MPAff-Hiroshima Admissions and Degree Requirements
General Admissions Information for the MPAff Program
International degrees students must apply independently to both The University of Texas at Austin for admission to the LBJ School and to IDEC at HU for admission to the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation. Application to the LBJ School requires: Completion of the online application with application fee, scores from the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework (verified translations in English), a resume, three letters of recommendation, and an essay. To be eligible for consideration by the LBJ School to the international degrees program, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, competitive scores on all sections of the GRE, an upper division grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (based on a 4.0 system). Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must meet the current LBJ School minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The application process to IDEC includes submission of an application form with research proposal, receipt of examination fee, transcripts, and for applicants whose native language is not English, an original certificate of one of English tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC. Students who wish to apply to IDEC are required to have prior agreements on the research proposal with a prospective faculty supervisor in IDEC. Students interested in applying should consult the following websites:
The LBJ School of Public Affairs: www.utexas.edu/lbj/prospective
IDEC Administration Office: www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/idec/
Students can be admitted to the international degrees program only if approved by both IDEC and the LBJ School for admission. If a student wishes to enroll in IDEC in April she/he must submit an application to IDEC at latest by the previous November. Students who wish to apply for admission to IDEC in October should complete the application process at latest by the previous April. The admission processes to IDEC are diversified and different between Japanese and non-Japanese as well as domestic residents in Japan and overseas residents. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students who wish to apply to IDEC consult with the IDEC Administration Office prior to application. Students applying for admission to the LBJ School must submit all application documents by December 15. Note: this deadline is intentionally before the general January 5 deadline for non-international degrees applicants to ensure that all documents are received.
Credit for Program Work: The international degrees program is administered by a committee co-chaired by the Chair of the IDEC Academic Affairs Committee and the Graduate Advisor for the MPAff program in the LBJ School of Public Affairs. After being admitted and based on consultation with the supervisors at IDEC and the LBJ School, each student is responsible for submitting an initial program of work that will satisfy the requirements of the two degrees. While attending UT Austin, the student must submit an updated program of work at the end of each semester showing actual completed work.
The MPAff program requires that an admitted student to have completed undergraduate statistics and calculus courses before beginning the graduate methods courses. If the student initiates the program at IDEC, LBJ School prerequisites in quantitative methods can be fulfilled by coursework at IDEC.
The M-IDEC/M.P.Aff. international degrees require a minimum of 66 credit hours plus thesis. The 66 credits represent a reduction of 12 hours from the 48 required by the LBJ School for the MPAff program.To receive the international dual degrees, a student must earn a total of at least 66 credits at the two schools. Students must be enrolled at UT Austin the semester they receive their degree.
Students in the M-IDEC program are required to complete the equivalent of fifteen two-credit courses (or an equivalent number of credits in 4-credit courses) and, in addition, a thesis based on original research. Students admitted to the MGPS program, must demonstrate proficiency in English (at the time of admissions) and by the time of graduation demonstrate proficiency in second language. Either IDEC-HU or LBJ-UT may at its discretion recognize credits taken at the other institution (transfer credit). Each university will follow its own internal regulations for the recognition of transfer credit (current UT policy limits each graduate student to a maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit and current HU policy limits each graduate student to a maximum of 10 credits transfer if IDEC approves the equivalence of transferred credit with corresponding course offered in IDEC). The thesis will be co-supervised by one faculty member from IDEC and one from the LBJ School.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in the MPAff program. An internship is also required which should be taken any time after core course pre-requisites have been completed.
The 36 hours of the M.P.Aff. program includes:
- 21 hours of core courses (Politics and Process; Public Financial Management; Introduction to Empirical Methods; Public Management; Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis; Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis; and Advanced Policy Economics).
- 6 hours of a Policy Research Project (two 3-hour courses)
- 9 hours of elective courses, which may include courses in any of seven specializations (International Affairs; Natural Resources and the Environment; Non-profit and Philanthropic Studies; Public Management and Leadership; Social and Economic Policy, Urban and State Affairs, and Technology, Innovation and Information Policy).
- An approved summer internship.
The 30 hours of the various masters degrees in IDEC include: (a) 6 credits (3 course-equivalents) in so-called “Common Courses;” (b) 12 credits (6 course-equivalents) in subjects specified by a faculty supervisor; (c) 4 required seminar credits; (d) 8 credits of free electives, plus (e) a thesis, for a total of 30 credits plus a thesis. Courses are selected from graduate course offerings in IDEC (see Table 1). Thesis must be taken while enrolled in IDEC. IDEC common courses will not duplicate the core courses offered by the LBJ School programs.