Application Guidelines for Global Leading Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM)
The University of Tokyo Program for Leading Graduate Schools for the Fall 2017 Academic Year

Educational and research objectives of the program

GSDM program aims to offer a consistent education from the master’s program through the doctoral program by drawing on a special curriculum to cultivate global leaders who can help resolve issues for nations, the international community, and industry by acquiring capabilities to work in broader spectrum, design and execution in addition to accumulating basic discipline and expertise at each graduate school.

Prospective profile of the course graduates

Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to identify issues from global perspectives by leveraging specialized and comprehensive knowledge and designing solutions that integrate scientific and technological innovations and public policy (‘social design and management’).

Course completion

1. Required course:

  • Social Design and Global Leadership (2 credits, English)

2. Compulsory electives (1):

  • Engineering Competency I, Project Based Learning, or Case Study (Project Based Learning on the Medical, Environmental and IT Innovation and the Role of Public Policy) (2 credits)

3. Compulsory electives (2):

  • 4credits from "Global society and public policy core"
  • 4credits from "Advanced science technologies core"
  • 2credits from "Issue solving core"

*Out of 10 credits above, at least 6 credits have to be taken from English-taught courses.

*The required course and compulsory electives must be taken within two years after starting the program.

4. To pass the Qualifying Examination if you are in the Master's degree program

5. To pass the Research Design Workshop

6. To pass the International Project

7. To pass the final examination

Download : Application Form
Download : Q&A

1. Qualified Applicants

Postgraduate students eligible for GSDM program are those who were admitted to master's courses in Spring or Fall 2017, Spring or Fall 2016, or doctoral courses in Spring or Fall 2017 at the following graduate schools (both master's and doctoral courses):

Graduate School of Public Policy /Department of Public Policy, Department of Int'l Public Policy, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, School of Legal and Political Studies / Graduate School of Economics, Division of Economics /Graduate School of Economics, Division of Management / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Precision Engineering / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Systems Innovation / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Chemical System Engineering / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management / Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Technology Management for Innovation / Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Global Agricultural Sciences / Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics / Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences / Graduate School of Medicine, Department of International Health / Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Social Medicine / Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Department of Information & Communication Engineering / Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Information Studies.

Applicants shall also fulfill all of the following requirements.
They shall:

  • Intend to acquire a doctorate in fields related to social design and management
  • Fully understand the purpose and requirements of GSDM program
  • Seek to enroll in doctoral courses at any of the above-listed graduate schools
  • Agree to apply for Research Fellowship for Young Scientists in the JSPS, and should they be accepted, they also agree to stay in GSDM program
  • Understand that their doctoral credentials will mention completion of GSDM program

2. Selection Method

The student selection is based on a comprehensive assessment that comprises application form reviews (applicant information, research plans, essays describing reasons for applying and future visions, research progress, and supervisor’s letter of opinion) (see note 1) and an interview (see note 2).

note 1 A transcript of the Master’s course is also required for applicants in the second year of the master’s degree program as well as for the applicants in the first year of the master's program who started the program in April, 2017.
note 2 Interviews are scheduled on Sunday, October 1. Depending on the number of applicants, some interviews might be held on Saturday, September 30

3. Enrollment Period

In Fall 2018, one year from the enrollment, Qualifying Examinations (see note 3 and 4) will take place for the Master's degree students, and Research Design Workshop (see note 5) for the first year of the doctor’s degree students to select students who can remain in the program.
The enrollment period for master’s degree program students selected through QE will be up to the end of the first year of doctoral courses (see note 6) providing that they enroll in doctoral courses, and for doctoral students through the standard period of time for the doctoral education.

note 3 Two credits from the Global Society & Public Policy Core courses, two credits from the Advanced Science Technologies Core courses, and two credits from the Issue Solving Core courses or "Social Design and Global Leadership" must be taken before the Qualifying Examination.
note 4 For the second year (M2) of master's degree students who complete their master's education in Spring, 2018, the Qualifying Examination will take place during the GSDM Annual Residential Study Program to be held from March 17 to 19, 2018.
note 5 Two credits from the Global Society & Public Policy Core courses, two credits from the Advanced Science Technologies Core courses, and two credits from the Issue Solving Core courses or "Social Design and Global Leadership" must be taken before the Research Design Workshop in principle.
note 6 We will conduct Research Design Workshop at the end of the first year of the doctoral courses to select students to be permitted to stay in the program through the standard period of time for the doctoral education.

4. Grant

Master's students will receive monthly grant of 100,000 yen before the Qualifying Examination(QE) and 150,000 yen after passing QE. Doctor's students will receive 200,000 yen monthly (see note 7). Students may decline to receive the grant and still be on the program.
Note that recipients of the grant are not allowed to receive other financial aids, such as JASSO scholarship, or part-time job earnings. (Contact the GSDM Office for details).

note 7 This grant will count as miscellaneous income and will be taxed. You must file a tax return in the following year on your own responsibility. The related documents will be sent to you in January 2018.

5. Number of Participating Students

Schools Number of students to be selected
Graduate School of Public Policy
Graduate School of International Public Policy
Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, School of Legal and Political Studies
Graduate School of Economics, Division of Economics
Graduate School of Economics, Division of Management
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Precision Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Systems Innovation
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Chemical System Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management
Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Technology Management for Innovation
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Global Agricultural Sciences
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, Department of Computational Biology and Medical Sciences
Graduate School of Medicine, School of International Health
Graduate School of Medicine, Social Medicine
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Information & Communication Engineering
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
Maximum 10 or so from M1
Several from M2
Several from D1

6. Selection announcement and enrollment procedures

  1. The results of the admission selection will be posted on the bulletin board of Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) as well as on the GSDM WEB site at around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017.
  2. Enrollment forms will be handed out at the GSDM Office as soon as the announcement is made. Documents will be posted directly to students upon advance request at the application. Accepted students must follow the enrollment guidelines and finish the necessary procedures (submitting their enrollment documents) by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017. In case the enrollment procedures cannot be completed before the deadline, please notify the GSDM Office in advance. Those who fail to hand in necessary documentation by the deadline without advance notice will be treated as having declined to enroll in the program

7. Application Procedures

1. Application method

a. Directly submit or post documents to the GSDM Office.
b. When posting application documents, use registered mail and enclose all of the application documents described in part 2 of this form in a single envelope.
c. Acceptance
period :
From 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 25 through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
Posted documents must arrive at the office by Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
d. Postal
address :
GSDM Office, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo, 7- 3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033
Contact: gsdm-ppoffice@pp.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Office location: Room 1314, 13th floor, International Academic Research Building
Office hour: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

2. Application documents

a. Application
form :
Provide the required information in a prescribed form
b. Supervisor’s
Recommendation
Letter :
Ask your supervisor to fill out the form. The form must be in a envelope and sealed up.
c. Transcript : M2students as well as M1 students who started Master's program in April 2017 have to submit transcripts of master’s course

* If you are admitted to the program and wish to receive enrollment forms by post, the documents will be mailed upon advanced request at the application. Postage fee JPY360 must be borne by the applicant.

8. Important Notes

  1. Applications submitted without the required documents will not be accepted. As a partial exception, the 'Supervisor's Recommendation Letter’ may be submitted separately even past the acceptance deadline, but in any case no later than 12:00 p.m. Friday September 29, 2017.
  2. We will not permit changes to document under any circumstance following the completion of application procedures.
  3. We may change application procedures according to circumstances, at which time we will notify relevant parties.
  4. Student names, addresses, and other personal information acquired through applications will be used for 1) selection (processing application forms and actual selection), 2) announcement of selected candidates, and 3) enrollment procedures. Personal information will be used in tasks concerning 1) curriculum matters (including registration and course completion), 2) student support matters (including employment assistance, and course fee application exemptions) and 3) inquiry from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
  5. You may apply for another leading program at the same time as GSDM. Please note, however, that you cannot be enrolled in two leading programs.
  6. We may retroactively cancel participation records, even after selection, of students falsifying information in program applications.

September 15, 2017