Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP) General Track

The Program in Economic and Public Policy General Track

The Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP) is a program taught in English, offering an MA in International Public Policy. The program aims to provide training and the necessary skills for the conception, design, and implementation of public policies with an emphasis on quantitative skills in economics with modern technologies such as Big Data analysis, econometrics, GIS analysis, satellite image analysis, household survey analysis, population data analysis and health research in developing countries. PEPP faculty members work on a variety of issues in economics, development and public policy, including economic growth, poverty reduction, enhancing agricultural production efficiency, human capital accumulation, international trade policies and environmental issues in developing countries. We endeavor to contribute to the creation of an international community of highly trained professionals addressing the daily challenges of economic and social development.

History of PEPP

PEPP (or WBGSP or PEPPM as its predecessor) is the oldest partner program in Japan of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, a large scholarship program for young professionals from developing countries funded by the Government of Japan and managed by the World Bank Institute in Washington, DC. During the past twenty years, more than a hundred students from over forty developing countries have graduated from PEPP. The University of Tsukuba PEPP is also one of many academic institutions which participate in the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP).

About PEPP

In PEPP, there are two tracks: PEPP General Track and PEPP World Bank/Asian Development Bank Scholarship (PEPP WB/ADB Scholarship) Track. Students of PEPP General Track may be self-financed, or obtain scholarships from the Japanese government (MEXT scholarship) [1] or any other organizations. The PEPP WB/ADB Scholarship Track is for those who succeed in obtaining scholarships from the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank. The academic program is the same for these two tracks, the only difference being the source of funding [2].

Students of PEPP General Track and WB/ADB Scholarship Track

[1] For applicants who passed the screening of the embassy recommendation of the MEXT scholarship, the entrance examination is held in summer.

[2] Please note that, due to the difference of funding sources, the field trips and Japanese language course are not included in the program of the PEPP General Track. Students in the General Track can participate in these activities when they self-finance the cost of these activities.

Program Outline

Our program is designed to transform students, upon graduation, to become well-trained economists who have sufficient knowledge to design, analyze and implement policy. For this purpose, in our program, we emphasize both quantitative skills to analyze policy, and skills to communicate to policy makers. In the program, students are required to write a master’s thesis based on solid quantitative analysis, and to periodically present their progress to faculty members and other students. With 20 years of experience managing the program, we are confident that students with different academic backgrounds eventually can learn all essential elements of modern economics.

The program starts in October with introductory classes, and followed by them, the program starts to offer more advanced courses. Then, students can take a variety of applied economics courses and policy oriented courses. In addition to these classes, students are also required to attend weekly research workshops, where they present the progress of their research on their respective master theses. Students who successfully pass the oral examination of the master’s thesis and obtain 30 credits or more of mandatory courses offered in our program will be awarded a degree of MA in international public policy.

Possible Career Path After Graduation

After graduating from our PEPP General Track, several paths are possible. Students wishing success in academic fields usually decide to go to doctoral programs. In the past, students were successfully accepted at University of Michigan Ph.D course (USA), University of Ohio Ph.D course (USA), Michigan State University Ph.D course (USA), University of Tokyo doctoral course (Japan), University of Tsukuba doctoral course (Japan).  Students wishing success in business in most cases find job in private sector successfully. Students from previous cohorts found job in Sumitomo Chemical Corp., Hitachi Corp., Accenture, etc. Students wishing success in the public sector find job in the governments and NGO.

Eligible Applicants of PEPP General Track

Applicants who satisfy the following three conditions can apply to the program:  (i) have obtained a Bachelor degree (or expecting to receive a bachelor degree by the start of the program);  (ii) have the intellectual capacity to successfully complete our program;  and (iii) have English language ability required for a MA program.

Students of General Track, WB/ADB Scholarship Track and professors at the graduation ceremony


Financing Your Study at PEPP General Track

There are three ways to finance your study at PEPP General Track.

    1. Self-finance:  In this case, any applicant who satisfies the above three conditions can apply to the program.
    1. MEXT (Japanese government Monbukagakusho) scholarship:  Those who are already receiving the scholarship from Japanese government (MEXT scholarship) are eligible to apply. In addition, those who are now applying for the scholarship from the Japanese government and who have a certificate of the primary selection issued by the Japanese embassies (Embassy Recommendation) can apply to our program. [Entrance Examination (Summer) only] 
  1. Scholarship from other funding sources:  Any applicants who have other scholarships are eligible to apply regardless of their nationality.

Note that if you are interested in studying in PEPP and if you are eligible for applying for WB/ADB scholarship, you can apply both for PEPP General track and WB/ADB scholarship track. The application period of PEPP WB/ADB Scholarship Track is expected to start around January 2021 for October 2021 intake

Application Period

We accept applications twice a year for PEPP General Track. They are around July-August for the entrance examination (summer) and December-February for the entrance examination (spring).

Please apply from the following webpage:


Before making your application, make a contact with our deputy director. For this please email your research plan and transcript to: pepp-cepgt [at] (Please replace [at] with @.)) and gain the approval of him or her on your research plan.
With approval of our deputy director, we will share Application Form and other necessary documents with you, and with this submission of Application Form and other necessary documents, you will have a screening interview, which is conducted by the program faculty. Applicants who pass the screening interview will be granted the admission to the program. Those successful applicants who pass the screening in August-September will start their study in October in the next year.  The program is originally a two-year master’s degree program. However, it allows students who satisfy all the program requirements to obtain a master’s degree in 18 months. After fulfilling all the requirements of the program, students will receive a degree of MA in international public policy.

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