Master's Program in Global Leadership

Master's Program in Global Leadership


In the midst of the rapid globalization that marks the contemporary world, the presence of Vietnam, ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more significant than ever in the fields of international politics, economy, society and culture. The mission of the Global Leadership Program (MGL) is based on following two principles: 
1) To pursue academic research that balances global and regional perspectives in addressing the range of historical, political, economic, business management, industrial, social, and cultural issues arising among and across the nations of the Asia-Pacific region

2) To cultivate future leaders, who can contribute broadly to United Nations based global governance and ASEAN centered regional governance in Southeast Asia, East Asia (ASEAN+3) and Asia Pacific.
Solving various issues emerging out of the contemporary global society requires historical and cultural understandings of the region combined with analytical skills from the disciplines of international relations, political science, and international development. To this end, MGL is one  of the few educational programs in the world that offers an interdisciplinary program to provide students with graduate-level education in Global Leadership with three social science dimension of Politics/ Security, Economy and International studies. 


Lecturers: about 50% of lecturers from Japan.

Training time: 24 months.

Form of training: Full time.

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  • Leaders and managers in regional and international organizations  and central and local level national agencies;
  • Leaders and managers in associations, institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGO); 
  • Employees, consultants, policy analysts and advisors at national agencies, ministries,   departments and international organizations;
  • Specialists, lecturers in academic institutes and universities with relevant majors such as leadership, political science and security, public policies and development, international relations, international economics and business;
  • Continue studying in PhD Programs in Leadership, Political Science and Global Studies in universities in Vietnam, Japan or other countries.


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  • High quality curriculum based on that of Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) of Waseda University, modified to meet the requirements of the Vietnam and ASEAN context; 
  • International academic environment with a minimum 50 percent of lecturers from Japan; participation in projects with highly acclaimed professors;
  • Substantially subsidized tuition fees; full scholarships for outstanding students based on performance;
  • Cost of study/ internship at Waseda university in Japan fully covered for selected students;
  • Modern knowledge and skills in a multicultural context, especially Japanese;
  • Competency when applying for jobs at international organizations and Vietnamese/Japanese public agencies or enterprises, upon graduation.


Waseda University

Waseda University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan and in Asia. The Undergraduate school of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, in particular, have had a great influence on Japanese society. Six post-war Prime Ministers are prominent alumni of the school. In addition, at least seven CEOs listed in Fortune Global 2007 graduated from the school.   Waseda University, a member of Universitas 21, is a key collaborator in the development, implementation, and appointment of Japanese lecturers to the Master’s program in Global leadership of Vietnam Japan University.

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

MLG Program's structure



General Knowledge




Japanese Language


Fundamental and Specific Knowledge


Compulsory courses


  Basic Sustainability Science 3
  Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science 3
  Introduction to Political Leadership 3
  Introduction to Global Leadership 3
  Social Research Methods 3
Academic English 4

Elective Courses


  International Political and Security Studies  
  Foundation of International Relations 3
  Media and Politics 3
  Theory of International Politics 3
  International Security 3
  Theory of International Organizations 3
  International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region 3
  International Economics Studies  
  International Economics 3
  Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy 3
  Technology Transfer and Innovation in ASEAN Economies 3
  Development Economics 3
  Asia-Pacific Economic Studies 3
  National Strategy and Change Management 3
  International Social and Cultural Studies  
  Society and Culture in Southeast Asia 3
  Social Anthropology 3
  Global Sociology 3
  East Asian Political Culture 3
  International Human Rights and Human Security 3
  Human Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3
  Policy Analysis of Comparative and International Education 3
  World of Gender 3
  Special Lecture on Global Leadership I, II, III None
  Semester Study at GSAPS/Internship 6
  Master thesis 14
  Total 64



2020's Admission intake: 10 students

Applicants: Vietnamese and foreign students, who have graduated from university with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 scale


Right major Relevant majors Closely related majors


Philosophy, Scientific socialism,   Politics, Construction of the Party and the State, State Management, International Relations, International Studies, Asian Studies, Pacific Studies,   Eastern Studies, Chinese Studies,   Japanese Studies, Korean Studies,   Southeast Asian Studies, Vietnamese studies, Management Science, Law,  Economic law, Economics, Political Economics, Development Economics,  International Economics

Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology,   Religious Studies, History, Social Work,   Tourism, Information Technology,   Public Management, Human Resources Management, Project Management, Business Administration, Political Economics, Archive studies, Information Management, Cultural Studies, Cultural management, Linguistics, Literature, English language, Russian language,   French language, Chinese language,   German language, Educational Management, Industrial Management, Industrial Economics, Resource and Environmental management,  Natural Resources Economics,  Journalism Multimedia Communication, Mass Communication, Communication Technology,  International Communication,  Public Relations.  Special cases are specifically considered by the Admissions Council and submitted to the Rector of VJU for consideration and decision

Applicants are required to have GPA at undergraduate level ≥ 2.5/4.0.

English Proficiency Requirement: Level 4/6 are required for intake students, which is equivalent to one of the following certificates:

- IELTS 5.0

- TOEFL 45-93 iBT

- TOEIC Reading 385, Listening 400, Speaking 160, Writing 150

- Cambridge Exam KET (Distinction 160), PET (Pass 160), FCE (Level B2-160)

- BEC Vantage

- BULATS (60-74)

- Vietnamese Standardized Test of English Profienciency VSTEP.3-5 (6.0)

Admission Process:

  • Open admission
  • Entrance exam: application screening and oral exam

Deadline for 2020 admission:

In the complicated situation of Covid-19 pandemic, based on VNU's guidance, Vietnam Japan University would like to officially annouce on the readjustment of admission schedule for masters programs 2020 as follows:
a) Admission 1

- Extend timeframe of Admission 1 as in Admission Announcement No 879/ĐHVN-TB published on December 31,2019 to Admission 2, Admission 3 2020;

- Candidates who have already registered and submitted within Admission 1 will be transferred to Admission 2 or Admission 3 as candidates' expectation.
b) Admission 2 and Admission 3

- Admission 2 and Admission 3 apply for both Vietnamese and international students;

- The schedule of Admission 2 and Admission 3 is as follow:



Admission 2



Application period

From December 15, 2019 to June 05, 2020


Announcement of the list of candidates for interview

 June 09, 2020



From 12 to 28, June 2020


Announcement of admission results and enrolment

Before July 15, 2020



Admission 3



Application period

 From December 15, 2019 to August 17, 2020


Announcement of the list of candidates for interview

August 21, 2020



From 29 August to 06 September 2020


Announcement of admission results and enrolment

Before September 15, 2020

Due to the complicated situation of the covid-19 pandemic, the application deadline and interview date of the third admission are extended as follows:

  Application deadline Interview date
Global Leadership 01/09/2020


c) There is a tentative Back-up Admission (if  required) as follow:


Back-up Admission 



Application period

From December 15, 2019 to September 17, 2020


Announcement of the list of candidates for interview

September 21, 2020



From 26 September to 04 October 2020


Announcement of admission results and enrolment

Before October 15, 2020

d) Plan for supplementary courses: September and Octorber 2020

e) Tentative Opening Ceremony (2020-2022): October 2020.

Admission package can be downloaded here.

Program Office

Add: Room 613, 6th Floor, My Dinh Campus

Luu Huu Phuoc Road, My Dinh 1 Residential Area, Cau Dien Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam View google map


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