Graduate School of Science and Technology
Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences

Application Guidelines for Master’s Programs

Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Applied Physics)
Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Materials Science)
  • August Selection Process (General Selection Process/Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process/Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
Physics
  • August Selection Process (General Selection Process/Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
  • * Based on the number of applicants who successfully pass the August Selection Process, we may hold a January to February Selection Process. For details on the fields that we will be accepting applications for, please check the application guidelines scheduled to be posted in November.

Materials Innovation
  • July Selection Process (General Selection Process/Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
  • October Selection Process (General Selection Process/Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

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

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

We have generally stipulated that the University of Tsukuba Graduate School entrance examinations for the academic year 2022 are to be taken on-campus. However, depending on how the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, there may be changes to the entrance examination schedule or a switch to online examinations, etc.

※Any decisions regarding a switch to online examinations, etc. will be announced on this website around one month prior to the examination date, so please make sure that you check the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site.

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

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.

  • 1. Schedule

    Master’s Program in Mathematics

    August January to February
    Eligibility Screening Application June 29, 2021 November 29, 2021
    Payment July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021
    Web Entry July 1, 2021 (noon JST)–July 16, 2021 (3 p.m. JST) December 1, 2021 (noon JST)–December 17, 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than July 16, 2021) December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than December 17, 2021)
    Examination Period August 18, 2021–August 19, 2021 January 31, 2022–February 1, 2022
    Announcement of Admission Results September 8, 2021 February 16, 2022

    Master’s Program in Physics

    August
    Eligibility Screening Application June 29, 2021
    Payment July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021
    Web Entry July 1, 2021 (noon JST)–July 16, 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than July 16, 2021)
    Examination Period August 18, 2021–August 19, 2021
    Announcement of Admission Results September 8, 2021

    Based on the number of applicants who successfully pass the August Selection Process, we may hold a January to February Selection Process. For details on the fields that we will be accepting applications for, please check the application guidelines scheduled to be posted in November.

    Master’s Program in Chemistry

    August January to February
    Eligibility Screening Application June 29, 2021 November 29, 2021
    Payment July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021
    Web Entry July 1, 2021 (noon JST)–July 16, 2021 (3 p.m. JST) December 1, 2021 (noon JST)–December 17, 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than July 16, 2021) December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than December 17, 2021)
    Examination Period August 18, 2021–August 19, 2021 January 31, 2022–February 1, 2022
    Announcement of Admission Results September 8, 2021 February 16, 2022

    Master’s Program in Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Applied Physics)

    August January to February
    Eligibility Screening Application June 29, 2021 November 29, 2021
    Payment July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021
    Web Entry July 1, 2021 (noon JST)–July 16, 2021 (3 p.m. JST) December 1, 2021 (noon JST)–December 17, 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than July 16, 2021) December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than December 17, 2021)
    Examination Period August 18, 2021–August 19, 2021 January 31, 2022–February 1, 2022
    Announcement of Admission Results September 8, 2021 February 16, 2022

    Master’s Program in Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Materials Science)

    August January to February
    Eligibility Screening Application June 29, 2021 November 29, 2021
    Payment July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021
    Web Entry July 1, 2021 (noon JST)–July 16, 2021 (3 p.m. JST) December 1, 2021 (noon JST)–December 17, 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2021–July 16, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than July 16, 2021) December 1, 2021–December 17, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than December 17, 2021)
    Examination Period August 18, 2021–August 19, 2021 January 31, 2022–February 1, 2022
    Announcement of Admission Results September 8, 2021 February 16, 2022

    Master’s Program in Materials Innovation

    Applicants for the July examination can submit their application documents before the Web entry period. In that case, they must do their Web entry within a period.

    July October
    Eligibility Screening Application May 26, 2021 August 30, 2021
    Payment for First Stage Selection May 19, 2021–May 28, 2021 September 1, 2021–September 17, 2021
    Web Entry May 28, 2021 (noon JST)–June 4, 2021 (3 p.m. JST) September 1, 2021 (noon JST)–September 17, 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    Documents Submission May 19, 2021–June 4, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than June 4, 2021) September 1, 2021–September 17, 2021 (necessary documents must be received no later than September 17, 2021)
    Examination Period for First Stage Selection June 8, 2021–June 11, 2021 September 22, 2021–September 28, 2021
    Announcement of Admission Results for First Stage Selection June 17, 2021 October 4, 2021
    Payment for Second Stage Selection June 18, 2021–June 24, 2021 October 5, 2021–October 12, 2021
    Examination Period for Second Stage Selection July 1, 2021–July 2, 2021 October 18, 2021–October 20, 2021
    Announcement of Admission Results for Second Stage Selection July 12, 2021 November 4, 2021
  • 2. Number of Students to Be Admitted

    MathematicsPhysicsChemistryEngineering Sciences (Subprogram in Applied Physics)
    Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Materials Science)

    (1-1) August Selection Process (General Selection Process)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Mathematics 24
    Physics 43 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Chemistry 35 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Applied Physics
    40 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    Engineering Science
    Subprogram in Materials Science
    46 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    • Refer to “15. Cooperative Graduate School System” for details on the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    • The Materials Science and Engineering Class is a master’s program course that allows you to receive academic instruction from a faculty member for the doctoral program in “Engineering Sciences: Subprogram in Materials Science and Engineering” (founded on the National Institute for Materials Science [NIMS]).
    1. Students enroll in April or October.
    (1-2) August Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Mathematics 1
    Physics 2 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Chemistry A few This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Applied Physics
    2 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    Engineering Science
    Subprogram in Materials Science
    2 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    • Refer to “15. Cooperative Graduate School System” for details on the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    • The Materials Science and Engineering Class is a master’s program course that allows you to receive academic instruction from a faculty member for the doctoral program in “Engineering Sciences: Subprogram in Materials Science and Engineering” (founded on the National Institute for Materials Science [NIMS]).
    1. Students enroll in April.
    (2-1) January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Mathematics 2
    Chemistry 6 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Applied Physics
    7 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    Engineering Science
    Subprogram in Materials Science
    5 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    • Refer to “15. Cooperative Graduate School System” for details on the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    • The Materials Science and Engineering Class is a master’s program course that allows you to receive academic instruction from a faculty member for the doctoral program in “Engineering Sciences: Subprogram in Materials Science and Engineering” (founded on the National Institute for Materials Science [NIMS]).
    1. Students enroll in April or October.
    (2-2) January to February Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Mathematics A few
    Chemistry A few This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Applied Physics
    1 This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    Engineering Science
    Subprogram in Materials Science
    A few This number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and the Materials Science and Engineering Class.
    • Refer to “15. Cooperative Graduate School System” for details on the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    • The Materials Science and Engineering Class is a master’s program course that allows you to receive academic instruction from a faculty member for the doctoral program in “Engineering Sciences: Subprogram in Materials Science and Engineering” (founded on the National Institute for Materials Science [NIMS]).
    1. Students enroll in April.

    Materials Innovation

    (1-1) July Selection Process (General Selection Process)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Materials Innovation 5
    1. Students enroll in April or October.
    (1-2) July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Materials Innovation A few
    1. Students enroll in April.
    (2-1) October Selection Process (General Selection Process)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Materials Innovation 5
    1. Students enroll in April or October.
    (2-2) October Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
    Program No. of Students to Be Admitted Remarks
    Materials Innovation A few
    1. Students enroll in April.
  • 3. Eligibility for Admission

    (1) Entry in April 2022

    1) General Selection Process

    Individuals will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:

    • Individuals who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a four-year university by March 2022.
    • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2022.
    • Individuals who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a university in a foreign country that provides at least 16 years of school education up to university graduation and have earned or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2022.
    • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
    • Individuals who will be 22 years of age or older as of March 2022 and possess a qualification that is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in our eligibility screening.
    • Others
      (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)
    2) Special Selection Process for Working Individuals Examination

    Individuals will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements and have also worked or will have worked full-time or part-time at a company, a government office or an education-related organization for at least one year by March 2022. (Housework experience is also accepted.)

    • Individuals who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a four-year university by March 2022.
    • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2022.
    • Individuals who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a university in a foreign country that provides at least 16 years of school education up to university graduation and have earned or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2022.
    • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
    • Individuals who will be 22 years of age or older as of March 2022 and possess a qualification that is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in our eligibility screening.
    • Others
      (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)

    (2) Entry in October 2022

    1) General Selection Process

    Individuals will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:

    • Individuals who are expected to graduate from a four-year university between April and September 2022.
    • Individuals who are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree between April and September 2022.
    • Individuals who are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree between April and September 2022 from a university in a foreign country that provides at least 16 years of school education up to university graduation.
    • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
    • Individuals who will be 22 years of age or older as of September 2022 and possess a qualification that is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in our eligibility screening..
    • Others
      (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)
  • 4. Admissions Information and Tips

    Obtaining consent from Faculty members before submitting your application

    You must contact your desired faculty advisor and obtain his/her consent to your application prior to submitting your application for the examination.

    List of faculty members and specialization areas
    If you have any questions about a research field, refer to “13.Contact Us.”

    Security Export Control

    Having established the University of Tsukuba Rules on Security Export Control in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, the University of Tsukuba conducts strict examinations for the acceptance of international students, etc. International applicants who fall under any of the conditions set forth in said rules may be unable to enroll in their desired course or program.

  • 5. Examination Fees

    * The University of Tsukuba has introduced special measures to provide exemption from examination fees for victims of disasters in Japan. For details, please visit this website.
    These measures apply only to victims of disasters in Japan.

    (1) Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,
    Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Applied Physics),
    Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Materials Science)

    30,000 Japanese yen (nonrefundable)

    *Government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students are exempt from paying examination fees.

    ① Payment Period

    Please make sure that you pay in time for the web entry.

    • August Selection Process: July 1 (Thu.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–July 16 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    • January to February Selection Process: December 1 (Wed.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–December 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)

    ② Payment Methods

    Please use one of the following methods to make payment.

    Credit Card Payment (for all applicants)

    We accept Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express.
    You can make payment using your credit card in the final stage of the Web Entry System or on this website.

    After you have made the payment, you will be provided with a receipt number. Enter this number in the applicable box on the Web Entry System.
    Print out the “Application Completed” page after you have made the payment and then send it to us together with the other necessary documents by registered mail.
    For details, see the payment instructions.
    The administration fees must be paid by the applicant.

    Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only)

    You can make payment at LAWSON, Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart, or MINISTOP.
    To pay your fees at a convenience store, follow the instructions given in the final stage of the Web Entry System or on
    this website (available in Japanese only).

    After you have made the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the payment date, and the number issued by the store in the applicable boxes on the Web Entry System.

    1. Seven-Eleven: 13 digits
    2. LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP: 11 digits

    Detach the “Receipt (Certificate of Payment)” from the “Examination Fee Statement” given to you at the convenience store and affix it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee.” You can create the form as a PDF and print it out from the Web Entry System. Send it to us together with the other necessary documents by registered mail.
    For details, see the payment instructions.
    The administration fees must be paid by the applicant.

    (2) Materials Innovation

    ① Payment Period

    First stage selection

    Examination fees: 7,000 Japanese yen (nonrefundable)

      Payment Period

    • July Selection Process: May 19 (Wed.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–May 28 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    • October Selection Process: September 1 (Wed.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–September 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)

    *Government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students are exempt from paying examination fees.

    Second stage selection

    Examination fees: 23,000 Japanese yen (nonrefundable)

      Payment Period :

    • July Selection Process: June 18 (Fri.), 2021 (12 a.m. JST)–June 24 (Thu.), 2021 (12 a.m. JST)
    • October Selection Process: October 5 (Tue.), 2021 (12 a.m. JST)–October 12 (Tue.), 2021 (12 a.m. JST)

    *Government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students are exempt from paying examination fees.

    Only applicants who have successfully passed the first stage should pay the examination fees for the second stage.

    ② Payment Methods

    Please use one of the following methods to make payment.

    Only applicants who successfully pass the first stage selection will receive an email with information about the payment methods for the second stage selection.

    Credit Card Payment (for all applicants)

    We accept Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express.
    You can make payment using your credit card on this website.

    After you have made the payment, you will be provided with a receipt number. Enter this number in the applicable box on the Web Entry System.
    Print out the “Application Completed” page after you have made the payment and then send it to us together with the other necessary documents by registered mail.
    For details, see the payment instructions.
    The administration fees must be paid by the applicant.

    Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only)

    You can make payment at LAWSON, Seven-Eleven, FamilyMart, or MINISTOP.
    To pay your fees at a convenience store, follow the instructions given on this website (available in Japanese only).

    After you have made the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the payment date, and the number issued by the store in the applicable boxes on the Web Entry System.

    1. Seven-Eleven: 13 digits
    2. LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP: 11 digits

    Detach the “Receipt (Certificate of Payment)” from the “Examination Fee Statement” given to you at the convenience store and affix it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. Send it to us together with the other necessary documents by registered mail.
    For details, see the payment instructions.
    The administration fees must be paid by the applicant.

  • 6. Application Procedure
    1. Visit the Web Entry System to apply. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make any edits. Be sure to double-check your application before submitting it.
        Application Period

      • July Selection Process: May 28 (Fri.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–June 4 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
      • August Selection Process: July 1 (Thu.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–July 16 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
      • October Selection Process: September 1 (Wed.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–September 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
      • January to February Selection Process : December 1 (Wed.), 2021 (12 p.m. JST)–December 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    2. Original documents for all of the necessary certificates, etc., have to be submitted by registered mail, and we must receive them by the deadline. When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create an “Address Sheet” as a PDF. Print out the sheet, affix it to your envelope and then send the documents to us by registered mail.
      Note: Applicants wishing to apply for the July Selection Process for the Materials Innovation Program can download an “Address Sheet” from here.

        Due Dates

      • July Selection Process: June 4 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
      • August Selection Process: July 16 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
      • October Selection Process: September 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
      • January to February Selection Process: December 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)

      If you fail to submit the original documents by the deadline or the documents are insufficient (including cases where a certificate is not the original), your application will not be accepted and you will be unable to take the examination. We will not return the original documents.

      Address for Application Submission

      Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area
      1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8571, Japan
        Necessary documents

      • All applicants: “(Expected) Graduation Certificate,” “Academic Transcript,” and “List of Documents to Be Submitted.”
      • If applicable: “(Expected) Degree Certificate,” “Research Plan,” “Summary of Research and Future Research Plans,” “Form for Submission of English Score” (with the original document of the official score certificate for your chosen English proficiency test attached), “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee” (with the “Receipt (Certificate of Payment)” from the “Examination Fee Statement” attached), a copy of the “Application Completed” page for the “Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card,” “Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination,” and “Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student.”

      If you fail to submit the original documents by the deadline or the documents are insufficient (including cases where a certificate is not the original), your application will not be accepted and you will be unable to take the examination. We will not return the original documents.

    3. After you have completed the application procedure on the Web Entry System, you are not allowed to change your program of choice.
    4. You must provide the original documents for all certificates. If you fail to provide the original documents, your application will not be accepted.
      In principle, none of the documents that you submit will be returned to you.
      Examination fees that have been paid are non-refundable.
    5. If you have any questions about a research field (Faculty Members, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences: Master’s Programs), contact the department that runs your desired program. (refer to “10. Previous Examinations & Contact Details”).
  • 7. 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.

    You must send us the original documents for the certificates, etc., needed for your application by registered mail. (We must receive the original documents no later than the deadline.)

    If you fail to submit the original documents by the deadline or the documents are insufficient (including cases where a certificate is not the original), your application will not be accepted and you will be unable to take the examination.

    Information You Need for Your Web Entry

    Information Required by Remarks
    1. Applicant’s Information/Program of Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System.
    You will need to upload a photograph in JPEG format for your Reference Card. The photograph must have been taken within the last three months and show your shoulders and entire head. You must not be wearing a hat or other head covering.
    Be sure to enter your phone number and email address so that we can contact you regarding the online entrance examination.
    2. Materials Science and Engineering Class If applicable Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System.
    3. Field of Interest/Supervisor of Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System and enter the name of your supervisor of choice.
    4. “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC, “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition August:
    All applicants
    October: None
    January to February:
    All applicants
    Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System and enter the information provided on the valid score report to be submitted during the application period.
    5. Cooperative Graduate School System If applicable Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System.
    6. Assistance All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System.
    7. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System.
    8. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry System.
    Research Activities All applicants who have a research history
    Employment Record All applicants who have an employment history
    9. Examination Fees All applicants except for foreign government- sponsored students, etc.
    (*Refer to “5.Examination Fees.”)
    Follow the instructions given 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 you have made the payment, enter the receipt number in the applicable box on the Web Entry System.
    Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
    Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. After you have made the payment, enter the name of the convenience store, the payment date, and the number issued by the store in the applicable box on the Web Entry System.

    Documents Needed for Your Application

    (You must send us the original documents by registered mail by the deadline.)

    • July Selection Process: June 4 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    • August Selection Process: July 16 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    • October Selection Process: September 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)
    • January to February Selection Process : December 17 (Fri.), 2021 (3 p.m. JST)

    If you fail to submit the original documents by the deadline or the documents are insufficient (including cases where a certificate is not the original), your application will not be accepted and you will be unable to take the examination.
    Note: Given the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the submission deadline for the original application document (Only “Academic Transcript”) has been postponed until the first day of the examinations. (If you intend to bring the originals on that day, however, be sure to submit copies by the above deadline.)

    !! However, for the Materials Innovation program, the submission deadline for the “Academic Transcript” cannot be postponed. You must submit the original documents by the above deadline!!

    Documents To be submitted by Instructions
    (Expected) Graduation Certificate (*1) 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 offered by this Graduate School (basically, a university [faculty/school] from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree). The graduation certificate (or the attested document certifying that you will graduate) must include both your enrollment date and your (expected) graduation date. All documents must be in English or Japanese.
    If this certificate is not available at your university, please ask them to issue one using the form below.

    (Expected) Graduation Certificate (Sample)

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

    Upload a JPEG file for the “(Expected) Graduation Certificate,” “(Expected) Degree Certificate,” and “Academic Transcript” to the Web Entry System. Since the education system experienced by those who have graduated from a university overseas is different from the Japanese education system, we will confirm the eligibility of applicants in advance.

    (Expected) Degree Certificate (*1) (i) Individuals who have graduated or are expected to graduate from a university or other educational institution outside Japan
    (ii) Individuals who will be accredited by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education
    (i) If you have graduated or are expected to graduate from a university or other educational institution outside Japan, submit a graduation certificate for your (expected) bachelor’s degree. All documents must be in English or Japanese. The “(Expected) Degree Certificate” must include the (expected) date of degree awarded.
    If this certificate is not available at your university, please ask them to issue one using the form below.
    (Expected) Degree Certificate (Sample)

    Note: Even if you have already earned a master’s or doctoral degree, you need to submit a degree certificate issued by the university from which you earned a bachelor’s degree.
    (ii) Individuals who will be accredited by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education must submit all certificates related to the acquisition of their degree, such as the “Certificate for Conferment of Degree” (“Certificate for Acceptance of Application for Conferment of Degree”) and the “Academic Transcript.”

    Upload a JPEG file for the “(Expected) Graduation Certificate,” “(Expected) Degree Certificate,” and “Academic Transcript” to the Web Entry System. Since the education system experienced by those who have graduated from a university overseas is different from the Japanese education system, we will confirm the eligibility of applicants in advance.

    Academic Transcript (*1) All applicants Submit an academic transcript (i.e., the official transcript for your program’s history) issued by a university or other educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Master’s Programs offered by this Graduate School (basically, a university [faculty/school] from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree).
    Note: Even if you have already earned a master’s or doctoral degree, you need to submit a degree certificate issued by the university from which you earned a bachelor’s degree. All documents must be in English or Japanese.
    If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school.
    If you have completed or are expected to complete a program at a graduate school, submit an academic transcript (i.e., the official transcript of your program record) issued by the graduate school, as well. All documents must be in English or Japanese.
    Upload a JPEG file for the “(Expected) Graduation Certificate,” “(Expected) Degree Certificate,” and “Academic Transcript” to the Web Entry System. Since the education system experienced by those who have graduated from a university overseas is different from the Japanese education system, we will confirm the eligibility of applicants in advance.
    Certificate of Research Activities If applicable Foreign applicants who meet all of the following requirements must submit a “Certificate of Research Activities” certified by the head of the research institute.

    • Individuals who have graduated from a university in a foreign country that provides less than 16 years of school education.
    • Individuals who have been engaged in research at a university or research institute in Japan or abroad for at least one year since graduating from university.
    • Individuals who are or will be 22 years of age or older.

    Foreign applicants who are engaged in research at our university as a researcher can use a designated “Certificate of Enrollment (for Scholarship Application)” instead of a “Certificate of Research Activities.” This certificate is available from the automatic issuing machine installed at our university.
    For the designated format, visit here

    “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC, “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition
    (*2)
    August:
    All applicants
    Applicants have to submit the original document of the “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, the “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC (only Listening & Reading Test is available), the “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or the “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    (We also accept the “Test Report Form” for computer-delivered IELTS [CD IELTS].)

    Note: Please be sure that you ask ETS to send your “Official Score Report” directly to us if you take TOEFL iBT Home Edition or TOEFL iBT.

    If you fail to submit the original document, you will be regarded as having been absent from the foreign language examination and excluded from the selection process.

    A TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score from an examination taken after July 2019 is valid.
    A copy of the original or a PDF copy downloaded from the Internet are NOT acceptable. English proficiency test score certificates such as the following are NOT acceptable: “TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report,” “TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record,” or “Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module).”

    January to February:
    All applicants
    Applicants have to submit the original document of the “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, the “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC (only Listening & Reading Test is available), the “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or the “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    (We also accept the “Test Report Form” for computer-delivered IELTS [CD IELTS].)

    Note: Please be sure that you ask ETS to send your “Official Score Report” directly to us if you take TOEFL iBT Home Edition or TOEFL iBT.

    If you fail to submit the original document, you will be regarded as having been absent from the foreign language examination and excluded from the selection process.

    A TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score from an examination taken after January 2020 is valid.
    A copy of the original or a PDF copy downloaded from the Internet are NOT acceptable. English proficiency test score certificates such as the following are NOT acceptable: “TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report,” “TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record,” or “Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module).”

    Research Plan August:
    All applicants who wish to apply for the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (except for the Master’s Program in Physics)

    October: None

    January to February
    All applicants who wish to apply for the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (except for the Master’s Program in Physics or Materials Innovation)

    Submit a plan for the research that you will conduct if you are enrolled in your chosen master’s course.
    *Print out the designated form that is created after you have completed the Web Entry procedure.
    Summary of Research and Future Research Plans All applicants for the Master’s Program in Materials Innovation Submit the “Summary of Research and Future Research Plans” by the application deadline. Write the summary in English using the designated form.
    〈Please use either of the designated forms below.
    (PDF)/(Word) 〉
    Copy of “Application Completed” Page for “Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card” Applicants who have made a credit card payment
    (*Refer to “5.Examination Fees.”)
    After you have made the payment, click the button for the “Application Completed” page, print out the page, and then send it to us by registered mail.
    “Receipt (Certificate of Payment)” from the “Examination Fee Statement” Applicants who have made a convenience store payment
    (*Refer to “5.Examination Fees.”)
    After you have made the payment, detach the “Receipt (Certificate of Payment)” from the “Examination Fee Statement” given at the convenience store and then send it to us by registered mail.
    The receipt must be attached to this form, which can be created online and printed out after you have completed the Web Entry procedure.
    Note: Applicants for the July Selection Process for the Materials Innovation Program can download the designated form from here.
    Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination
    (Any format is acceptable)
    If applicable
    1. Individuals who are currently attending a university or graduate school (except for April entry applicants who are expected to graduate by March 2022 and October entry applicants who are expected to graduate by September 2022) need to submit a letter of approval issued by the head of their university or graduate school (or the head of their department) allowing them to take the entrance examination. Any format is acceptable, but the letter must be printed on A4 paper.
    2. Individuals who are currently working for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) need to submit a letter of approval issued by a superior allowing them to take the entrance examination or a written self-declaration stating that attending the entrance examination will not adversely affect their duties. Any format is acceptable, but the letter must be printed on A4 paper.

    〔Applicants who plan to leave their company to enroll in a master’s course may instead submit a written self-declaration (with their seal or signature affixed). In this case, the applicants must submit a “Certificate of Resignation” at the time of the enrollment procedure.〕

    Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student
    (Any format is acceptable)
    If applicable If you are enrolled in another university at the time of your application, submit the “Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student” issued by your current university.
      (Note)

    1. If your current name is different from the one given in the documents that you will be submitting (e.g., because of marriage), submit your documents together with appropriate proof (e.g., copy of your marriage license).
    2. If we have any questions concerning your certificate, we will verify them with the TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS institution.

    PDFs to Be Created on Completion of the Web Entry Procedure

    Documents Created by Remarks
    Reference Card All applicants Print out the Reference Card showing your photograph and bring a copy of the card to the venue on examination day.
    Address Sheet All applicants Attach the “Address Sheet” to your envelope when you send us the necessary documents by registered mail.
    Note: Applicants for the July Selection Process for the Materials Innovation Program can download the designated form from here.
    Form for Submission of English Proficiency Test Score (“Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for Listening & Reading Test for TOEIC, “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition) If applicable Attach the original document to this form and then send it to us by registered mail during the application period.
    Research Plan If applicable After your enrollment, fill out the research plan on one page and then send it to us by registered mail.
    Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who have made a convenience store payment Attach the “Receipt (Certificate of Payment)” from the “Examination Fee Statement” to the form and then send it to us by registered mail.
    Note: Applicants for the July Selection Process for the Materials Innovation Program can download the designated form from here.
    List of Documents to Be Submitted All applicants Fill in the required details and then send it to us by registered mail.
    Note: Applicants for the July Selection Process for the Materials Innovation Program can download the designated form from here.

    The results from an applicant’s entrance examination as well as the personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the applicant’s documents and entrance examination will be used for matters concerning admission and screening. Such information may also be used for research and studies aimed at improving the admission procedure and university education, with the identity of each applicant kept confidential. In addition, this information will be used as part of the criteria for screening students for tuition exemptions or scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedure.

  • 8. Screening Criteria

    We will decide on the students to be admitted by evaluating the documents that they submit and their overall academic skills.

    Examination Schedule and Subjects

    Refer to the schedule below.

    The schedule and other details envisaged for the entrance examinations to be held on-campus (Tsukuba area) have already been announced. However, depending on the spread of COVID-19 infections, the University of Tsukuba Graduate School may have to make changes to the format of the entrance examinations to be held at the venue announced in these application guidelines for academic year 2022 (e.g., holding the entrance examinations online).

    In addition, we may have to make changes to the schedule, allotment of marks, etc., in conjunction with any changes to the examination method.

    If any changes are made to the examination format, schedule, allotment of marks, etc., the information provided on the Application Guidelines website will be promptly updated. Please check the website regularly for the latest information.

    July Selection Process (General Selection Process / Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

    Materials Innovation
    July First Stage Selection
    June 8 (Tue.)–June 11 (Fri.), 2021
    Second Stage Selection
    July 1 (Thu.), 2 (Fri.), 2021
    Subject Screening of Documents Oral Examination (200 Points)
    Program Time 10:00-17:00
    Materials Innovation We will evaluate the applicant’s abilities based on the application documents. Individual Interview in English regarding research plans, academic skills, and knowledge of specialized fields.
    Evaluation is based on English ability (50 points) and research execution ability (150 points).
    (Note)
    1. Before applying, you will need to contact a prospective supervisor (i.e., a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance (see Faculty Members, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences: Master’s Programs).
    2. Points to note about individual interviews:
      We will hold your online interview using Zoom.
      For information on the schedule for your oral examination, we will be sent to you by email.

      If it is difficult to arrange the day of the oral examination within the examination schedule, we will set the schedule by individual adjustment.

    August Selection Process (General Selection Process / Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

    MathematicsPhysicsChemistryEngineering Sciences (Subprogram in Applied Physics)
    Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Materials Science)
    August August 18 (Wed.), 2021 August 19 (Thu.), 2021
    Subject Specialized Subject (Point Allocation) Foreign Language (Point Allocation) Oral Examination (Point Allocation)
    Program Time 10:00-13:00 10:00-17:00
    Mathematics Mathematics
    (600 points)
    English〈1〉 (100 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    Physics Physics
    (600 points)
    Including questions about mathematics
    English〈1〉(100 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    Chemistry 〈2〉
    Chemistry
    (600 points)
    English〈1〉(200 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (400 points)
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Applied Physics
    〈3〉
    Applied Physics
    (500 points)
    English〈1〉(200 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Materials Science
    〈4〉
    Materials Science
    (500 points)
    English〈1〉(200 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    (Note)
    1. Before applying, you will need to contact a prospective supervisor (i.e., a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance (see Faculty Members, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences: Master’s Programs).
    2. Points to note about the assessment of English proficiency:
      1. 〈1〉Applicants have to choose one of the following options.
        1. 1)Submit the “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL
        2. 2)Submit the “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC
        3. 3)Submit the “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module)
        4. 4)Submit the “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition

        Applicants have to submit the “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, the “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC, the “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or the “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
        A TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score from an examination taken after July 2019 is valid.
        A copy of the original or a PDF copy downloaded from the Internet are NOT acceptable.

    3. Please use the following standard scores as a point of reference for scores in foreign language (English) proficiency tests. If your TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score is higher than the relevant score given below, it is considered to be equivalent to a perfect score for our English test.
    4. TOEIC TOEFL
      (paper-based)
      TOEFL
      (Internet-based)
      TOEFL
      (computer-based)
      IELTS
      860 597 98 247 7.0
    5. Points to note about specialized subjects:
      1. 〈2〉The examination for the specialized subject includes questions on inorganic/analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry. You must answer all the questions.
      2. 〈3〉You must answer mathematics questions. In addition, you must answer three questions from mechanics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, optics, and semiconductor engineering (you need to choose either mechanics or electromagnetics).
      3. 〈4〉You must answer two questions from the basic specialized subject and one question from the specialized subject (three questions in total).

    October Selection Process (General Selection Process / Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

    Materials Innovation
    October First Stage Selection
    September 22 (Wed.)–28 (Tue.), 2021
    Second Stage Selection
    October 18 (Mon.)–20 (Wed.), 2021
    Subject Screening of Documents Oral Examination (200 Points)
    Program Time 10:00-17:00
    Materials Innovation We will evaluate the applicant’s abilities based on the application documents. Individual Interview in English regarding research plans, academic skills, and knowledge of specialized fields.
    Evaluation is based on English ability (50 points) and research execution ability (150 points).
    (Note)
    1. Before applying, you will need to contact a prospective supervisor (i.e., a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance (see Faculty Members, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences: Master’s Programs).
    2. Points to note about individual interviews:
      We will hold your online interview using Zoom.
      For information on the schedule for your oral examination,we will be sent to you by email.
      If it is difficult to arrange the day of the oral examination within the examination schedule, we will set the schedule by individual adjustment.

    January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process / Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

    MathematicsChemistryEngineering Sciences (Subprogram in Applied Physics)
    Engineering Sciences (Subprogram in Materials Science)
    January to February January 31 (Mon.), 2022 February 1 (Tue.), 2022
    Subject Specialized Subject (Point Allocation) Foreign Language (Point Allocation) Oral Examination (Point Allocation)
    Program Time 10:00-13:00 10:00-17:00
    Mathematics Mathematics
    (600 points)
    〈1〉
    English
    (100 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    Chemistry 〈2〉
    Chemistry
    (600 points)
    〈1〉
    English
    (200 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (800 points)
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Applied Physics
    〈3〉
    Applied Physics
    (500 points)
    〈1〉
    English
    (200 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    Engineering Sciences
    Subprogram in Materials Science
    〈4〉
    Materials Science
    (500 points)
    〈1〉
    English
    (200 points)
    We will evaluate the applicant’s English proficiency based on their official score for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS (Academic Module), or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
    Individual Interview
    Questions about your special field (300 points)
    (Note)
    1. Before applying, you will need to contact a prospective supervisor (i.e., a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance (see Faculty Members, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences: Master’s Programs).
    2. Points to note about the assessment of English proficiency:
      1. 〈1〉Applicants have to choose one of the following options.
        1. 1)Submit the “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL
        2. 2)Submit the “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC
        3. 3)Submit the “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module)
        4. 4)Submit the “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition
        5. Applicants have to submit the “Examinee Score Report”/”Test Taker Score Report” issued on or after August 1, 2019 for TOEFL, the “Official Score Certificate”/”Official Score Report” for TOEIC, the “Test Report Form” for IELTS (Academic Module), or the “Test Taker Score Report” for TOEFL iBT Home Edition.
          A TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score from an examination taken after January 2020 is valid.
          A copy of the original or a PDF copy downloaded from the Internet are NOT acceptable. The University of Tsukuba does not conduct English tests.

    3. Please use the following standard scores as a point of reference for scores in foreign language (English) proficiency tests. If your TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS score is higher than the relevant score given below, it is considered to be equivalent to a perfect score for our English test.
    4. TOEIC TOEFL
      (paper-based)
      TOEFL
      (Internet-based)
      TOEFL
      (computer-based)
      IELTS
      860 597 98 247 7.0
    5. Points to note about specialized subjects:
      1. 〈2〉The examination for the specialized subject includes questions on inorganic/analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry. You must answer all the questions.
      2. 〈3〉You must answer mathematics questions. In addition, you must answer three questions from mechanics, electromagnetics, quantum mechanics, optics, and semiconductor engineering (you need to choose either mechanics or electromagnetics).
      3. 〈4〉You must answer two questions from the basic specialized subject and one question from the specialized subject (three questions in total).
  • 9. Testing Location, Acceptance Announcement & Enrollment Procedure

    (1) Testing Location

    University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki)
    Refer to “12. Information and Instructions for Examinees” for details.

    (2) Acceptance Announcement

    • July Selection Process: July 12 (Mon.), 2021 (10 a.m. JST)
    • August Selection Process: September 8 (Wed.), 2021 (10 a.m. JST)
    • October Selection Process: November 4 (Thu.), 2021 (10 a.m. JST)
    • January to February Selection Process : February 16 (Wed.), 2022 (10 a.m. JST)

    The examinee numbers for successful applicants will be posted on our website. (https://entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/). An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants by registered mail on the same day.

    (3) Enrollment Procedure

    1. The Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (which include a list of documents to be submitted before enrollment) will be sent to successful applicants at the address provided on their applications. Please follow the instructions given in the guidelines.
        Postage Date

      • February 16 (Wed.), 2022
        (Late June 2022 for October entry)

      Note:
      Successful applicants need to notify us (Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area) of their new address at least a few days in advance if they will be moving home permanently before the above date or travelling when the documents are expected to be delivered.
      In the event of a long-term absence due to a return home, etc., applicants should take measures such as changing their address to that of a person who can receive deliveries on their behalf.
      All applicants with a full-time job must submit a document or letter from their employer proving that they are available to complete the program (e.g., an order for a training course, a letter for a leave of absence, or an approval letter).

    2. Estimated Expenses on Enrollment
      1. Entrance fees: 282,000 Japanese yen (nonrefundable).
      2. Tuition:
        • First semester (April–September): 267,900 Japanese yen.
        • Second semester (October–March): 267,900 Japanese yen.
        • (Yearly amount: 535,800 Japanese yen)

          (Note)

        1. 1. If the tuition fees are revised before or during your enrollment in this Graduate School, the revised fees will be applied from the time of revision.
        2. 2. Government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students are exempt from paying entrance fees.
    3. Before beginning the enrollment procedure, international applicants must acquire a Status of Residence suitable for enrollment in a graduate school in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951). Individuals who wish to enroll in this Graduate School as an international student must acquire the Status of Residence of “Student.”
  • 10. Previous Examinations & Contact Details
    Program Previous Examinations Contact Direct Phone Number/
    Email address
    Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery
    Master’s Program in Mathematics (*3) Administration Office for Mathematics +81-29-853-4235
    Master’s Program in Physics (*4) Administration Office for Physics +81-29-853-4277
    Master’s Program in Chemistry Administration Office for Chemistry +81-29-853-6505
    chkyomu_at_chem.tsukuba.ac.jp
    Master’s Program in Engineering Sciences Subprogram in Applied Physics Administration Office for Applied Physics +81-29-853-5443
    suuri_kougaku_at_un.tsukuba.ac.jp
    Subprogram in Materials Science Administration Office for Materials Science +81-29-853-5443
    suuri_kougaku_at_un.tsukuba.ac.jp
    Master’s Program in Materials Innovation Administration Office for Materials Innovation tsukuba-materials_at_un.tsukuba.ac.jp
    1. To browse past examination questions or obtain photocopies, contact the relevant office at the direct phone number or email address above in advance.
    2. For information on how to get past examination questions by post and the cost, contact the relevant office at the direct phone number or email address above.
    3. Refer to the website (https://program.math.tsukuba.ac.jp/?lang=en).
    4. Refer to the website (https://grad.physics.tsukuba.ac.jp/?lang=en).
    5. Replace (_at_) with @.
  • 11. Applicants Requiring Assistance

    If you require assistance due to a disability, submit the designated application form, a doctor’s certificate, and a copy of your disability certificate to the Division of Admission (1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki) by the following dates.

      Due Dates

    • July Selection Process: May 26 (Wed.), 2021
    • August Selection Process: June 29 (Tue.), 2021
    • October Selection Process: August 30 (Mon.), 2021
    • January to February Selection Process : November 29 (Mon.), 2021
    Examples of special considerations
    • Extended examination time, separate testing room, preferred seating location, etc.
    • Braille and/or other accessible formats
    • Use of a computer for writing, vision aid, hearing aid, and/or other aids
    • Sign language interpreter and/or other assistants

    To request any or all of the above special considerations, applicants must submit documentation proving their condition.

  • 12. Information and Instructions for Examinees

    We will post “Information and Instructions for Examinees” on our website. Please read the documents carefully and follow their instructions when taking the examination.

      Estimated Release Dates

    • July Selection Process: June 14 (Mon.), 2021
    • August Selection Process: July 28 (Wed.), 2021
    • October Selection Process: September 28 (Tue.), 2021
    • January to February Selection Process: January 11 (Tue.), 2022
  • 13. Contact Us

    If you have any questions about these application guidelines, contact us at:

    Academic Service Office for the Pure and Applied Sciences Area
    1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki 305-8571, Japan
    Phone: +81-29-853-4030/5623
    Hours: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday except for on national holidays and during our summer break (August 10, 2021–August 13, 2021) and winter break (December 29, 2021–January 3, 2022)
  • 14. Special Provision on Educational Methods Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools

    This section applies to applicants for the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals.

    Education provided under the special provision

    1. As science and technology progress and society becomes increasingly sophisticated, there are increasing demands for working individuals to resume their studies at graduate schools. In response to these demands, Article 14 of the Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools stipulates that graduate schools may, if necessary from an educational standpoint, provide education through appropriate means, which include conducting classes or research guidance in the evening and other certain hours and periods.
      This stipulation provides a greater number of working individuals with opportunities to receive a graduate school education while in employment and to develop the knowledge and skills required to assume leadership roles in educational research and practices. In accordance with Article 14 of the Standards for the Establishment of Graduate Schools, the master’s and doctoral programs offered by the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which have made significant achievements in fostering skilled professionals and helping working individuals to further their education, have introduced a system for offering day and evening courses to enhance their education and research activities.
    2. Requirements for completing master’s and doctoral programs
      To qualify for the special provision, follow the instructions provided below.

      Pure and Applied Sciences (Master’s programs)
      1. 1) Earn 30 or more credits to complete the program for subjects conducted in the daytime (including the compulsory subjects studied in Colloquium on Pure and Applied Sciences) and the evening within the stipulated period of study (2 years).
        The credits awarded for compulsory subjects (Colloquium on Pure and Applied Sciences) can be obtained from other subjects instead. Consult with your supervisor for details.
      2. 2) After enrollment, make a study plan (including time allocated for taking courses and writing your thesis) at the beginning of every school year according to your work schedule. Be sure to consult with your supervisor and the chair of your program (or subprogram) before registering for a course.
      3. 3) The credits required to complete the program are as follows.
      4. Program Credits required to complete the program
        Pure and Applied Sciences (Master’s programs) One credit for Colloquium on Pure and Applied Sciences (compulsory) and 29 credits for other subjects designated by the relevant program.
      5. 4) To implement the special provision on educational methods, we will, in principle, be offering evening classes in addition to daytime classes from Monday through Friday every semester. Ask your supervisor in advance about subjects that apply the special provision.
  • 15. Cooperative Graduate School System

    The Cooperative Graduate School System is a graduate education system that allows students to access facilities and resources in cutting-edge research institutes to conduct their research by employing researchers from these institutes as professors and associate professors at the University of Tsukuba. The university will retain this system in its new graduate schools and programs (degree program system) following their reorganization in academic year 2020.
    For developed countries, the training of researchers who will serve as the main providers of knowledge creation is regarded as a high-priority issue. Due to the rapid progress and further sophistication of science and technology, research fields have become more departmentalized and specialized. At the same time, there has been an emergence of new interdisciplinary fields that go beyond the boundaries of traditional academic systems, prompting the need for interdisciplinary research.
    In particular, interdisciplinary research that requires a wide range of knowledge, from the basics to the application areas, has attached greater importance to cooperation between researchers from different fields. In addition, there has been increased demand for new interdisciplinary and integrated methods of fostering researchers.
    The Cooperative Graduate School System was established in response to these academic and social needs. We have cooperated with a large number of research institutes run by the government, incorporated administrative agencies (including national research and development agencies), and private companies located in and outside of Tsukuba Science City. We employ researchers from these institutes as professors (Cooperative Graduate School) and associate professors (Cooperative Graduate School) and have them supervise the research conducted by our students at research institutes equipped with the latest research facilities and features. Our aim is to diversify and expand the educational and research domain to further enhance graduate school education and develop new research areas by promoting exchanges with these research institutes.
    As of 2020, the University of Tsukuba is partnered with 28 research institutes. The scale of the university’s commitment to cooperation is evidenced by its faculty comprising 136 professors and 68 associate professors and its quota of 308 students.

    The Cooperative Graduate School System can be classified into the following two types.

    1st Cooperative Graduate School System

    Researchers at external research institutes join the degree programs as teaching staff and provide research guidance for the university’s graduate students by utilizing the cutting-edge facilities of these institutes. Under the 1st Cooperative Graduate School System, one of the university’s full-time faculty members is appointed as a co-supervisor to provide each student with support in both their academic and student lives. In addition to the research supervision provided at the research institutes, students should take the coursework offered at the university.

    2nd Cooperative Graduate School System

    Launched in 2004, the 2nd Cooperative Graduate School System allows researchers from an external research institute to organize the entire curriculum. The university employs these researchers as teaching staff and incorporates the relevant subprogram within the university’s degree program. Full-time university faculty members cooperate with the researchers in the provision of academic and student life support. Students registered in the subprograms benefit from the cutting-edge research guidance provided by the researchers at research institutes equipped with the latest facilities and features while taking the necessary coursework offered at the university.
    At present, the following two subprograms have been incorporated under the 2nd Cooperative Graduate School System.

    Subprogram Partner Institute
    Subprogram in Materials Science and Engineering (Doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences, Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences) National Institute for Materials Science
    Subprogram in Advanced Agricultural Technology and Science cooperated with NARO (Doctoral Program in Agricultural Sciences, Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences) National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
  • 16. System for Extending the Period of Registration

    Eligible Applicants

    A student who meets any of the following criteria and wishes to complete a degree program in a planned manner over a period longer than the standard two years due to the associated difficulties.

    (1) The student is employed
    (2) The student needs to take care of a family member, such as a child or an elderly person
    (3) The student has a disability
    (4) The student is considered to have another justifiable reason to apply for an extension

    Aim of the System for Extending the Period of Registration

    With the aim of increasing the opportunities for a diverse range of students to learn, the system allows students to complete a degree program in a planned manner if they apply to complete the program over an extended period of time (three or four years) rather than the standard two years and pass an individual review.

    Payment of Tuition Fees

    The annual tuition fees for individuals who have had their application to extend their period of registration approved shall be equal to the amount obtained by multiplying the annual tuition fees that would be paid over the standard period of registration by the number of years in the standard period of registration for the relevant program and dividing that amount by the number of years in the extended period of registration. This calculation will apply only during the period approved for such registration.

    Application Procedure

    Consult the chair of your program as well as your supervisor to obtain their approval for your application.
    Submit the necessary documents by following the guidelines provided in the admission procedure documents. Be sure to check the “Q&As on Extending the Period of Registration” before applying.