Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences

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Master’s Programs (Medical Sciences)
(August [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
(February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])

Application Process Overview Chart

Application Guide Website
Click on the links below for details.
 
Check your Eligibility!
 
Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination is aimed to respond to the social needs for re-education of working individuals at graduate schools. Applicants must have at least two years of working experience by entrance.
 
No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Applicants who have graduated or expect to graduate from a four-year university
    (Only those who have graduated can apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination)
  • Applicants who have earned or expect to earn a bachelor’s degree
    (Only those who have earned the degree can apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination)
  • Applicants who have a Type I or Advanced certificate issued under the Teachers License Act (22 years of age or older)
  • Others
 
Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Applicants who have graduated from a junior college or high school
  • Applicants who have graduated from a vocational school or miscellaneous educational institution
  • Applicants who have graduated from a university of a foreign country which has a less than 16-year school system
  • Others
 
 
Documents to be Submitted
Prepare them as soon as possible.
 
Documents to be Submitted
Prepare them as soon as possible.
 
 
Application Form
 
Payment of Examination Fee
Make payment before submitting an application.
 
Eligibility Screening
Submit documents by the following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: June 30, 2017
February: November 30, 2017

The University of Tsukuba Graduate School conducts screening to assess whether applicants have academic ability equivalent or superior to university graduates.

   
Application Period
The deadline is strictly observed.
Submit documents by hand or by post. Application will not be accepted unless all the required documents are submitted.

【Due Dates】
August: July 19 – 21, 2017
February: January 5, 9, 10, 2018
 
Applicants Who Need Special Considerations
Request for special considerations
Applicants who need special considerations due to disability must submit a designated application form, a doctor’s certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate by the following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: June 30, 2017
February: November 30, 2017
   
Reference Card
Reference cards will be sent out on the following dates:

【Shipping Date】
August: July 28, 2017
February: January 17, 2018
   
   
Information and Hints for Examinees
“Information and Hints for Examinees” will be posted on the University of Tsukuba’s website.

【Estimated Release Dates】
August: July 31, 2017
February: January 18, 2018
   
   
Examination Date
August: August 23, 2017
February: January 31, 2018

<Click here for past examination questions.>

   
   
Announcement of Acceptance
August: September 12, 2017
February: February 16, 2018
   
   
Enrollment Documents
Documents will be sent out on February 16, 2018.
   
   
Enrollment Procedure
Early March 2018
   
   
Entrance
   

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1. Number of Students to be Admitted

[August]

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Program in Medical Sciences 50 The number includes a few students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange students, and who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.

[February]

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Program in Medical Sciences A few The number includes a few students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange students, and who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
    (Note)

  1. Click here for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
  2. Time of entrance is April.

2. Eligibility for Application

Applicants will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:
And also, applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination must have at least 2 year of working experience (full-time or part-time) by March 2018.

  • Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from a Japanese four-year university by March 2018
    (Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination must have graduated from a four-year university.)
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree in Japan by March 2018
    (Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination must have earned a bachelor’s degree in Japan.)
  • Individuals who have completed or expect to complete a 16-year school education curriculum in a foreign country by March 2018
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Individuals who have been recognized by the University of Tsukuba Graduate School through the eligibility screening to have academic ability equivalent or superior to a university graduate and will be 22 years of age or older by March 2018
  • Others

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3. Documents to be Submitted

While preparing your documents for submission, refer to the remarks column below and to the “entry form example.”
Submit the original copy of the documents unless otherwise specified.

[University of Tsukuba designated forms]

Documents Required for Remarks
1 Application Form All applicants Fill in the required items.
2 Curriculum Vitae All applicants
(Except foreign applicants)
Fill in the required items.
3 Curriculum Vitae for Foreign Applicants All foreign applicants Fill in the required items.
4 Employment Record All applicants who have employment history Fill in the required items.
5 Reference Card/ Photo Card All applicants Fill in the required items, attach identical photographs of the applicant taken within the last three months (4 x 3cm headshot, with no hats), and cut out along the lines.
Cards that do not meet the requirements above will not be accepted.
6 Desktop Reference Card/ Acceptance Card All applicants Fill in the required items and cut out along the lines.
7 Certificate of Research Activities Foreign applicants who meet the criteria specified in the Remarks Foreign applicants who have completed a university education in a country which has a less than 16 years of school education curriculum up to the level of university graduation, and have or will have conducted research for a sufficient period of time (generally one year or more) as a research student or researcher at a university, inter-university research institute, or other similar research institutes inside or outside Japan, and also will be 22 years of age or older must submit this certificate authorized by the director of their institute.
Foreign students who have enrolled in the University of Tsukuba Graduate School as a research student may submit a Certificate of Enrollment (for scholarship application) designated by the University as a substitute for this certificate.
The Certificate of Enrollment can be issued by our Automatic Certificate Issuing Machine.
8 Address Sheet #1 All applicants Fill in the required items.
This address sheet will be used to send out acceptance letters and other documents to the successful applicants.
9 List of Documents to be Submitted All applicants Fill in the required items.
10 Address Sheet #2 All applicants Fill in the required items in this address sheet and attach it to a K2 size envelope. Put documents in the envelope and submit it by registered express mail or by hand.

[Certificates and other documents to be prepared by applicants]

Documents Required for Remarks
1 (Expected) Graduation Certificate (See note) All applicants Submit a certificate of (expected) graduation issued by a university (generally the undergraduate school from which applicants have earned a bachelor’s degree) which meets the application requirements for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School.
Note) Applicants who have a master’s or doctoral degree must submit a graduation certificate issued by a university from which they earned a bachelor’s degree.
2 Degree Certificate (See note) 1. Applicants who graduated from a foreign university

2. Applicants who obtain a qualification for application from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation

1. Applicants who graduated from a foreign university must submit a document (degree certificate) to certify that they have a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
Note) Applicants who have a master’s or doctoral degree must submit a degree certificate issued by a university from which they earned a bachelor’s degree.
2. Applicants who obtain a qualification for application from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation must submit a certificate of the degree awarded (a certificate of acceptance of application for the degree), an academic transcript, and other certificates related to earning the degree.
3 Academic Transcript (See note) All applicants 1. Submit an academic transcript issued by a university (generally the undergraduate school from which applicants have earned a bachelor’s degree) which meets the application requirements for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School.
Note) Applicants who have a master’s or doctoral degree must submit an academic transcript issued by the university from which they earned a bachelor’s degree.
Applicants who have credits transferred from another school must submit an academic transcript issued by that school as well.
2. Applicants who have completed or expect to complete a graduate school must submit an academic transcript issued by the graduate school as well.
4 1. Essay
(Format of your choice)

2. Research Plan
(Format of your choice)

1. Applicants for General Admission

2. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals

1. [Applicants for General Admission]
Write an essay on how you will use and expand your knowledge and experience in the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences. (A4 size, within 800 Japanese characters or 400 words in English)
2. [Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals]
Describe the reason for this application and research plan after enrollment.
(A4 size, within 800 Japanese characters or 400 words in English)
5 Letter of Approval for Taking the Entrance Examination
(Format of your choice)
Applicants who meet the criteria specified in the Remarks 1. Applicants who currently attend a university or graduate school (except those who will graduate or complete in March 2018) must submit a letter of approval for taking the entrance examination issued by the head of their university (or department). (Format of your choice, A4 size)
2. Applicants who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except part-time workers) must submit a letter of approval for taking the entrance examination issued by their supervisor or an application written by applicants themselves. (Format of your choice, A4 size) [Applicants who plan to leave the company to enroll in the graduate school may submit a written document (affixed with their seal) as a substitute for this letter of approval. In this case, the applicants must submit a certificate of resignation at the time of the enrollment procedure.]
6 Certificate of Government-Sponsored Foreign Student
(Format of your choice)
Foreign applicants who meet the criteria specified in the Remarks Government-sponsored foreign students enrolled in another university must submit a certificate of government-sponsored foreign student issued by the university.
7 Reply Envelope
(with a 362 yen postage stamp attached)
All applicants Prepare a N3 size envelope with the applicant’s zip code, address, and name written and a 362 yen postage stamp attached. [This will be used to send you your reference card.]

(Note) If your current name differs from that on any of your certificates due to marriage or other reasons, enclose an extract of your family register (a copy is acceptable).

* Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the application documents, will be used not only for affairs concerning admission and screening, but also research and study aimed at improvement of the admission procedure and the university education. We will carefully take care of the data not to be disclosed as a specific person. Also, we will use the data to screen students for scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.


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4. Examination Fee

30,000 Japanese Yen (except for government-sponsored foreign students)
Payment must be made through designated financial institutions.

1. Payment Period

August: Payment must be made during the period between Monday, July 3, 2017 and the end of the application period.
February: Payment must be made during the period between Friday, December 1, 2017 and the end of the application period.

2. Places

  1. 1.Designated convenience stores: Lawson, MINISTOP, Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle K, and Sunkus
  2. 2.Post offices, banks, credit unions, JA, and other financial institutions
    (Payment cannot be made through ATM. Please go to the counter at a financial institution.)
  3. 3.Applicants living in a foreign country can make a payment via credit card: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, and AMERICAN EXPRESS. Refer to the University of Tsukuba’s website for details.

3. Procedure (only for applicants living in Japan)

Convenience stores
In case of paying through convenience stores, first register online on the designated website through a PC or mobile phone, then go to a convenience store, and make your payment through the terminal device (differs by store).

Financial institutions (post offices, banks, credit unions, JA, etc.)
If paying through financial institutions (post offices, banks, credit unions, JA, etc.), fill in the payment slip designated by the University of Tsukuba, (*a slip of paper consisting of 5 sections), and make your payment into the university’s designated account. The payment slip can be obtained by mail or in person, from the University of Tsukuba.

* Prepare a N3 size envelope with the applicant’s zip code, address, and name written and a 82 yen postage stamp attached. In an envelope, enclose a note requesting a payment slip and send it to the address below.

Graduate Admissions, Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken
305-8577 Japan

[Convenience Stores]
  1. 1.Register on a designated website through a PC or mobile phone, and make payment through a terminal device at the store. A payment slip is not necessary.
  2. 2.Refer to the instructions below for the detailed operating procedure.
    Procedure for Paying Examination Fee at Convenience Store (PDF)
  3. 3. Remittance charge should be paid by the applicant.
[Post Offices]
  1. 1.Use a black or blue ballpoint pen to fill in the “remitter” field (marked with ※) in each section of the designated payment slip with your (the applicant’s) address, name (furigana is required for both Roman and kanji characters), and phone number. Specify the name of the graduate school you wish to apply for on the payment handling slip.
  2. 2.Submit the payment slip and examination fee of 30,000 yen at the counter.
  3. 3.Make sure that the receipt and certificate of payment you receive at the counter have the date stamped by the post office.
  4. 4.Remittance charge should be paid by the applicant.
[Financial Institutions Other than Post Offices]
  1. 1.Use a black or blue ballpoint pen to fill in the “remitter” field (marked with ※) in each section of the designated payment slip with your (the applicant’s) address, name (furigana is required for both Roman and kanji characters), and phone number. Specify the name of the graduate school you wish to apply for on the payment handling slip. Make the payment to the financial institution account designated by the University of Tsukuba (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ or Joyo Bank; refer to the back of the payment slip).
  2. 2.In the “remittee” field of each section, fill in the branch name and account number, respectively, according to the Bank’s name field (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ or Joyo Bank; refer to the back of the payment slip).
  3. 3.Submit the payment slip and examination fee of 30,000 yen at the counter.
  4. 4.Make sure that the receipt and certificate of payment you receive at the counter have the date stamped by the financial institution.
  5. 5.Remittance charge should be paid by the applicant.

4. Attach the “receipt of examination fee (a receipt stamp is not necessary)” issued by a convenience store or the “certificate of postal transfer payment” with the date stamped by a financial institution to the specified column of application form.

Application will not be accepted unless the “receipt of examination fee” or date-stamped “certificate of postal transfer payment” is attached.


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5. Application Procedure

  1. (1)Prepare all the application documents specified in the List of Documents to be Submitted, and either bring them in by hand, or mail them to the Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion by registered express mail, to the address below (3). Applications must be received during the application submission period below (2).
    Fill in the required items in the designated Address Sheet #2 and attach it to the envelope containing the documents.
  2. (2)Application submission period
    August: Wednesday, July 19 – Friday, July 21, 2017, 9:00am – 3:00pm (closed for lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
    February: Friday, January 5, Tuesday, January 9, Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:00am – 3:00pm (closed for lunch: 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

    (The deadline is strictly observed. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.)

  3. (3)Where to submit
    Conference Room, 8F, Administration Center, University of Tsukuba (the closest bus stop: Tsukuba Daigaku Chuo)
    1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8577 Japan
    Map URL: http://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/access/tsukuba-campus/map_central
  4. (4)Reference Cards will be sent out to the applicants whose application documents have been accepted.
    If the Reference Card does not arrive within one week from the shipping date, contact the Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion.

    【Shipping Date】
    August: Friday, July 28
    February: Wednesday, January 17
  5. (5)Notes on application submission
    1. 1.Make sure before submitting that all the required documents are prepared and required items are filled in. Otherwise the application may not be accepted.
    2. 2.Once the application has been submitted, you cannot change the graduate school or program you chose to enroll in.
    3. 3.Submitted documents and examination fee will not be returned.

(Note) If you have any questions about the curriculum or research fields, contact the administration office. Contact information can be found in “8. Past Examination Questions.”


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6. Selection Process

Selection Process
Applicants are selected through a comprehensive assessment of their submitted documents and results of the examination.
Examination Schedule and Subjects
Refer to the schedule below.
Master’s Programs
August Wednesday, August 23
February Wednesday, January 31
Subject Written (200 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 12:00 13:00 – 18:00
Master’s Program in Medical Sciences
(General Admission)
English/ English and Advanced Subjects

*1 and 2 English/ English and advanced subjects relating to medical science and other fields

Individual Interview

*1 General knowledge relating to medical science and other fields and motivation for applying

Master’s Program in Medical Sciences
(Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Essay and English

*1 Practical exercises and English relating to medical science and other fields

*1 Medical science and other fields: Medical Science, Public Health Science, Human Care Science, Medical Physics, and Critical Path Research
*2 Choose A or B at the time of the examination. A: Two questions on English, B: One question on English and one question on advanced subjects


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7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance and Enrollment Procedure

Testing Location

University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken)
[Refer to the “Information and Hints for Examinees” in “10. Instructions for Taking the Examination” for details.]

Announcement of Acceptance

August: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 10:00am – Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (Note) September 18 is national holiday.
February: Friday, February 16, 2018, 10:00am – Thursday, February 22, 2018, 10:00am

The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website.
An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants on the same day by registered mail.

Enrollment Procedure

  1. (1)Enrollment procedure guidelines (enclosed with documents to be submitted) will be sent to successful applicants on Friday, February 16, 2018. Refer to the guidelines to take necessary procedures.
    Applicants with a job (except part-time workers) must submit a document (either an order to attend a training course, a certification of leave of absence, or an approval for enrollment) issued by their supervisors as well, to prove that the applicants are allowed to enroll in the program.
  2. (2)Fees required upon enrollment
    1. 1.Admission fee
      282,000 Japanese Yen (non-refundable)
    2. 2.Tuition fees
      The first semester (April – September): 267,900 Japanese Yen
      The second semester (October – March): 267,900 Japanese Yen
      (Annual Total: 535,800 Japanese Yen)

    (Note)
    1. Fees are subject to change upon and after enrollment.
    2. Government-sponsored foreign students are exempt from the admission fee.

  3. (3)Foreign national applicants must acquire a status of residence for enrollment in a graduate school, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951), prior to enrollment procedures.
    Applicants who wish to enroll in the University of Tsukuba as a foreign student must acquire the status of residence of “College Student.”

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8. Past Examination Questions

Program Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery Contact Direct Phone Number
Master’s Program in Medical Sciences
Available
Available
Available
Administration office for Master’s Program in Medical Sciences +81 29.853.3118

(Note) For the fee and procedure required to obtain by mail, refer to the website (http://www.md.tsukuba.ac.jp/FrontierSite/en/) or contact the Administration office for Master’s Program in Medical Sciences.


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9. Applicants Who Need Special Considerations

Applicants who need special considerations due to disability must submit a designated application form, a doctor’s certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate to the Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion by the following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: Friday, June 30, 2017
February: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Examples of Special Considerations:
  • Extended exam time, separate testing room, preferred seating location, etc.
  • Braille and other accessible formats
  • Use of a computer for writing, vision aid, hearing aid, and other aids
  • Sign language interpreter and other assistants

To request these accommodations, applicants must submit documents to prove the necessity.

10. Instructions for Taking the Examination

Read through and follow the instructions in the “Information and Hints for Examinees” to take the examination.
“Information and Hints for Examinees” will be posted on the University of Tsukuba’s website.

【Estimated Release Dates】
August: Monday, July 31, 2017
February: Thursday, January 18, 2018

11. Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application procedure, contact us at:

305-8577 Graduate Admissions, Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken, Japan
Phone: +81 29.853.2230/2231
E-mail: dai.daigakuinka#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp
(Remove “#” from the above e-mail address before sending mail.)
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 12:15pm, 1:15pm – 5:00pm on Monday through Friday
[except national holidays]

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Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools
(Special Selection of Working Individuals)

1. Education provided under special provision

  1. Along with the progress of science technology and the sophistication of society, there are increasing demands for re-education of working individuals at graduate schools. In response to these demands, Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools stipulates that graduate schools may, if necessary from an educational standpoint, provide education through appropriate means, which include conducting classes or research guidance in the evening and other certain hours and periods.

    This stipulation provides more working individuals with opportunities to receive graduate school education while in employment and to develop the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in educational research and practice. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which has achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, has introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.

  2. Requirements to complete the program
    Requirements to complete the program under the application of this special provision are as follows:

    Master’s Program in Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences
    1. Earn a minimum of 30 credits from day/evening classes during the two year program.
    2. Submit a program completion plan to the prospective supervisor and provost of the graduate school, and obtain approval at the beginning of the school year.
    3. An example of credits required to complete the program (in Medical Science course) is shown below:
      Graduate School/
      Program
      Credits Required to Complete the Program
      Master’s Program in Medical Sciences (Medical Science Course),
      Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences
      13 credits of compulsory courses and a minimum of 10 credits of elective compulsory courses (which needs to include a minimum of 8 credits of English courses)
      A minimum of 30 credits in total (includes evening courses)

2. Evening Courses

  1. Under the special provision on educational method, in principle, the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences offers, in addition to the existing day courses, evening courses which amount to 2 credits or more from Monday through Friday every term, The hours and subjects of the courses offered under the special provision are shown below.
    The course subjects and hours are subject to change.

    1. Course hours
      7th period: 6:00pm – 7:15pm, 8th period: 7:20pm – 8:35pm
    2. Course subjects
      For details, refere our website:
      http://www.md.tsukuba.ac.jp/FrontierSite/en/curriculum/schedule.html

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Register Extending System

[Outline of the Register Extending System]

The Register Extending System aims to expand learning opportunities for working students. When a student has reported his/her plans to complete the program over a certain period of time (3 or 4 years) exceeding the original duration of study (2 years), the University conducts the individual’s screening after which approval may be given.

[Eligible Applicants]

Students who cannot earn the required number of credits to complete the program within the original duration of study (2 years), due to circumstances such as work, and wishes to intentionally complete the program over a certain period of time, which exceeds the original duration of study.

* This also includes students who need to take care of family, such as children or elderly relatives.

[Payment of Tuition]

Annual tuition fee for the student using the Register Extending System is calculated by multiplying the amount of annual tuition fee by the number of years of the original duration of study and then dividing the result by the number of years the student use the Register Extending System.

[Application Period]

To enroll in the system from the first year of study: Consult the Chair of your program as well as your supervisor for approval of the application. Submit the required documents to the Provost of Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences within the time period for enrollment procedure.
To enroll in the system from the second year of study: Follow the procedure above by the end of January during the first year of study.

[Application Documents]

Application documents are enclosed with the enrollment documents.