Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

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Master’s Programs
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science (August [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, (February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals]) [Additional recruitment]
Applied Physics, Materials Science (February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])

The following are combined application guidelines for all the programs above.

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your Eligibility!
 

*Those who wish to apply for the “Special Selection of Working Individuals”
must or will have at least one year of full-time or part-time work experience by March 2018.

 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
General Admission Examination

  • Individuals who have graduated from or who are expected to graduate from a four-year university
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

Information for applicants who need special assistance

Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination

  • Individuals who have graduated from a four-year university
  • Individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • Others

(If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

Information for applicants who need special assistance

 
(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or an upper secondary school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • Others

(If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

Information for applicants who need special assistance

 
 
 
Assessment of Eligibility for Application
Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area in advance.
Email us to obtain necessary documents and email them back for the assessment by the deadlines stated below. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode required for the Web Entry system.

【Due Dates】
August: June 30, 2017
February: November 30, 2017
 
Applicants Who Need Special Assistance
If you need special assistance due to disability, 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: June 30, 2017
February: November 30, 2017

For the examples of special assistance, visit here

Web Entry
You can apply to the University of Tsukuba only through our Web Entry system. Read the guidelines carefully before applying.

【Application Period】
August: July 3 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (to 5 p.m. JST)
February: December 1, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – January 10, 2018 (to 5 p.m. JST)
Sign Up
First, you will need your own account to login. Once create an account, you may save the data you entered and log back in later to continue.
Activation
When you sign up, an activation URL will be sent to your registered e-mail address. Click the URL to activate your account.
Login
For the first time after you activate your account, you will be automatically logged in. Just click the “Login” button to begin. Thereafter, when you visit our Login page, you will need to enter your e-mail address and password to begin.
My Page
On “My Page,” you need to click the “Application Form” button for the appropriate program.
On this page, you can edit your login information or reset your password.
Application Form
There are four sections in the Application Form:

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

Be sure to fill in all the column with the mark “ * “. If you don’t, an error message will appear and you cannot proceed to the next section. Each section will be saved when you click the “Proceed” button on each confirmation page. After saving, you can continue from where you left off when you login again. In the section 1, upload an identity photograph in JPEG format. In the section 4, upload a degree certificate in JPEG format If you graduated from a foreign university. We will use it to assess your eligibility for application. Use one-byte alphabets and numbers to input all the information.

For more details, visit here

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The university accepts:

  1. Online credit card payments for both domestic and overseas applicants
  2. Convenience store payments for domestic applicants only

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the 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 the “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 the “Submit” button to proceed.

(* The examination fees are exempted for the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students.)

For more details, visit here

Submission
After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on the button, the information you have entered will be sent to the university, and you will not be able to go back to make edits. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the registered e-mail address. Be sure to check it.
(*Check and adjust the spam filter settings in your e-mail account beforehand so that you can receive an e-mail from the “entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” domain.)
Create and Print PDF
After you submit your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to download and print out all PDF files. You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open.

【Application Period】
August: July 3 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (to 5 p.m. JST)
February: December 1, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – January 10, 2018 (to 5 p.m. JST)

Web Entry

Submission of Documents
Original copies of the documents listed in 3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted need to be received by airmail or in person no later than the deadlines mentioned below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

【Due Dates】
August: Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 21, 2017
February: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Wednesday, January 10, 2018
For more details, visit here
Information and Hints for Examinees
We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website. Check the documents before the examination.

【Estimated Release Dates】
August: July 31, 2017
February: January 18, 2018
Examination Dates
August: August 23-24, 2017
February: January 30-31, 2018
Past examination papers are available from here.
Announcement of Admission Results
August: Tuesday, September 12 (from 10 a.m. JST) – Tuesday, September 19 (to 10 a.m. JST), 2017
February: Friday, February 16 (from 10 a.m. JST) –Thursday, February 22 (to 10 a.m. JST), 2018

A list of successful applicants’ examinee’s number will be posted at the website below:
https://entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/
A letter of acceptance will be sent to successful applicants by registered mail.

Documents for Enrollment
Documents for enrollment will be sent out from the admission office on following dates:

April entry: Friday, February 16, 2018
October entry : in late June
Procedure for Enrollment
April entry: in the beginning of March 2018
October entry: in the beginning of September 2018
Entrance
April entry: On April 1, 2018
October entry: On October 1, 2018

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1. Number of Students to be Admitted

August (General Admission)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Mathematics 23 The number includes one student who is admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Physics 35 The number includes four students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, a few students who apply for Materials Science and Engineering course, and two students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Chemistry 38 The number includes three students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, a few students who apply for Materials Science and Engineering course, and two students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Applied Physics 42 The number includes one student who applies for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, four students who apply for Materials Science and Engineering course, and two students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Materials Science 49 The number includes one student who applies for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, four students who apply for Materials Science and Engineering course, and two students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
    (Note)

  1. Students enroll in April or October. (Students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals enrolld in April.)
  2. Applicants for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course may apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.

August (Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Mathematics 1
Physics 2 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
Chemistry 2 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
Applied Physics 2 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
Materials Science 2 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
    (Note)

  1. Students enroll in April.
    As for the number of students to be admitted through the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course, refer to the remarks of general admission.
  2. If you wish to apply for General Admission Examination, refer to the Application Guide for General Admission Examination.

February (General Admission)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Mathematics A few Additional recruitment
The number includes students who apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Physics A few Additional recruitment
The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange student, Materials Science and Engineering course, and the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Chemistry A few Additional recruitment
The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange student, Materials Science and Engineering course, and the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Applied Physics 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange student, Materials Science and Engineering course, and one student who is admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Materials Science 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange student, Materials Science and Engineering course, and the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
    (Note)

  1. Students enroll in April or October. (Students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals enroll in April.)
  2. Applicants for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course may apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.

February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs
Mathematics A few Additional recruitment
Physics A few Additional recruitment
Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
Chemistry A few Additional recruitment
Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
Applied Physics 1 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
Materials Science A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course.
    (Note)

  1. Students enroll in April.
    As for the number of students to be admitted through the Cooperative Graduate School System and Materials Science and Engineering course, refer to the remarks of general admission.
  2. If you wish to apply for General Admission Examination, refer to the Application Guide for General Admission Examination.

2. Eligibility for Admission

【Entry in April 2018】 (General Admission)

Persons will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from a four-year university by March 2018
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2018
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2018
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Individuals who are 22 years of age or older as of March 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
【Entry in April 2018】 (Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination)

Persons will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements and also have worked or will have worked full-time or part-time at a company, a government office or an education related organization for at least one year by March 2018. (Homemaking experience is accepted.)

  • Individuals who have graduated from a four-year university
  • Individuals who have earned bachelor’s degree
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a 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
  • Individuals who are 22 years of age or older as of March 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
【Entry in October 2018】

Persons will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Individuals who will graduate from a four-year university by April – September 2018
  • Individuals who will earn a bachelor’s degree by April – September 2018
  • Individuals who will earn a bachelor’s degree by April –September 2018 from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Individuals who are 22 years of age or older as of September 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

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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.

As for documents needed for application, you must submit the original copies to us by airmail or in person.

Information You Need for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
You are requested to upload a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
2. Supervisor of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, or Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) August: Applicants for Master’s Programs in Physics Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to choose one from the following:

  1. Take an English test conducted by the university
  2. Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
  3. Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
  4. Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

If you choose No.2, 3, or 4, applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module). The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after July 2015 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.

August: All applicants for Master’s Programs in Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module). The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after July 2015 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.
February: Applicants for Master’s Programs in Physics Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to choose one from the following:

  1. Take an English test conducted by the university
  2. Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
  3. Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
  4. Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

If you choose No.2, 3, or 4, applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module). The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.

February: All applicants for Master’s Programs in Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
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 except foreign government- sponsored students etc.
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
Follow the instructions given on 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, 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 airmail or in person.)

Documents Who must submit Instructions
(Expected) Graduation Certificate (Note 1) 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 from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.

Degree Certificate (Note 1) 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 graduation certificate for your bachelor’s degree. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.

Note: Even if you have already earned a master’s or doctoral degree, you need to submit a degree certificate issued by a university from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.

Upload the JPEG file of your degree certificate to the Web Entry system.

Academic Transcript (Note 1) All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of your programs history) 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.)
Certificate of Research Activities If applicable Foreign applicants who meet all of the following requirements must submit certificate of research activities:

  • ・Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • ・Individuals who have been researching for about one year or more at a university or a research institute in Japan or abroad after graduation of university.
  • ・Individuals who became 22 years old or older, or who will be 22 years old.

Foreign applicants who are researching in our university as a researcher can use designated certificate of enrollment instead of certificate of research activities. The certificate is available from automatic issuing machine.
For the designated format, visit here

Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, or Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)
(Note 2)
August: All applicants for Master’s Programs in Physics Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to choose one from the following:

  1. Take an English test conducted by the university
  2. Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
  3. Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
  4. Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

If you choose No.2, 3, or 4, applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after July 2015 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.

August: All applicants for Master’s Programs in Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after July 2015 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.
February: Applicants for Master’s Programs in Physics Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to choose one from the following:

  1. Take an English test conducted by the university
  2. Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
  3. Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
  4. Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

If you choose No.2, 3, or 4, applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module). The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.

February: All applicants for Master’s Programs in Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
Copy is NOT acceptable. Others such as TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module) are NOT acceptable.
Research Plan August: All applicants who wish to apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals(Except Master’s Program in Physics)

February: All applicants who wish to apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals (Except Master’s Program in Physics)

Submit a research plan you would do after entering master’s course.
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 in person.
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 in person.
The Receipt Portion needs to be attached to the form that can be created online and printed out after you complete the Web Entry procedure.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Any format is acceptable) If applicable The letter must be submitted by airmail or in person.

  1. Individuals who currently attend a university or graduate school (except those who are expected to graduate by March 2018) need to 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. Use A4-sized paper.
  2. Individuals who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) need to submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by their superior. Any format is acceptable. Use A4-sized paper.
    〔Applicants who plan to leave their company to enroll in master’s course may instead submit a document written by the applicants themselves (affixed with their seal or signature). 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 in person.
If you are enrolled in another university at the time of application, submit the certificate of the government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign student issued by the university.

(Note)

  1. In case your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (e.g., because of marriage), submit with the proof (e.g., copy of your marriage license).
  2. In case any questions arise about your certificate, we will verify it with the institution of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS.

PDF to be Created After Completing Web Entry

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants The Web Entry system instructs you to supply a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
Print out the Reference Card with your photograph and bring a copy of the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants Attach the address sheet to your envelope when you submit the required documents to us by airmail or in person.

【Submission Periods】
August: July 3 – 21, 2017
February: December 1, 2017 – January 10, 2018
Form for Submission of TOEIC Official Score Certificate/ Official Score Report, TOEFL Examinee Score Record or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) If applicable Attach an original copy of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate/ Official Score Report, TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) to the form and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
Research Plan If applicable Fill out the research plan on one page and submit it to us.
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 in person.
List of Documents to be Submitted All applicants Fill in the required items and submit it to us.

Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the applicants’ documents, will be used for affairs concerning admission and screening, or may be used to improve the way of admission and university education keeping each identity confidential. Also, they will be used as part of the materials 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.


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4. Examination Fees

30,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable)
(The examination fees are exempted for the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students.)

(A) Payment Period

August: July 3 (Mon) – July 21 (Fri), 2017
February: December 1 (Fri), 2017 – January 10 (Wed), 2018

(B) Places

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants): Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express are 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 a receipt number; enter the number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out the application completed page after the payment and submit it together with other required documents to us by mail or in person.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.

Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only): Payments can be made at LAWSON, Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart, Circle K Sunkus, 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. 1. Seven-Eleven: 13 digits
  2. 2. LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP, Circle K Sunkus: 11 digits

Detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given to you at the convenience store and affix 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 mail or in person.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.


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5. Application Procedure

  1. Visit the Web Entry System to apply. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make edits. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
    【Application Period】
    August: July 3 (from 12 p.m. JST) – July 21, 2017 (to 5 p.m. JST)
    February: December 1, 2017 (from 12 p.m. JST) – January 10, 2018 (to 5 p.m. JST)
  2. Some of the documents have to be submitted by mail or in person, and these must be received by the deadline. When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create an Address Sheet in PDF format. Print out the sheet and submit it along with the other required documents to us.
    If your documents are not received by the due date, you will not be able to take the exam.

    【Due dates】
    August: Monday, July 3 – Friday, July 21, 2017 (by 5 p.m. JST)
    February: Friday, December 1, 2017 – Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (by 5 p.m. JST)
    【Place to Submit】
    Refer to “11. Contact Us
    【Necessary documents】
    All applicants: Graduation Certificate, Academic Transcript, Specification for Submission of Application Documents
    If applicable: Degree Certificate, Research Plan, Form for Submission of English Score, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement, Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card, Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam, Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students.
  3. After you complete the application procedure on the Web Entry System, you are not allowed to change the program of your choice.
  4. Unless requested, all documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fees which have been paid are non-refundable.
  5. Should you have any question about the curriculum or the research field, contact the department that runs your desired program. (Refer to “8. Previous Examinations”)

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6. Screening Criteria

We will determine the students to be admitted by evaluating the submitted documents and their academic skills as a whole:

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below:

August (General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science
August Wednesday, August 23 Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language Specialized Subject Oral Examination
Major Time 10:00-11:30 13:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Mathematics
English (100 points)
You can use a dictionary for this exam except a mathematics glossary and an electronic dictionary.
*3

Mathematics
(600 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Physics *1

English
(100 points)
Physics
(600 points)
Including questions about mathematics
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Chemistry *2

English
(200 points)
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
*4

Chemistry
(500 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Applied Physics *2

English
(200 points)
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
*5

Applied Physics
(500 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Materials Science *2

English
(200 points)
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
*6

Materials Science
(500 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
(Note)
  1. Before you apply, you need to contact a prospective supervisor (a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance (see the Faculty Members, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences – Master’s Programs –) .
  2. The assessment of English ability
    1. *1 Applicants have to choose one from the following:
      1. 1)Take an English test conducted by the university
      2. 2)Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
      3. 3)Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
      4. 4)Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

      If you choose No.2, 3, or 4, applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
      The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after July 2015 is valid.
      Copy is NOT acceptable. Applicants who chose No. 1 will take the English test on the examination day.

    2. *2Applicants have to choose one from the following:
      1. 2)Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
      2. 3)Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
      3. 4)Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

      Applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
      The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after July 2015 is valid.
      Copy is NOT acceptable. There is no English test conducted by the university.

    3. *1*2If your score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS amount to more than the score below, it is considered to be equivalent to a perfect score of our English test.
    TOEIC TOEFL
    (paper-based)
    TOEFL
    (Internet-based)
    TOEFL
    (computer-based)
    IELTS
    860
    597
    98
    247
    7.0
  3. About Specialized Subject
    1. *3Answer the designated number of questions from basic and special subjects.
    2. *4Answer one or more questions from each field including inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry. (Answer four questions in total)
    3. *5You must answer mathematics question. Besides, answer three questions from mechanics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, optics, and semiconductor engineering. (Choosing mechanics or electromagnetics is necessary.)
    4. *6Answer two questions from basic special subject, and one question from special subject. (three questions in total)

February (General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science
February Tuesday, January 30 Wednesday, January 31
Subject Foreign Language Specialized Subject Oral Examination
Major Time 10:00-11:30 13:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Mathematics
English (100 points)
You can use a dictionary for this exam except a mathematics glossary and an electronic dictionary.
*3

Mathematics
(600 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Physics *1

English
(100 points)
Physics
(600 points)
Including questions about mathematics
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Chemistry *2

English
(200 points)
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
*4

Chemistry
(500 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Applied Physics *2

English
(200 points)
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
*5

Applied Physics
(500 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
Materials Science *2

English
(200 points)
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
*6

Materials Science
(500 points)
Individual Interview
Questions about your special field (300 points)
(Note)
  1. Before you apply, you need to contact a prospective supervisor (a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance. (see the Faculty Members, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences – Master’s Programs –)
  2. The assessment of English ability
    1. *1Applicants have to choose one from the following:
      1. 1)Take an English test conducted by the university
      2. 2)Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
      3. 3)Submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC
      4. 4)Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

      If you choose No.2, 3, or 4, applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
      The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
      Copy is NOT acceptable. Applicants who chose No. 1 will take the English test on the examination day.

    1. *2Applicants have to choose one from the following:
      1. 1)Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
      2. 2)Submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL
      3. 3)Submit the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)

      Applicants have to submit the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module).
      The TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score of the exam taken after January 2016 is valid.
      Copy is NOT acceptable. There is no English test conducted by the university.

    2. *1*2 If your score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS amount to more than the score below, it is considered to be equivalent to a perfect score of our English test.

    TOEIC TOEFL
    (paper-based)
    TOEFL
    (Internet-based)
    TOEFL
    (computer-based)
    IELTS
    860
    597
    98
    247
    7.0
  3. About Specialized Subject
    1. *3 Answer the designated number of questions from basic and special subjects.
    2. *4 Answer one or more questions from each field including inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry. (Answer four questions in total)
    3. *5You must answer mathematics question. Besides, answer three questions from mechanics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, optics, and semiconductor engineering. (Choosing mechanics or electromagnetics is necessary.)
    4. *6Answer two questions from basic special subject, and one question from special subject. (three questions in total)

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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 “10. Information and Hints for Examinees” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

August: Tuesday, September 12 (from 10 a.m. JST)- Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (to 10 a.m. JST)
February: Friday, February 16 (from 10 a.m. JST) – Thursday, February 22, 2018 (to 10 a.m. JST)

The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website.
https://entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/
An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants on the same day by registered mail.

Enrollment Procedure

  1. Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (which include documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent out to successful applicants. Follow the direction in the Guidelines.
    【Shipping Date】
    August: Friday, February 16, 2018
    February: Friday, February 16, 2018
    (For October entry, in late June 2018)

    Note:
    All applicants with a full-time job need to submit a document or a letter (e.g., an order for a training course, a letter for a leave of absence, or an approval letter) from the employer to prove that they are available to complete the program.

    The successful applicants need to notify us (Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area) in advance if they are moving house permanently before the date above or travelling when the documents are expected to be delivered.

  2. Estimated Expenses Upon Entrance
    1. (a)Entrance fees are 282,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable).
    2. (b)Tuition: The tuition for the first semester (April-September) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. The tuition for the second semester (October-March) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. (Yearly Amount: 535,800 Japanese Yen)
      (Note)

      1. (1)If fees are revised before entrance or while enrolled in this Graduate School, the revised tuition fees will be applied.
      2. (2)The Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students are exempted from paying the entrance fees.
  3. International applicants must acquire a Status of Residence suitable for entrance to a graduate school, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951), before beginning the enrollment procedures. Those who wish to enter this Graduate School as an international student must acquire Status of Residence as a “Student.”

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8. Previous Examinations

Graduate School (Program) Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery Contact Direct Phone Number
Pure and Applied Sciences Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area +81 29.853.7296
Mathematics Administration Office for Mathematics +81 29.853.4235
Physics
(note 3)
Administration Office for Physics +81 29.853.4277
Chemistry Administration Office for Chemistry +81 29.853.6505
Applied Physics Administration Office for Applied Physics +81 29.853.5443
Materials Science Administration Office for Materials Science +81 29.853.5443

(Note)

  1. As for how to get past examination questions by mail and about the cost, contact direct phone number above.
  2. To browse past examination questions or obtain a photocopy, contact direct phone number above in advance.
  3. Refer to HP (http://www.px.tsukuba.ac.jp/~senkou/admission.php).

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9. Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance due to disability, submit a designated application form, a doctor’s certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate to the Division of Educational Promotion (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken) by following dates:

【Due Dates】
August: June 30, 2017
February: 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 their condition.

10. Information and Hints for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website.

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

11. Contact Us

  1. If you have any questions about the application guidelines, contact us at:
    Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area
    1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8571 Japan
    Phone: +81-29-853-4030/5623
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday except national holidays

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12. Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools

This is for applicants to Special Selection of Working Individuals.

Education provided under special provision

  1. 1. Along with the progress of science technology and the sophistication of society, there are increasing demands for the return of working individuals to 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 practices. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which have achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, have introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.
  2. 2. Requirements to complete the programs
    To receive the special provision, follow these directions.

    Pure and Applied Sciences (Master’s programs)
    1. 1)Earn 30 or more credits to complete the program for subjects conducted in the daytime (including compulsory subjects Colloquium on Pure and Applied Sciences) and the nighttime within the original duration of study (2 years).
      Credits for compulsory subjects (Colloquium on Pure and Applied Sciences) can be obtained from other subject instead. Talk with your supervisor over the details.
    2. 2)Submit a list of courses to your supervisor and a chair of your program for approval of the application at the beginning of the first year of study.
    3. 3)Necessary credits to complete the program
      Program Necessary Credits to complete the program
      Pure and Applied Sciences (Master’s programs) Get one credit for Colloquium on Pure and Applied Sciences and 29 credits for other subjects.
    4. 4)To implement special provision on educational method, we will open classes in the nighttime in addition to classes in the daytime. Ask your supervisor in advance about subjects which apply the special provision.

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13.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.

Usually a group of teachers dealing with Cooperative Graduate School System consists of three members who are researching in the same research institute.
In Advanced interdisciplinary field in doctoral program in Physics, however, a group of teachers consists of three members who are researching in several research institutes and one or more anchor teachers from University of Tsukuba who will support students’ research and school life.

One of the three teachers is to be a supervisor and the other two and anchor teachers are to be deputy supervisors.

Anchor teachers from our university are deputy supervisors, but they are in charge of managing whole educational system such as the decision when to dispatch students to research institutes. Students can learn in a program teachers made after careful consideration.