Young Leaders Program – Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy (MA) at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Masters (MPA, MPP)

1 year
Full time

Course description:

The Young Leaders Program (YLP) at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan is a special 1 year full time master’s degree program for promising young leaders in government from eligible countries, that culminates in a Master of Public Administration degree or a Master of Public Policy degree. Students choose which curriculum they wish to follow and will receive the applicable degree. The Japanese government provides full scholarships for all students, under the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship program.

The YLP has 2 parallel and overlapping programs running through the School of Government and the School of Local Governance. The curriculum for both courses is taught entirely in English and aims to nurture future national leaders in Asia and other regions and offers a wide range of courses concerning public administration, economics, political science and policy formulation. One of the unique features of the YLP is the Colloquium, where YLP students are offered an exclusive opportunity to discuss and share ideas with a diverse range of eminent speakers, including many distinguished government leaders and business executives. The YLP also includes field trips and workshops and requires a final paper based on independent study and research. Graduates from the YLP are expected to return to their former governmental organizations and apply their knowledge and experience to become strong leaders.


School of Government, School of Local Governance at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should be outstanding young government officials with at least 3 years, and preferably 5, of full-time work experience in the area of public administration, in the applicant’s home country. Applicants are assessed on their potential to become future leaders at home, to play important roles in their countries’ development and to maintain strong, long-lasting working relationships with Japan and other countries around the world.

The School of Government focuses on national policy-making and only accepts students from these 29 countries: China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey.

The School of Local Governance focuses on enhancement of local governance and government and accepts students from these 20 countries: China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and have to be below 40 years of age. They have to be proficient in English with a TOEFL iBT score of 79, or IELTS Academic score of 6.0 or equivalent.


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Scholarships available:

MEXT Young Leaders Program Scholarships

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