Master’s ProgramFeatures


Internships at Home and Abroad

The Graduate School of International Relations emphasizes not only theoretical study but also learning from the field.

Our Graduate School holds internship agreements with various business corporations, newspaper agencies and international organizations, both inside and outside of Japan, where we send our graduate students as interns.

Internship experience provides students with great opportunities to learn how different corporations and organizations work, acquire on-the-job experience, and cultivate practical skills. Having an opportunity to be exposed to organizational philosophy, students gain greater insight into their own career paths and research, along with developing practical capabilities required for taking an active role in international business.

In addition, when students undertake overseas internships, they are expected to acquire a basic education that includes intercultural understanding through social life as a world citizen and practical language skills required as an international professional.

Sample of Organizations under Internship Agreements
  • The Japan Foundation
  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV), Germany
  • Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • Centro de Intercambio Cultural y Econmico Hispano-Jappones

We also have agreements with other organizations for internships and 
offer information on non-credit.

Field Research

Field Research Support in Areas of Students’ Research Interests

The Graduate School of International Relations supports and urges all Master’s students to conduct their research and studies in the field.

The “Field Research” course has been extensively developed since 2011. Experienced instructors are provided to teach students now to develop field research implementation plans and research methods in areas of each students’ research interests with ongoing peace building, reconstruction, and development.

We also have professors specializing in a wide range of research fields and regions who support Master’s students’ research and studies.

International Organizations Workshop

Support for graduate students who wish to work in international organizations

In our graduate school, there are many students who aspire to work in international organizations such as the United Nations or the Regional Cooperation Organization. To support these students, we established the “International Organizations Workshop.”

Workshop participants will also take the “International Organizations Seminar.”

In the seminar, lectures are given by individuals either currently working in international organizations or with long international organization work experience. In the small group seminars, students participate in discussion sessions and do exercises regarding project management. Participants learn the activities of international organizations and about the career paths to becoming an international organization staff member. This workshop is coordinated by instructors who are faculty members of our graduate school and also have working experience in the United Nations and World Bank. In addition, we have workshop advisors who are former or current staff members of international organizations. We offer this workshop with the cooperation of these instructors and advisors.

*From 2012, the “International Organization Seminar” (2 Credits) will be offered in English.

2012 Instructors
  • Prof. ISHIHARA, Naoki Former U.N. Officer
  • Prof. KOYAMA, Masahisa Former Development Bank of Japan Staff Member
  • Prof. NAGASU, Masashi Former Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund, World Bank Staff Member
2012 Guest Lecturers
  • Ms. YAMASHITA, Mari United Nations Information Center Tokyo
  • Mr. KONAKA, Deputy Director General, Budget and Accounting Department
    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Mr. HAYASHI Nobumitsu , President of Policy Research Institute (former president of World Bank)
  • Ms. KAI yukako , Public relations official world bank Tokyo office
  • Mr.Miyaguchi Takaaki , Ritumeikan college of international relations
    (An associate professor and the former United Nations Volunteers personnel)


Dual Master’s Degree Program: DMDP

DMDP is an innovative program in which students can obtain Master’s degree from two academic institutions in as short as two years by spending one year at each institution.

As an innovative program that develops individuals into active members of the globalized international community, the DMDP program has sent a total 66 of Students abroad since its establishment in 1992(as of January 2013).
The DMDP application guideline, details on each partner university, a message from DMDP staff, and DMDP students’ experiences are available on our website.


Presentation and Publication Opportunities

The Graduate School of International Relations offers various presentation opportunities in the process of research guidance for graduate students as well as promotion and support in presenting at conferences, submission of their research results to journals both home and abroad, and published thesis collections issued by the International Studies Association of Ritsumeikan University. Through forums and workshops, the school provides opportunities for presenting research results by graduate students.

Titles of these papers published in journals can be found on the GSIR website. There are opportunities for Master’s and Doctoral students to show their acquired knowledge at international symposiums held on campus.

Furthermore, Master’s and Doctoral students have opportunities to present their knowledge and findings of study at international symposiums on-campus Graduate student of research groups provide opportunities to brush up and present your own research results.

One of the Master’s program students (in the right hand) is acting as a commentator at the international symposium “Building toward New Peace Study”

Publications by the Academic Association of International Relations
International Relations (Wabun Ronsyu)

Ritsumeikan Annual Review of International Studies (Eibun Ronsyu)
In these thesis collections, PhD students as well as International Relations professors report their research results.
Ritsumeikan Journal of International Studies (Insei Ronsyu)
A collection of articles which submission opportunity is open to PhD students.
Working Paper Series
Working paper series provides opportunities for presenting study results as well as showing active research work of the school by faculty, graduate students and researchers. Since the implementation of the graduate school GP program, we have been supporting and encouraging submissions from graduate students as well as from PhD students.
GSIR Master’s Thesis Collection (Shushi Ronbun-shu)
The Master’s Program in International Relations places a strong emphasis on thesis guidance. Outstanding works are selected from all submitted Master’s theses and published as the GSIR Master’s Thesis Collection.

The program aiming to develop ready-to-work human resources in global cooperation (2008-2010)

A recipient of three years of financial support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MEXT), GSIR has been intensifying its efforts to enhance students’ capacity both academically and practically for increased involvement in and contribution to global cooperation. This effort has been based both within and outside the scope of our existing programs, particularly through support improvement to help students publish their research proceedings and to assist them in building careers in areas related global cooperation. This will be of central importance to keep in mind while pursuing the remaining post-GP tasks, specifically: the expansion and improvement of DMDP and internship programs, reorganization of the “Field Research” program, support for graduate students’ international research publications/presentations, (mainly GCP) program improvement related to building global cooperation capacity and organizational improvement for post-GP reform implementation