About Our School

School outline

School Graduate School of Governance Studies, Governace Studies Program
Course Professional Degree program
Degree to be awarded Master of Public Policy (Professional Graduate School Degree)
Number of students admitted 55 students (for the entire school)
Duration 2 years
Conditions for completion Must complete all of the followings:
  1. earn 40 credits and complete a Master's thesis.
  2. earn 4 credits each from Field A and Field B.
  3. To complete courses given by a supervisor: "Research Method 1" and "Research Method 2" in the first year and " Research Paper 1" and "Research Paper 2" in the second year.
  4. In addition to the above, students are required to earn 2 credits at least of the courses by a supervisor.
    * The maximum number of credits that can be registered in a single academic year is 36.

Features of our school

From Government to Governance: Toward a New Ideal of Society Based on Collaboration among Diverse Individuals and Organizations

The Graduate School of Governance Studies is located on Meiji University’s Surugadai Campus. This location and the range of available resources provide an ideal study environment for professionals in government and public administration.

The goal of the Graduate School of Governance Studies, “Governance Research”, is to develop students into skilled professionals with a high degree of specialist knowledge and abroad, international perspective, to leverage the benefits generated by public policy education and research programs to support policy creation by local communities and governments, and to develop students into professionals with a high degree of specialist knowledge and an international outlook. The course is aimed at people involved in local politics and administration as well as international cooperation-heads of local government, elected assembly members, public officials, NPO and NGO staff and even corporate employees-as well as universities graduates seeking to enter the civil service and who have an interest in these areas of public policy.

The English track offers courses totally in English for international students, including those on government scholarships or whose studies are otherwise funded by the government, as well as long-term government development aid trainees. Under the English track, three programs, namely “Public Policy Program”, “International Development Policy Program” and “Community Planning and Management Program” are provided, so that students can selectively study most relevant subjects to their own research interests.

Generally speaking, a holder of a MA Degree in Public Policy refers to professionals who can be part of the creation of public policy incorporating a study of relevant materials and thorough analysis of policy issues in Japan and overseas. This is indeed a complex processing involving in-depth reviews of the policy-making process from planning through to finalization; consideration of how the process can be revised and streamlined to better meet its objectives (e.g., by having members of the community participate); simulation of how policies will play out in practice to gauge their feasibility in terms of meeting objectives; use of experimental policies to identify potential obstacles and their root causes; and policy revisions. Finally, or at least inter-annually, the results of the policy are collated and assessed.

The goals of the Graduate School of Governance course are to establish a new realm in the science of public policy, a comprehensive science that integrates the three existing major fields of study (politics and administration, economics and finance, and law), and to develop students into highly specialized educators armed with practical and technical knowledge.

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