Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

Master’s Programs

3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

With our Web Entry system, you can submit your application online. Read this section carefully before applying online.

Information Required for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions in the Web Entry system.
You are required to upload a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must have been taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head coverings.
2. Supervisor of Your Choice No entry required for this section in the Web Entry system.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions in the Web Entry system.
4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions in the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fees.”)
Follow the instructions 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 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 payment, enter the name of the convenience store, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the boxes on the Web Entry system.

Documents Required for Application (Certificates etc. to be obtains by the applicant)

(The original documents must be submitted by registerd mail or in person.)

*If your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (e.g. because of marriage), submit proof of your name change (e.g. a copy of your marriage certificate).
*Applicants must submit certificates with an original official seal (of the school that issued the document), signatures or authorization stamp.

Documents Who must submit Instructions
(Expected) Graduation Certificate* All applicants Submit a graduation certificate (or an attested document certifying that you will graduate) issued by a university or other educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Master’s Programs of this Graduate School. If you graduated from a university outside Japan, your graduation certificate (or the attested document certifying that you will graduate) must include your enrollment date, your (expected) graduation date and the number of years period required for graduation. (All documents must be in English or Japanese.)

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

(Expected) Degree Certificate* Applicants who graduated or will graduate from a university or other educational institution outside Japan If you graduated or will graduate from a university or another educational institution outside Japan, submit a degree certificate for your (expected) 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 must submit a degree certificate issued by the university from which you earned your bachelor’s degree.

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

Academic Transcript* All applicants
  1. Submit an academic transcript (the official record of your courses and grades etc.) issued by a university or other 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.
  2. If you have completed or will complete a graduate school program, submit an academic transcript (official transcript) issued by that graduate school, too. (All documents must be in English or Japanese.)
Research Plan All applicants

Submit a research plan (no designated form) for what you would like to do after entering graduate school, following the instructions provided by your program of choice.
Attach the designated cover page to your Research Plan.

Thesis All applicants for Master’s Program in Humanities and Master’s Program in International Public Policy Submit a thesis of the following.

  • Graduation thesis (Photocopies are acceptable.) or Master’s thesis (Photocopies are acceptable).
  • Applicants who completed a program in the previous year or earlier may submit a more recent paper (photocopies are acceptable).
  • The applicant who was not required to write a Graduation thesis or a master’s thesis can submit an equivalent thesis.

Attach a “Thesis Title Sheet” to the cover of your thesis.

Abstract of Thesis (no designated form) If applicable If you submit a thesis written in a language other than Japanese or English, you must also submit an abstract written in Japanese (about 4,000 characters) or English (about 1,500 words). Any format is acceptable.
Information Sheet All applicants

Fill in the required items and submit.

Click here for information about the research fields and faculty in your program of choice.

Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who make a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fees.”)
After payment, detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given to you at the convenience store.
Then affix the Receipt Portion to the designated form (a PDF you will create online and print out after you complete the Web Entry procedures) and submit the form.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page for Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who make a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fees.”)
After online payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (no designated form) If applicable
  1. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a university or graduate school (except those who expect to graduate by March 2020) must submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by the head of their universities or graduate school (or the head of their department). Any format (A4 size) is acceptable.
  2. Applicants who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) must submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by your superior. Any format (A4 size) is acceptable.
    Applicants who plan to leave the job to enroll in graduate school may submit a written declaration (affixed with their seal) instead of letter of approval.
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student If applicable 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.

PDF to Be Created After Completing Web Entry

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants Print out the Reference Card with your photograph and bring the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants

Attach the address sheet to your envelope and submit the originals of your required documents by registered mail or in person.

    【Due dates】

  • February: December 20, 2019 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who make a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to this form and submit it to us by registered mail or in person.

Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the application documents, will be used not only for affairs concerning admission and screening, but also research and study aimed at improvement of the admission procedure and the university education. We will carefully take care of the data not to be disclosed as a specific person. Also, we will use the data to screen students for scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.