Waseda University aims to uphold the independence of learning, and to promote the practical utilization of knowledge and good citizenship.
To uphold the independence of learning, Waseda University shall strive to emphasize freedom of research and investigation, and to encourage original and creative studies, thereby contributing to the advancement of knowledge.
To promote the practical utilization of knowledge, Waseda University shall endeavor to foster ways and means of utilizing knowledge side by side with the carrying on of academic research and learning, thereby contributing to the progress of civilization.
To promote good citizenship, Waseda University shall stress the building up of character which enables one to respect individuality, to enlighten oneself and one’s family, to promote the welfare of state and society and to extend one’s influence and activity to the world at large.
Facts and Figures
Academic Institutions: 13 Undergraduate Schools, 22 Graduate/Professional Graduate Schools
Student Enrolment: 52,078 (Second highest number among all universities in Japan) *Figures as of May 2015
- Undergraduates: 43,440
- Postgraduates: 8,638
- International Students: 4,412 (with College Student Visa)
Overseas Offices: Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, New York, San Francisco, Brussels
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University was established in April 1998 as the first independent graduate school without an undergraduate school in the history of Waseda. It began as a composite of the International Management Course and the International Relations Course, but as of April 2007 onward, it consists of the International Relations Course alone. Since April 2009, GSAPS has been positioned in the Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University.
Since the establishment of the program, our ‘two language education system’ (Japanese and English) and ‘international collaboration’ have gained momentum and have created a research exchange space in which many brilliant foreign and Japanese students meet and exchange as an everyday occurrence. Thus this unique, cutting edge Graduate School has been created.
- Open and timely lectures on current affairs and issues.
* The triangle method:
The Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) develops a unique research and learning system, known as the 'Triangle Method'. It strives to provide solutions to problems inherent in society through active interaction among the faculty members, students and representatives from various organizations from outside the university. These include domestic central/ local governments, international organizations, research institutes, NPOs, NGOs, business entities and private citizens.
MA (Master of Arts) in International Relations, International Studies Program
The MA Program has three specializations - "Area Studies", "International Relations", and "International Development/ Policy Studies". Students focus on one area of specialization, but at the same time can take courses in all three areas. By using a broad-based, multi-perspective approach to understanding and analyzing the momentous changes taking place in the Asia-Pacific region, graduates of the Program will be well-prepared to take on the region's challenges and opportunities in a wide range of professional capacities.
Therefore, students in the MA Program can design their own core of study according to their interest, experience, and specialization. For example, a student who already possesses specialized knowledge of the language or the political/economical situation of a particular area or country is recommended to acquire various new analytical tools in the Program in addition to deepening his/her knowledge of that area/country. In contrast, students familiar with economic analysis tools, etc, are able to study the situations and languages of an area or a country using these tools.
The aim of the MA Program of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies is to develop professionals who will play an active role in the international society that includes the Asia-Pacific region. Therefore, while we seek new graduates who have awareness for the issues concerning the future of the region, we also welcome applications by candidates with working experience aiming to achieve a higher level of activity in international society.
1) Area Studies
The Area Studies specialization concentrates on the analysis of complex problems facing the Asia-Pacific region, and on searching for solutions to many of these problems by delving into the historical, economic, political, cultural, and social changes that are taking place in the region.
2) International Relations
The International Relations specialization seeks to understand and resolve the issues facing the region from the perspective of international organizations, economic cooperation, economic development, the environment, and international law.
3) International Development/Policy Studies
The International Society specialization focuses on uncovering common themes facing the world today (from the perspectives of NGOs and NPOs, Official Development Assistance (ODA), gender theory, culture theory, etc.), and to explore ways in which these common themes can be addressed through greater international development and policy making.
To fulfil the degree requirements, an MA student must complete a minimum of two years of study, earn 30 credits or more, submit a thesis after completing the prescribed course of study, and pass the thesis screening and final examinations.
The curricula offered by the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (GSAPS) include "Core Courses", "Basic Courses ", "Advanced Courses" and "Project Research".
Core Courses offered for Master's Degree Programs are designed to help the students attain basic knowledge and skills necessary for completing their project research. Given the nature of these Basic Courses, it is recommended to take them as early in the program as possible.
Advanced Courses are designed mainly to provide proficient scholarly training in the acquisition of knowledge and its professional application, and to enhance the students’ ability to develop project research and prepare a Master’s thesis. Japan Studies in this curriculum aims to promote understanding of Japan through multiple approaches to meet the needs of students from abroad. Also, Special Topics offer the students current information on various themes, which are selected by the faculty. Experts and researchers outside the university will be invited to deliver lectures to the students.
Project Research aims to elevate the problem-solving skills among the students by providing them with practical experience through participation in research projects which are organized by the faculty members.
Optional courses are designed to train students in other necessary skills required for research activities, such as information analysis and computing, academic writing, and language acquisition. Credits for these courses will not be considered as a part of the completion (degree) requirements.
Project Research Advisor (Full-time Faculty)
|AMAKO, Satoshi*** (a)||Professor||Governance in China and Asia|
|HAYASE, Shinzo (a)||Professor||Japan in Asia|
|KATSUMA, Yasushi (a)||Professor||Peace, Human Rights and Social Development in Less Developed Countries|
|KAWAMURA, Yukio (a)||Professor||International Co-operation in the APEC Region and Laws|
|KURODA, Kazuo (a)||Professor||Educational Development in Developing Countries and International Cooperation|
|LEE, Jong Won (a)||Professor||Politics and Diplomacy in Korea|
|LIU-FARRER, Gracia (a)||Professor||Globalization and Socio-Cultural Change|
|MATSUOKA, Shunji (a)||Professor||Global Sustainability and International Development Cooperation Studies|
|MITOMO, Hitoshi (a)||Professor||Economics, Policies and Applications for Networked Societies|
|MURASHIMA, Eiji (a)||Professor||Political Society and Culture in Southeast Asia|
|East Asian Economies and Industries|
|NAKAJIMA, Seio (a)||Associate
|Popular Culture in Asia|
|OBI, Toshio*** (a)||Professor||e-Government & CIO Management|
|ROBERTS, Glenda S. (a)||Professor||Everyday Life in the Asia-Pacific|
|SHINOHARA, Hatsue (a)||Professor||East Asia and America, Foreign Policy|
|SHIRAISHI, Masaya *** (a)||Professor||International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region|
|UEKI, Chikako Kawakatsu (a)||Professor||International Relations and Security in East Asia|
|URATA, Shujiro (a)||Professor||International Economic Issues in Asia-Pacific|
|YAMAOKA, Michio (a)||Professor||International Cooperation in Asia Pacific Region|
|KAWANO, Mariko* (a)||Professor||Pacific Settlement of International Disputes|
|LIU, Jie* (a)||Professor||Chinese History in Modern and Post-WW II Period|
|NISHIMURA, Masao * (a)||Professor||Cultural Heritage and Development in Southeast Asia|
|YAMAKAGE, Susumu** (a)||Visiting Professor||International Relations of, and with, ASEAN|
|Academic Orientation||April 1|
|Spring Term||April 6 - August 2
*: Lecture schedule of the QUARTER courses are as follows.
・Spring Semester (1st half): April 6-June 7
(2 lectures in one week)
|* Lectures will be held on July 18, even though it is a national holiday.
* There will be no lectures on April 30, May 2, August 10 and August 12 (GSAPS office closed).
|Make-up Lectures||July 27- August 2|
|Summer Intensive Term||August 3 - 31||* 4-5 days intensive courses
1st Block: August 3,4,5,8,9
2nd Block: August 22-25
3rd Block: August 26, 29-31
* University closed: August 10-21
There will be no lectures during August 10-21 (GSAPS office closed).
|Summer Break||September 1 - September 20|
|Commencement||September 17 (tentative)|
|Academic Orientation||September 21|
|Fall Term||September 28 - February 6
*: Lecture schedule of the QUARTER courses are as follows.
・Fall Semester (1st half): September 28-November 26
(2 lectures in one week)
|* Lectures will be held on October 10, November 23, though those days are national holidays.
* Lectures will be held on the Anniversary of the University Founding, October 21.
* There will be no lectures during University Sports Festival on November 2 and Waseda-sai on November 5 (GSAPS office open).
* There will be no lectures on November 4 (GSAPS office closed).
|Winter Break||December 23 – January 5|
|Make-up Lectures||January 31 - February 6|
|Winter Intensive Term||February 7 - 24||* 4-5 days intensive courses
1st Block: February 7-10
2nd Block: February 13-17
3rd Block: February 20-24
|Spring Break||February 25 - March 31|
|Commencement||March 26 (tentative)||We will announce the exact date after it is officially determined.|
【Note】The academic calendar of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies slightly differs from the Waseda University calendar. Please refer to the University website for the other Waseda institution schedule.
|Libraries||Books: approx. 5.5 million
Serials: approx. 53 thousand
|Museums||Several museums (ex: Tsubouchi Memorial) are located on campus.|
|Gymnasium||A Gymnasium available for students is located on Waseda Campus.|
|The International Community Center (ICC)||The International Community Center (ICC) was established in order to utilize such a diverse international environment and to further enrich on-campus cross-cultural exchange. True to its name, the ICC offers a space where all students are able to interact regardless of nationality and culture. Through such interaction, students develop a new understanding of the world around them, while generating new values and interests.|
|The Writing Center||Universities in the U.S. are equipped with Writing Centers in order to help students cultivate the skills needed for academic writing. Based on this model, Waseda has also established a Writing Center that is open to all students in all departments. This enables every student to have access to the support and guidance necessary for improving their academic writing skills.|
|Rest Corner||(Only for GSAPS students): Rest Corner for resting, dining and drinking, and discussing.|
With an international, cross-cultural environment where outstanding Japanese and international students from approximately 50 different countries and regions can inspire each other, the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) has become Japan’s premier post-graduate institute, earning a high degree of recognition from both national and international communities.
Founded in April 1998, GSAPS is the first independent graduate school of Waseda University with a unique education system in English and Japanese such that students are able to complete the program by taking courses in either or both languages. In the span of the past 15 years, GSAPS has produced 1788 MA graduates, who hailed not only from neighbouring Asian nations as well as Japan, but also from 68 different countries and regions around the world. These graduates are now operating in diverse fields, including the private sector, journalism, international cooperation and development aid, international organizations, the public sector, research and international business. In addition to cultural and regional diversity, our current student population features a broad range of ages.
Our fundamental principles in delivering effective education are to conduct extensive, interdisciplinary research in the fields of history, politics, economics, industry, society, culture and international studies from the global and regional standpoint of the Asia-Pacific region, and to cultivate talented professionals with a high-level of expertise and skills, who can contribute the results of our research to the development and well-being of society.
With a diverse student population originating in the Asia-Pacific region and expanding to other parts of the world, GSAPS offers a multicultural educational environment where people of different nationalities and ethnicities all blend together. Our students are privileged to embark on their academic endeavours with our highly specialized faculty members and many instructors who are experienced in the fields of international civil service, diplomacy and mass media.
1) Welcome to Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS)/ Waseda University, a leading university in Japan. It is a place where you call home since you will feel just like home when you study here. It is a place where you will write a new page of your wonderful life with wonderful academic experience. It is where you will see your bright future both in public and private professions through academic excellence. Good luck with your new journey! I am looking forward to welcoming and assisting you if you need help here in GSAPS.
2) To become a JDS fellow requires a lot of highly intellectual endeavors and processes, which have put you through many stages of intensely competitive selections; also, it is absolutely a personal great pride and wonderful self-accomplishment to be at this final successful stage. However, I can assure you that this is just the beginning of your wonderful feeling as you will experience many other fantastic things here in GSAPS as well as in Japan as a whole.
Secondly, I want to hint that you cannot imagine how magnificent it is to study here in GSAPS, Waseda University, where you can, among other great stuff, take various courses related to our contemporary global issues based on your interests, talk and discuss with exceptional professors who have a wide array of knowledge and experiences on subject matters, access books and thousands of journal articles for your researches, and have wonderful chances to meet and converse with competent international students who will open up your mind and provide you with mind-blowing concepts and with whom you can build friendships and networks for your respective future career.