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MPP and MPA Programs

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) - MPP and MAPP 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is a stand-alone academic institution with the power to grant degrees.

Curriculum Design: The two degree programs (1-year MPP and 2-year MAPP) share the same list of required courses and recommended courses. The 1-year program is targeted at mid-career students and the 2-year degree is aimed at pre- and early-career students preparing be policy analysts. Typical MPP (MAPP) students take about 43% (42%) of their course work in subjects that we classify as Tools and Skills or Management Functions and about 29% (31%) of their study is in economic or quantitative courses (See Note 1). This places the GRIPS MPP degree in the "shorter-length, lower tools/management, higher quantitative" category, along with such programs as the Maryland MPM and the Michigan MPA; it places the GRIPS MAPP degree in the "longer-length, lower tools/management, higher quantitative" category, along with such programs as the Harvard and Chicago MPPs and the Princeton MPA. 

Note 1. Both degrees are unusual in having such a high weighting on macroeconomics (which we place in the Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy subject). If we considered the GRIPS macroeconomic courses to be Tools and Skills (rather than Policy Areas) it would increase the tools/management proportion by about 10%, which would still put both the programs in the "lower tools/management" category.

Professional Program Features: The program website does not contain much information on professional program features.

Program Summary

Website: http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/education/inter_programs/policy2/

University: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Degrees:  MPP (Master of Public Policy, for the one-year program);
                  MAPP (Master of Arts in Public Policy, for the two-year program).

Marketing Approach: GRIPS - "The Program of Public Policy is the oldest, largest, and most flexible of all the programs at GRIPS. This flagship program of GRIPS has roots going back to 1977 and the establishment of Japan’s first public policy institute, the Graduate School of Policy Sciences. An umbrella organization, the program has produced a steady stream of highly qualified managers and leaders in many important areas of public policy. Graduates of this program become part of an international network of policy professionals."

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies is a stand-alone academic institution with the power to grant degrees.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The GRIPS offers a number of graduate degrees, including Master's and doctorates, in related fields such as macroeconomic policy, public finance and disaster management some in English only and some in Japanese only. The Macroeconomic Policy Program (MEP) is a professionally oriented program designed to train modern macroeconomic policy makers and professionals who need to understand macroeconomic fluctuations and the roles of monetary and fiscal policies in domestic and global economies. MEP developed from the successful tradition of the Transition Economy Program, which has been a partner of the Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) since the inception of JISPA in 1993.

Posted Tuition: 282,000 yen ($2,369) admission fee plus tuition of 535,800 yen ($4,800) annually (at February 2015 yen-US$ exchange rates), at http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/admissions/funding/, accessed 15 February 2015.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPP and MAPP Degree Requirements

Summary: 

MPP (one-year program) - Educates mid-career professionals in local or national governments and international organizations in the skills needed for policy analysis and policy management. Educates leaders, public managers, and public policy analysts in the policy tools and ethical principles needed for democratic and efficient governance in the public policy arena.

MAPP (two-year program) - Educates pre- and early-career professionals in local or national governments, international organizations and policy institutes in the technical skills needed to be professional policy analysts. The program provides a strong platform for advanced research (including doctoral studies). Students are required to write a masters thesis in one of four areas of public policy: Economic Policy, International Development Studies, International Relations, and Public Policy.

Duration: MPP - one year; MAPP - two years

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants must provide evidence of prior degrees, employment and English speaking ability (see http://www.grips.ac.jp/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/GRIPS_OnlineAppGuide_2015.pdf).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: MPP: 11.7; MAPP: 15.7 (See Note 2).

Note 2: Virtually all courses are two credits. The GRIPS credit appears to correspond to 2 hours of teaching per week for a 15-16-week term. We have used the same equivalency as we use for the University of Tokyo GraSPP MPP (1.28 two-credit course at the GRIPS = 1 one-semester course in North America). This makes the 30-credit MPP equivalent to 11.7 one-semester courses (the same as most one-year Master's degrees in English universities) and the 40-credit MAPP equivalent to 15.7 one-semester courses (the same as the Michigan and Chicago MPP degrees). The Academic Calendar (page 18; available at http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/education/bulletin/) states that for the one-year program, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, including a policy report. The Academic Calendar (page 18) states that for the two-year program, students must complete a minimum of 40 credits including a Master's thesis.

Number of Required Courses: MPP - 3 two-credit courses are required and 12 two-credit courses are recommended (of which the student must chose at least 4)
                                                       MAPP - 3 two-credit courses are required and 12 two-credit courses are recommended (of which the student must chose at least 4)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): MPP - 8 one-semester course equivalents; MAPP - 9.3 one-semester course equivalents.

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 36 two-credit courses.

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: MPP - No; MAPP - Yes.

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/education/inter_programs/policy2/  and in the Academic Catalogue, excerpts of which have been downloaded to the Atlas at http://portal.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/en/MPPMPAPrograms/Documents/GRIPS_Requirements_and_Course_Descriptions_from_2014-15_Academic_Calendar.pdf

Course Material Online: One-paragraph course descriptions are available in the Academic Calendar noted above and many syllabi are available through searching the site: https://gast.grips.ac.jp/syllabus/.   

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   

GRIPS

GRIPS

MPP

MAPP

I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree

11.7

15.7

Number of required courses

6.0

8.3

Number of elective courses taken

5.7

7.3

Number of elective courses offered

30

30

Enrolment weight of elective courses

0.19

0.31

Number of courses provided from within the program

38

38

II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

42.8%

41.6%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

13.3%

11.8%

  - Economic Analysis

9.7%

10.4%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

11.4%

11.8%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

8.3%

7.7%

Institutions and Context

31.2%

30.8%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

13.3%

12.2%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

1.6%

1.8%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

16.3%

16.7%

Management Functions

0.0%

0.0%

  - Public Financial Management

0.0%

0.0%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

0.0%

0.0%

  - Other Management Functions

0.0%

0.0%

Policy Sectors

26.0%

27.6%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

9.7%

10.4%

  - International Development

4.9%

5.0%

  - Health

0.0%

0.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

11.4%

12.2%

                              Total

100%

100%

III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects

73.5%

75.3%

Management-Oriented Subjects

26.5%

24.7%

Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)

29.3%

30.8%

Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects  (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)

46.2%

44.3%

Archetypal International Affairs Subjects  (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)

19.6%

20.4%

IV. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.32

1.65

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

2.41

3.14

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

4.11

5.61

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.45

1.85

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.58

0.77

Total Courses in "NASPAA-Required Subjects"

9.88

13.02

V. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

0.74

0.92

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.11

1.45

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

1.10

1.50

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

0.97

1.23

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.73

0.97

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

0.99

1.30

 

Source: At http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/education/inter_programs/ and related sites (accessed 15 February 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 16 February 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

GRIPS MPP and MAPP Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Note: All courses are two credits (2/3 of a one-semester course equivalent); (R) = required course; (r) = recommended course.

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  GEN5010 Introduction to Public Policy Studies (R)
  GGG5020 Policy Debate Seminar II (R)

 Economic Analysis

  ECO1020 Essential Microeconomics (r)
  ECO1000 Microeconomics I
  ECO2000 Microeconomics II
  ECO2020 Government and Market
  ECO2720 Inroduction to Applied Econometrics

 Quantitative Methods

  MOR1000 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (r)
  MOR1020 Intoductory Statistics (r)
  MOR1010 Statistics
  MOR2500 Quantitative Social Systems Analysis

 Analytic Methods

  ECO2900 Game Theory

 Leadership Skills

  GGG2580 Leading a Nation in a Changing World

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  GGG5010 Policy Debate Seminar I (R)
  GOV2580 Structure and Process of Government (r)
  GOV2320 Comparative State Formation (r)

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

 Social and Political Context

  GOV3310 Comparative Political Economy (r)
  GOV2310 Comparative Politics
  GOV3110 Political Economy of Modern Japan

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  ECO1900 Global Economic History (r)
  GOV2200 International Relations (r)
  GOV210 International Political Economy
  GGG5000 Perspectives of the World

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  ECO1080 Essential Macroeconomics (r)
  ECO1060 Macroeconomics I
  ECO2060 Macroeconomics II
  ECO1600 Monetary Economics (Money and Banking)
  ECO2610 Finance and Economic Growth

 International Development

  ECO3840 Developmental Economics (r)
  ECO2820 Gender and Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  ECO2860 Poverty Alleviation

 Health

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  STI2080 Comparative Analysis on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (r)

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  ECO2880 Trade and Industrial Development

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  GOV2230 Japanese Foreign Policy
  GOV2640 National Security Policy
  GOV2240 International Security Studies

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors


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