Doctoral Program

This program aims to cultivate human resources who can employ a scientific approach in the planning/drafting, execution, evaluation, and revision of STI policy and strategy. In particular, the program aims to foster administrative officials, practitioners, researchers, and other key personnel who possess advanced skills for policy research, the capability to plan and practice policy and strategy, and mastery of the multiple disciplines required for these, along with analytical competence in social science fields, teaching competence in higher education, and high-level foreign language competency.

In principle, the program accepts applicants who possess a Master’s degree and are administrative officials or practitioners involved in policy, or are personnel who wish to pursue research or education careers in relevant fields. In the first year of the curriculum, participants acquire credits through intensive coursework to acquire theory and analytical methods related to social sciences. Part-time enrollment is possible from the second year onward, with a focus on attendance in seminars. The program accepts enrollment in both April and October.

The degree offered is either Doctor of Policy Studies for administrative officials and other practitioners, or Ph.D. in Public Policy for researchers, with dissertation guidance offered in accordance with the intent and particulars of the candidate.

Envisioned Path to Degree


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