Japan-Global Development Program

  • Full or part time
    Full time & On campus available
  • Course fees
    3,200,000 yen per year
  • Course Disciplines
    Public Policy Development Studies Politics & Government - Other Politics - Other
  • Course Start
    See Course
  • Course Duration
    2 years full-time
  • MBA Program Type
    MBA, MA

Course Description

Learning Universal Logic in Development grounded in Japanese experience

The Japan-Global Development Program (JGDP) is a newly established two-year master's program offered jointly by the GSIR and GSIM to provide students the opportunity to learn universal development and growth logic in the fields of politics, economy and management, using Japan's experiences in economic development and corporate growth as basic case materials. The JGDP is built on the following ideas:

  1. International students learn about the logic and lessons in development from Japanese experiences (both successes and failures) and acquire knowledge and skills to consider development strategies for their homelands.
  2. Japanese students develop the ability to explain the logic of Japanese development in English by learning Japan's experiences and thus can communicate about them with the world.
  3. Students who will work in the international arena in the future learn the universal logic of economic development and corporate growth using Japanese experiences as case materials.

The JGDP is not intended as a program to train Japan specialists. The logic and lessons from Japan’s experience will help future leaders from abroad when they have to think about their strategy for development back home. Thus, the logic behind Japan’s experience can be applied to various global scenarios. That is why we call this program the Japan-Global Development Program. The JGDP enables Japanese students to explain their country’s development logically when they go abroad and helps them to play an active role as global leaders.

Depending on the students’ wishes, they can select an area of specialization from those presented in the following table and choose which school they want to belong to. Those who choose “Foreign Policy,” “Economic Policy,” “Development Policy,” or “Public Management” belong to GSIR and those who choose “Management” belong to GSIM. 


JGDP courses offered by GSIR cover various fields, from the international political and economic environment after Japan's Meiji Restoration to Japan’s education system. Courses also deal with the characteristics of postwar Japanese economic growth, Japan’s foreign policy, Japanese politics, national security policy, foreign assistance policy, public finance and administration.

JGDP courses offered by GSIM provide education on Japan's industrial development, Japanese-style management, corporate finance and Japan’s financial system, employment practices, manufacturing management, business leaders and development of SMEs. All the JGDP courses emphasize both theoretical background and international comparison.

JICA Development Studies Program (JICA-DSP)

The JGDP was jointly developed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the International University of Japan.

Admissions and Scholarships

Visit the Japan-Global Development Program page on the International University of Japan web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Thiombiano, Naomy Palamanga Djoulde

Through IUJ’s Japan Global Development Program, I have learned the history of Japan and its strategic use of key industries to develop and modernize the country. This course has given me the opportunity to study the development of specific Japanese industries and apply lessons learned to industries in my own country with practical examples.

(Student Profile)

Liman Prosper Narambah

The Japan-Global Development Program did not only equip me with cutting-edge knowledge in business, but also provided me with the opportunity to learn universal development and growth logic in the fields of economy, industrial development and management using Japan’s experiences in economic development and corporate growth as basic case materials – an invaluable knowledge needed in contributing to the development of my country.


IUJ Direct Award Scholarships - 0 Awards

IUJ provides a limited number of scholarships for newly enrolling international students to support their IUJ studies with the expectation that they will also be active participants in support of the local community and gain a good understanding of the Japanese society. These scholars are expected to develop leadership skills and then contribute to the international society in a leadership role upon graduation. Priority for this scholarship is given to those with excellent academic performances and in financial need.

Value of Scholarship(s)

IUJ awards these scholarships to recipients selected from successful applicants at the time of admissions.


Nakayama 100 Premium: Partial Exemption of Admission Fee: 250,000yen, Full Exemption of Tuition, Stipend, Exemption of the dormitory fee
Nakayama 100 A: Partial Exemption of Admission Fee, Full Exemption of Tuition
Nakayama 100: Full Exemption of Tuition
Nakayama 90: Partial Exemption of Tuition(90% of the full tuition)
Nakayama 70: Partial Exemption of Tuition (70% of the full tuition)
Nakayama 50: Half Exemption of Tuition (50% of the full tuition)
Nakayama 30: Partial Exemption of Tuition (30% of the full tuition)
Nakayama Plus: A reduction of dormitory fee

Application Procedure

Please complete the IUJ Online Application (https://www.iuj.ac.jp/admis/online/).
Please respond to all questions inputting your answers directly into the online forms. Be sure to complete each section.
IUJ will award or make nominations for awards (when possible) to the appropriate scholarships to successful applicants.
Applying in the early intakes for these scholarships is highly recommended. Scholarships are competitive.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Online application
Personal Statement
Research Topic
Scanned College Certificates (Transcripts)
2 Recommendation Letters
English Test Score: TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC Score Report (Exemption policy: View Website )
(GMAT score or alternative test score)
Application Fee

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