Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

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Doctoral Programs
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Nano-Science and Nano-Technology, Applied Physics, Materials Science (August [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
Mathematics, Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science (February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])

Three-year Doctoral Programs
Materials Science and Engineering (August [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])
Materials Science and Engineering (February [General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals])


The following are combined application guidelines for all the programs above.
Application guidelines of the programs accepting applications for admissions in August and carrying out additional recruitment in February will be posted on this website in around late November.

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 earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a specialized degree
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree in a foreign country
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination

  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree
  • Individuals who have earned specialized degree
  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree in a foreign country
  • 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 a high school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a four-year university
  • 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 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. 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 those who are the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students and who continue to doctoral program after completing our master’s program in March 2018.)

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, 25, 2017
February: January 30-31, 2018
Examination dates vary from major to major.
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
Doctoral Programs Mathematics 10 The number includes a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Physics 10 The number includes one student who applies for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Chemistry 16 The number includes two students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology 25 The number includes three students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Applied Physics 14 The number includes one student who applies for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Materials Science 10 The number includes one student who applies for the Cooperative Graduate School System, one foreign exchange student, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Three-year Doctoral Program Materials Science and Engineering 5 The number includes 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 enroll in April.)
  2. Applicants for the Cooperative Graduate School System may apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
  3. In the case that special selection for International students from China is conducted in accordance with the Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program, the number of the students is included in other students’ number in each major.
  4. Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering applies the Cooperative Graduate School System.

August (Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Programs Mathematics A few
Physics A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Chemistry A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Applied Physics A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Materials Science A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Three-year Doctoral Program Materials Science and Engineering A few
    (Note)

  1. Students enroll in April.
  2. As for the number of students to be admitted through the Cooperative Graduate School System, refer to the remarks of general admission.
  3. If you wish to apply for General Admission Examination, refer to the Application Guide for General Admission Examination.
  4. In the case that special selection for International students from China is conducted in accordance with the Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program, the number of the students is included in other students’ number in each major.
  5. Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering applies the Cooperative Graduate School System.

February (General Admission)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Programs Mathematics 2 The number includes a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Physics 10 The number includes one student who applies for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange students, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Applied Physics 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange students, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Materials Science 3 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System, foreign exchange students, and a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Three-year Doctoral Program Materials Science and Engineering 4 The number includes 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 enroll in April.)
  2. Applicants for the Cooperative Graduate School System may apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
  3. In the case that special selection for International students from China is conducted in accordance with the Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program, the number of the students is included in other students’ number in each major.
  4. Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering applies the Cooperative Graduate School System.

February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Course Major Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Programs Mathematics A few
Physics A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Applied Physics A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Materials Science A few Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Three-year Doctoral Program Materials Science and Engineering A few
    (Note)

  1. Students are enroll in April.
  2. As for the number of students to be admitted through the Cooperative Graduate School System, refer to the remarks of general admission.
  3. If you wish to apply for General Admission Examination, refer to the Application Guide for General Admission Examination.
  4. In the case that special selection for International students from China is conducted in accordance with the Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program, the number of the students is included in other students’ number in each major.
  5. Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering applies the Cooperative Graduate School System.

2. Eligibility for Admission

【Entry in April 2018】 (General Admission)

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

  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree by March 2018
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a specialized degree by March 2018
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree in a foreign country by March 2018

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

  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of March 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or a specialized 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.)

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

  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree
  • Individuals who have earned a specialized degree
  • Individuals who have earned a master’s degree or a specialized degree in a foreign country

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

  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of March 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or a specialized degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others

(If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

【Entry in October 2018】 (General Admission)

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

  • Individuals who are expected to earn a master’s degree by April – September 2018
  • Individuals who are expected to earn a specialized degree by April – September 2018
  • Individuals who are expected to earn a master’s degree or a specialized degree by April – September 2018 in a foreign country

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

  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of September 2018, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or a specialized degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

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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: All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, 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: All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Applicants have to submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, 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(*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 Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School.
Degree Certificate(*1) Those who graduated from a graduate school outside Japan If you graduated from a graduate school outside Japan, submit a graduation certificate for your master’s degree. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.
Academic Transcript(*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 Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school. (All documents must be in English or in Japanese.)
Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, or Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)(*2) Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering Applicants have to submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, 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: All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Applied Physics and Materials Science and Engineering Applicants have to submit the Official Score Certificate/ Report of TOEIC, or the Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, 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 All applicants Submit a research plan you would do after entering the graduate school. Specify your name, title, and prospective supervisor. (No format specified. Use A4 – sized paper. Write in either Japanese (within 2,000 characters) or English (within 1,000 words)).
Applicants for Physics must include the reason why you chose the major in the research plan.
Research Outlines All applicants Submit the outline of your current research by the deadline for application to the administration office (Refer to “8. Previous Examinations”). Write it within 4 pages which correspond to about 4,000 characters in Japanese and to about 2,000 words in English. Attach the designated cover of “Research Outline” to it.
Put it in an envelope and write “ Research Outline for Doctoral Programs” or “ Research Outline for Three-year Doctoral Programs”, including your name, course and major of your choice to the envelop.
For the designated cover of “Research Outline”, visit here〉
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 examination
(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, or if the entrance is in October 2018, except those who are expected to graduate from April to September 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 the graduate school 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.

(*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 (by 5 p.m. JST)
February: December 1, 2017 – January 10, 2018 (by 5 p.m. JST)
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.
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 applicant’s 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 following:

  • The Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students.
  • The University of Tsukuba graduate students who will complete a master’s program in March 2018 ( In case of October 2018 entry, the University of Tsukuba graduate students who will complete a master’s program in September 2018) and wish to enroll in this program.
(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. Seven-Eleven: 13 digits
  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
  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, Nano-Science and Nano-Technology, Materials Science
August Friday, August 25
Subject Oral Examination (200 points)
Major Time 10:00~17:00
Mathematics Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research for master’s thesis for about 30 minutes which includes question-and-answer session. A projector or a blackboard is available. If you want to distribute an abstract in your presentation, prepare 20 copies in advance.
Physics Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for about 30 minutes which includes question-and–answer session. A projector is available.
Chemistry Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for about 30 minutes which includes question-and–answer session using a projector. (OHP is available. If you want to use it, please let the chairperson of the major know in advance)
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for about 30 minutes which includes question-and–answer session using a projector. (OHP is available. If you want to use it, please let the chairperson of the major know in advance)
Materials Science Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for about 15 minutes and question-and–answer session using a projector.
Applied Physics
August Friday, August 25
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Major Time 10:00~17:00
Applied Physics *1 English
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for 15 minutes and question-and–answer session for 15 minutes using a projector.

(Note)

  1. 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 – Doctoral Programs –).
  2. 2.(*1) Submit the original Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) along with your application forms. Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) taken after July 2015 is valid. Copy is not acceptable.
Materials Science and Engineering
August Wednesday, August 23, Thursday, August 24
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Major Time 10:00~18:00
Materials Science and Engineering English
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for 15 minutes and question-and–answer session for 15 minutes using a projector.

(Note)

  1. 1.Make sure to contact your prospective supervisor in advance.
  2. 2.There is no English test.
  3. 3.Submit the original Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) along with your application forms. We take the higher score if you submit more than one English score certificate.
  4. 4.Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) taken after July 2015 is valid.
  5. 5.As for the schedule of the oral examination, please refer to the “Timetable of the oral examination” that will be sent by mail along with the Reference Card.

February (General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Mathematics, Physics, Materials Science
February Wednesday, January 31
Subject Oral Examination (200 points)
Major Time 10:00~17:00
Mathematics Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research for master’s thesis for about 30 minutes which includes question-and-answer session. A projector or a blackboard is available. If you want to distribute an abstract in your presentation, prepare 20 copies in advance.
Physics Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for about 30 minutes which includes question-and–answer session. A projector is available.
Materials Science Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for about 15 minutes and question-and–answer session using a projector.
Applied Physics
February Wednesday, January 31
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Major Time 10:00~17:00
Applied Physics *1 English
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for 15 minutes and question-and–answer session for 15 minutes using a projector.

(Note)

  1. 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 – Doctoral Programs –).
  2. 2.(*1) Submit the original Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) along with your application forms. Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) taken after July 2015 is valid. Copy is not acceptable.
Materials Science and Engineering
February Tuesday, January 30, Wednesday, January 31
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Major Time 10:00~18:00
Materials Science and Engineering English
We will evaluate applicants’ English ability with official score of TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS (Academic Module)
Individual Interview
Presentation on the master’s thesis or research achievements equivalent to master’s thesis for 15 minutes and question-and–answer session for 15 minutes using a projector.

(Note)

  1. 1.Make sure to contact your prospective supervisor in advance.
  2. 2.There is no English test.
  3. 3.Submit the original Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) along with your application forms. We take the higher score if you submit more than one English score certificate.
  4. 4.Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC, Examinee Score Record of TOEFL, or Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module) taken after January 2016 is valid.
  5. 5.As for the schedule of the oral examination, please refer to the “Timetable of the oral examination” that will be sent by mail.

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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 – Tuesday, September 19, 2017
February: Friday, February 16, – Thursday, February 22, 2018

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 on Friday 16, 2018. (For October entry, in late June) Follow the direction in the Guidelines.

    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 entrance fees are exempted for those who are the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students or who completes our Master’s in March 2018 (In case of October 2018 entry, in September 2018) and continues to take our Doctoral Program.
  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 029(853)7296
Mathematics Administration Office for Mathematics 029(853)4235
Physics Administration Office for Physics 029(853)4277
Chemistry Administration Office for Chemistry 029(853)6505
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology Administration Office for Nano-Science and Nano-Technology 029(853)4776
Applied Physics Administration Office for Applied Physics 029(853)5443
Materials Science Administration Office for Materials Science 029(853)5443
Materials Science and Engineering Administration Office for Materials Science and Engineering 029(863)5348

(Note) The past exam questions are not available since only oral examinations are conducted.


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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.

    1. 1.Earn the required number of credits to complete the program within the original duration of study (3 years).
    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.

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13. Pure and Applied Sciences Early Completion Program for Working Individuals

Doctoral Program in Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences has introduced the system since FY 2007 to support working individuals who wish to complete the doctoral program in a shorter period of time. The Early Completion Program applies to working individuals with a certain degree of research achievements and competency, and provides them with opportunities to complete a three-year doctoral program in a minimum of one year. This program does not provide assurance, but intends to support individuals who are trying for the completion of their program in one year.

  1. Eligibility
    Working Individuals who have research achievements related to a research field in Doctoral Program of Pure and Applied Sciences and wish to earn a doctoral degree in a shorter period of time
  2. Documents to be submitted to apply for the Early Completion Program
    After passing the entrance examination, submit the documents and reports specified in 1) – 4) below. The procedures will be notified to successful applicants at the time of the announcement of acceptance.

    1. 1)Applicant’s statement (includes the applicant’s area of specialization, activities at the school last attended and their relation to the desired area of research.)
    2. 2)List of achievements (includes peer-reviewed papers and presentation materials)

      The number of peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations required for the application in the program is shown below.

      Major Peer-Reviewed Paper Conference Presentation
      Mathematics A minimum of 2 papers published or in press in international journals. You must be the sole author of one of those papers. No object
      Physics A minimum of 3 papers published or in press in international journals. No object
      Chemistry A minimum of 3 papers published or in press in international journals including peer-reviewed paper in international conferences. You must be the first author of those papers or made a great contribution to them. No object
      Nano-Science and Nano-Technology A minimum of 3 papers published or in press in international journals including peer-reviewed paper in international conferences. You must be the first author of those papers or made a great contribution to them. No object
      Applied Physics A minimum of 3 papers published or in press in international journals. You must be the first author of those papers. No object
      Materials Science A minimum of 3 papers published or in press in international journals. You must be the first author of those papers. No object
      Materials Science and Engineering A minimum of 4 papers published or in press in international journals. You must be the first author of those papers. No object
    3. 3)Self-assessment form
    4. 4)Plan of doctoral dissertation (2 – 4 pages of A4 size paper, no format specified, just include your theme and studies in related areas)
  3. Qualification for the Early Completion Program
    Based on the documents listed in 2 above, an interview will be conducted if necessary to determine whether the applicant qualifies for the program. The application procedures will be notified along with the announcement of acceptance.
  4. Notes
    Consult with your prospective supervisor in advance before applying.

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14. Dual Degree Program in Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

Dual degree program is structured so that researchers or students in doctoral programs can pursue graduate work in two fields. This program aims to raise highly talented people who have expertise, great erudition, and high adaptability.

That is, students in doctoral program will also belong to master’s program, or professional degree program (except for Graduate School of Business Science, University of Tsukuba Law School) and fulfill the requirement of two degrees.

Now these fields are available for dual degree program:

Primary Major in Doctoral Program Secondary Major in Master’s Program
Physics Graduate school of System and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Department of Computer Science
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology Graduate school of System and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Department of Computer Science
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology Graduate school of Comprehensive Human Sciences
Master’s Program in Medical Science
Applied Physics Graduate school of Comprehensive Human Sciences
Master’s Program in Medical Science
Materials Science Graduate school of Comprehensive Human Sciences
Master’s Program in Medical Science

Graduate school of System and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Department of Computer Science opened a course in which you can get your degree learning through English since 2011 in cooperation with the dual degree program.

It is not easy to get two degrees at the same time. You need to ask your prospective supervisor for advice before you apply and contemplate. When you apply, get an application document and get a signature of the prospected supervisor to the document. Then submit it to Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area by the deadline of assessment of eligibility for application.

When you pass the assessment, a written permission to take dual degree program will be given. Submit a copy of the written permission to Graduate Admissions, Division of Educational Promotion, Department of Educational Promotion, along with application documents.

(If you apply for both Doctoral program and Master’s program, attach the copy to each application documents.) By submitting the copy, examination fee for Master’s program will be exempted.

To apply the dual degree program, it is necessary to pass the exam and do the procedure for enrollment. If you apply for both Master’s program and Doctoral program at the same time and you fail to pass the exam of the Doctoral program, it is considered that you also fail to pass the Master’s program.

When you pass the exam, the enrollment fee and tuition fee (during the period of dual degree program) of first semester will be exempted.


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15. Double Degree Program between Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences and Universite Grenoble Alpes (France)

Doctoral programs (three-year/second semester) in Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences offer double degree program with Universite Grenoble Alpes *. In this program, students enroll and study at University of Tsukuba and at Universite Grenoble Alpes as regular students, and are awarded each degree from both upon completion. (Students take an admission examination for Universite Grenoble Alpes after passing an examination for our doctoral program)

This program aims to create global human resources with high level of expertise who meet each university’s standards. This is backed by all teachers involved in joint research responsibly.

Applicants need to consult with an academic advisor in a doctoral program (contact information: visit here) in advance and apply to the advisor by the deadline of eligibility screening stated on Application Guideline.

* Universite Grenoble Alpes is an official institution for science, culture, and professional education, bringing together 6 universities (Universite Joseph Fourier, Universite Pierre-Mendes-France, Universite Stendhal, Grenoble INP, Universite Savoie Mont-Blanc, and Sciences Po Grenoble) and associated research establishments.  


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16. 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.