School of Integrative and Global Majors (SIGMA)

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General Admission Examination for Ph.D. Program in Empowerment Informatics (First Year Enrollment)
Click here for more details about the program.

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 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 graduation/degree certificate before submitting an original copy (certified copy of a diploma) if you have earned or are expected to earn your degree at the university or another type of educational institution 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

*Original copies 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.
Graduation Certificate**
and/or
Degree Certificate**
All applicants Submit a document to prove that you graduated (are expected to graduate) from a university or another type of educational institution and earned (are expected to earn) a bachelor’s degree.
The document must;

  1. be issued by the institution
  2. include the name of the degree conferred (expected to be conferred) and the date of conferral.

For applicants whose degree was awarded in Japan:
Post an original copy to us by express mail. The document must be written in Japanese.

For applicants whose degree was awarded outside Japan:
Upload a JPEG file to the Web Entry system and then post an original copy (certified copy of a diploma) to us by express mail. The document must be written in English.

Academic Transcript** All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of programs record) issued by your university or another type of educational institution where you earned (are expected to earn) a bachelor’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 its original copy by express mail before the due dates given above the table.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Form of Your Selection) 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.