japanese language
education and research, or as administrators, or
   Lectures and seminars are given entirely in

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