Master's Program in Global Leadership

Master's Program in Global Leadership

In the midst of the rapid globalization that marks the contemporary world, the presence of Vietnam, ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region is becoming more significant than ever in the fields of international politics, economy, society and culture. The mission of the Global Leadership Program (MGL) is based on following two principles: 
1) To pursue academic research that balances global and regional perspectives in addressing the range of historical, political, economic, business management, industrial, social, and cultural issues arising among and across the nations of the Asia-Pacific region

2) To cultivate future leaders, who can contribute broadly to United Nations based global governance and ASEAN centered regional governance in Southeast Asia, East Asia (ASEAN+3) and Asia Pacific.
Solving various issues emerging out of the contemporary global society requires historical and cultural understandings of the region combined with analytical skills from the disciplines of international relations, political science, and international development. To this end, MGL is one  of the few educational programs in the world that offers an interdisciplinary program to provide students with graduate-level education in Global Leadership with three social science dimension of Politics/ Security, Economy and International studies. 


Lecturers: about 50% of lecturers from Japan.

Training time: 24 months.

Form of training: Full time.

Internship opportunity: One semester study/ internship at Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies in Tokyo, Japan fully covered for all/ selected Vietnamese students


  • Leaders and managers in regional and international organizations  and central and local level national agencies;
  • Leaders and managers in associations, institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGO); 
  • Employees, consultants, policy analysts and advisors at national agencies, ministries,   departments and international organizations;
  • Specialists, lecturers in academic institutes and universities with relevant majors such as leadership, political science and security, public policies and development, international relations, international economics and business;
  • Continue studying in PhD Programs in Leadership, Political Science and Global Studies in universities in Vietnam, Japan or other countries.


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  • High quality curriculum based on that of Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) of Waseda University, modified to meet the requirements of the Vietnam and ASEAN context; 
  • International academic environment with a minimum 50 percent of lecturers from Japan; participation in projects with highly acclaimed professors;
  • Substantially subsidized tuition fees; full scholarships for outstanding students based on performance;
  • One semester study/ internship at GSAPS in Tokyo, Japan fully covered for selected/ all Vietnamese students;
  • Modern knowledge and skills in a multicultural context, especially Japanese;
  • Competency when applying for jobs at international organizations and Vietnamese/Japanese public agencies or enterprises, upon graduation.


Waseda University

Waseda University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Japan and in Asia. The Undergraduate school of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, in particular, have had a great influence on Japanese society. Six post-war Prime Ministers are prominent alumni of the school. In addition, at least seven CEOs listed in Fortune Global 2007 graduated from the school.   Waseda University, a member of Universitas 21, is a key collaborator in the development, implementation, and appointment of Japanese lecturers to the Master’s program in Global leadership of Vietnam Japan University.

The curriculum consists of 64 credits, including core courses in fundamental and advanced, as well as elective courses in each specified field.

Tentative Curriculum:



General Knowledge




Japanese Language


Fundamental and Specific Knowledge


Compulsory courses


Basic Sustainability Science


Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science


Introduction to Political Leadership


Introduction to Global Leadership


Social Research Methods


Elective Courses


Social Research Methods


Academic English


Politics and Security


Foundation of International Relations


Media and Politics


Theory of International Politics


International Security


Theory of International Organizations


Policy Society and Culture in Southeast Asia


International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region




International Economics


Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy


Technology Transfer and Innovation in ASEAN Economies


Development Economics


Asia-Pacific Economic Studies


National Strategy and Change Management




Social Anthropology


Global Sociology


East Asian Political Culture


International Human Rights and Human Security


Human Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Policy Analysis of Comparative and International Education


World of Gender


Special Lecture on Global Leadership I, II, III


Semester Study at GSAPS/Internship


Master thesis






Admission capacity: 20 students per intake

Applicants: Vietnamese and foreign students, who have graduated from university with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 scale


Equivalent Majors: International Studies, International Relations, Global Studies, Political Science, Vietnam Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Area Studies, Regional Studies  Management Studies, Philosophy, Law, Administration, Economics, International Economics, Development Economics, Sociology, Psychology, History, Journalism - Communication, Religious Studies, Sustainable Science.


Relevant Majors: All majors

English Proficiency Requirement: Level 4/6 (IELTS 5.0-5.5) in Vietnamese reference framework for foreign language (Circular No. 01/2014/TT-BGDĐT) or equivalent.

Admission Process:

  • Open admission
  • Entrance exam: application screening and oral exam

Application available at or for admission guidelines and to download application for admission

Program Office

Add: Room 613, 6th Floor, My Dinh Campus

Luu Huu Phuoc Road, My Dinh 1 Residential Area, Cau Dien Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Ha Noi, Vietnam View google map


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