Department of Policy and Planning Sciences, Graduate School of University of Tsukuba

Curriculum Policy about Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences 2017

Aiming to foster knowledge of society and logical thinking ability, embodied in the basic engineering skills that lead to "problem-solving ability," our educational program is composed of the following 3 pillars:

  1. The Basic Classes (completion of at least 8 units required) provides the basic skills required by Policy and Planning Sciences. The common graduate school classes are considered to belong to this class set.
  2. The Basic Specialized Classes (completion of at least 12 units required), founded on skills from the Basic Class, builds the ability to construct models from observed phenomena and analyze data. It is composed of 3 overlapping areas:

    Financial / Natural Resource Design: Finance & Optimization.
    Spatial / Environmental Design: Urban Planning.
    Organizational / Behavioral Design: Behavioral Science

    Basic Classes

  3. The Master Thesis Research aims at establishing and integrating both basic and specialized abilities in the student, using the shared physical and virtual research resource we call the "TPPS Commons," available to both students and faculty through formal Research Units and other research projects, ensuring multidimensional supervision for the student.

Learning Models for Master's Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Program titles are linked to their syllabi.
Class Category Class Name Units Learning
Model 1
Learning
Model 2
Learning
Model 3
Basic Classes
(completion of at least 8 units required)
Mathematics for Policy and Planning Sciences 2
Asset Pricing Theory 2
Social Simulation 2
Game Theory 2
Statistical Analysis 2
Corporate Valuation 2
Institutions and Policy Decision 2
Urban and Environmental Planning 2
Spatial Information Science 2
Workshop in Policy and Planning Sciences I 1
Workshop in Policy and Planning Sciences II 1
(+ Classes from the Common Curriculum of the Graduate School) ●(2) ●(2) ●(2)
Basic Specialized Classes
(at least 12 units)
Financial / Natural Resource &
Spatial / Environmental Design
Supply Chain Management 2
Credit Risk 2
Urban Risk Management 2
Urban and Regional Analytics 2
Spatial / Environmental &
Organizational / Behavioral Design
Urban Renewal Project Management/ Area Management 2
Theory and Practice of Public Policy 2
International Economic Analysis 2
Marketing Science 2
Organizational / Behavioral &
Financial / Natural Resource Design
Business Strategy: Theories and Practices 2
Electronic Commerce 2
Time Series Analisys 2
Financial Management: Theory and Practice 2
Financial /
Natural Resource Design
Mathematics of Derivative Theory 2
Investment Science 2
Discrete Mathematics 2
Mathematical Optimization Theory 2
Spatial / Environmental Design Regional Science 2
History of Urban Built Environment 2
Social Infrastructure Planning 2
Residential Environment Planning [Japanese] 2
Organizational / Behavioral Design Behavioral and Experimental Economics 2
Organizational Behavior 2
Consumer Behavior 2
Production and Quality Management 2
Advanced Decision Theory 2
Basic Specialized Classes
(Free)
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences I
2
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences II
2
Facilitation Training Pre-Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences I~II
each1
Internship Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences I
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences II
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences III
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences IV
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences V
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences VI
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences VII
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences VIII
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences IX
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences X
1
International Business 2
Social Psychology 2
Application of Automated Driving and Fuel Cells in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization 2
Applications of Mobility, Robotics, and Intelligent Technologies in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization 2
New Financial Infrastructure and Strategic Frontierss for Regional Revitalization 2
Active learning in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization I 2
Active learning in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization II 2
Active learning in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization III 2
Others
Specialized Classes
(12 units)
Basic Master's Seminar in Policy and
Planning Sciences I ~ II
2×2
Special Master's Seminar in Policy and
Planning Sciences I ~ II
2×2
Special Master's Research Work in Policy and
Planning Sciences I ~ II
2×2
Total 36 36 36

※Required subjects for students enrolled in Course in Strategic Frontiers for Regional Revitalization

Learning Model 1: Business consultant or manager, financial planner

After completing 36 credits to develop ability in business evaluation or finance, become a strategic consultant giving strategic management advice; or a financial consultant formulating financial strategy and conducting financial analysis; or a manager or financial planner.

Learning Model 2: System engineer in an IT consulting firm

After completing 36 credits to develop analytic ability in system management, become a system engineer determining customer requirements and designing and administering a system to specification for an IT consulting firm.

Learning Model 3: Think tank researcher

After completing 36 credits and conducting research to develop ability related to urban planning, join a consulting business or become a think tank researcher.

Curriculum Policy about Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Aiming to develop problem specification skills based on problem-finding, quantitative modeling and abstraction, resulting in solution-oriented personnel capable of engineering the futures they imagine, our educational program is composed of the following 3 pillars:

  1. Acquisition of broad-based knowledge through the graduate school's common classes and classes in other fields.
  2. Multi-dimensional research supervision through participation in formal Research Units and other research projects.
  3. Offering a management ability development program that starts with self-discovery of research objectives, and fosters the ability to construct research methodologies.

Besides the standard 3-year course of study, the program includes various alternative plans such as the Early Completion Course which permits finishing in 1 year, an extended 5-year course of studies, as well as the S Course (a combined first and second term course taking 3 years), the A Course (similar but taking 4 years), and the standard 5-year course.

Learning Models for Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

Class Category Class Name Units Learning
Model 1
Learning
Model 2
Basic Classes
(completion of at least 2 units required)
(Classes from the Common Curriculum of the Graduate School) ●(2) ●(2)
Basic Specialized Classes
(at least 4 units)
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences I
2
Facilitation Training Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences II
2
Facilitation Training Pre-Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences III~IV
each1
Internship Program in Policy and
Planning Sciences
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences I
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences II
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences III
2
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences IV
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences V
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences VI
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences VII
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences VIII
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences IX
1
Special Lecture on Policy and
Planning Sciences X
1
Specialized Classes
(12 units)
Special Doctoral Seminar in Policy and
Planning Sciences I ~ IV
2×4
Special Doctoral Research Work in Policy and
Planning Sciences I ~ II
2×2
Total 20 20

Learning Model 1: Graduate school faculty member

After completing 20 units from the table to acquire academic and management capabilities, join a graduate school faculty.

Learning Model 2: Senior researcher in a think tank

After completing 20 units from the table to acquire not merely research skills but also project facilitation ability, become a senior researcher in a think tank.

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