Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences

Doctoral Programs (Human Sciences)

Education
  • October (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • February (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • Psychology
    • February (General Admission)
    Disability Sciences
    • February (General Admission)

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

    [Important] Information on Change in Method of
    Implementing Future Entrance Examinations, Etc.,
    in Response to the COVID-19 Infections

    There is a possibility that there will be changes in the method of the entrance examinations for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School for academic year 2021, depending on the situation regarding the spread of the infections of the COVID-19, such as changes to online entrance examinations, etc., after these application guidelines have been published. Also, there is a possibility that entrance examination days will be added, in connection with the changes in the examination method. The latest information on the entrance examinations is published on the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site, so it can be checked at any time.
    In particular, when applying and before taking the examination, be sure to check the latest information in the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site.

    Information page of the Graduate Admissions site URL https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/

    Information Environment, Etc., Necessary if there is a Change to Online Entrance Examinations

    At present the schedule, etc., envisaged for entrance examinations in the university (Tsukuba area) has been announced. However if there has to be a change to online entrance examinations at short notice, it will be announced on this site when the decision has been taken (as a guide, by August 7 in the case of September entrance examinations, and 1 month before the examination date for entrance examinations in October or later). Also if the examinations are to be held online, the following is advance notification of the preparations that must be made by those taking the examinations.

    1. Have a bright quiet private room environment
    2. Have a network environment capable of sending and receiving video
    3. Have a personal computer with a camera and microphone
      (using a speaker for voice output. The use of earphones or headphones, etc., that are fitted to the body are prohibited)
    4. Have a smartphone (with a camera) * Item 4 on the left is for emergency use in case of occurrence of network problems

    Note that if you have questions regarding the examination environment or if you would like to do a communication test as preparation in advance for the possibility of online examinations, contact the inquiry desk of your program.

    Application Process Overview Chart

    Check your qualifications!

     
    (A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
    • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree
    • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a specialized degree
    • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn 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 Test System Area in advance. E-mail us to obtain necessary documents and e-mail the documents for the assessment. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode required for the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry system.
    (* Individuals who have previously applied for the Eligibility Screening and been deemed eligible should also apply for the screening again.)

      【Due Dates】

    • October: August 28, 2020
    • February: November 27, 2020

    To access a prescribed form of a written statement by the applicant, click here.〉
    General application documents

     
    Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

    If you need special assistance due to disability, contact us by the following dates:

      【Due Dates】

    • October:August 28, 2020
    • February: November 27, 2020
    Web Entry

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

      【Application Period】

    • October: September 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • February: December 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 3 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

    Fields with * in each section are required items. Please input all data. (For blank fields and inadequate entries, an error message will be displayed and and you are not going to be able to 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. Use one-byte alphabets and numbers to input all the information.

    For the “1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice”, upload an image in JPEG format of your ID photo.
    For the “Educational Background”, those who graduated in a foreign university should upload an image in JPEG format of your degree certificate out of certificates to be submitted. (Due to a difference with the Japanese education system, eligibility for admission will be checked in advance.
    For information needed for application and details about documents including certificates, refer here.

    Payment

    You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The university accepts:
    Provided however, that the examination fee is not necessary for those who are currently Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship students or who completed a master’s program of our university in March 2020 and continue to take our Doctoral Program. (The examination payment screen will not be displayed.)

    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.
    For details, refer 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 PDF

    After you submit your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to download the PDF documents. You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open.

      【Application Period】

    • October: September 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • February: December 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 3 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 no later than the deadlines mentioned below.
    Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

      【Due Dates】

    • October: September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • February: December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)

    For details, refer 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】

    • October: September 29, 2020
    • February: January 12, 2021
    Examination Dates
      【October】

    • Doctoral Program in Education: October 22, 2020
      【February】

    • Doctoral Program in Education: February 1, 2021
    • Doctoral Program in Psychology: February 2 and 3, 2021
    • Doctoral Program in Disability Sciences: February 3, 2021

    Please note that examination dates vary depending on the doctoral program.
    For previous examinations, click here.〉

    Announcement of Admission Results
    • October: November 6, 2020
    • February: February 17, 2021

    The examinee number of those who passed the examination will be announced at the application website of our university(https://entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/)and those who passed the examination will be sent a notification of passing the examination through registered mail on the same day.

    Documents for Enrollment

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

    • Documents will be sent out from the admission office on February 17, 2021.
    Procedure for Enrollment
    • Documents must be submitted by the beginning of March 2021.
    Entrance
    • April 1, 2021