The Master's Program in International Cooperation Policy aims to cultivate human resources who will contribute to a peaceful and mutually beneficial coexistence in the Asia Pacific region. The program draws on diverse fields to train professionals who can understand complex challenges from multiple perspectives and formulate feasible solutions with integrative approaches.
Individuals entering this program will frame their studies around one of five specializations: International Public Administration, Public Health Management, Sustainability Science, Tourism and Hospitality, and Development Economics. Students can further build upon their current knowledge and cultivate their research skills through a variety of workshops and seminars offered throughout the year where they can exchange ideas with influencers within their respective fields. They will ultimately develop the practical problem-solving skills and creativity required for sustainable development within the Asia Pacific region and for contributing to organizations that work closely with and in developing nations.
The International Public Administration division is aimed at providing knowledge and skills to those who are interested in pursuing an advanced career in national and international governmental organizations. This division enables students to improve professional and practical skills to manage and evaluate administrative operations and policies in national, regional, and global settings. The subjects in this division relate to international organizations, international cooperation policy, and public administration, and form the foundation on which each student can further build a more focused study depending on their intended policy field.
The Public Health Management division teaches students three fundamental skills: skills in managing the budget, finance, economics, and accounting of healthcare costs; skills in epidemiology, health statistics, and research methodology as well as information management; and skills in public health, mainly preventive medicine and environmental health. This division puts emphasis on economics and finances as well as administrative management of healthcare services at both the public and private sectors, while preserving the standard foundations of conventional public health education. Moreover, it encourages students at an early stage to focus on healthcare case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They start by reviewing current health issues as reflected in papers and by raising research questions with policy implications from the very beginning. This aspect of teaching and research is looked upon as a strategic approach throughout the whole length of the program.
The Sustainability Science division focuses on the application of science for achieving the goals of sustainable development. This division analyzes the planning and implementation of policies and actions that deal with the relationship between society and nature with the ultimate goal of creating a sustainable future for all. Study involves the scientific understanding of society-nature interactions; linking research with policy and actions; generating new knowledge, tools and techniques; and enhancing scientific and institutional capability for promoting sustainability and resilience. Students are expected to gain a holistic perspective, integrative skills and interdisciplinary knowledge as they engage in analyzing and managing particular problems and issues of population-resource-technology-institution interactions.
Tourism is a fast growing economic sector that transforms societies and communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Tourism and Hospitality division looks at various aspects of mass and alternative tourism and the economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts on societies and communities. The division also studies the theory and practice of hospitality management as it relates to the tourism, service, health, and welfare industries. The knowledge and academic/professional skills obtained from our division will be useful for a wide variety of employment opportunities in government service, international organizations, and private corporations, as well as for further study.
The Development Economics division is aimed at those who are interested in the socio-economic issues of the developing world. Study in this division enables students to improve their critical and analytical skills in many areas of development economics, including industrial development, social development, political development, rural development, and poverty alleviation. Students are also able to enhance their professional and practical skills related to international development. This division also aims to enhance the development of research skills in this field for those wishing to pursue further study. The knowledge and skills obtained will provide a wide variety of employment opportunities in international organizations, national and local governments, international development agencies, NGOs, and development consultancy firms.
Students can select one of the following five divisions for their specialization:
In addition to major courses for the above divisions, students will also take courses in a variety of fields in the form of analytical foundation, core, and seminar courses. Furthermore, current topics are introduced through special study series courses. Some of the subjects are also provided jointly with our MBA program for more effective professional development.
All students must also complete an extended piece of writing which presents the findings and conclusions of their individual research in the form of either a Master's Thesis or a Research Report.
More details regarding the course structure is available on the program website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
Applicants must have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from a university.
Applicants must also possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research, and produce reports in English. Minimum English proficiency requirements are as follows:
All applicants can apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship when they submit their application to APU, and they will be notified whether they can receive any tuition reduction with their final results. Tuition Reductions range from 30%, 50%, 65%, 80%, and 100%. Please note that scholarship awards cannot be guaranteed before applying.
Other external scholarships are also available to applicants:
Please visit our website for more details regarding scholarship opportunities.
Currently the ADB and World Bank scholarships are open. The applications will close on February 27th 2019.
The MEXT scholarship applications are already closed for 2019 enrollment but will be available again from August 2019 for 2020 enrollment.
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