Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

Doctoral 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:

HumanitiesDoctoral

January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Monday, January 29 Tuesday, January 30
Subject Specialized Subject
(150 points)
Oral Examination
(150 points)
Program 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】
  • 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, 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 PolicyDoctoral

July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
Date Wednesday, July 5
Subject Essay
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
notify applicants individually
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one Essay subject from International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Economics or Area Studies closely related to your specialty and research plan. (Note)
Examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”, etc.
Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field and Research Plan.
Oral examination will be conducted using Zoom, etc.
【Selection at the time of application】
  1. 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.
  2. Sociology: Questions are given and must be answered in Japanese.
  3. Economics: Questions are given and must be answered in English.
  4. Area Studies: At the time of your application, select one question from “Politics and Economy,” “Geography and History,” or “Society and Culture.” 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.
January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Monday, January 29 Tuesday, January 30
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program 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”, etc.
(Note 1)
Select one subject from International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Economics or Area Studies.
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”, etc.
(Note 2)
Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field and Research Plan.
Oral examination will be conducted using Zoom, etc.
【Selection at the time of application】 【Selection at the time of application】
  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, 2023 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.
    Economics: Questions are given and must be answered in English.
    Area Studies: At the time of your application, select one question from “Politics and Economy,” “Geography and History,” or “Society and Culture.” 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 StudiesDoctoral

July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
Date Wednesday, July 5
Subject Essay
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
13:00-17:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of the following 6 Specialized Subjects (questions): Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/ Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Research in Japanese language education.
Either Japanese OR English may be used to write your response to the following themes: Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; and Linguistics.
If you select Research in Japanese language education, your response must be written in Japanese.
Around 30-minute interview per person about research proposal (see Note 2).
【Selection at the time of application】
(see Note 1).
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot consult your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.
October Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Thursday, October 12
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
13:00-17:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of the following 6 Specialized Subjects (questions): Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/ Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Research in Japanese language education.
Either Japanese OR English may be used to write your response to the following themes: Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; and Linguistics.
If you select Research in Japanese language education, your response must be written in Japanese.
Around 30-minute interview per person about research proposal (see Note 2).
【Selection at the time of application】
(see Note 1.)
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot consult your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.
January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Monday, January 29
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00 13:00-17:00
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of the following 6 Specialized Subjects (questions): Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/ Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Research in Japanese language education.
Either Japanese OR English may be used to write your response to the following themes: Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; and Linguistics.
If you select Research in Japanese language education, your response must be written in Japanese.
Around 30-minute interview per person about research proposal (see Note 2).
【Selection at the time of application】
(see Note 1.)
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot consult your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.
January to February Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
Date Monday, January 29
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00 13:00-17:00
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of the following 6 Specialized Subjects (questions) : Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/ Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; Linguistics; Research in Japanese language education.
Either Japanese OR English may be used to write your response to the following themes: Politics; Economics; Literature/Culture/Philosophy; Law/Society/Media/Information; and Linguistics.
If you select Research in Japanese language education, your response must be written in Japanese.
Around 30-minute interview per person about research proposal.
【Selection at the time of application】
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot consult your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.