Columbia University’s SIPA and the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) have joined together to offer a dual degree program that allows students to study at each institution for one year and receive Master's degrees from both schools in the same amount of time it takes to obtain a single degree. The program is open to students in SIPA's two year MIA and MPA programs. Students in their first year at GraSPP should contact their school administrator for information regarding program eligibility. The language of instruction of the dual degree program is English. 

Overview: University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo (Todai) is widely considered to be the most prestigious university in Japan and is preeminent in Asia. The Faculty of Law and Politics and Economics at Todai merged in 2004 to form GraSPP and offer the Master's of Public Policy. The degree is completed in two years, with around 100 new admitted students each year. It focuses on four distinct policy areas:

  • Economic Policy
  • International Public Policy
  • Legal Policy
  • Public Management
     

For a list of English-taught courses, which cover topics ranging from Japan’s East Asia Policy to International Financial Institutions, please refer to the list here: Courses taught in English.

GraSPP specializes in advancing practical knowledge and skills, and belongs to a new class of Japanese professional graduate schools, emphasizing a hands-on approach. It aims to produce broad-minded public policy professionals.

Curriculum

Students will complete the core curriculum at their home institution then pursue an area of specialization at the partner institution in their second year, in addition to completing any SIPA core requirements not met in their first year at the partner institution. The program will normally be completed in two years.

Note: All students participating in this program must complete at least 30 credits while in residence at SIPA and graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Additional GraSPP information

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Students pay the tuition and fees at the school where they are in residence (i.e. if you are attending GraSPP,  you will pay GraSPP tuition and fees, and similarly at SIPA).

Columbia Tuition and Fees 
GraSPP MPP/IP