School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA)

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General Admission Examination for Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics (Third Year Enrollment)
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3. Web Entry and Supporting Documents to be Submitted

With our Web Entry system, you can submit the application online. Read this section carefully before applying online.

Information You Need for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1.Applicant’s Information All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Upload the JPEG data of your ID photo to the system. The ID photo must be taken within three months with no hats or other head adornments.
2. Course Information/ Preferences All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Score of TOEIC/ TOEFL/ IELTS Academic All applicants except for those exempted as given in the notes below the table* Enter the score and date of the examination taken within two years prior to the application.
Submit either the Official Score Certificate (TOEIC), Examinee Score Report (TOEFL), or Test Report Form (IELTS Academic) to us by express mail.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Submit the required documents to us by express mail.
Research Plan All applicants Summarize plans for your intended research activities at this program within 500 words in English or 1,000 characters in Japanese.
Your research plan will mainly be assessed according to the following four criteria that examine to what extent you have;

  1. expertise and presentation skills appropriate for Empowerment Informatics
  2. fundamental skills for interdisciplinary research
  3. the ability to investigate issues from multiple perspectives
  4. the potentiality to play active roles in an international society.
Career Plan All applicants Summarize plans for your career after completing this program within 500 words in English or 1,000 characters in Japanese.
Your career plan will mainly be assessed according to the following three criteria that examine to what extent you have;

  1. the qualities needed to take an initiative as a global leader
  2. the potentiality to develop and pass on technology that matches the needs of the future society
  3. the abilities to tackle and resolve complicated social issues.
4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Upload the JPEG data of your degree certificates before submitting original copies (certified copies of diplomas) if you have earned or are expected to earn your master’s degree at universities or other types of educational institutions outside Japan.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Employment Record All applicants who have employment history Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
5. Examination Fees All applicants Pay your fees and enter the receipt/application number. The following payment methods are available.
Credit Card (for all applicants):
Pay your fees online on the last page of the Web Entry system.
Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan.

* Applicants eligible for an exemption from TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS Academic score requirements include;
1) those whose first or native language is English
2) those from a country where English is an official language
3) those who completed their undergraduate course fully conducted in English.
If you fall under one of the above categories and wish to request this exemption, submit a letter that briefly summarizes your own linguistic background to support your request.

PDF to be Created after Completing Web Entry

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants Print out the card with your ID photo and bring it to the venue with you on your examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants Attach the sheet to your envelope when you post the required documents to us.

Documents Needed for Application

*Documents need to be posted to us by express mail no later than January 16, 2018.

Documents Who must submit Instructions
TOEIC Official Score Certificate/ TOEFL Examinee Score Report/ IELTS Academic Test Report Form All applicants except those exempted as given in the notes below the table* Submit either the Official Score Certificate (TOEIC), Examinee Score Report (TOEFL), or Test Report Form (IELTS Academic) of the examination you took within two years prior to the application.
To submit, post an original copy to us by express mail.
If the score is not submitted properly, you will be excluded from further selection.
We will not accept a photocopy of the Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report, or TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record.
Any question arising out of, or in connection with, this Official Score Certificate, will be referred to the issuing office.
Request Letter for Exemption from TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS Academic Score Requirements If applicable
(Check the notes below the table*)
If you wish to request the exemption from TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS Academic score requirements, submit a letter that briefly summarizes your own linguistic background to support your request. Any format is acceptable.
Post an original copy to us by express mail.
Degree Certificates** All applicants

Submit documents to prove that you earned (or are expected to earn) a master’s degrees.
The document must;

  1. be issued by your university (or another type of educational institution)
  2. include the name of the degree conferred (or expected to be conferred) and the date of conferral.

For applicants whose degrees were awarded in Japan:
Post original copies to us by express mail. The documents must be written in Japanese.

For applicants whose degrees were awarded outside Japan:
Upload JPEG files to the Web Entry system and then post original copies (certified copies of diplomas) to us by express mail. The documents must be written in English.

Academic Transcripts** All applicants Submit academic transcripts (the official transcript of programs record) issued by universities or other types of educational institutions where you have earned (or expected to earn) your master’s degree. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.
Send us only original copies of the master’s academic transcripts by express mail before the due dates given above the table.
Academic Transcript or Summary Letter of Undergraduate Education All applicants Submit a photocopy of academic transcript where you have earned bachelor’s or equivalent degrees. If you wish to request this exemption of submitting it, submit a letter that briefly summarizes your own educational activities during the undergraduate study.
Send us the copy of academic transcript or summary letter of undergraduate education by express mail by January 16, 2018. The document is used for reference only.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination If applicable
  1. 1.Individuals who currently attend a university or graduate school (except those who are expected to graduate by March 2018) should submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by the head of their university or graduate school (or the head of their department). Any format is acceptable.
  2. 2.Individuals who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) should submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by their superior. Any format is acceptable.

Post an original copy to us by express mail.

Certificate of MEXT Scholarship Student If applicable If you are enrolled at another university at the time of application, submit the certificate of the MEXT scholarship student issued by the university.
Enter the scholarship period into the Web Entry system, and post an original copy to us by express mail.

* Applicants eligible for an exemption from TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS Academic score requirements include;
1) those whose first or native language is English
2) those from a country where English is an official language
3) those who completed their undergraduate course fully conducted in English.

** In the case that your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (for example, because of marriage), submit with the proof (e.g., copy of marriage license).

Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the application documents, will be used only for affairs concerning admission and screening, and as part of the materials to be used for screening students for tuition exemption or scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.