GSIR Graduate School of International Relations
Students develop skills and knowledge for economic/public policy making as young professionals
Curriculum To complete these degrees, students take both required and elective coursework and write and defend a thesis or research report. Both degree tracks start with a series of core courses in micro/macroeconomics and statistics/econometrics in the Fall and Winter terms. With the basic understanding they obtain through the core courses, students then take more advanced and applied elective courses depending on their interests and preferred study areas. Students can choose from a wide range of electives, where they can also obtain computer software skills for advanced data analysis. They are also encouraged to take courses from not only the IDP, but also the IRP, PMPP, JGDP and MBA programs. Degree Requirements The requirements for completing the IDP are 1) two years of enrollment, 2) acquisition of at least 40 credits, 3) submission of a master’s thesis or research report after receiving the necessary research guidance, and 4) passing the thesis/research report evaluation and final examination. Students are awarded a Master of Arts in International Development or a Master of Arts in Economics at the time of completion.
In the International Development Program (IDP), students choose one of two Master's degree tracks: International Development (ID-IDP) or Economics (ECO-IDP). The International Development (ID-IDP) track offers various development-related courses in economics, regional science, and related fields. Throughout the coursework, students learn how to evaluate current policies and design more effective policies to encourage economic growth and social development for developing countries. The Economics (ECO- IDP) track puts emphasis on modern economic theories and their applications. Students learn applied macroeconomics comprising fiscal policy and international finance as well as empirical microeconomics including labor, health, and environmental issues to understand and analyze current issues. Both degree tracks aim to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills so that they will tackle and overcome the problems they are facing as new leaders in both public and private sectors. The ECO-IDP also offers the Macroeconomic-Policy Program (MPP), a special master's program established in cooperation with the IMF (International Monetary Fund): The MPP is designed to provide professionals from central banks, finance ministries, international organizations, and private financial institutions with academic training in the fields of macroeconomics.
・ Public Finance ・ International Finance ・ International Trade ・ Macroeconomics and Policy Analysis ・ Monetary Economics and Policy Analysis ・ Cost Benefit Analysis ・ Labor Economics ・ Environmental and Health Economics ・ Industrial Organization and Policy Analysis ・ Monetary Policy in Developing Countries ・ Interactions, Institutions, and Economic Development ・ Inequality and Povety: Measurement and Applications ・ Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting
・ Microeconomics I: Price Theory ・ Macroeconomics I: Income Theory ・ Microeconomics II: Strategic Behavior and Information Analysis ・ Macroeconomics II: Business Cycle and Growth Theory ・ Statistical Methods ・ Econometrics ・ Advanced Seminar I ・ Advanced Seminar II ・ Advanced Seminar III ・ Development Economics ・ Development Policy and Globalization
・ Public Finance and Budgeting ・ Financial Systems and Financial Regulation ・ Global Market Seminar ・ Research Methodology ・ Cross-sectional and Panel Data Analysis ・ Time Series Analysis ・ Policy Evaluation ・ Mathematics for Economics andManagement ・ Business Presentation ・ Contemporary Japanese Economy ・ Japanese Public Finance and Administration ・ Japanese Corporate Finance and Financial System ・ Japan's Education System
"An education that covers crucial issues in today's society" IDP is an ideal program for anyone seeking to understand crucial socio-economic issues in today’s world. One of the best things about the program is the variety of perspectives students are exposed to, which fosters a broad mindset. You get the privilege to learn from the highly qualified international faculty and from classmates who have worked in government departments and private organizations across the globe. The course content covers topics from both macroeconomics and microeconomics while touching on issues regarding education, the environment, and finance. The program equipped us with a solid understanding of theory and the ability to think critically, allowing for independent development of our academic and professional careers. If you want to develop your analytical skills, understand how to implement policies effectively, improve socio- economic issues in your country or ensure you’re a competitive candidate when applying for important job roles, IDP is a fantastic choice.
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