Master’s Programs (Art and Sport, Interdisciplinary Sciences) | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences

Master’s Programs (Art and Sport, Interdisciplinary Sciences)

Neuroscience
  • October (General Admission)
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
  • October (General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Art
  • October (General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Design
  • October (General Admission)
Heritage Studies
  • October (General Admission)

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

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

There is a possibility that there will be changes in the method of the entrance examinations for the University of Tsukuba Graduate School for academic year 2021, depending on the situation regarding the spread of the infections of the COVID-19, such as changes to online entrance examinations, etc., after these application guidelines have been published. Also, there is a possibility that entrance examination days will be added, in connection with the changes in the examination method. 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.
In particular, when applying and before taking the examination, be sure to check the latest information in the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site.

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

At present the schedule, etc., envisaged for entrance examinations in the university (Tsukuba area) has been announced. However if there has to be a change to online entrance examinations at short notice, it will be announced on this site when the decision has been taken (as a guide, by August 7 in the case of September entrance examinations, and 1 month before the examination date for entrance examinations in October or later). Also 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.

*Treatment of Private Sector English Proficiency Tests is described in the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site, so those intending to apply for programs that require a score report to be submitted should be sure to check this page.

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from, or who are expecting to graduate from, a Japanese four-year university
  • 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
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or an upper secondary school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 

Before you apply, you are expected to contact a prospective supervisor (a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance.
Download the PDF below.

If you have any questions about the curriculum or the research field, contact the department that runs your desired program.

   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba in advance.
E-mail us to obtain necessary documents and e-mail the documents for the assessment. 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 previously applied for the Eligibility Screening and been deemed eligible should also apply for the screening again.)

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
 
Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance due to disability, contact us by the following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
Web Entry

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

    【Application Period】

  • October: September 1, 2020 – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

First, you will need your own account to login. Once create an account, you may save the data you entered and log back in later to continue.

Activation

When you sign up, an activation URL will be sent to your registered e-mail address. Click the URL to activate your account.

Login

For the first time after you activate your account, you will be automatically logged in. Just click the “Login” button to begin. Thereafter, when you visit our Login page, you will need to enter your e-mail address and password to begin.

My Page

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

Application Form

There are four sections in the Application Form:

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

Each section 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. Use one-byte alphabets and numbers to input all the information.
Upload JPEG file of your ID photo in “1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice”.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The university accepts:

Online credit card payments for both domestic and overseas applicants
Convenience store payments for domestic applicants only

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees by credit card. After the payment, you will be notified of a receipt number. Enter the number into the “Receipt Number” box and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

Convenience Store Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. When you apply for ‘Convenience Store Payment’ online, you will receive the Examination Fee Statement with an 11-digit or a 13-digit code. After the payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

(*The examination fees are exempted for the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students, as well as students applying for a Secondary Major (Master’s Program) of a Dual Degree Program.)

Submission

After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on the button, the information you have entered will be sent to the university, and you will not be able to go back to make edits. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the registered e-mail address. Be sure to check it.

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

Create PDF

After you submit your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to download the PDF documents. You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open.

    【Application Period】

  • October: September 1, 2020 – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)

Web Entry

Submission of Documents

Original copies of the documents listed in 3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted need to be received by mail no later than the deadlines mentioned below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

    【Due Dates】

  • October: September 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)
Information and Hints for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website. Check the documents before the examination.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • October: September 29, 2020
Examination Dates
  • October: October 15-16, 20-21, 2020
Announcement of Admission Results
  • October: November 6, 2020
Documents for Enrollment

Documents for enrollment will be sent out from the admission office on following dates:

  • February 17, 2021
Procedure for Enrollment
  • In the beginning of March 2021
Entrance
  • On April 1, 2021

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 2021

1. Number of Students to be Admitted

October

Program Type of Selection Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Neuroscience General Admission 10 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences General Admission 75
Special Selection of Working Individuals 10
Art General Admission 45 The number includes students who apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Special Selection of Working Individuals A few
Design General Admission 18 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Heritage Studies General Admission 15

For more information on the Cooperative Graduate School System, click here.

2. Eligibility for Admission

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

(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from a Japanese four-year university by March 2021
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree in Japan by March 2021
  • 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
  • Individuals who are expecting to graduate from a university described above, and earn a bachelor’s degree by March 2021
  • Others

(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who are 22 years of age or older as of March 2021, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

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 2021

3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

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

Information You Need for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
You are requested to upload a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
2. Field of Research All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Plan All applicants Summarize your research plans in English in approximately 800 words.
(You may use the prescribed 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 submit it together with the other required documents by mail. The format of the form must not be changed. Do not write outside the box.)
4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
except foreign government- sponsored students etc.,
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
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 the payment, enter the receipt number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

Documents Needed for Application
(The original copies need to be submitted to us by mail.)

Documents Who must submit Instructions
(Expected) Graduation Certificate* All applicants Submit a graduation certificate (or an attested document certifying that you will graduate) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Master’s Programs of this Graduate School.

Note: 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.

Degree Certificate* Those who graduated from a university or another educational institution outside Japan If you graduated from a university or another educational institution outside Japan, submit a graduation certificate for your bachelor’s degree. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.

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

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

Academic Transcript* All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of your programs history) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Master’s Programs of this Graduate School. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school.
If you have completed or will complete a graduate school, submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of programs record) issued by the graduate school, too. (All documents must be in English or in Japanese.)
Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan” includes mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system Summarize plans in English in approximately 800 words.
If applicable, check the box in the Web Entry system to download the form from the last page. Fill out the research plan on one page and submit it to us by mail.
(The format of the form must not be changed. Do not write outside the box.)
Personal Records Applicants for Master’s Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by mail.
Please get the form here.
Performance Report [Special Selection of Working Individuals]
Applicants for Master’s Program in Art
Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by mail.
Please get the form here.
Thesis / Work / Portfolio Applicants for Master’s Program in Art Please submit according to the table below.
If Thesis / Work / Portfolio is not submitted at the time stipulated by the Master’s Program in Art, then, irrespective of the reasons, you will be excluded from the candidates for selection.
Field of Research Thesis / Works / Portfolio Date, time and method of submission
Art History ・Bachelor’s thesis(or equivalent thesis) Attach the “Thesis / Work Attachment” and submit it during the application period.
Art Environment Support ・Bachelor’s thesis(or equivalent thesis, report, etc.)
Western-style Painting ・Two paintings (F50 or more, F200 or less, with a temporary frame)
・Portfolio(No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.
On Wednesday, October 14, the day before the Practical Skill examination, between 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., please attach the “Thesis / Work Attachment” and “Portfolio Attachment” and bring them to the delivery place in the presence of the applicant.
Information about the delivery place of thesis, works and portfolio will be sent to your registered email address on 29 September. Be sure to check your email address.
(You must pick up your works at the end of the examination. We are not responsible for the storage of any work you don’t pick up.)

*Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals who are unable to bring in their works the day before due to work or other reasons, may bring them on the day of the examination. However, if the work is too large to bring on the day of the examination, or it will take time to assemble and set up, a video work must be brought in the day before the examination, not on the day of the examination.
Printmaking ・3 prints (with frames)
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Japanese-style Painting ・2 pieces of Japanese-style painting (over size 50, with a temporary frame)
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Sculpture ・One life-size work
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Sho-Calligraphy ・Calligraphy (one piece each of Kanji, Kana and Kanji-Kana. only if they are covered)
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Art and Design Science ・A total of three work or thesis. (Each work should have a commentary of about 400 words. In the case of a video works, the duration should not exceed 10 minutes and a playback device must also be submitted.)
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Plastic Art and Mixed Media ・A total of three work or thesis related to Plastic Art and Mixed Media. (Each work should have a commentary of about 400 words. In the case of a video works, the duration should not exceed 10 minutes and a playback device must also be submitted.)
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Crafts ・A total of three work or thesis related to the crafts.
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Visual Communication Design ・A total of three work or thesis on Visual Communication Design (a total of one work is allowed for a series of works).
・Portfolio (No format is stipulated. Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must respond to the performance report.)
Environmental Design ・A total of three thesis or works (drawings, models, or actual objects are acceptable. If the thesis is in a foreign language, a Japanese abstract must also be submitted.)
・Applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals must also submit a portfolio corresponding to the performance report.
Thesis / Works Attachment sheet
Portfolio Attachment sheet
Applicants for Master’s Program in Art Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it as an attachment to the Thesis, Works, and Portfolio.
Please get the form here.
English Proficiency Test Score Sheet ** [General Admission]
Applicants for Master’s Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
Affix the originals of the TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate or the TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail, for examinations taken in the last 2 years, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and submit it.
Or the original could be submitted on the exam day.
If you are unable to submit the original on the exam day, you must submit the downloadable score sheet on the exam day and submit the original by October 20.
[General Admission]
Applicants for Master’s Program in Art
Affix the original English Proficiency Test Score Sheet for any one of the following examinations taken during or after October 2018, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and submit it.
Or the original could be submitted on the exam day.
If you are unable to submit the original on the exam day, you must submit the downloadable score sheet on the exam day and submit the original by October 19 (must arrive by 5 p.m. JST).

  • TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate
  • Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)
Applicants for Master’s Program in Design, whose native language is not English Affix the original English Proficiency Test Score Sheet for any one of the following examinations taken during or after June 2018, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and submit it.

  • Certificate of Cambridge Assessment English
  • Proof of EIKEN Certification or EIKEN CSE Score Certificate
  • GTEC Official Score Certificate
  • Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)
  • Official Score Report for TEAP
  • TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate
  • Etc.
Motivation Letter Applicants for Master’s Program in Heritage Studies Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by mail.
Please get the form here.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it to us by mail.
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and submit it to us by mail.
The Receipt Portion must be attached to the form created online and printed out after completing the Web Entry procedure.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Form of Your Selection) If applicable The letter must be submitted by mail.

  1. Individuals who currently attend a university or graduate school (except those who are expected to graduate by March 2021) need to submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by the head of their university or graduate school (or the head of their department). Any format is acceptable.
  2. Individuals who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) need to submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by their superior. Any format is acceptable.
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student If applicable The certificate must be submitted by mail.
If you are enrolled in another university at the time of application, submit the certificate of the government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) foreign student issued by the university.

*In case your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (e.g., because of marriage), submit with the proof (e.g., copy of your marriage license).

**If you would like to use the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition for the English Proficiency Test Score Sheet, please check the following URL.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/wp-content/pdf/2021englishnews_en.pdf

PDF to Be Created After Completing Web Entry

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants The Web Entry system instructs you to supply a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
Print out the Reference Card with your photograph and bring a copy of the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants

Attach the address sheet to your envelope when you submit the required documents to us by mail.

    【Submission Periods】

  • October: September 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who made a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to the form and submit it to us by mail.
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 the research plan within one page and submit it to us by mail.
(The format of the form must not be changed. Do not write outside the box.)
Form for Submission of English Proficiency Test Scores [General Admission]
Applicants for Master’s Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
Affix the originals of the TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate or the TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail, for examinations taken in the last 2 years, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and submit it.
Or the original could be submitted on the exam day.
If you are unable to submit the original on the exam day, you must submit the downloadable score sheet on the exam day and submit the original by October 20.
[General Admission]
Applicants for Master’s Program in Art
Affix the original English Proficiency Test Score Sheet for any one of the following examinations taken during or after October 2018, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and submit it.
Or the original could be submitted on the exam day.
If you are unable to submit the original on the exam day, you must submit the downloadable score sheet on the exam day and submit the original by October 19 (must arrive by 5 p.m. JST).

  • TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate
  • Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)
Applicants for Master’s Program in Design, whose native language is not English Affix the original English Proficiency Test Score Sheet for any one of the following examinations taken during or after June 2018, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and submit it.

  • Certificate of Cambridge Assessment English
  • Proof of EIKEN Certification or EIKEN CSE Score Certificate
  • GTEC Official Score Certificate
  • Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module)
  • Official Score Report for TEAP
  • TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
  • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate
  • Etc.

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


4. Examination Fees | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

4. Examination Fees

30,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable)
(The examination fees are exempted for the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students, as well as students applying for a Secondary Major [Master’s Program] of a Dual Degree Program.)

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants):

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.

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 submit it together with other required documents to us by mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.

Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only):

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 in Japanese only).

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 affix it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. You can create the form in PDF format and print it out from the Web Entry system. Submit it together with other required documents to us by mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.


5. Application Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

5. Application Procedure

    Visit the Web Entry System to apply. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make edits. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.

      【Application Period】

    • October: September 1, 2020 – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)

    Some of the documents have to be submitted by mail, and these must be received by the deadline. When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create an Address Sheet in PDF format. Print out the sheet and submit it along with the other required documents to us.
    If your documents are not received by the due date, you will not be able to take the exam.

      【Due dates】

    • October: September 18, 2020 (by 5 p.m. JST)

    After you complete the application procedure on the Web Entry System, you are not allowed to change the program of your choice.

    Unless requested, all documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fees which have been paid are non-refundable.

    Should you have any question about the curriculum or the research field, contact the department that runs your desired program.


6. Screening Criteria | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

6. Screening Criteria

We will determine the students to be admitted by evaluating the submitted documents and their academic skills as a whole:

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below:

If you would like to use the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition for the English Proficiency Test Score Sheet, please check the following URL.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/wp-content/pdf/2021englishnews_en.pdf

Master’s Program in NeuroscienceMaster’s

Date Tuesday, October 20 Wednesday, October 21
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Time 10:00-11:30 13:30-15:00 10:00-17:00
Neuroscience English Issues relating to behavioral sciences and neuroscience (selection mode) Individual Interview
(Interview about your research field and research plans.)
  1. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
    (Persons applying by the Cooperative Graduate School System should contact us together with a faculty member in a field related to this research area.)
  2. See https://www.neurosci.tsukuba.ac.jp/ for more details.

Master’s Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport SciencesMaster’s

General Admission
Date Thursday, October 15
Subject Foreign Language
(150 points)
Specialized Subject
(200 points)
Oral Examination
(50 points)
Time 10:00-11:30 13:00-14:30 15:00-17:30
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences English
Submit the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL-iBT (PBT) Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report
Issues relating to Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Individual Interview
(Interview about your personal records and research plans.)
Special Selection of Working Individuals
Date Thursday, October 15
Subject Oral Examination
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(200 points)
Time 10:00-12:00 13:00-14:30
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Individual Interview
(Interview about your personal records and research plans.)
Issues relating to Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
  1. In the case of a foreign language, affix the original of the TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate or the TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail to this department’s stipulated form, and submit it at the application or on the exam day. The TOEIC Official Score Certificate and TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report are valid in the case of examinations taken in the last 2 years. The submitted originals will not be returned.
  2. If you are unable to submit the original on the exam day, you must submit the downloadable score sheet on the exam day and submit the original by October 20. If the original is not submitted, your application will be taken as an incomplete, irrespective of the reasons, and you will be excluded from the candidates for selection.
  3. Please do not submit photocopies of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or the TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report. Only originals are accepted. Please also note that we cannot accept, in any circumstance, any (original or photocopy) of the following: TOEIC SW Test Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Bridge Test Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, or TOEFL ITP Score Report.
  4. The TOEIC or TOEFL scores will be evaluated on the basis of the below specifications. Scores above the specifications will be taken to be passes. Scores below the specifications will be converted.
  5. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT TOEFL(PBT)
    879
    100
    600
  6. In the Specialized Subject, one question from each of 38 research fields divided into three groups (Group A: Physical Education and Sport Studies, Group B: Health and Human Performance Studies, Group C: Coaching Studies) is given. Applicants are required to choose one question from each of the following groups A to C and answer it. As a specialized subject (1), you will choose one question from a group that includes desired research field and answer it. Choose one question from each of the remaining two groups that you did not choose as specialized subject (2) and (3), and answer it.
    • Group A: Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport / History of Physical Education and Sports / Theory of Martial Sports (Budo) / Sport Sociology / Psychology of Physical Education and Sport / Management of Physical Education and Sport/ Administration and Finance of Physical Education and Sport / Leisure and Sport Industry / Sport Pedagogy / Special Physical Education
    • Group B: Health Education / Sport Physiology / Sport Biochemistry / Sport Nutrition / Physical Fitness / Health and Physical Fitness for Active Living / Measurement and Evaluation of Sport / Sport Medicine for Wellness / Sport Medicine for Motor System / Sport Biomechanics / Applied Anatomy
    • Group C: General Theory of Coaching and Training / Theory of Movement / Coaching in Gymnastics / Coaching in Sports Gymnastics / Coaching in Track & Field / Coaching in Swimming / Coaching in Volleyball / Coaching in Basketball / Coaching in Handball / Coaching in Soccer / Coaching in Rugby / Coaching in Racket & Bat Sports / Coaching in Judo / Coaching in Kendo / Coaching in Kyudo / Outdoor Pursuits and Education / Dance Studies
  7. Write the answers for the specialized subject in Japanese.
  8. The oral examination time may be extended depending on the application status.
  9. Contact for information on the examination
    ・Chair of Master’s Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
    SAKAI Toshinobu(E-mail sakai.toshinobu.gp@u.tsukuba.ac.jp
    ・NAKAMURA Tsuyoshi (E-mail nakamura.tsuyoshi.gu@u.tsukuba.ac.jp
    If you ask questions by email, title the message “Question about the examination (XX [applicant’s name])”.

Master’s Program in ArtMaster’s

General Admission
Date Thursday, October 15
Time 9:30-12:30 13:30-17:30
Subject Method (1)
(600 points)
Presentation
(500 points)
Foreign Language
(100 points)
Method (2)
(600 points)
Practical Skill
(250 points)
Short Presentation
(250 points)
Field of Research Art History Method (1) 1. Presentation and Interview about submitted Thesis and Research Plan
2. Interview about Research Field
English
Submit the English Proficiency Test Score
Art Environment Support Method (1)
Western-style Painting Method (2) Drawing based on human model Short Presentation and Interview about submitted Works, Portfolio and Research Plan
Printmaking Method (2)
Japanese-style Painting Method (2) Drawing based on human model
Sculpture Method (2) Sculpturing based on human model
Sho-Calligraphy Method (2) Rinsho [kanji / kana] and Creative [kanji / kana / mixed with kanji and kana]
Art and Design Science Method (1) 1. Presentation and Interview about submitted Thesis, Works, Portfolio and Research Plan
2. Interview about Field of Research
Plastic Art and Mixed Media Method (1)
Crafts Method (1)
Visual Communication Design Method (1)
Environmental Design Method (1)
Special Selection of Working Individuals
Date Thursday, October 15
Time 9:30-12:30 13:30-17:30
Subject Method (1) (600 points) Presentation (600 points)
Method (2) (600 points) Practical Skill
(250 points)
Short Presentation
(350 points)
Field of Research Art History Method (1) 1. Presentation and Interview about submitted Thesis and Research Plan
2. Interview about Research Field
3. Interview about Performance report
Art Environment Support Method (1)
Western-style Painting Method (2) Drawing based on human model 1. Short Presentation and Interview about submitted Works, Portfolio and Research Plan
2. Interview about Performance report
Printmaking Method (2)
Japanese-style Painting Method (2) Drawing based on human model
Sculpture Method (2) Sculpturing based on human model
Sho-Calligraphy Method (2) Rinsho [kanji / kana] and Creative [kanji / kana / mixed with kanji and kana]
Art and Design Science Method (1) 1. Presentation and Interview about submitted Thesis, Works, Portfolio and Research Plan
2. Interview about Field of Research
3. Interview about Performance report
Plastic Art and Mixed Media Method (1)
Crafts Method (1)
Visual Communication Design Method (1)
Environmental Design Method (1)
General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals
Common Items to bring to the examination:
Subject Presentation Practical Skill Short Presentation
Field of Research Art History Resume for distribution (A4 size, any number of sheets, any format, enter the examination number on the cover)
Art Environment Support
Western-style Painting Charcoal (can be used with pencils), drawing tools, newspaper (for underlay) None
Printmaking
Japanese-style Painting Pencils and drawing tools
Sculpture Sculpturing tools (spatulas, etc.)
Sho-Calligraphy Brushes (for kanji and kana, various sizes), ink, inkstone, paperweight, water dropper, pencil, red water based felt-tip pen
Art and Design Science None
Plastic Art and Mixed Media
Crafts
Visual Communication Design
Environmental Design
  1. It is preferable to contact the faculty member of the desired research area in advance.
  2. In the case of a foreign language, affix the original of the TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail, the TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate, or the IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form to this department’s stipulated form, and submit it at the application or on the exam day. The TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report, TOEIC Official Score Certificate and IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form are valid in the case of examinations taken during or after October 2018. If you are unable to submit the original on the exam day, you must submit the downloadable score sheet on the exam day and submit the original by October 19 (must arrive by 5 p.m. JST). If the original is not submitted, your application will be taken as an incomplete, irrespective of the reasons, and you will be excluded from the candidates for selection. The submitted originals will not be returned.
  3. Please do not submit photocopies of the TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report or the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or the Test Report Form of IELTS (Academic Module). Only originals are accepted. Please also note that we cannot accept, in any circumstance, any (original or photocopy) of the following: TOEFL ITP Score Report, or TOEIC SW Test Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Bridge Test Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, or IELTS (Test Report Form of IELTS (General Training Module)).
  4. Information about the details of the examination and the delivery place of thesis, work and portfolio will be sent to your registered email address on 29 September. Be sure to check your email address.
  5. Contact for information on the examination
    Master’s Program in Art Admissions(E-mail :art_dp_exam@geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp
  6. Refer to the following web page for information about this program:
    Master’s Program in Art
    https://www.geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp/msart/en/

Master’s Program in DesignMaster’s

Date Tuesday, October 20
Subject Specialized Subject (100 points) Oral Examination (100 points)
Time 10:00-11:30 13:30-18:00
Design Essay
Issues relating to design
Individual Interview
You will be interviewed about design. The interview will cover the following:
1.The work included in the portfolio you bring with you, and your thesis.
2.Your research plans after entering.

Items to bring to the oral examination:
Items enabling understanding of your graduation research (graduation thesis or a summary of this thesis, and a portfolio of your graduation work).

  1. The total score will be 300, including 100 points for the Application Document Screening.
  2. Applicants whose nationality is not native English affix the original score sheets from the English Proficiency Test (Cambridge Assessment English, EIKEN, GTEC, IELTS (Academic Module), TEAP, TOEFL, TOEIC, etc.) took after June 2018 to this department’s stipulated form, and submit it at the application. The submitted originals will not be returned.
  3. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
    (Persons submitting applications by the Cooperative Graduate School System should contact one of full-time faculty members in relating research area together with a desired supervisor.)
  4. See https://www.geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp/mdes/en/ for more details.

Master’s Program in Heritage StudiesMaster’s

Date Thursday, October 15 Friday, October 16
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(300 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Time 10:00-11:30 13:00-15:30 10:00-17:00
Heritage Studies English Issues relating to Heritage Studies Individual Interview
(Interview about Heritage Studies)
  1. See https://www.heritage.tsukuba.ac.jp/ for more details.
  2. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.


7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance, and Enrollment Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

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

Testing Location

University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken)
Refer to “10. Information and Hints for Examinees” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

  • October: Friday, November 6, 2020

The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website.
An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants on the same day by registered mail.

Enrollment Procedure

Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (which include documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent out to successful applicants. Follow the direction in the Guidelines.

    【Shipping Date】

  • February 17, 2021

Note: The successful applicants need to notify us in advance if they are moving house permanently before the date above or travelling when the documents are expected to be delivered.

The documents should be mailed using a designated envelope (which will be sent to you long with the Enrollment Procedure Guidelines) by early March 2020. The deadline will be mentioned in Enrollment Procedure Guidelines.

Estimated Expenses Upon Entrance

  1. (a)Entrance fees are 282,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable).
  2. (b)Tuition: The tuition for the first semester of the 2020 academic year (April-September) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. The tuition for the second semester (October-March) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. (Yearly Amount: 535,800 Japanese Yen)
      (Note)

    1. (1)If fees are revised before entrance or while enrolled in this Graduate School, the revised tuition fees will be applied.
    2. (2)The Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students, as well as students enrolling in a Secondary Major (Master’s Program) of a Dual Degree Program are exempted from paying the entrance fees.

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.

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 this Graduate School as an international student must acquire Status of Residence as a “Student.”


8. Previous Examinations | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

8. Previous Examinations

Graduate School (Program) Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery Contact Direct Phone Number
Neuroscience Available Not Available Laboratory of Advanced Research D Office +81 29.853.2999
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Not Available (Note 1) Graduate Academic Affairs, Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area +81 29.853.2997
Art Not Available Art and Design Office +81 29.853.2841
Design Available
(Note 2)
Not Available Art and Design Office +81 29.853.6508
Heritage Studies Available
(Note 3)
Not Available Graduate Academic Affairs, Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area +81 29.853.2997
  1. In the case of Master’s program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences, questions have been made public on the homepage of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences’ Master’s program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
    https://m-pehss.taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp/englishsite/
  2. In the case of Master’s program in Design, questions have been made public on the homepage of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences’ Master’s program in Design
    https://www.geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp/mdes/en/admission-information/
  3. In the case of Master’s program in Heritage Studies, questions have been made public on the homepage of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences’ Master’s program in Heritage Studies
    https://www.heritage.tsukuba.ac.jp/admission/


9. Applicants Who Need Special Assistance, 10. Information and Hints for Examinees , 11. Contact Us and 12. Security Export Control | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

9. Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance due to disability, contact the Division of Admission by following dates:

【Due Dates】
  • October: August 28, 2020

Click here for sending your request.

10. Information and Hints for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website.

【Estimated Release Dates】
  • October: September 29, 2020

11. Contact Us

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

Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8574 Japan

Hours: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday except national holidays

12. Security Export Control

University of Tsukuba has established the University of Tsukuba Rules on Security Export Control in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, 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 course or program.


Register Extending System | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Register Extending System

Eligible Applicants

Working students or those who need to take care of family members, such as children or the elderly

Overview

Register Extending System allows students to complete a master’s or a doctoral program in a period longer than usual.
Master’s programs: The period can be extended from standard 2 years to 3 or 4 years.
Doctoral programs: The period can be extended from standard 3 years to 4 or 5 years.

Application Period

Consult the Chair of your program as well as your supervisor for approval of application.
Submit required documents within the time period for enrollment procedure.


Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools

Education provided under special provision

Dual Degree Programs allow doctoral students to enroll in a master’s or professional degree program either at the same graduate school or at different ones to earn a master’s degree there.

Along with the progress of science technology and the sophistication of society, there are increasing demands for the return of working individuals to graduate schools. In response to these demands, Article 14 of the Standards for 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 more working individuals with opportunities to receive graduate school education while in employment and to develop the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in educational research and practices. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which have achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, have introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.

Eligible Programs

  • Master’s Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
  • Master’s Program in Art