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University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) - MPP/IP 

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) was co-established by the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics and Graduate School of Economics.

Curriculum Design: The GraSPP MPP/IP is a two-year program offered in English. GraSPP is a member of the part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN, at, a partnership between Columbia UniversityFGV-EAESP, University of Tokyo, Hertie School of Governance, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Institute of Public Affairs at LSE and Sciences Po, Paris). We have estimated that the 46 units for graduation are equivalent to 18 one-semester equivalents, which places the GraSPP MPP/IP among the higher course requirements for the MPP/MPA programs. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 87% of their course work in policy-oriented subjects and 13% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 50% of their course work in subjects with high math-economics content, the highest of any of the hundred programs we have reviewed. This places the GraSPP MPP/IP in the "high course requirement, highly policy-oriented, higher math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the Columbia MPA and the UCLA MPP (see MPP/MPA Curricular Types). In addition to the Global Public Policy Network, the Tokyo GraSPP is a member of the CAMPUS Asia Program (at, a partnership of the University of Tokyo, Peking University and Seoul National University "linking public policy and relations to provide special perspective from a three-way perspective" with "classes taught in English in Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul."

Professional Program Features: The Faculty page ( lists members with substantial practitioner experience. GraSPP provides advice and supports for international students (see although career services are primarily provided in Japanese. The GraSPP Research Units are listed at and include ITPU - International Transport Policy Research Unit, SciTePP - Science, Technology and Public Policy (with several projects including SEPP Sustainable Energy/Environment and Public Policy,  SEPP Sustainable Energy/Environment and Public Policy, TECUSE Technology Transfer under Sustainable Economy, Space Policy Governance, and iJFF Integrating Joint Fact-Finding into Policy-Making Processes), Health Policy Unit, and STIG—Science, Technology and Innovation Governance Unit. 

Program Summary


University: University of Tokyo

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Degree: MPP/IA (Master of Public Policy, International Program)

Marketing Approach: "Established in 2004, GraSPP seeks to provide student body, in preparation for careers spanning government, business, and the public sector, with a mission to bridge the gap between academic learning and public policy practices. In the modern globalized world, effective policymaking requires an international perspective. The 2-year English taught Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP) is offered through the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo. An extensive and diverse menu of courses conducted in English are offered, giving international students without Japanese language skills the opportunity to learn cutting edge approaches to the public policy arena from internationally renowned faculty members at the University of Tokyo. All courses offered in the MPP/IP are also open to English-competent students in the Japanese MPP program. Additionally, student groups and school organized extracurricular activities are combined, allowing for increased social and scholarly exchange. Furthermore, MPP/IP students have access to courses in other graduate schools, both English and language competency permitting, Japanese based."

"Key Features of MPP/IP:

  • Education in English - We seek to provide students interested in studying in Asia access to the global standard in public policy education. Courses, field studies, and case studies are all offered in English. Students interested in focusing on Asian affairs, without Japanese language ability, now have an avenue to do so at one of the world’s premier educational institutions.
  • Curriculum with International Compatibility Course work at GraSPP is similar to that of other leading public policy schools, and is especially integrated and compatible with our Double Degree partner school network. While the range of courses available is wide, the curriculum as a whole focuses on issues concerning the Asian region. This reflects both the school’s commitment to the community in which it is located, as well as its faculty members’ expertise. GraSPP is official member of Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).
  • International Reach Pursuing Double Degree is available with public policy schools in the U. S., Europe, and Asia: the School of International Public Affairs of the Columbia University in New York; Sciences Po in Paris; the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin; the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore; Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)-EAESP in Brazil; the Graduate School of International Studies of Seoul National University; and the School of International Studies of Peking University. Student exchange is also available with School of International Relations and Pacific Studies of the University of California San Diego and Heidelberg University in Germany, in addition to institutions listed above.
  • Attracting Young Professionals from Asia and the Rest of the World Several scholarships from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other public and private institutions are available for young professionals in eligible countries." (At, accessed 14 March 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: GraSPP admits approximately 110 students per academic year, including both Japanese and International (English instruction) Program.

Academic Unit within University: The University of Tokyo's Graduate Schools for Law and Politics and Graduate School of Economics have co-established the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), which offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. (, accessed 14 March 2015)

Related Academic Units and Degrees: GraSPP has six sub-specializations: Legal Policy, Public Management, International Public Policy, Economic Policy, Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP) and Campus Asia Course.

Posted Tuition: Admission Fee, 282,000 yen (US$2,312 at March 2015 exchange rate); Annual Tuition 535,800 yen (US$4,394 at March 2015 exchange rates), at, accessed 14 March 2015.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The 2-year English taught Master of Public Policy, International Program (MPP/IP) is offered through the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP)* at the University of Tokyo. An extensive and diverse menu of courses conducted in English are offered, giving international students without Japanese language skills the opportunity to learn cutting edge approaches to the public policy arena from internationally renowned faculty members at the University of Tokyo.

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary: Total of at least 46 units including: A) A minimum of 6 units from the field of law and politics; B) Completion of economics courses (15 units); C) A minimum of 8 units of Case Studies; D) A minimum of 32 units of courses offered in English; E) A minimum of 4 units of courses marked as Practical Training (PT).

Duration: Two years full time.

Academic Prerequisite: To be eligible for admission to an MPP/IP program, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Adequate command of spoken and written English is required to follow lectures and receive academic guidance in English at the graduate level.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 18 (46 units - See Note 1 below)

Note 1: The normal GraSPP course has 2 credits and appears to constitute 2 hours instruction per week for 15-16 weeks. From the course descriptions, the content for a GraSPP 2-credit course appears to be more than 2/3 that of a North American 3-credit course. We have normalized the total course requirement for the GraSPP MPP degree to 18, which is the median of its collaborators in the Global Public Policy Network: Columbia SIPA MPA (18); SciencesPo MPP(18); Hertie MPP (20); LSE IPA MPA (16). The ratio (46/2)/18 produces the following equivalency:
                      1.28 two-credit course at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo = 1 one-semester course

Number of Required Courses: The equivalent of 6 one-semester courses.

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 12

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 85 (two-credit courses)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes.

Internship Required: Elective

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 for 2015-16 is found at, accessed 21 May 2015.

Course Material Online: Many of course descriptions posted on the site above are quite detailed, including class-by-class topics, and major readings. 

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.   



I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of elective courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


Number of courses provided from within the program


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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


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


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


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


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

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Courses in "NASPAA-Required Subjects"


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

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed



Source: At and related sites (accessed 15 March 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 15 March 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.

Tokyo GraSPP MPP/IP Course Map
Courses Offered, listed by Public Policy and Management Subject

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  5112191 Policy Process and Negotiation
  5140488 Case Study (Public-Private Partnerships)

 Economic Analysis

  5113016/17 Microeconomics for Public Policy (5R/4)
  5113021/31 Microeconomics (5R/4)
  5113200 Economic Analysis of Public Policy

 Quantitative Methods

  5113061/65 Statistical Methods (5R/6)
  5113071/81 Econometrics (5R/6)
  5113230/31 Applied Econometrics for Public Policy (5R/6)
  5130250 Mathematics for Public Policy (0.5)

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

  5130200 English Advanced Academic Writing
  5130210 Presentations and Discussion

 Professional Practice

  5135010 Campus Asia Summer Program 1 (x2)
  5140730 Case Study (International Field Workshop)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  5111210 Introduction to Japanese Law in English
  5112211 Comparative Analysis of Japanese Economic Policy-Making Process
  5112230 Japanese Politics
  5112240 Politics and Public Policy
  5122104 Area Politics C (Institutions, Processes, and Ideology in US Politics: Practices and Theories)
  5122181 Japanese Government
  5122206 Domestic Foundations of International Political Economy
  5122383 Comparative Political Institutions in Asia

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  5121391 Theory and Practice of International Human Rights Law

 Social and Political Context

  5121461 Law and Society in East Asia
  5112250 Introduction to Social Science
  5123310 Population Aging and the Generational Economy
  5140620 Case Study (Diversity and Inclusion)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  5121496 Public International Law and Domestic Implementation
  5112260 Introduction to International Politics
  5122236 International Politics in East Asia
  5122400 Global Governance
  5130072 Globalization and Economic Structural Policy
  5130230 Social Design and Global Leadership
  5140412 Case Study (International Financial Institutions)
  5140143 Case Study (International Political Economy) (x2)

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  5122261 Introduction to Public Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  5123460 Governance on Consumer Markets

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  5113018/19Macroeconomics for Public Policy (5R/4)
  5113041/51 Macroeconomics (5R/4)
  5123177 Theory and Empirics of Unconventional Monetary Policy
  5123178 Advanced Money and Banking
  5123431 Sovereign Debt: Lessons from History and Future Implications I
  5123432 Sovereign Debt: Lessons from History and Future Implications II
  5123495 Monetary Policy
  5140297 Case Study (Japanese Macroeconomic Policy: Assessment of Monetary and Fiscal Policies)
  5140298 Case Study (Japanese Macroeconomic Policy: Solutions to Monetary and Fiscal Policy Challenges)
  5140770 Case Study (Financial Crisis)

 International Development

  5112220 Governance and Development
  5122385 Boom and Bust: the Political Economy of Development in East Asia
  5123262 Asian Economic Development and Integration
  5123360 Development Finance
  5140721 Case Study (Paradigm Change for Asia's Emerging Economies I)
  5140722 Case Study (Paradigm Change for Asia's Emerging Economies II)

 Social Policy and Welfare


  5140498 Case Study (Institutions and Methods of Health Technology Assessment in Healthcare Policy)


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  5123470 Applied Labor Economics

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  5140495 Case Study (Real Estate and Urban Development Policy)

 Environment and Sustainability

  5122192 Norms on the Environment: Creation and Compliance
  5140740 Case Study (Project Based Learning on the Medical and Environmental Innovation and the Role of Public Policy)

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  5121456 ICT Policy in Japan
  5123400 Economic Analysis of Innovation
  5130220 Advanced Study of Science & Technology

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  5122251 Politics of World Trade

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  5123350 Selected Topics in Energy Policy
  5123493 Transportation Policy
  5130130 Energy Security
  5140700 Case Study (Energy Security and International Organizations)

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  5112111 International Conflict Study
  5112181 Modern Japanese Diplomacy
  5122201 The Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary China
  5122382 Human Security: Asian Perspectives
  5140404 Case Study (Japan's East Asia Policy)
  5140209 Case Study (Japanese Foreign Economic Policy) (x2)

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

  5121434 Global Securities Market Law
  5123300 Asian Financial Markets

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