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.

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  • 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;
  • Cost of study/ internship at Waseda university in Japan fully covered for selected 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.

MLG Program's structure



General Knowledge




Japanese Language


Fundamental and Specific Knowledge


Compulsory courses


  Basic Sustainability Science 3
  Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science 3
  Introduction to Political Leadership 3
  Introduction to Global Leadership 3
  Social Research Methods 3
Academic English 4

Elective Courses


  International Political and Security Studies  
  Foundation of International Relations 3
  Media and Politics 3
  Theory of International Politics 3
  International Security 3
  Theory of International Organizations 3
  International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region 3
  International Economics Studies  
  International Economics 3
  Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy 3
  Technology Transfer and Innovation in ASEAN Economies 3
  Development Economics 3
  Asia-Pacific Economic Studies 3
  National Strategy and Change Management 3
  International Social and Cultural Studies  
  Society and Culture in Southeast Asia 3
  Social Anthropology 3
  Global Sociology 3
  East Asian Political Culture 3
  International Human Rights and Human Security 3
  Human Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3
  Policy Analysis of Comparative and International Education 3
  World of Gender 3
  Special Lecture on Global Leadership I, II, III None
  Semester Study at GSAPS/Internship 6
  Master thesis 14
  Total 64



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1. Admission schedule



1st admission

2nd admission

3rd admission


Application period       

From Jan 2021 to 25/03/2021

From 26/03/2021  to 18/06/2021

From 19/06/2021  to 30/07/2021


Announcement on the list of candidates for interview





Interview (*)

27 - 28/03/2021

26 - 27/06/2021

7 - 8/08/2021


Announcement of admission results and enrolment

April 2021

July 2021

August 2021


Opening ceremony

September 2021


2. Application method: Application documents screening and interview.

3. Interview method

The candidate may choose one of the two following interview methods:

  - On-site interview: Candidates are requested to go to VJU campus to participate in a face-to-face interview with the admission committee;

  - Online interview: Only those candidates who cannot join on-site interview at VJU campus due to geographical or work conditions may propose the admissions committee to allow them to take online interview via Internet connection.

See Detailed VJU's postgraduate admission 2021

Application Package 2021 to download

The related issues such as Appropriate majors, Relevant related majors, English requirements and admission quota for each Master programs, please see at Admission website:

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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