Master’s in International Cooperation Policy


Program Description

The master’s program in International Cooperation Policy provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice, drawing on diverse fields to train creative professionals who can understand complex challenges from multiple perspectives and formulate feasible solutions with integrative approaches from global, regional, and local perspectives. Such training will improve practical skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate projects, and thereby contribute to organizations that work closely with and in developing nations.

Students can select one of the following five divisions for their specialization: International Public Administration, Public Health Management, Sustainability Science, Tourism and Hospitality and Development Economics. They are required to take analytical foundation courses, core courses on the Asia Pacific region, division-specific courses, and research-oriented seminar courses.

Additionally, numerous seminars and workshops are organized throughout the year. There are many opportunities for students to participate in the exchange of ideas, information, and expertise with academics, experts, business executives, policymakers, and senior administrators. Students must submit a master’s thesis or research report in order to complete their degree.


International Public Administration (IPA)

The International Public Administration (IPA) 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 major 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.

Major Subjects

  • Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation.
  • Special Studies (International Public Administration).
  • International Public Administration.
  • International Organizations.
  • Project Management.
  • Planning and Evaluation.
  • Community Development.

Public Health Management (PHM)

The Public Health Management (PHM) 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 the economics and financial as well as administrative management of healthcare services in 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 health care case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They may 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.

Major Subjects

  • Environmental Health
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Biostatistics
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Public Health Essentials
  • Epidemiology
  • Bioinformatics

Sustainability Science (SS)

The Sustainability Science (SS) 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 to create a sustainable future for all.

The 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.

Major Subjects

  • Environment and Natural Resources Conservation
  • Advanced Environmental Geosciences
  • Environmental Policy, Law and Administration
  • Environmental Economics
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Special Studies (Sustainability Science)

Tourism and Hospitality (TH)

Tourism is a fast-growing economic sector that transforms societies and communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Tourism and Hospitality (TH) division looks at various aspects of mass tourism and alternative tourism, as well as the economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts of tourism 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 to further study.

Major Subjects

  • Tourism Economics
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Environmental Tourism
  • Community-Based Tourism
  • Health and Wellness Tourism
  • Special Studies (Tourism and Hospitality)
  • Tourism Policy and Planning

Development Economics (DE)

The Development Economics (DE) division is aimed at those who are interested in the socio-economic issues of the developing world. The 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.

Major Subjects

  • Development Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Development Finance
  • Comparative Economic Development
  • Microeconomics
  • Community Development
  • Special Studies (Development Economics)

Program Page

Degree: Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy


  • International Public Administration (IPA)
  • Public Health Management (PHM)
  • Sustainability Science (SS)
  • Tourism and Hospitality (TH)
  • Development Economics (DE)

Enrollment Semesters: April, September

Program Duration: 2 years

Yearly Intake: 45 students

Total Tuition: 2,800,000 JPY


  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (contact us for detailed requirements).

APU offers a Tuition Reduction Scholarship which can be applied for through the regular application process. All applicants can apply for this scholarship, 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%.

You may also consider applying to other external scholarship programs through APU which provide full scholarships for both tuition and living expenses.

Application Period for September 2020 enrollment:

  • Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program: August 1st, 2019 – February 25th, 2020
  • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program: August 1st, 2019 – February 25th, 2020
  • General Application: August 1st, 2019 – March 31st, 2020

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With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened APU in April 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into a fully English-based curriculum within a uniquely multicultural environment. The Graduate Schools at APU focus on Asia Pacific studies, with study options geared towards tackling the complex issues facing the societies and environments of the Asia Pacific region, as well as management, with a focus on the Japanese style of business and the dynamic world of international business. APU's Graduate Schools are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). Read less
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