Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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General Admission Examination for
Master’s Programs (August)
(Geosciences / Biological Sciences / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology / Environmental Sciences)
Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August)
(Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences)

* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

Overview Chart of Application Process

Check your Eligibility!
 
(A) No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from, or who are expecting to graduate from, a Japanese four-year university by March 2018
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree, or individuals who are expecting to graduate from such a university and earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2018
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
(B) Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or high school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or miscellaneous educational institution
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country which has a less than 16-year school system
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
 
 
Assessment of Eligibility for Application
Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area in advance.
Email us to obtain necessary documents and email them back for the assessment by June 30, 2017. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode needed on the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry System.
 
Applicants Who Need Special Considerations
If you need special considerations due to disability, contact us by June 30, 2017.
Web Entry
You can apply to the University of Tsukuba online by our Web Entry system. Read the guidelines carefully before applying.
Submission must be made during: July 3, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up
First, you will need to create your own account to login. Once you make an account, you may save the data you entered and log back in later to continue.
Activation
When you sign up, activation email will be sent to your email address registered. Click the activation URL on the email to activate your account.
Login
For the first time after the activation, you’re already logged in. Just click on “Login” button to begin. When you visit our Login page the second time or later, enter your email address and password to login.
My Page
At the “My Page”, you need to click on the “Application Form” button for the “Master’s Program, Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program”.
On the page, you can edit your login information or reset password.
Application Form
There are four sections in the Application Form.

  1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information
  2. Professor of Your Choice
  3. Eligibility
  4. Educational Background

Each section with * is a mandatory field. Please fill out completely. (If mandatory field is empty or the information you enter is improper, error message will appear and you will not be able to proceed to the next section.) Each section will be saved automatically when you click on “Proceed” button on each confirmation page, and you can continue from where you left off when you login back. Use one-byte alphabet and numbers to enter all the information.
Upload JPEG file of your ID photo in “1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information”.
If you graduated from a university or other educational institution outside Japan, upload a JPEG file of your degree certificate to the Web Entry system in “4. Educational Background”. (Eligibility will be examined since the educational system differs from the universities in Japan.)
For the information required to apply and the details of certificates and documents, please refer here.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The University can accept;

  1. online credit card payment for both domestic and overseas applicants
  2. convenience store payment for domestic applicants only.

Government-sponsored foreign students are exempted from paying the fee. (The payment screen will not appear.)

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of Web Entry system and pay your fees by credit card. After the payment, you will be notified of a receipt number. Enter the number into the “Receipt Number” box and click on “Submit” button to proceed.

Convenience Store Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. When you apply for ‘Convenience Store Payment’ online, you will receive the Examination Fee Statement with an 11-digit or a 13-digit code. After the payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click on “Submit” button to proceed.

Submission
After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on the button, the information you have entered will be sent to the University, and you can no longer change or modify the information. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you registered. Be sure to check it.
(Check and adjust spam filter settings in your email account beforehand so that you can receive an email from the “entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” domain.)
Create PDF
After submission, PDF documents will be downloaded. For treatment of the documents, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to download the PDF documents. Make sure you print these documents.
You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open (July 3, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (by 3 p.m. JST)).

Web Entry

Documents Submission
Original copies of the documents in “3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted” must be sent by mail or handed directly to office no later than July 21, 2017 (by 3 p.m. JST.)
Information and Hints for Examinees
We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website on July 31, 2017. Check the documents before the examination.
Announcement of Admission Results
The document will be sent out by registered airmail on September 12, 2017.
Documents for Enrollment
Documents will be sent out on February 16, 2018.
Procedure for Enrollment
The deadline to submit the required documents is the beginning of March 2018.
Entrance
On April 1, 2018

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* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

1. Number of Students to be Admitted

Master’s Programs

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Program in Geosciences 29 Includes 2 Cooperative Graduate School students.
Master’s Program in Biological Sciences 47 Includes 6 Cooperative Graduate School students and 1 foreign students.
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology 92 Includes 8 Cooperative Graduate School students and 13 foreign students.
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences 48 Includes 1 Cooperative Graduate School students.
    (Note)

  1. Students are enrolled in April.
  2. If you wish to apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination, refer to the Application Guide for the Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination.

Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences 21 Includes 1 Cooperative Graduate School students.
    (Note)

  1. Students are enrolled in April.
  2. Refer here for the Cooperative Graduate School System.

2. Eligibility for Application

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria.

(A) No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from a Japanese four-year university by March 2018
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree in Japan by March 2018
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

(B) Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who have been recognized by the University of Tsukuba Graduate School through the eligibility screening to have academic ability equivalent or superior to that of a master’s or specialized degree holder and will be 22 years of age or older by March 2018
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

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* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

3. Web Entry and 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. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information All applicants Follow the instruction on Web Entry system.
You are requested to upload the JPEG data of your ID photo for the Reference Card. The ID photo must be taken within three months with no hats or other head adornments.
2. Professor of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record/
Applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences, Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, and Environmental Sciences may submit IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.
All applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences / Biological Sciences (general students) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology

Applicants for  Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences who meet the conditions specified in the Remarks

Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
You are required to submit an original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee’s Score Record (with photo attached) to meet the requirements for the ‘English’ subject.
Applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences, Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, and Environmental Sciences may submit an IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.
Scores on tests taken after July 2015 are valid. Photocopies are not accepted.
We will not accept TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report and TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record.
Applicants for Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences may take the TOEFL ITP test carried out on the examination day. (Choose the option on the Web System)

Applicants for Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences who meet the conditions specified in the Remarks Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
You are required to submit an original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate with photo attached, TOEFL Examinee’s Score Record with photo attached or TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record of the test carried out by the University of Tsukuba to meet the requirements for the ‘English’ subject.
Scores on tests taken after July 2015 are valid. Photocopies are not accepted.
If you cannot submit a Score Record or Score Certificate above at the time of application, take the TOEFL ITP test carried out on the examination day.
We will not accept TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report and TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record of the test carried out by institutes other than the University of Tsukuba.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Plan Applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences (Earth Evolution Science Field) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology / Environmental Sciences Summarize your research plan within 1,000 words in English.
If you apply to Master’s Programs in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, describe both graduate study and research plan.
Note) Only if it is essential for you to use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, special symbols, or diagrams which cannot be entered in the Web Entry system, you may use the prescribed form downloadable from the Web Entry system. Fill it out and submit it together with the other required documents by mail or hand. The format of the form may not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.

4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
Follow the instructions given at the last page of the Web Entry system and pay your fees.
The following payment methods are available.
Credit Card (for all applicants):
Pay your fees online. After the payment, enter the receipt number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

Documents Needed for Application

(The original copies need to be submitted to us by registered airmail.)

Documents Who must submit Remarks
(Expected) Graduation Certificate* All applicants Submit a graduation certificate (or an attested document certifying that you will graduate) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the master’s programs of this Graduate School.
Note) Even if you have already earned a master’s or a doctoral degree, you need to submit a graduation certificate issued by the university which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.
Degree Certificate* Those who graduated from a university or another educational institution outside Japan If you graduated from a university or another educational institution outside Japan, submit a degree certificate for your bachelor’s. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.
Note) Even if you have already earned master’s or doctoral degree, you need to submit a degree certificate issued by a university which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.

Upload the JPEG file of your degree certificate to the Web Entry system.
Academic Transcript* All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of programs record) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the master’s programs of this Graduate School. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school.
If you have completed or will complete a graduate school, submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of programs record) issued by the graduate school, too. (All documents must be in English or in Japanese.)
TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record/
Applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences, Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, and Environmental Sciences may submit IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.
All applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences / Biological Sciences (general students) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology

Applicants for  Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences and Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences who meet the conditions specified in the Remarks

Submit an original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) of the test you took after July 2015 attached to the designated form, which can be created in PDF format and printed from the Web entry system. Applicants for Master’s Programs in Geosciences, Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, and Environmental Sciences may submit an IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead. Applicants for Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences may submit a TOEFL ITP Examinee Score Record instead.
Note) Applicants for Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences and Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences don’t need to submit it if they would take the test on the examination day.
We will not accept a photocopy of TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report (with photo attached), TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record (with photo attached) or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form (with photo attached).
Any question arising out of, or in connection with, TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form will be referred to the issuing organization.
Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan” needs mathematical formulae, Greek letters, special symbols, or diagrams which cannot be entered in the Web Entry system If applicable, check the box in the Web Entry system to download the form from the last page. Fill it out on one page and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
(The format of the form may not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, detach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
The Receipt Portion needs to be attached to the form that can be created after you complete the web entry.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Form of Your Selection) If applicable
  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)
  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 a declaration written by the applicants themselves. (Format of your choice) [Applicants who plan to leave their company to enroll in the graduate school may instead submit a document written by the applicants themselves (affixed with their seal). In this case, the applicants must submit a certificate of resignation at the time of the enrollment procedure.]
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student If applicable The certificate must be submitted by airmail or hand.
If you are enrolled in another university at the time of application, submit the certificate of government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) foreign student issued by the university.

(Note) 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).

Documents Needed for Application

(PDF to be Created after Completing Web Entry)

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants The Web Entry system instructs you to supply the JPEG data of your ID photo for the Reference Card. The ID photo must be taken within three months with no hats or other head adornments.
Print out the Reference Card with your ID photo and bring a copy of the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants Attach the sheet to your envelope when you submit the required documents to us by registered airmail or hand.
Period: July 3 – July 21, 2017 (3 p.m. JST)
(The documents must be received no later than July 21, 2017 (3 p.m. JST).)
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who made a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to the form and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
Form for Submission of TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee’s Score Record or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form Applicants who need to send an English test score Attach an original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee’s Score Record (or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form if you are an applicant for either of Master’s Programs in Geosciences, Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, or Environmental Sciences) you took after July 2015, and send it by registered airmail.

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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* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

4. Examination Fees

30,000 Japanese Yen (except for government-sponsored foreign students)

Payment Period

Payment must be made during the period between July 3, 2017 and the end of the application period.

Procedure

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants): Visa, MasterCard, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS can be accepted.
You can make a payment by using your credit card at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website.

After the payment, you will be provided with the receipt number so enter the number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out the application completed page of the payment and submit it together with other required documents to us by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.

Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only): Payment can be made at LAWSON, Seven-Eleven, Familymart, CircleKSunkus, or MINISTOP.
To pay your fee at a convenience store, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website (available in Japanese only).

After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

  1. Seven-Eleven: 13 digits
  2. CircleKSunkus, LAWSON, Familymart, MINISTOP: 11 digits

Detach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) from your Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and attach it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. You can create the form in PDF format and print it out from the Web Entry system. Submit it together with other required documents to us by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.


list of schoolsweb entry system

* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

5. Application Procedure

  1. Visit the Web Entry System to apply. The Web Entry System will be available from July 3, 2017 12pm until July 21, 2017 3pm (JST). Once you submit your application, you can no longer change or modify the information. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.

  2. Some of the documents have to be submitted by registered mail or hand, and these must be received by July 21, 2017 3pm (JST). When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create Address Sheet in PDF format. Print out the sheet to submit the required documents to us.
    If your materials are not received by the due date, you will not be able to take the exam.

    All applicants: (Expected) Graduation Certificate, Academic Transcript

    If applicable: Degree Certificate, TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form, Research Plan (Only applicants whose “Research Plan” needs mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols which cannot be entered in the Web Entry system), Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam, Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement (Applicants who made a convenience store payment), “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card (Applicants who made a credit card payment)

  3. Unless requested, all documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fees which have been paid are non-refundable.
  1. (Note) If you have any questions about the curriculum or research fields, contact the office. Contact information can be found in “8. Past Examination Questions.

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* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

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.
Geosciences  
Date Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language Specialized Subject Oral Examination
Program Time   13:30 – 15:30 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Geosciences
English (150 points)

Evaluate the score on the TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form.

See (Note) 1 and 2.

Specialized Subject (250 points)

(Geoenvironmental Science Field)
Answer to common questions and questions on one area selected at the time of application from the list.

(Earth Evolution Science Field)
Answer one common question and 2 questions on areas selected during the examination from the list (total 3 questions.)

Individual Interview (100 points)

(Interview about the area of specialization and future plans.)

(Note)
  1. 1.For the Foreign Language (English) examination, choose to submit either the TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached), TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached), or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form at the time of application.
  2. 2.Test Scores taken after July 2015 are valid. Scores are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect (150 points), and a score below it is proportionately reduced.
  3. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  4. 3.Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  5. Research Area
    Field Research Area (Specialized Subject)
    Geoenvironmental Science Human Geography, Regional Geography, Geomorphology, Hydrological Science, Atmospheric Science, Spatial Information Science, Terrestrial Water Cycle System, Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction System
    Earth Evolution Science Paleobiological Science, Paleogeosphere Science, Geodynamics, Petrology, Mineralogy, Planetary Resource Geology, Earth Historical Analysis
  6. 4.Refer below for details of the research and contact information of faculty members of your desired research area.
  7. 5.For information on the examination contact:
    • Geoenvironmental Sciences
      Jun ASANUMA, contact person for the field (Phone +81-29-853-6704, E-mail asanuma#@#ied.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
    • Earth Evolution Sciences
      Toshiaki TSUNOGAE, Chair of Master’s Program in Geosciences (Phone +81-29-853-5239, E-mail tsunogae#@#geol.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Biological Sciences (general students)  
Date Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time   10:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biological Sciences
English

Evaluate the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record.

See (Note) 1 and 2.

Specialized Subject

Answer to 4 basic questions in 8 fields (one question from each field): Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Evolution, Ecology, Plant Development and Physiology, Animal Physiology, Animal Development, Molecular Cell Biology, Genome Sciences, Biochemistry.

Individual Interview

Interview about graduation (or previous) research, the area of Biological Sciences, and future plans. (approx. 15 minutes)

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

(Note)
  1. 1.Submit your TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) at the time of application (photocopies are not accepted). Test scores taken after July 2015 are valid.
  2. 2.Scores of TOEIC and TOEFL are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect, and a lower score is proportionately reduced.
  3. TOEIC TOEFL (PBT) TOEFL-iBT
    879 600 100
  4. 3.For information on the examination contact:

    Office of Master’s Program in Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Biological Sciences (foreign students)  
Date Thursday, August 24
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biological Sciences

Individual Interview

Presentation on the graduation research (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment, either in English or Japanese (15 minutes), followed by interview (15 minutes). See (Note) 1.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. An LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 2.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

(Note)
  1. 1.If you take the interview in Japanese, submit your TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) at the time of the interview. If you cannot submit either of them, bring instead a score report of International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or English score in The International Baccalaureate (IB). Test scores taken after July 2015 are valid.
  2. 2.If you wish to use the LCD projector, bring your material data saved as PDF files to a USB memory stick on the day of the examination. Copy the files to the computer at the examination site and check its operation within the designated time below.
    Time for computer operation: 12:15 – 12:45 (strictly observed)
  3. 3.For information on the examination contact:
    Office of Master’s Program in Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology  
Date Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language Oral Examination
Program Time   10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
English (100 points)

Evaluate the score on the TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form.

Individual Interview (200 points)

Presentation on the research plan (5 minutes)
Interview about your specialty, fundamental knowledge and future plans based on the presentation, either in English or Japanese.
Whiteboard/ blackboard placed in the interview room will be available for use.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview.

(Note)
  1. 1.If your prospective advisor is a faculty member of the Cooperative Graduate School System, refer to the list of research areas and contact the faculty member for instructions.
  2. 2.Make sure to contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.agbist-tsukuba.jp/?lang=english.)
  3. 3.At the time of application choose one from the following score reports to submit for the English examination: TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached), TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached), and IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form. Original test scores taken after July 2015 are valid.
  4. 4.Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points, and a lower score is proportionately reduced.
  5. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  6. 5.As a reference for the oral examination, the past examination questions of the specialised subjects performed before FY 2017 are available on the website of Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology (http://www.agbist-tsukuba.jp/recruitment/?lang=japanese).
    Please note that the examination on the specialised subjects was abolished since FY 2018 admission.
  7. 6.From the beginning of the individual interview session (10:00) to the start of each applicant’s interview period, applicants are requested to wait at the waiting room.
    Applicants are allowed to bring in their lunch, etc. and eat and drink at the waiting room.
  8. 7.For information on the examination contact:
    Yuichi YAMAOKA, Chair of the Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
    (Phone +81-29-853-6708, FAX +81-29-853-4577, E-mail yamaoka.yuichi.gp#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Research Area
Field / Course Research Area
Agro-biological Science Plant Genetics and Breeding, Crop Science, Olericulture and Floriculture, Pomology and Postharvest Physiology of Fruits, Animal Science, Crop Production System, Applied Science of Food Resources, Plant Parasitic Mycology, Applied Entomology and Zoology, Forest Ecotopology, Conservation of Regional Resources, Plant Stress Biology, Functional Utilization of Beneficial Insects, Plant Molecular Biology, Metabolic Network Biology, Disease Vector Control, Epigenetics, International Food Production and Development Sciences, Climate Change Impact Assessment on Vegetation, Functional Analysis of Agro-forest Microoganisms
Agricultural Economics and Sociology Agricultural and Bioresource Economics, Resource Management and Development studies, Farm Business and Agribusiness Management, Rural Sociology and Agricultural History, Forest Resource Economics, Forest Resources Sociology, Rural Development Study, Regional Forest Resource Development
Bioresource Environment Engineering Food Resources Engineering, Environmental Colloid and Interface Engineering, Bio-resource Process and System Engineering, Watershed Conservation, Water Resources Management Engineering, Farmland System Engineering, Bioproduction and Machinery, Protected Area and Wildlife Management, Rural Environment Improvement, Agri-Food Process Engineering, Chemistry of Biomaterials, Engineering of Biomaterials, Nano and Micro-scale Food Analysis, Sustainability of Biomass Resources, Regional Forest Resource Development, Biosphere Informatic Control Engineering
Applied Biochemistry Biochemistry of Bioactive Molecules, Genomic Biology, Structural Biochemistry, Molecular Microbial Bioengineering, Molecular Analysis of Signaling, Biochemistry of Plant Proteins, Animal Bioresource Engineering, Bioreaction Engineering, Applied Microbiology, Cell Cultivation Engineering, Biomimetic Chemistry, Molecular and Cellular Chronobiology, Evolutionary Biology of Symbiosis, Applied Bioengineering of Microbial Ecosystems, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Biology for Gene Regulation, Ecological Molecular Microbiology, Functional Foods and Food Chemistry, Molecular Neurobiology, Science for Food Functions, Environmental Soil Chemistry, Environmental Plant Biochemistry
Biosystem Genetic Resource Science and Technology, Bioindustry and Bioscience, Eco-system Technology, Bioresource Development Technology, Environmental Symbiosis Science
Environmental Sciences (includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System)  
Date Wednesday, August 23
Subject Foreign Language Oral Examination
Program Time If you choose the fourth option in the Foreign Language section on the application form.
The time of meeting: 9:30
10:00 – 12:00
13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences

English (100 points)

Evaluate the score on TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form, or TOEFL ITP test carried out by the program.

Individual Interview (100 points)

Interview about your specialty, your understanding of environmental issues and future plans based on the research plan.

(Note)
  1. 1.Before sending an application from, every applicant MUST contact a prospective advisor and discuss about a research proposal.
    (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/)
  2. 2.Refer to the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences website (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) for the phone number and e-mail address of the faculty member of your desired research area.
  3. 3.Precautions regarding the examination will be released on the website of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) around one week before the examination day, so please make sure to check the notes.
  4. 4.For information on the examination contact:
    Admission office of the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (E-mail admission#@#envr.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
  5. 5.Applicants who chose the fourth option for the Foreign Language must be seated on the designated seat at the examination site 30 minutes advanced to the examination time.
  6. 6.Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points.
  7. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT TOEFL-PBT IELTS
    860
    98
    595
    7.0
Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences  
Date Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language (200 points) Specialized Subject (200 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time The time of meeting: 9:30
10:00 – 12:00
(If you choose the third option below.)
13:30 – 15:00 10:00 – 16:00
Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences
English

Choose one from the following three options.
1. Submit the original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) at the time of application.
2. Submit the original copy of the TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached) or that of a TOEFL ITP test carried out by the University of Tsukuba at the time of application.
3. Will take the TOEFL ITP test on the examination day.

Essay

Choose one from the following subjects at the time of application.
Phycology, plant physiology, earth sciences, environmental and molecular microbiology

Individual Interview

Interview about graduation research and plans after enrollment.
Foreign students can be interviewed in English.

(Note)
  1. 1.Contact the faculty member of your area of specialization prior to the application process. (Refer to http://www.ies.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/biomass/english/index.html)
  2. 2.Applicants who chose the third option for the Foreign Language must be seated on the designated seat at the examination site 30 minutes advanced to the examination time.
  3. 3.For the English examination, submit the original copy of either 1: TOEIC or 2: TOEFL or TOEFL ITP test carried out by the University of Tsukuba (the Administration Center or the International Student Center) at the time of application along with other application documents (The Official Score Certificate of TOEIC, the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or the Score Report of TOEFL ITP which was taken after July 2015). Or take the TOEFL ITP test carried out on the examination day.
    Scores are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect (200 points), and a score below it is proportionately reduced.
    The numbers in the parentheses indicate the minimum passing scores.

    TOEIC TOEFL-iBT TOEFL PBT/
    TOEFL ITP test carried out by the University of Tsukuba
    860 (350)
    98 (36)
    595 (418)
  4. 4.Contact for information on the examination
    Iwane SUZUKI, Chair of the Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences (Phone +81-29-853-4908)
    (E-mail senkocho#@#ies.life.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

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* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance and Enrollment Procedure

Testing Location

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

Announcement of Acceptance

Acceptance will be announced at 10 am on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to 10 am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website. Acceptance letters will be sent out 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 describing 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.
  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 exempted from paying the admission fee.

  3. (3)Foreign 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

Graduate School (Program) Download Contact Direct Phone Number
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences    
Program Master’s Program in Geosciences Available
(Note) 2
Office of Doctoral Program in Geo- environmental Science Field +81-29-853-5696
Office of Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Science Field +81-29-853-4510
Master’s Program in Biological Sciences
Available (Note) 3
Office of Master’s Program in Biological Sciences +81-29-853-6600
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology Available
(Note) 4
Graduate Program Office for Agricultural Sciences
(F306)
(Except Biosystem Course)
+81-29-853-7228
Office of Biosystem Course
(Biosystem Course)
+81-29-853-4864
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Office of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences +81-29-853-4246
Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences Available (Note) 5 Office of Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences +81-29-853-6884

(Note)

  1. 1.To browse past examination questions or obtain a photocopy, contact the administration office for the graduate school (program) in advance.
  2. 2.Download from the Doctoral Program in Geoenvironmental Sciences website (http://www.geoenv.tsukuba.ac.jp/e_about.html) or the Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences website (http://www.geol.tsukuba.ac.jp/index-e.html).
  3. 3.Download from the Master’s Program in Biological Sciences website (http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html).
  4. 4.Download the Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology website
    (http://www.agbist-tsukuba.jp/recruitment/?lang=japanese).
  5. 5.Refer to the Doctoral Program in Integrative Environment and Biomass Sciences website (http://www.ies.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/biomass/english/index.html).

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* This is a combined application guide of General Admission Examination for Master’s Program (August) and Five-year Consecutive Doctoral Program (August). Read the guide of the program that you are applying to.

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 (1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan +81.29.853.2111) by Friday, June 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 their condition.

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 on Monday, July 31, 2017.

11. Contact Us

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

305-8572 Graduate Admissions, Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken, Japan
Phone: +81-29-853-7808/4570
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 12:15pm, 1:15pm – 5:00pm on Monday through Friday
[except national holidays]

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Cooperative Graduate School System

Due to the rapid progress and further sophistication of science and technology, research fields have become more departmentalized and specialized. At the same time, there emerge new interdisciplinary fields that go beyond the boundaries of traditional academic systems, prompting the need for integrated research.
Interdisciplinary research that requires a wide range of knowledge from basics to application areas has attached more importance to cooperation between researchers from different fields. There is an increased demand for new methods of fostering researchers.
The Cooperative Graduate School System was established to respond to these academic and social needs. We have cooperated with a large number of research institutes run by the government, National Research and Development Agency, and private companies in and outside of Tsukuba Science City. We employ researchers from these institutes as Professors (Cooperative Graduate School) and Associate Professors (Cooperative Graduate School) and have them supervise the research of our students at laboratories equipped with the latest facilities. Our aim is to diversify and expand the educational and research domain for further enhancement of graduate school education, and to develop new research areas by promoting exchanges with these research institutes.
Among these efforts, the Cooperative Graduate School System is distinguished as the method organized solely by researchers from research institutes, who give research guidance in each program (from selection of students to granting of degrees) utilizing their advanced research environment.


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Dual Degree Programs at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dual degree programs provide doctoral students with opportunities to obtain skills and knowledge in areas outside but related to their specialty, which are necessary to engage in research or highly professional occupations. The purpose of the dual degree programs is to foster students to become professionals with advanced skills and wide knowledge as well as high adaptability.
The term “Dual Degree” is used to refer to students who belong in a doctoral program at the University of Tsukuba Graduate School and are also enrolled in the univeristy’s master’s program or a professional degree program (except Law School Program at the Graduate School of Business Sciences. Hereinafter referred to as “master’s program”) and earning both degrees.

The Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences has introduced dual degree programs in the following Master’s program. (For details, refer to the websites of the Master’s Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology.)

Doctoral Programs
(Primary Major)
Master’s and Professional Degree Programs
(Secondary Major)
Doctoral Program in Intelligent Interaction Technologies
Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering
Master’s Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology
Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

It is not easy to earn two degrees within a limited period of time. If you wish to apply, contact the faculty member of the doctoral program (see the Application Guide for the contact information) for consultation in advance.
Obtain a Dual Degree Program Application Form, have it signed by your prospective adviser, and submit it to the Academic Service Office for the Systems and Information Engineering Area by the deadline for the eligibility screening specified in the Application Guide.
If you are approved through the screening process, a Dual Degree Program Admission Permit will be issued. Attach a copy of the permit to your application form and submit it to the Graduate Admissions, Division of Educational Promotion. (If you are applying for a doctoral program and a master’s program at the same time, attach a copy to each application form.) You will be exempt from the examination fee for the master’s program.
To be admitted to the dual degree program, you need to pass the entrance examination and complete the enrollment procedures. According to the aims of the dual degree program, if you apply for a doctoral program and a master’s program at the same time and fail the entrance examination for the doctoral program, you will not be admitted to the master’s program either.
If you pass the entrance examinations, you will be exempt from the admission fee and tuition fee for the master’s program during the period you are enrolled in the dual degree program.