Program (Curriculum)

Program Design
The Master of Public Management and Administration Course (MPMA Course) is designed particularly to nurture and develop student's ability to analyze, review, formulate, manage and evaluate various policies and programs effectively. The MPMA Course is suitable for those government officials, those interested in NGOs and international organizations or a Ph.D. program. All courses are conducted in English. Students who have satisfied all the requirements of the course including a master's thesis will receive a Master of Public Management and Administration.

The MPMA Course is a two-year program. In the first year, you will take the required courses and build up knowledge, theories, skills and techniques necessary for you to especially collect and analyze data for your thesis writing. You will also learn to utilize various computer software used commonly by economists and various international organizations.

From the second semester on, you will take a variety of elective courses. By taking a mix of elective courses, you will be able to develop a well-balanced skill sets and point of views. Special lectures, hands-on seminars by prominent professionals will also be conducted throughout the program.

A supervisor will be selected/assigned to each of you at the beginning of the first year. You will select an appropriate practical topic to write a master’s thesis under close supervision of your supervisor. There will be an oral defense.
A grade of a “Pass with Distinction” is awarded when the thesis clearly demonstrates evidence of all the criteria expected of a thesis at distinguished level for a master’s degree.
  1. Component 1: Elective Required Courses (At least 4 credits)
    Elective Required Courses I consists of the Master's Thesis Supervision 1, 2, 3,and 4. Under the close supervision of a supervisor, you will choose your own thesis topic, gather and analyze data, and write a quality master’s thesis in English. The MPMA Course considers writing a master’s thesis is a very important part of the education because through the thesis writing process, you will learn to integrate all of your knowledge, theories, skills and techniques you have learned in the program. Oral defense is required.

  2. Component 2: Elective Courses I (At least 10 credits)
    The MPMA Course offers a set of courses in the first year to enhance and develop your knowledge, understanding of latest theories, data-collection and analytical skills. You will also learn to use various computer software. The first-year courses will prepare you to take on the master's thesis in the second year.

  3. Component 3: Elective Courses II (At least 16 credits)
    The MPMA Course provides you with a wide range of elective courses in three categories; Public Management, Business (Management), and Economics. One of the advantages of the Rikkyo's MPMA Course is a set of elective courses in the Business (Management) category. If you are interested to enhance your practical knowledge and to have exposure to private sector business, you may wish to take some courses under the “Business (Management)" category.
Course List
Number of Credits Required for Graduation
Elective Required Courses: 4 credits
Elective Courses I: 10 credits
Elective Courses II: 16 credits or more
Total: 30 credits or more
Each MPMA course carries 2 credits.
For more details of each courses, please visit the following to find the syllabus of both MPMA and MIB program.
We offer the searching system of syllabus only in Japanese, so please also refer to "How to find the syllabus".

How to find the syllabus

Academic Calendar for MPMA Students
Field Trip

MPMA course offers the field trip twice a year for 2nd grade students, as part of research activities outside of the campus. It aims not only to visit the public facilities but also to get to know each other among students and also faculty members. Usually we stay at Ryokan to experience the Japanese culture, so students who come from foreign countries enjoy wearing Yukata, meals in traditional way, hot spring and so on. We enhance the opportunity to let them deepen the meaning why they are learning in Japanese university.