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







Common courses


Triết học



Tiếng Anh cơ bản

Basic English


Basic and fundamental knowledge


Basic knowledge


Cơ sở khoa học bền vững

Basic of Sustainability Science


Phương pháp luận và Hệ thống

thông tin cho Khoa học bền vững

Methodology and Informatics for Sustainable Science



Tiếng Nhật

Japanese Language



Specialized knowledge


Compulsory subjects


Nhập môn lãnh đạo chính trị

Introduction to Political Leadership



Nhập môn lãnh đạo toàn cầu

Introduction to Global Leadership



Phương pháp nghiên cứu xã hội

Social Research Methods


Thực tập



Elective subjects


Tiếng Nhật

Japanese Language


Tiếng Anh học thuật

Academic English


Cơ sở quan hệ quốc tế

Foundation of International Relations



Truyền thông và Chính trị

Media and Politics


Lý thuyết chính trị quốc tế

Theories of International Politics


An ninh quốc tế

International Security


Lý thuyết tổ chức quốc tế

Theories of  International Organizations



Chính trị, xã hội và văn hóa ở Đông Nam Á

Polity, Society and Culture in Southeast Asia



Quan hệ quốc tế ở khu vực châu Á - Thái Bình Dương International Relations in the

Asia-Pacific Region



Kinh tế phát triển

Development Economics


Kinh tế môi trường và chính sách môi trường

Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy



Đổi mới và chuyển giao công nghệ trong các nền kinh tế ASEAN

Technology Transfer and Innovation in ASEAN Economies




Chính sách đổi mới và phát triển toàn cầu

Global Development and Innovation Policy



Nghiên cứu kinh tế châu Á Thái Bình Dương

Asia-Pacific Economic Studies



Chiến lược quốc gia và quản trị sự thay đổi

National Strategy Change Management



Nhân học xã hội

Social Anthropology


Xã hội học toàn cầu

Global Sociology


Văn hoá chính trị Đông Á

East Asian Political Culture


An ninh con người và quyền con người

International Human Rights and

Human Security



Phát triển con người và mục tiêu phát triển bền vững

Human Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)




Phân tích chính sách về giáo dục so sánh và quốc tế

Policy Analysis of Comparative and International Education


Quan hệ giới trong bối cảnh quốc tế

World of Gender



Luận văn thạc sĩ

Master thesis






See scholarships and Financial aids here


1. Admission schedule



1st admission

2nd admission

3rd admission


Application period

From March 2022 to 15/04/2022

From 18/04/2022 to 17/06/2022

From 20/06/2022 to 29/07/2022


Announcement on the list of candidates for interview






23 - 24/04/2022

25 - 26/06/2022

06 - 07/08/2022


Announcement of admission results and enrolment

April 2022

July 2022

August 2022


Opening ceremony

September 2022 (Plan)

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 2022: Admission Information - Master's Programs 2022

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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 614, 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

Program Assistant:

Mr. Nguyen Viet Hoa

Tel: (+84-24) 7306 6001 (Ext: 6130)

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