Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

Master’s Programs

6. Screening Criteria

Candidates for admission will be selected on the basis of comprehensive assessment of the documents submitted and the examination results.

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below.

HumanitiesMaster’s

February (General Admission)
Date Monday, February 1 Tuesday, February 2
Subject Specialized Subject
(150 points)
Oral Examination
(150 points)
Major Time 10:00-12:00 10:00-15:00
Humanities Questions about your specialized fields, including specialized literature written in a foreign language. Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field.
【Selection at the time of application】
(Notes)
  • Select one from the language list below:
    Applicants CANNOT use dictionaries during examination.
  • Subprogram in Philosophy: English, German, French, Chinese, Chinese classics, or Japanese. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in History and Anthropology: English, German, French or Chinese. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select one from the above-mentioned languages and Japanese except your mother tongue.
  • Subprogram in Literature: English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Chinese, or classical languages (classical languages include Greek, Latin, and classical Chinese. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in Linguistics: English, German, French, Russian, Chinese, or Korean. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in Modern Culture Studies: English, German, French, or Spanish. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in English Language Education: English. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.

The “mother tongue (first language)” means your most proficient language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. In other words, the language which you received your education with and have a good command of for expressing your opinion, thought, emotion, etc.

International Public PolicyMaster’s

October (General Admission)
Date Thursday, October 15 Friday or Saturday, October16 or 17
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(200 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Major Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
11:30-12:30
(JST, UTC+09:00)
notify applicants individually
International Public Policy Japanese or English
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”.
(Note 1)
Select one subject from International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology or Area Studies.
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”.
(Note 2)
Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field and Research Plan.
Oral examination will be conducted using Zoom.
【Selection at the time of application】 【Selection at the time of application】
(Notes)
  1. English: Questions must be answered in either English or Japanese.
    Japanese: Questions must be answered in Japanese.
    Applicants CANNOT select their mother language (first language) as their chosen foreign language. Applicants CANNOT use dictionaries during this examination. If the following languages―Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Portuguese―are highly relevant to the applicant’s research theme which they plan to study in our program, applicants can select one of these languages as their chosen language for the foreign-language examination. If applicants want to designate one of the languages noted above, they must inform the office by September 4, 2020 by providing a statement (within 1200 letters in Japanese or 400 words in English) explaining the relationship between their chosen research area, research plan, and designated foreign language. For detail, please consult with our office (ipp-office@dpipe.tsukuba.ac.jp).
  2. International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science: Questions are given in both English and Japanese and must be answered in either English or Japanese.
    Sociology: Questions are given and must be answered in Japanese.
    Area Studies: At the time of your application, select one question from “Economics,” “Politics and Economy,” “Geography and History,” or “Society and Culture.” Questions of “Economics” are given and must be answered in English. Questions of “Politics and Economy,” “Geography and History,” and “Society and Culture” are given in both English and Japanese and must be answered in either English or Japanese.
February (General Admission)
Date Monday, February 1 Tuesday, February 2
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(200 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Major Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
11:30-12:30
(JST, UTC+09:00)
notify applicants individually
International Public Policy Japanese or English
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”.
(Note 1)
Select one subject from International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology or Area Studies.
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”.
(Note 2)
Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field and Research Plan.
Oral examination will be conducted using Zoom.
【Selection at the time of application】 【Selection at the time of application】
(Notes)
  1. English: Questions must be answered in either English or Japanese.
    Japanese: Questions must be answered in Japanese.
    Applicants CANNOT select their mother language (first language) as their chosen foreign language. Applicants CANNOT use dictionaries during this examination. If the following languages―Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Portuguese―are highly relevant to the applicant’s research theme which they plan to study in our program, applicants can select one of these languages as their chosen language for the foreign-language examination. If applicants want to designate one of the languages noted above, they must inform the office by December 4, 2020 by providing a statement (within 1200 letters in Japanese or 400 words in English) explaining the relationship between their chosen research area, research plan, and designated foreign language. For detail, please consult with our office (ipp-office@dpipe.tsukuba.ac.jp).
  2. International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science: Questions are given in both English and Japanese and must be answered in either English or Japanese.
    Sociology: Questions are given and must be answered in Japanese.
    Area Studies: At the time of your application, select one question from “Economics,” “Politics and Economy,” “Geography and History,” or “Society and Culture.” Questions of “Economics” are given and must be answered in English. Questions of “Politics and Economy,” “Geography and History,” and “Society and Culture” are given in both English and Japanese and must be answered in either English or Japanese.

International and Advanced Japanese StudiesMaster’s

October (General admission)
Date Thursday, October 15 Friday, October 16
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Foreign Language
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Major Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
12:00-13:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
9:00-16:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of following 6 Specialized Subjects (questions) : Politics; Economics; Literature/ Culture / Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Japanese Language Education.
Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics are given in Japanese and English, so applicants must answer in Japanese or English.
Japanese Language Education is given in Japanese, so applicants must answer in Japanese.
The 60-minute examination will be conducted by Google Meet and Sharing Google Document.
In principle, select either Japanese or English (see Notes 1). Regarding other languages, see Note 2.
The 60-minute examination will be conducted by Google Meet, Google Document and Google Forms.
Interview about research content and research plan.
A 15-minute interview will be conducted by Google Meet. For those applicants who have problems with their equipment during the oral examination, it may be held again on Saturday, 17th.
【Selection at the time of application】 【Selection at the time of application】
(Notes)
  1. You cannot select your mother tongue (first language). Also, dictionary use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. In addition to Japanese and English, the following languages are available: Chinese, Korean, German, French, and Russian. If you wish to select one of these languages, you must submit an additional document (maximum 1,200 characters in Japanese or 400 words in English) explaining the relationship between your research plan and language you wish to select. This document must be submitted to doctoral program office no later than 14 days prior to your application. If you select one of these languages without submitting the required document in advance, your application will not be accepted. For more details, contact the Office of the Master’s Program and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies.
    http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp.
February (General admission)
Date Monday, February 1 Tuesday, February 2
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Foreign Language
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Major Time 10:00-11:00 12:00-13:00 9:00-16:00
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of following 6 Specialized Subjects (questions) : Politics; Economics; Literature/ Culture / Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Japanese Language Education.
Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics are given in Japanese and English, so applicants must answer in Japanese or English.
Japanese Language Education is given in Japanese, so applicants must answer in Japanese.
60-minute examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.
In principle, select either Japanese or English (see Notes 1). Regarding other languages, see Note 2.
60-minute examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.
Interview about research content and research plan.
Around 15-minute interview will be conducted by Google Meet. For those applicants who have problems with their equipment during the oral examination, it may be held again on Wednesday, 3rd.
【Selection at the time of application】 【Selection at the time of application】
(Notes)
  1. You cannot select your mother tongue (first language). Also, dictionary use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. In addition to Japanese and English, the following languages are available: Chinese, Korean, German, French, and Russian. If you wish to select one of these languages, you must submit an additional document (maximum 1,200 characters in Japanese or 400 words in English) explaining the relationship between your research plan and language you wish to select. This document must be submitted to doctoral program office no later than 14 days prior to your application. If you select one of these languages without submitting the required document in advance, your application will not be accepted. For more details, contact the Office of the Master’s Program and Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies.
    http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp.
February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Date Monday, February 1
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Major Time 10:00-11:00 13:00-17:00
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of following 6 questions : Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/ Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Japanese Language Education.
Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/ Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics are given in Japanese and English, so applicants must answer in Japanese or English.
Japanese Language Education is given in Japanese, so applicants must answer in Japanese.
60-minute examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.
Interview about research proposal.
Around 15-minute interview will be conducted by Google Meet. For those applicants who have problems with their equipment during the oral examination, it may be held again on Tuesday, 2nd.
【Selection at the time of application】
(Notes)
  • Applicants CANNOT use dictionaries during the examination.