Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

Master’s Programs

Humanities (Subprogram in Philosophy/ Subprogram in History and Anthropology/ Subprogram in Literature/ Subprogram in Linguistics/ Subprogram in Modern Culture Studies/ Subprogram in English Language Education)
  • July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
International Public Policy
  • July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
  • October Selection Process (General Selection Process)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies
  • October Selection Process (General Selection Process)
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process / Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

The following application guidelines apply to all of the programs listed above.

If you have any questions about the application process, please check the information in this application guideline before contacting us, and inquire at the contact information in “11. Contact Us”.

[Important] Special Measures for Graduate School Entrance Examinations
Due to the Impact of the COVID-19 Infection, etc.

The University of Tsukuba Graduate School Entrance Examination for the academic year 2023 is announced as “Entrance Examination on the University Campus” in principle. Some programs may shift to online entrance examinations. In addition, we plan to set up supplementary examinations (online, etc.) for applicants who are unable to come to the University due to the effects of the COVID-19 infection, etc.

※Conditions for coming to the examination center and the setting of supplementary examinations will be announced on this website approximately one month prior to the examination date, based on the status of the spread of the COVID-19 infection, etc. Please be sure to check the announcement column on the Application Guidelines website.

※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.

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


Information environment and other requirements for taking the online entrance examination

The following preparations and arrangements are required on the examinations are to be held online.

  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!

 
*Those who wish to apply for the “Special Selection Process for Working Individuals” must have at least one year of full-time or part-time work experience by March 2023.
 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
(Note: Persons who are expecting to graduate cannot apply for Special Selection Process for Working Individuals Examination.)

  • Individuals who have graduated or expect to graduate from a four-year university in Japan by enrollment
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that requires 16 or more years of school curriculum up to university graduation, and have earned a bachelor’s degree, or individuals who expect to graduate from such a university and earn a bachelor’s degree by enrollment
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)
 
(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or an upper secondary school as latest academic background
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school as latest academic background
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that requires less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)
 
   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who need to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact the Academic Service Office for the Humanities and Social Sciences Area in advance.
Email us to obtain the necessary forms and email your documents for 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 apply for the screening again.)

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: May 25, 2022
  • October Selection Process: August 31, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
 
Applicants Who Need Assistance

If you need assistance at the time of the entrance examination due to disability, contact us by the following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: May 25, 2022
  • October Selection Process: August 31, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
Web Entry

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

    【Application Period】

  • July Selection Process: May 27, 2022 (from noon JST) – June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 2, 2022 (from noon JST) – September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

First, you will need your own account to login. Once you have created an account, you save the data you have entered and log back in later to continue.

Activation

When you sign up, an activation URL will be sent to your registered email address. Click on the URL to activate your account.

Login

After you activate your account, you will be automatically logged in. Just click the “Login” button and proceed to “My Page”. From the next login, you will need to enter your email address and password.

My Page

On “My Page,” click the “Application Form” button for the appropriate program.
On this page, you can also edit your login information or reset your password.

Application Form

There are four sections in the Application Form:

  1. Degree Program / Applicant’s Information
  2. Supervisor
  3. Eligibility
  4. Educational Background

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 characters and numbers to input all the information.

Payment

You must pay the examination fees 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 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 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 MEXT scholarship) foreign students.)

Submission

After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on this 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 all information before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address. Be sure to check it.

(*Check and adjust the spam filter settings in your email account beforehand so that you can receive an email from the “webentry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” domain.)

Create and Print PDF

After you have submitted your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and be sure to download and print out all PDF files. You can download them from the Web Entry system only during the Web application period.

    【Application Period】

  • July Selection Process: May 27, 2022 (from noon JST) – June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 2, 2022 (from noon JST) – September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (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” must be submitted by registered mail no later than the deadlines below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Information and Instructions for Examinees

We will post “Information and Instructions for Examinees” on our website. Be sure to read this before the entrance examination.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • July Selection Process: June 17, 2022
  • October Selection Process: September 26, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: January 10, 2023
Examination Dates
  • July Selection Process: July 6, 2022
  • October Selection Process: October 13-14, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: January 30-31, 2023

Click here to check the availability of past examination papers.

Announcement of Admission Results
  • July Selection Process: July 15, 2022
  • October Selection Process: November 1, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: February 15, 2023
Documents for Enrollment

An enrollment packet (which contain documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent to successful applicants.
As soon as the shipping date is determined, it will be announced on the application website (https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/).

Procedure for Enrollment
  • Documents must be submitted by March 3, 2023.
Entrance
  • April 1, 2023