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Academics Public Policy Master program in Public Policy

Master program in Public Policy


1. Program Overview

- The Master program in Public Policy at VJU will provide students with a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge, modern methodologies, and advanced tools and skills for analysis, evaluation, planning and management of public policies. Students will have the opportunity to study and research under the guidance and direction of professors and senior lecturers from Japan and Vietnam. The training program is based on the calculation of Vietnamese society’s constant need for public policy discipline and the lack of specialized academic programs that meet international standards.


- The program’s content focuses on two main pillars of economics and regional development with a focus on sustainable development and international integration. 


Duration: 24 months

Training Method: Fulltime

Teaching language: Vietnamese and English

Location:  Vietnam Japan University – My Dinh Campus


2. Career Orientation

After graduation, students will have the skills needed to work in the fields of planning and implementation of public policy as analysts, consultants, implementers, and policy evaluators. They will also be qualified to become academic researchers or members of the teaching staff at research institutes, national or international universities. In addition, they will also be able to work as consultants and coordinators at international organizations or NGOs.


3. Advantages of the Program


- High quality, based on the curriculum of the University of Tsukuba, modified to meet the requirements of the Vietnamese context 

- International academic environment with a minimum 50% of lecturers from Japan, modern facilities, participation in projects with well-known professors

- Substantially subsidized tuition fees, full scholarships for outstanding students based on performance

- Cost of three-month internship in Japan fully covered for 50% of students

- Modern knowledge and skills in a multicultural context, especially Japanese

- Competency when applying for jobs at Vietnamese and Japanese enterprises as well as international organizations upon graduation.

4. Japanese Coordinating University


The coordinating university of VJU’s Master’s program in Public Policy. One of the top 10 most prestigious universities in Japan. 

5. Message from the Program

Dr. Nguyễn Thùy Anh

VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY. Director, Master's Program in Public policy


"The MPP at VJU is an international quality program, based on the curriculum of the University of Tsukuba and has been tailored to meet the conditions and needs of Vietnam. The program is taught in English, with more than a half of lecturers professors from leading universities in Japan. Besides, students will have opportunities to gain practical knowledge and experience through a talk series in which invited guest speakers are senior leaders, experts and entrepreneurs from academic, public and private sector. Graduates of the MPP are not only ready to take on leadership roles and managerial positions at Vietnamese, Japanese and international institutions and governmental organizations, but they will also have the competency and eligibility to further their education and research in doctoral programs of this field."

Prof. Dr. Hiroichi Kawashima

UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA. Co-Director, Master's Program in Public policy


"The Master's Program in Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year program that integrates effectively theory and practice with an aim to formulate a framework for sustainable development. As part of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs under Vietnam Japan University, the MPP prepares students with a deep knowledge and understanding of the complexity and challenges of public policy, its formulation, implementation, and evaluation, with an emphasis on the connection between economies, industries, national and regional developments, and international relations. The program also equips students with a set of analytical tools and essential skills necessary to be more effective policymakers and social  leaders who have not only a sustainable vision but also the capacity to find and solve problems, as well as take the lead in achieving this vision. Those participating in the program will have the opportunity to strengthen their theoretical knowledge and practical skills through hands-on projects and policy-oriented internships at domestic and international governmental, non-governmental or private organizations. Graduates of the MPP are not only ready to take on leadership roles and managerial positions at Vietnamese, Japanese, and international institutions and governmental organizations, but they will also have the competency and eligibility to further their education and research on doctoral programs in this field.”

 6. Curriculum

The curriculum consists of a total of 64 credits, including core courses in fundamental and professional knowledge, as well as elective courses in each specified field.



General knowledge



Japanese Language


Fundamental and Specific Knowledge 

Compulsory sources


Basic Sustainability Science


Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science


Introduction to Public Policy


Governance and Development


Public Policy Analysis


Public Policy Formulation and Implementation


Macroeconomics for Public Policy


Public Economics


Elective courses 


Academic English


Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods




Microeconomics for Public Policy


Fiscal and Monetary Policy


Public Finance


Development Finance 


Principle and Method of Performance Evaluation


International Trade


Urban and Regional Economics


Regional and Urban Development Policy


Industrial and Trade Policy


Agriculture and Rural Development Policy


Science and Technology Policy


Education Policy


Human Resource Development for Public Sector


Social Welfare Policy


Disaster Prevention


Transportation Planning and Policy


International Political Economy


Series of guest speakers' lectures




Master thesis


7. Policy of tuition support and Scholarship: Updating 


8. Admission Information 

Admission capacity: 20 students per intake

Admission requirements


- GPA: Learn more at Major Reuirements

- English proficiency requirements:

* For official enrollment: Level 4/6 (IELTS 5.0-5.5) in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No. 01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.

Entrance exam 

- Open admission

- Entrance exam: application screening and oral test


Deadline for Application submission: 

1st Admission: Mar 18th 2019

2nd Admission: July 19th 2019

Admission schedule and Admission documents (Please visit here)

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Major Requirements:

Same majors

Relevant majors

Closely related majors


Development economics, International economics and other majors with 90% of the courses/credits matched with those of the economics program. 


Applicants who graduated in: International Studies, Scientific socialism, Journalism, Sociology, Social work, Oriental studies , Education must have at least 2 years of work experience. The requirements of GPA are same as the right and appropriate majors.

- Applicants who graduated in: Accounting, Auditing, Political Economy, Public Management, International Business, Marketing, Commercial Business, Regional and Urban Planning, Human Resource Management, Agricultural Economy, Tourism and Travel Service Administration, Hotel Administration can apply immediately right after graduation if GPA≥ 2.8/4.0. Two years of work experience is required for applicants with GPA from 2.5/4.0 to less than 2.8/4.0.  



     Admission Office

            Room 509, 5th Floor, My Dinh Campus

            Lưu Hữu Phước Street, My Dinh 1 Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

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