Master’s Programs (Informatics) | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences

Master’s Programs (Informatics)

Informatics

Examinations for 2024 academic year will be conducted ONLINE.

  • July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
    Note: The Web Entry System for July Selection Process is available only in Japanese.
  • 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/ Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)
[Important] Special Measures for Graduate School Entrance Examinations
Due to the Impact of the COVID-19 Infection, etc.

Please read carefully the Application Guidelines Website (Screening Criteria), as the entrance examination for Master’s Program in Informatics will be conducted ONLINE.

As indicated in the flow chart, “Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination” will be posted on the Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Informatics web page, so please be sure to check there as well.

If we change the application guideline due to the effects of the COVID-19 infection, etc. we will announce on the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site, so please check back from time to time.

※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.

Application guidelines website URL: https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/

Security Export Control

The University of Tsukuba has established the University of Tsukuba Rules on Security Export Control in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (FEFTA), and conducts strict examinations for acceptance of international students etc. International applicants who fall under any of the conditions set out in said regulations may be unable to enter their desired program.

[IMPORTANT] Procedures for “Deemed Export” for Security Export Control

In order to strengthen the prevention of leakage of sensitive technology related to security, “deemed export control” was clarified and related laws and regulations were revised (effective May 1, 2022).
As a result, part of the provision of sensitive technology to graduate students is now subject to control under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Law, and all applicants to our graduate school are required to confirm the applicability of Specific Categories.

Please review the link below and check the corresponding items on the web application system.

・Procedures for “Deemed Export” for Security Export Control

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required:
  • Individuals who have graduated from, or who are expected to graduate from, a Japanese four-year university by the end of March, 2024 (for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, September, 2024)
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree, or individuals who are expecting to graduate from such a university and earn a bachelor’s degree by the end of March, 2024 (for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, September, 2024)

<Click here for details of the Eligibility Screening>

 
(B) Eligibility Screening is required:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or an upper secondary school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a comparable school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • Others

<Click here for details of the Eligibility Screening>

   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact the Academic Service Office for the Library, Information and Media Science Area in advance.
Submit the documents for the assessment by e-mail or mail. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode required for the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry system.
(* Individuals who have been deemed eligible in their past applications need to reapply for the Eligibility Screening.)

    【Due Dates】

  • August Selection Process: July 3 (Mon), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: November 27 (Mon), 2023

a designated application form

 
Applicants who Need Assistance

If you need assistance due to disability, submit a designated application form, a medical certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate to the Division of Admission, Department of Educational Promotion by the following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: May 24 (Wed), 2023
  • August Selection Process: July 3 (Mon), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: November 27 (Mon), 2023

Click here for examples of consideration.

Web Entry

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

    【Application Period】

  • July Selection Process: 12:00 p.m., May 26 (Fri) – 3:00 p.m., June 2 (Fri), 2023
  • August Selection Process: 12:00 p.m., July 7 (Fri) – 3:00 p.m., July 21 (Fri), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: 12:00 p.m., December 1 (Fri) – 3:00 p.m., December 15 (Fri), 2023
Sign Up

You need to create your own account using your e-mail address. Once you have created an account, you may save the data you entered and log back in later to continue.

Activation

An activation URL will be sent to your registered e-mail address. Click the URL to activate your account.

Login

Click the “Login” button to begin. When you visit the Login page again, you will need to reenter your e-mail address and password.

My Page

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

Application Form

There are four sections in the Application Form:

  1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice
  2. Supervisor of Your Choice
  3. Eligibility
  4. Educational Background

The fields marked with “*” in each section are required. If those items are left empty or are entered incorrectly, an error message will be displayed, and you will not be able to proceed to the next section.
The data you input will be saved when you click the “Proceed” button on each confirmation page. After saving, you can continue from where you left off when you login again.
For “1 Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice”, upload your photo in JPEG format (500KB or smaller).
For “4 Educational Background”, if you have graduated from a foreign university, please upload your degree certificate in JPEG format (3MB or smaller, and 2000×2000 pixels or smaller). We will check the eligibility in advance.

Click here for details of the Application form

Payment

You must pay 30,000 JPY as the examination fee before submitting your application. This is exempted for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) scholarship student. The university accepts:

  1. Online credit card payments (recommended)
    https://e-shiharai.net/english/?schoolcode=OPU5100850000000
  2. Convenience store payments for domestic applicants

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fee by credit card. After the payment, you will be notified of a receipt number. Enter the number into the “Receipt Number” box on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed. After completing the payment, click “Print this Page” to print the payment completion screen. You are required to submit this print-out along with other documents.
Convenience Store Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fee at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the code, payment date and convenience store name into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

Submission

After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click the button, the information you have entered will be sent to the university, and you will not be able to make any changes. Please check carefully before submitting.

After submitting your application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

(Check and adjust the spam filter settings in your e-mail account so that you can receive an e-mail from the “webentry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” and “un.tsukuba.ac.jp” domains.)

Download and Print PDF

After submitting your application through the Web Entry system, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and download PDF file. Print out the PDF file.
Please bring the printed Reference Card with you at the oral examination.
The PDF file can be downloaded only during Application Period.

Web Entry

Submission of Documents

Original documents listed in “3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted” in this guideline must be sent by registered mail and be received during Application Period no later than the deadline mentioned below.

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: June 2 (Fri), 2023
  • August Selection Process: July 21 (Fri), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: December 15 (Fri), 2023

Click here for details of the submission of Documents.

Release Dates of Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination

“Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination” will be posted on our website.

  • July Selection Process: 2:00 p.m., June 16 (Fri), 2023
  • August Selection Process: 2:00 p.m., Aug 4 (Fri), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: 2:00 p.m., January 9 (Tue), 2024
Examination Dates
  • July Selection Process: July 5 (Wed) or 6 (Thu), 2023 (To be conducted online)
  • August Selection Process: August 24 (Thu) or 25 (Fri), 2023 (To be conducted online)
  • January to February Selection Process: January 25 (Thu) or 26 (Fri), 2024 (To be conducted online)
Announcement of Admission Results
  • July Selection Process: 10:00 a.m., July 18 (Tue), 2023
  • August Selection Process: 10:00 a.m., September 14 (Thu), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: 10:00 a.m., February 15 (Thu), 2024

A list of examinee number of successful applicants will be posted by the examinee number on the website below:
https://webentry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/
A letter of acceptance will be sent to successful applicants by registered mail on the same day.

Shipment of Documents for Enrollment

An enrollment packet (which contains documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent to the successful applicants.

    Date of dispatch: for entrants in April 2024

  • November 1 (Wed), 2023
    (Successful applicants for the July and August Selection Process)
  • February 15 (Thu), 2024
    (Successful applicants for the January-February Selection Process)
    Date of dispatch: for entrants in October 2024

  • Late June 2024
Due Date for Enrollment
  • Early March, 2024 (EXCEPT Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)
  • Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English: Late August, 2024
【Entry to the Graduate School】
  • April 1, 2024 (All students except those who are accepted through the Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)
  • October 1, 2024 (Students who are accepted through the Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan

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1. Number of Students to be Admitted and 2. Eligibility for Admission | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

1. Number of Students to be Admitted

July Selection Process

Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants 12 Applicants must guarantee enrollment if accepted.

You must obtain the consent of the faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission.

August Selection Process

Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
General Selection Process 25
Special Selection Process for
Working Individuals
Few You must obtain the consent of the faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission.

January to February Selection Process

Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
General Selection Process 21
Special Selection Process for
Working Individuals
Few You must obtain the consent of the faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission.
Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English Few Month of enrollment is in October.
You must obtain the consent of the faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission.

2. Eligibility for Admission

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

  • Individuals who have graduated or will graduate from a four-year university in Japan by March, 2024 (for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, September, 2024)
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree in Japan by March 2024 (for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, September 2024)
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that requires 16 or more years of school curriculum up to university graduation, and have earned a bachelor’s degree, or individuals who expect to graduate from such a university and earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2024 (for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, September, 2024)
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
  • Individuals who have been recognized by the University of Tsukuba Graduate School through the eligibility screening to have academic ability equivalent or superior to a university graduate and will be 22 years of age or older by March 2024 (for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, September, 2024)
  • Other (For more details: check here for application qualifications and eligibility screening other than those listed above)

Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants

  1. (1) Individuals who will graduate from a Japanese 4-year university by the end of March 2024
  2. (2) Individuals who are students of Advanced course, College of Technology and are scheduled to obtain a bachelor’s degree

Recommendation Requirements
The head of applicant’s organization recommends an applicant who meets either of the following requirements and who can guarantee enrollment if the applicant is accepted.

  1. (1) Individuals who have earned approximately 70% or more A (excellent) grades among the total credits earned by the time of application
  2. (2) Individuals who have excelled in a specific field of research

Applicants of Special Selection Process for Working Individuals

Individuals who have more than 3 years of work experience as of April 1, 2024

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan

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3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

You must submit the application online via our Web Entry system. Read this section carefully before applying.
Please print the PDF files that are generated after completing your application. Please paste original copies of the documents listed below on to the printed form and submit by registered mail.

Required information for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice All applicants You are required to upload the JPEG file (500KB or smaller) of your photo for the Reference Card. The photo must be taken within three months with no hats, masks or other head adornments.
2. Supervisor of Your Choice All applicants Applicant of Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants, Special Selection Process for Working Individuals and Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English needs to contact and obtain the consent from your prospective academic advisor.
English Score Applicants of General Selection Process and Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English (Excluding exempt applicants) Enter one of the following English examinations taken within 2 years from the time of application.

  • TOEIC Listening & Reading: Official Score Certificate
  • TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition: Official Score Report or Test Taker Score Report
  • Test Report Form of IELTS Academic

If you have yet to receive your score at the time of application, fill in “Taken on (Year/Month): 2023 12; Your score: 0” on the Web Entry system.
If you have been exempted, you should select “Exemption”. Exemption requirements are written in Section 6. Screening Criteria.

3. Eligibility All applicants
Research Plan All applicants Summarize your research plans after enrollment (topic, content, etc.) in Japanese in 1000 characters or less, in English in 500 words or less.

For applicants of Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants, Special Selection Process for Working Individuals and Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English, please discuss the research plan (topic, content, etc.) after enrollment with your prospective academic advisor who give you his/her consent to be your academic advisor.

You may use the designated form downloadable from the Web Entry system only if it is essential for you to use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols, which cannot be entered into the system. Fill it out and send it together with the other required documents by mail. The format of the form must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.

4. Educational Background All applicants If you have graduated from a foreign university, please upload your degree certificate in JPEG format (3MB or smaller, and 2000×2000 pixels or smaller).
Research Activities Applicants who have research history
Employment Records Applicants who have employment history
5. Examination Fee All applicants (Excluding Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship student Examination Fee is 30,000 JPY.
Follow the instructions given on the last page of the Web Entry system and pay your fee.
The following payment methods are available.
By Credit Card (recommended):
Pay your fee online. After the payment, enter the receipt number into the box on the Web Entry system.
At Convenience Store (only for domestic applicants):
Pay your fee at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the information below into the box on the Web Entry system:
・Number given by the store
・Date of payment
・Name of the convenience store

Documents to be sent

Please print-out in A4 or Letter size the PDF files generated after completing your application.
Please note that PDF files cannot be printed after the Web Entry System Application Period.
The original copies of the following documents need to be submitted to us by registered mail. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.
When submitting a translation of the original documents as a certificate, the translation must be certified by an embassy or a notary public office.
Submit the original copies issued by a university or another official institution. We will not accept photocopies as the application documents.
In principle, the submitted certificates will not be returned. If the original copies cannot be reissued, enclose the request memo that you want us to return the original copies and the way of returning. Applicants are responsible for the cost of returning. We will return after the examination day (except TOEIC Official Score Certificate, TOEFL iBT Test Taker Report and IELT Test Report Form)

         

Documents Who must submit Instructions
(Expected) Graduation Certificate
Note1, Note2
All applicants Submit a graduation certificate (or an attested document certifying that you will graduate) issued by a university or another educational institution.

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

If the certificate (original) is issued online by the university outside Japan, a “copy of the page and the URL” of the official website of the issuing institution (university) must be attached to the certificate to confirm that the online certificate is recognized as original by the institution (university).

(Expected) Degree Certificate
Note1, Note3
Applicants who are eligible to apply from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education Submit all certificates related to the degree, such as degree award certificates (certificate of acceptance of degree award application or certificate of expected degree award application) and transcripts.
Applicants who have graduated from a university or another educational institution outside Japan Submit the degree certificate for your bachelor’s degree.
Even if you have already earned a master’s or a doctoral degree, you need to submit a degree certificate issued by the university from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.

If the certificate (original) is issued online by the university, a “copy of the page and the URL” of the official website of the issuing institution (university) must be attached to the certificate to confirm that the online certificate is recognized as original by the institution (university).

Academic Transcript
Note1, Note2, Note3
All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript) issued by a university or another educational institution.
Even if you have already earned a master’s or a doctoral degree, you need to submit an academic transcript issued by the university from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.

If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an original academic transcript from the former school.

If the certificate (original) is issued online by the university outside Japan, a “copy of the page and the URL” of the official website of the issuing institution (university) must be attached to the certificate to confirm that the online certificate is recognized as original by the institution (university).

Letter of Recommendation Applicants of Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants and Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
A Letter of Recommendation written by the head of the applicant’s organization with tightly sealed is required.
<Click here for a designated application form (Japanese) >

(Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)
A Letter of Recommendation from your academic advisor is required. There is no designated format for the recommendation. Please use A4/letter size. It must be signed.

The original score of English test Applicants of General Selection Process and Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English
(Excluding exempt applicants)
Submit one of the following English examinations taken within 2 years from the time of application pasted on the designated form as the English score.

  • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test: Official Score Certificate
  • TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition: Test taker Score Report (print out of the downloaded pdf file is NOT accepted)
  • Test Report Form of IELTS Academic

If you plan to submit the Official Score Report of TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, please carry out the procedure for the official score reports to be sent directly from ETS to University of Tsukuba (DI code : 9995, Department code : 99). The Official score report of TOEFL iBT must be received by the university no later than 3 days before the examination date.

If you cannot mail the original score with other documents, send the scanned score report as a PDF file to the following address: tosyoss-daigakuin@un.tsukuba.ac.jp no later than 1 week before the examination.

An original score report pasted on the designated form must be sent by traceable mail and be received no later than 3 days before the examination date.

If your score is not received by 3 days before the examination date, you will be disqualified.

Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan” includes mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system Fill out your research plan on the designated format in one page and submit it.
The fixed format must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment Detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and paste it onto the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment Include a copy of the “Application Completed” page.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination Applicable applicants

  1. Applicants who currently attend a university or graduate school as a full-time student (except those who are expected to graduate by March, 2024, for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English applicants, September, 2024)
  2. Applicants who currently work full-time
  1. 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, or submit a letter of application stating that the applicant will withdraw from the university before enrolment. Any format is acceptable, but the letter must be printed on A4 or letter size paper.
  2. 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 or letter size paper.
Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship student Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship student who are enrolled in another university in Japan Submit a “Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship student” issued by the university that you are currently enrolled in.
Address Sheet All applicants Attach the address sheet to your envelope when you submit the required documents to us by registered mail.
Official document from your university that English is the language of instruction Applicants who meet the exemption (B) for English examination Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from a university where English is the language of instruction must submit an official document from your university that certifies that English is the language of instruction.

Note1: In case your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (e.g., because of marriage), submit the proof (e.g., copy of your marriage license).
If the student wishes to register under his/her maiden name, he/she can apply for the use of his/her maiden name during the enrolment procedure.

Note2: For graduates of Chinese universities, substitution of the original English version of the Academic Credentials verification report issued by the “China Higher education Information and Student Information (CHSI (Japan))” is acceptable.

Note3: For those who have completed the 「自学考試(本科)」and obtained a degree, the original transcript and degree certificate issued by the institution conducting the 「自学考試」must be submitted. Applications from applicants who have not yet completed the 「自学考試」are not accepted.

Document you need to submit to be received no later than 3 days before the examination

Documents Who must submit Remarks
The original score of English test Applicants who are required to submit their score but could not send it by the submission date Send the PDF file which is a scan of official score report of TOEIC, TOEFL iBT, or IELTS to the following address, no later than ONE WEEK before the examination date:
tosyoss-daigakuin@un.tsukuba.ac.jp
An original score report pasted on the designated form must be sent by traceable mail and be received no later than 3 days before the examination date.

Bring on the day of the Examination

Documents Who must prepare Remarks
Reference Card All applicants Please print it out and bring it with you at the oral examination.

Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the application documents, will be used for affairs concerning admission and screening, and may also be used for research and study to improve the admission procedure and university education after generating non-personally identifiable data. Also, we will use the data to screen students for scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.


4. Examination Fees | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

4. Examination Fee

30,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable)

* This is exempted for Japanese Government- (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship student.

* University of Tsukuba have the special measures of examination fee exemption for the victims of disasters in Japan. For more details, please refer to this website.

Please make your payment by one of the following methods.

(1) Payment Period

  • July Selection Process: May 26(Fri) – June 2(Fri) , 2023
  • August Selection Process: July 7(Fri) – July 21(Fri), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: December 1(Fri) – December 15 (Fri) , 2023

(2) Payment Method

Credit Card Payment (recommended):

Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express are accepted.
You can make a payment by using your credit card at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website (https://e-shiharai.net/english/?schoolcode=OPU5100850000000). You can also pay before you enter the Web Entry system.

After the payment, you will be provided with a receipt number. Enter the number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out “the application completed page” after the payment and send it with other required documents to us by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
The applicant needs to cover the remittance charge.

Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only):

Payments can be made at LAWSON, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, or MINISTOP.
To pay your fee at a convenience store, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website (available only on stores in Japan).

After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

  1. 7-Eleven: 13 digits
  2. LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP: 11 digits

Detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given to you at the convenience store and paste it onto the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. Submit it with other required documents to us by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
The applicant needs to cover the remittance charge.


5. Application Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

5. Application Procedure

  1. Visit the Web Entry system to apply. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes, so check carefully before submission. Please pay your examination fee before sending your application data.
      【Application Period】

    • July Selection Process: 12:00 p.m., May 26 (Fri) – 3:00 p.m., June 2 (Fri) , 2023
    • August Selection Process: 12:00 p.m., July 7 (Fri) – 3:00 p.m., July 21 (Fri), 2023
    • January to February Selection Process: 12:00 p.m., December 1(Fri) – 3:00 p.m., December 15 (Fri) , 2023
  2. All necessary documents must be sent to the university by registered mail in application period, and these must be received by the due date. When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create an Address Sheet in PDF format. Stick the printed Address Sheet to the envelope for sending required documents.
    If your documents are not received by the due date, you will not be able to take the examination.

      【Due date】

    • July Selection Process: June 2 (Fri) , 2023
    • August Selection Process: July 21 (Fri) , 2023
    • January to February Selection Process: December 15 (Fri) , 2023

    【Necessary documents】

      Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants

    • All applicants: Expected Graduation Certificate (Certificate of acceptance of degree award application or certificate of expected degree award application), Academic Transcript, Letter of Recommendation (A tightly sealed)
    • Applicable applicants: Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement, Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination, Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship Student, Research Plan (including mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system)
      General Selection Process

    • All applicants: (Expected) Graduation Certificate, Academic Transcript
    • Applicable applicants : Degree Certificate, Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement, Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination, Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship Student, Official Score Certificate of TOEIC or Test Taker Score Report of TOEFL or Test Report Form of IELTS*(Individuals who are not eligible for exemption from English Proficiency Testing), Official verification from that university that English is the language of instruction (Individuals who are eligible for exemption by the condition (B) from English Proficiency Testing) , Research Plan(including mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system)
      Special Selection Process for Working Individuals

    • All applicants: (Expected) Graduation Certificate, Academic Transcript
    • Applicable applicants: Degree Certificate, Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement, Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination, Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Student, Research Plan (including mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system)
      Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English

    • All applicants: (Expected) Graduation Certificate, Academic Transcript, Letter of Recommendation
    • Applicable applicants: Degree Certificate, Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card, Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement, Letter of Approval for Entrance Examination, Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship Student, Official Score Certificate/Report of TOEIC or Test Taker (Examinee) Score Report of TOEFL or Test Report Form of IELTS* (Individuals who are not eligible for exemption from English Proficiency Testing), Official verification from that university that English is the language of instruction (Individuals who are eligible for exemption by the condition (B) from English Proficiency Testing), Research Plan (including mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system)

    * It is possible to submit the original score report by 3 days before the examination date using traceable mail. Refer to “3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted” for details.

  3. All documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fee which have been paid are non-refundable.

    Note: If you have any questions about the application, contact Graduate Academic Affairs Section, Academic Service Office for the Library, Information and Media Sciences Area.


6. Screening Criteria | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

6. Screening Criteria

We will determine the students to be admitted by comprehensively evaluating the submitted documents and the result of the examination.

Examinations for 2024 academic year will be conducted online.

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)

Date Wednesday, July 5 or Thursday, July 6
Subject Application Review
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(300 points)
Language used in the oral examination Japanese
Content of the examination Application form, Academic Transcript, Letter of Recommendation and Research Plan will be evaluated. It takes approximately 20 minutes per person. You will be expected to give a presentation about your research plan (approximately 5 minutes). After the presentation, you will be questioned about the content of the presentation and basic knowledge in related fields.
  1. You must obtain the consent of faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission. Please refer https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/academic-staff-en/
  2. The time and place of the oral examinations will be announced along with Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination on Friday, June 16, 2023
    at: https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/

August Selection Process (General Selection Process)

Date Thursday, August 24
or Friday, August 25
Subject Application Review
(100 points)
English
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(300 points)
Language used in the oral examination Japanese
Content of the examination Application form, Academic Transcript and Research Plan will be evaluated. Converted from the following scores:
TOEIC Listening & Reading, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, IELTS Academic
It takes approximately 30 minutes per person. You will be expected to give a presentation about your research plan (approximately 7 minutes). After the presentation, you will be questioned about the content of the presentation and basic knowledge in related fields.
  1. The time and place of the oral examinations are open to public with Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination on Friday, August 4, 2023
    at: https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/

August Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

Date Thursday, August 24 or Friday, August 25
Subject Application Review
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(300 points)
Language used in the oral examination Japanese
Content of the examination Application form, Academic Transcript and Research Plan will be evaluated. It takes approximately 30 minutes per person. You will be expected to give a presentation about your research plan (approximately 7 minutes). After the presentation, you will be questioned about the content of the presentation and basic knowledge in related fields.
  1. You must obtain the consent of faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission. Please refer https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/academic-staff-en/
  2. The time and place of the oral examinations are open to public with Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination on Friday, August 4, 2023
    at: https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/

January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)

Date Thursday, January 25
or Friday, January 26
Subject Application Review
(100 points)
English
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(300 points)
Language used in the oral examination Japanese
Content of the examination Application form, Academic Transcript and Research Plan will be evaluated. Converted from the following scores:
TOEIC Listening & Reading, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, IELTS Academic
It takes approximately 30 minutes per person. You will be expected to give a presentation about your research plan (approximately 7 minutes). After the presentation, you will be questioned about the content of the presentation and basic knowledge in related fields.
  1. The time and place of the oral examinations are open to public with Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination on Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    at: https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/

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

Date Thursday, January 25 or Friday, January 26
Subject Application Review
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(300 points)
Language used in the oral examination Japanese
Content of the examination Application form, Academic Transcript and Research Plan will be evaluated. It takes approximately 30 minutes per person. You will be expected to give a presentation about your research plan (approximately 7 minutes). After the presentation, you will be questioned about the content of the presentation and basic knowledge in related fields.
  1. You must obtain the consent of faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission. Please refer https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/academic-staff-en/
  2. The time and place of the oral examinations are open to public with Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination on Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    at: https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/

January to February Selection Process (Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)

Date Thursday, January 25
or Friday, January 26
Subject Application Review
(100 points)
English
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(300 points)
Language used in the oral examination English
Content of the examination Application form, Academic Transcript, Letter of Recommendation and Research Plan will be evaluated. Converted from the following scores:
TOEIC Listening & Reading, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition, TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, IELTS Academic
It takes approximately 30 minutes per person. You will be expected to give a presentation about your research plan (approximately 7 minutes). After the presentation, you will be questioned about the content of the presentation and basic knowledge in related fields.
  1. You must obtain the consent of faculty member who will be your academic advisor after admission. Please refer https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/academic-staff-en/
  2. The time and place of the oral examinations are open to public with Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination on Tuesday, January 9, 2024
    at: https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/

English Examination

We will evaluate your English proficiency based on your score of TOEIC Listening & Reading Official Score Certificate, Official Score Reports or Test Taker Score Report of TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL iBT Paper Edition, Test Report Form of IELTS Academic. The TOEIC test must be taken within 2 years from the time of application.

Conversion rule of English scores

English scores are converted using linear interpolation between the full score (100) and the lowest score (0).

TOEIC Listening & Reading TOEFL iBT
TOEFL iBT Home Edition
TOEFL iBT Paper Edition
IELTS Academic
Full score
100 points
830 89 6.5
Lowest point
0 points
330 33 3.5

Exempt:
Applicants who meet either of the following requirements will be exempt from the English examination and will receive a score of 100 points in English.
(A) Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education
(B) Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from a university where English is the language of instruction
If you fulfill this requirement, you must submit an official document from your university that certifies that English is the language of instruction at your institution.


7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance, and Enrollment Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance, and Enrollment Procedure

Examinations for 2024 academic year will be conducted online.

Testing Location

University of Tsukuba Kasuga Area (1-2 Kasuga, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 305-8550, Japan)
Refer to “10. Information and Regulations for Examinees” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

  • July Selection Process: 10:00 a.m., July 18 (Tue), 2023
  • August Selection Process: 10:00 a.m., September 14 (Thu), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: 10:00 a.m., February 15 (Thu), 2024

A list of examinee number of successful applicants will be posted by the examinee number on the website below:
https://webentry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/.
A letter of acceptance will be sent to successful applicants by registered mail on the same day.

Note: If you are not at home on the day of delivery, an “absentee delivery notice” will be left in your mail box. Please make sure you receive it within a week, for example by requesting re-delivery from the post office.

Enrollment Procedure

  1. Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (which include documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent out to successful applicants. Follow the direction in the Guidelines.
      Date of dispatch: for entrants in April 2024

    • November 1 (Wed), 2023
      (Successful applicants for the July and August Selection Process)
    • February 15 (Thu), 2024
      (Successful applicants for the January-February Selection Process)
      Date of dispatch: for entrants in October 2024

    • Late June 2024

    Note: The successful applicants need to notify us their new address at least one week in advance of the date of dispatch if they will change their address or will be absent when the documents are expected to be delivered.
    In the event of a long-term absence , applicants should take measures such as changing their address to that of a person who can receive deliveries on their behalf.

  2. The documents should be sent by registered mail.
      Deadline :

    • Early March, 2024 (EXCEPT Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English).
    • Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English : Late August, 2024.

    Note: For the submission deadline and the details of procedures, refer to Enrollment Procedure Guidelines.

  3. Estimated Expenses Upon Entrance
    1. (a)Entrance fee is 282,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable)
    2. (b)Tuition: The tuition for the first semester of the 2023 academic year (April-September) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. The tuition for the second semester (October-March) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. Annual Amount: 535,800 Japanese Yen
        (Note)

      1. (1)If fees are revised before entrance or while enrolled in graduate school, the revised tuition will be applied.
      2. (2)Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship students are exempt from paying the entrance fees.
  4. All applicants with a full-time job need a document or a letter (e.g., an order for a training course, a letter for a leave of absence, or an approval letter) from the employer to prove that they are available to complete the program. If you will quit at the time of entrance, please submit a certificate of retirement.
  5. International applicants must acquire a status of residence suitable for entrance to a graduate school, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951), before beginning the enrollment procedures. Those who wish to enter our graduate program as an international student must acquire the status of residence as a “Student.”


8. Example of Previous Examinations | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

9. Applicants Who Need Assistance, 10. Information and Regulations for Examinees and 11. Contact Us | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

9. Applicants Who Need Assistance

If you need assistance due to disability, submit a designated application form, a medical certificate, and a copy of their disability certificate to the Division of Admission (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 305-8577, Japan) by following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: May 24 (Wed), 2023
  • August Selection Process: July 3(Mon), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: November 27 (Mon), 2023
Examples of considerations:
  • Use of a computer for writing, vision aid, hearing aid, and other aids
  • Sign language interpreter and other assistants

To request these accommodations, applicants must submit documents to prove their condition.

10. Information and Regulations for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Regulations for the Oral Examination” on our website(https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/admission-information-en/admission/examination/).

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • July Selection Process: 2:00 p.m., June 16 (Fri), 2023
  • August Selection Process: 2:00 p.m., Aug 4 (Fri), 2023
  • January to February Selection Process: 2:00 p.m., January 9 (Tue), 2024

11. Contact Us

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

Academic Service Office for the Library, Information and Media Science Area
tosyoss-daigakuin at un.tsukuba.ac.jp (Please change “ at ” to @)
1-2, Kasuga, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken, 305-8550 Japan
Tel: +81-29-859-1120/1121
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday except national holidays.

12. Disclosure of Admission Examination Results

The following disclosure is made upon request in relation to the performance of an applicant who was unsuccessful in the entrance examination for the Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, (Master’s Program in Informatics).

  1. Contents of Disclosure
    Total Score of the Candidate Who Failed the Examination
    ※ However, the results will not be disclosed if:
    (1) Absentee from one or more subjects
  2. Applicant
    The Examinee Himself /Herself
  3. How to Request
    Please send your request by mail, enclosing the following.
    (1) Request Form for Disclosure of Admission Information
    (2) Examination Voucher (to be returned at the time of disclosure)
    (If you have lost the examination voucher, a copy of your student ID, driver’s license, etc.)
    (3) Reply Envelope (long size #3) with your name and address written on it and a 434 Yen Stamp Affixed.
    However, if you are an outside Japan resident, please inquire by E-mail to the billing office.
  4. Request Period
    May 1, 2024 – May 31, 2024
  5. Disclosure Method
    Disclosed information will be mailed to the person in question after the deadline of the request period.
  6. Billing Office
    1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan
    Division Graduate Admissions Office, University of Tsukuba
    E-mail: dai.daigakuinka at un.tsukuba.ac.jp (Please change “ at ” to @)


13. Register Extending System | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

13. Register Extending System

Overview

Register Extending System allows students to complete a master’s program in a period longer than usual.
The period can be extended from the standard 2 years to 3 or 4 years.
Extended applicants pay discounted tuition allocated per registered period. The total amount of tuition is the same as that of students who finish the program in the standard 2 years. This system is for students who prefer to complete the program over a longer period of time. Applicants are reviewed individually after the application.

For details, please refer to our website (https://informatics.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/programs-courses-en/long-term/).


14. Requirements for Eligibility | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions

14. Requirements for Eligibility

In the case of applicants falling in category (1)-(4) of the Requirements for Eligibility shown below, eligibility screening (We will examine the applicant has more academic ability than who have graduated from university) is necessary. Please contact us.

  1. (1) Individuals who have been recognized by the Master’s Program in Informatics in their individual qualification screening process as having an ability equivalent or superior to a university graduate and who are 22 years old or will be 22 years old by the end of March, 2024 (September, 2024, for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English)
    Qualified person: Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or an upper secondary school as latest academic background, individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school as latest academic background, individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  2. (2) Individuals who have been enrolled in a Japanese university for more than 3 years at the end of March, 2024 (September, 2024, for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English) and who have been recognized by the Master’s Program in Informatics as having an outstanding academic record.
  3. (3) Individuals who have completed a 15-year program of school education at the end of March, 2024 (September, 2024, for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English) in a country other than Japan, who have completed a 15-year program of school education in Japan through a distance education program offered by a university in a country other than Japan, or who have completed a 15-year program of school education at a foreign country’s educational facility in Japan (that requires a 15-year education period for graduation, and that is recognized by the Minister of Education , Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a foreign country’s educational facility). Applicants should also be recognized by the graduate school of the University of Tsukuba as having an outstanding academic record.
  4. (4) Individuals who have entered a graduate program and who are recognized by the graduate school of the University of Tsukuba as having an appropriate academic ability in order to take the graduate courses, as stipulated by Article 155, Paragraph 1, Item 7 of the Enforcement Regulation of the School Education Law.
【How to apply】

Download the following documents and send it to us by mail or e-mail with required certificates, your address, telephone number and e-mail address. The deadline is July 3 (Mon), 2023 (for August Selection Process) or November 27 (Mon) , 2023 (for January to February Selection Process). Please contact us before sending.
If you choose to send your graduation certificate and academic transcript by e-mail, please convert it JPEG format or PDF file. If your application qualification is approved after the eligibility screening, we will notify your certification number for the Web Entry. Please send the original copy of these documents with the application documents.

【Required Documents of Eligibility Screening】
  1. (a) Applicant Information
  2. (b) Curriculum Vitae
  3. (c) Resume
  4. (d) Graduation Certificate
  5. (e) Academic Transcript
  6. (f) Certificate of Research Activities (*)
  7. (g) Letter of Recommendation (**)

(*) Individuals who would claim eligibility based on (1) and, who fulfill the following criteria should gain certification from the relevant institution and submit it:
Those who have been engaged in research for more than one year as a research student, researcher, etc. in national or international university or Inter‐University Research Institute after graduating from university in a country where the course until graduation is less than 16 years, or those who are expected to work as a research student, researcher, etc. in national or international university or Inter‐University Research Institute for more than one year after graduating from university in a country where the course to graduation is less than 16 years by the end of March, 2024 (September, 2024, for Special Selection Process of Global Individuals in English).
Non-degree Research students belonging to graduate school of University of Tsukuba can replace Certificate of Research Activities with a certificate of enrollment issued by University of Tsukuba. It can be issued by the certificate issuing machine in University of Tsukuba.

(**) Individuals who would like to apply with (2), please submit a letter of recommendation (g) written by your 3rd year class teacher or academic advisor.

If you have any questions, please contact us.