Program Outline and Requirements

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Degree Programs, Educational Objects and University Policies

Degrees offered in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Master’s Programs are as follows.

Degree Type Major Degree Awarded on Completion
MS Asia Pacific Studies (APS) Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies
MS International Cooperation Policy (ICP) Master of International Cooperation Policy

Educational Objectives
The educational objectives in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program are outlined in the document below.

Educational objectives in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program (PDF)

University Policies

Curriculum Policy
The curriculum policy is the basic policy formulated to realize the diploma policy by defining how the curriculum is designed, how educational content and teaching methods are put in to practice, and how learning outcomes are assessed. Please see the information in the document attached below for details.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Curriculum Policy (PDF)

Diploma Policy
This is the basic policy that stipulates rules for assessing graduation and the conferral of degrees on students who have acquired the requisite skills in accordance with the mission (educational objectives) of the university. It also serves as the target for students’ academic performance. Please see the information in the document attached below for details.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies Diploma Policy (shortened version) (PDF)

Divisions and Programs

Graduate students must belong to one of the following Divisions and should choose their Division at the time of enrollment.

GSAM Majors, Divisions and Programs
Major Division
Asia Pacific Studies International Relations (IR)
Society and Culture (SC)
International Cooperation Policy International Public Administration (IPA)
Public Health Management (PHM)
Sustainability Science (SS)
[incl. International Material Flow Management Program (IMAT)]
Public Health Management (PHM)
Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
Development Economics (DE)

International Material Flow Management Program (IMAT)
Please read the information on the following page for details.

IMAT Program

Completion Requirements

Basic Requirements for Completion
Students will be qualified for the degree upon completion of the following requirements:

1. Period of Enrollment: In principle, a student must be enrolled as a regular, full-time student in the Master’s Program for 2 years. However, the degree may also be granted to outstanding students in less than 2 years. In this case, the minimum period of full-time enrollment is 1 year*. Those interested in completing in (1 or 1.5 years) should consu lt with a supervisor upon entry to the Graduate School.
* IMAT program students are under 2-year enrollment due to program regulations.
2. Credit Requirements: Students are required to earn 32 credits or more which must include 4 credits from Analytical Foundation Subjects, 4 credits from Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region, 4 credits from Seminars and 10 credits from Major Subjects to complete the program.
3. Master’s Thesis and Research Report Requirements: All students must complete an extended piece of writing, which presents the findings and conclusions of their individual research. Students from both majors, APS and ICP, must complete either a Master’s Thesis or a Research Report which must be approved in accordance with the University’s examina tion procedures. For further details on requirements and examination procedures, see the information in the Master’s Thesis and Research Report page.

Credit Requirements for Completion
Students must acquire at least 32 credits for program completion. In addition to the designated minimum number of credits from Analytical Foundation Subjects (4 credits), Core Subjec ts on the Asia Pacific Region (4 credits), Seminars (4 credits) and Major Subjects within the affiliated Division (10 credits), students must complete at least 10 additional credits fr om any of the subjects categories listed below. Please check the GSAM Subject List below for the category in which each class falls (i.e. Major Subject, Seminar Subject, etc.).

Subject Category Minimum Required Credits Subject Name Credit Rules
Analytical Foundation Subjects 4

Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific 4
Any credits earned from Core Subjects on the Asia Pacific Region exceeding the minimum required credits of 4 will count towards the credits required for program completion.
Seminars 4 2 Research Project The minimum required 4 credits include 2 credits from Final Research Project. Any credits earned from Seminars exceeding the minimum requirement of 4 credits will count towards the credits required for program completion.
2 Final Research Project
Major Subjects 10 10 Major Subjects 1 Students must complete at least 10 credits from Major Subjects from their affiliated Division.
- Major Subjects 2 Any credits earned from APS / ICP Major Subjects outside the student’s affiliated Division; these credits will count towards the credits required for program completion.
Core Related Subjects -
Credits earned from Core Related Subjects will count towards the credits required for program completion.

TOTAL 32

Subjects in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program

The list of subjects offered in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s program, as well as the subject codes list are available on the links below.
Recommended Elective Subjects refer to a combination of subjects outside the Major Subjects for the student’s affiliated Division designed to deepen students’ knowledge in their respective research field.

GSAM Subject List (PDF)
GSAM Subject Codes (PDF)
List of Recommended Elective Subjects (PDF)

Last Update: February 2017


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