Master’s Programs | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

Master’s Programs

Humanities(Subprogram in Philosophy/ Subprogram in History and Anthropology/ Subprogram in Literature/ Subprogram in Linguistics/ Subprogram in Modern Culture Studies/ Subprogram in English Language Education)
  • February (General Admission)
International Public Policy
  • October (General Admission)
  • February (General Admission)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies
  • October (General Admission)
  • February (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)

The following application guidelines apply to all of the programs listed above.

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

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.

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
*Those who wish to apply for the “Special Selection of Working Individuals” must have at least one year of full-time or part-time work experience by March 2021.
 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
(Note: Persons who are expecting to graduate cannot apply for Special Selection of Working Individuals Examination.)

  • Individuals who have graduated or expect to graduate from a four-year university in Japan by March 2021
  • 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 2021
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by 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 requires less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)
 
   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who need to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact the Academic Service Office for the Humanities and Social Sciences Area in advance.
Email us to obtain the necessary forms and email your documents for 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 apply for the screening again.)

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
  • February: November 27, 2020
 
Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance at the time of the entrance examination due to disability, contact us by the following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
  • February: November 27, 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 (from noon JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

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

Activation

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

Login

After you activate your account, you will be automatically logged in. Just click the “Login” button and proceed to “My Page”. The next time you login, you will need to enter your email address and password.

My Page

On “My Page,” click the “Application Form” button for the appropriate program.
On this page, you can also 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. Supervisor of Your Choice
  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 characters and numbers to input all the information.

Payment

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

  1. Online credit card payments (for both domestic and overseas applicants)
  2. 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 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 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.)

Submission

After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on this 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 all information before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address. Be sure to check it.

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

Create and Print PDF

After you have submitted your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and be sure to download and print out all PDF files. You can download them from the Web Entry system only during the Web application period.

    【Application Period】

  • October: September 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – December 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” must be submitted by registered mail no later than the deadlines below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

    【Due Dates】

  • October: September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Information and Hints for Examinees

We will post “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website. Be sure to read this before the entrance examination.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • October: September 29, 2020
  • February: January 12, 2021
Examination Dates
  • October: October 15-16, 2020
  • February: February 1-2, 2021

Click here to check the availability of past examination papers.

Announcement of Admission Results
  • October: November 6, 2020
  • February: February 17, 2021
Documents for Enrollment
  • Documents will be sent out from the admission office on February 17, 2021.
Procedure for Enrollment
  • Documents must be submitted by the beginning of March 2021.
Entrance
  • 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

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs International Public Policy 22
International and Advanced Japanese Studies 20

February

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Humanities 30
International Public Policy 6
International and Advanced Japanese Studies 16
International and Advanced Japanese Studies
(Special Selection of Working Individuals)
A few students when appropriate

(Note)
Students are admitted in April.

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 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 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 2021
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Other
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

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 your application online. Read this section carefully before applying online.

Information Required for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions in the Web Entry system.
You are required to upload a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must have been taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head coverings.
2. Supervisor of Your Choice No entry required for this section in the Web Entry system.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions in the Web Entry system.
4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions in the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fees.”)
Follow the instructions 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 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 payment, enter the name of the convenience store, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the boxes on the Web Entry system.

Documents Required for Application (Certificates etc. to be obtains by the applicant)

(The original documents must be submitted by registered mail.)

*If your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (e.g. because of marriage), submit proof of your name change (e.g. a copy of your marriage certificate).
*Applicants must submit certificates with an original official seal (of the school that issued the document), signatures or authorization stamp.

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 other educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Master’s Programs of this Graduate School. If you graduated from a university outside Japan, your graduation certificate (or the attested document certifying that you will graduate) must include your enrollment date, your (expected) graduation date and the number of years (period) required for graduation. (All documents must be in English or Japanese.)

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

(Expected) Degree Certificate* Applicants who graduated or will graduate from a university or other educational institution outside Japan If you graduated or graduate from a university or another educational institution outside Japan, submit a degree certificate for your (expected) 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 must submit a degree certificate issued by the university from which you earned your bachelor’s degree.

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

Academic Transcript* All applicants
  1. Submit an academic transcript (the official record of your courses and grades etc.) issued by a university or other 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.
  2. If you have completed or complete a graduate school program, submit an academic transcript (official transcript) issued by that graduate school, too. (All documents must be in English or Japanese.)
Research Plan All applicants

Submit a research plan (no designated form) for what you would like to do after entering graduate school, following the instructions provided by your program of choice.
Attach the designated cover page to your Research Plan.

Information Sheet All applicants Fill in the required items and submit it.

Click here for information about the research fields and faculty in your program of choice.

Thesis 【ONLY FEBRUARY】
Applicants for Master’s Program in Humanities and Master’s Program in International Public Policy
(※Except International and Advanced Japanese Studies)
Submit one of the following.

  1. Graduation thesis (photocopies are acceptable) or Master’s thesis (photocopies are acceptable).
  2. Applicants who graduated in or prior to the previous academic year may submit a more recent paper instead of ① (photocopies are acceptable).
  3. Applicants who were not required to write a Graduation thesis or a Master’s thesis may submit a thesis or paper equivalent to one of these.

Attach a “Thesis Title Sheet” to the cover of your thesis.

Abstract of Thesis (no designated form) If applicable If you submit a thesis written in a language other than Japanese or English, you must also submit an abstract written in Japanese (about 4,000 characters) or English (about 1,500 words). Any format is acceptable.
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who make a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fees.”)
After payment, detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given to you at the convenience store.
Then affix the Receipt Portion to the designated form (a PDF you will create online and print out after you complete the Web Entry procedures) and submit the form.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page for Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who make a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fees.”)
After online payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (no designated form) If applicable
  1. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a university or graduate school (except those who expect to graduate by March 2021) must submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by the head of their universities or graduate school (or the head of their department). Any format (A4 size) is acceptable.
  2. Applicants who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) must submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by your superior. Any format (A4 size) is acceptable.
    Applicants who plan to leave the job to enroll in graduate school may submit a written declaration (affixed with their seal) instead of letter of approval.
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student If applicable 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.

PDF to Be Created After Completing Web Entry

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants Print out the Reference Card with your photograph and bring the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants

Attach the address sheet to your envelope and submit the originals of your required documents by registered mail.

    【Due dates】

  • October: September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who make a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to this form and submit it to us by registered mail.

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 (non-refundable)

* Examination fees are exempted for the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students.

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

Pay before the Web Entry system application deadline, using one of the methods below.

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants):

Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express are accepted.
You can make a payment by credit card at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website.

After payment, you will be sent with a receipt number; enter this number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out the “Application Completed” page after payment and submit it along with the other required application documents.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Service charges must be paid by the applicant.

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 in Japanese only).

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

  1. 7-Eleven: 13 digits (payment slip number)
  2. LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP: 11 digits (customer number)

Detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fees 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 this form in PDF format and print it out from the Web Entry system. Submit it along with the other required documents, by registered mail.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Service charges must be paid by the applicant.


5. Application Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

5. Application Procedure

  1. 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 (from noon JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • February: December 1, 2020 (from noon JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  2. Submit originals of all required documents to the university by registered 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 attach it to the envelope for your required documents.
    If your documents are not received by the deadline, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be able to take the exam.

      【Due dates】

    • October: September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • February: December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    【Place to Submit】
    Refer to “11. Contact Us
    【Necessary documents】
    Refer to “3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted
  3. After you have completed the application procedure on the Web Entry System, you are not allowed to change your program of choice.
  4. As a rule, documents which have been submitted will not be returned.
    Also, examination fees are non-refundable.
  5. If you have any questions about curriculum or research fields, contact the office for your desired program.


6. Screening Criteria | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

6. Screening Criteria

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

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below.

HumanitiesMaster’s

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

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

International Public PolicyMaster’s

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

International and Advanced Japanese StudiesMaster’s

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


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 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki)
Refer to “10. Information and Hints for Examinees” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

  • October: November 6, 2020 (from 10 a.m. JST) – November 12, 2020 (by 10 a.m. JST)
  • February: February 17, 2021 (from 10 a.m. JST) – February 24, 2021 (by 10 a.m. JST)

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

Enrollment Procedure

  1. Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (including forms to be submitted before entrance) will be sent out to successful applicants. Follow the directions in the Guidelines.
      【Shipping Date】

    • February 17, 2021

    Note: Successful applicants should notify us in advance if they are moving to a new permanent address before the date above or if they will be away for an extended period around the time the Guidelines are expected to be delivered.

  2. Your forms and documents should be submitted using the designated envelope (which will be sent to you along with the Enrollment Procedure Guidelines) by early March 2021. The deadline will be specified in the Enrollment Procedure Guidelines.
  3. Estimated expenses at the time of entrance
    1. (a)Entrance fees are 282,000 Japanese Yen (non-refundable).
    2. (b)Tuition: Tuition for the first semester of the 2019 academic year (April-September) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. Tuition for the second semester (October-March) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. (Yearly Amount: 535,800 Japanese Yen)
        (Notes)

      1. (1)If fees are revised before entrance or while the student is enrolled, the revised fees will be applied starting form the time of revision.
      2. (2)The Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students, are exempted 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.
  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 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

Program Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery Contact (Note 1)
Philosophy
(Note 2)
Office of Subprogram in Philosophy +81 29.853.4198
History and Anthropology
(Note 3)
Office of Subprogram in History and Anthropology +81 29.853.4403
Literature
(Note 4)
Office of Subprogram in Literature +81 29.853.4340
Linguistics
(Note 5)
Office of Subprogram in Linguistics +81 29.853.4340
Modern Culture Studies
(Note 6)
Office of Subprogram in Modern Culture Studies gengen@un.tsukuba.ac.jp
English Language Education
(Note 7)
Office of Subprogram in English Language Education gengen@un.tsukuba.ac.jp
International Public Policy
(Note 8)
Office of Master’s & Doctoral Program in International Public Policy +81 29.853.4593
International and Advanced Japanese Studies
(Note 9)
Office of Master’s & Doctoral Program in International and Advanced Japanese Studies +81 29.853.4037
  1. Address: 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571 Japan
  2. Philosophy
    Refer to HP (http://www.logos.tsukuba.ac.jp/Nlogoskhp.html).
  3. History and Anthropology
    Refer to the following URL (http://www.histanth.tsukuba.ac.jp/).
  4. Literature
    Refer to HP (http://www.lingua.tsukuba.ac.jp/sp_lit/).
  5. Linguistics
    Refer to HP (http://www.lingua.tsukuba.ac.jp/sp_ling/).
  6. Modern Culture Studies
    Only the previous examinations for the past three years are available. Contact us by e-mail if you would like the office to send them to you by mail.
  7. English Language Education
    Examinations for the past three years, including the ones used in the previous program, are available. Contact us by e-mail if you would like the office to send them to you by mail.
  8. International Public Policy
    Only the previous examinations for the past two years are available. Please contact our office by email (ipp-office@dpipe.tsukuba.ac.jp) to request a PDF copy.
  9. International and Advanced Japanese Studies
    It is available for the applicants to browse only specialized subjects at the faculty office during opening hours of the office (9:15-12:15, 13:15-17:15 in weekday), except for applicants for Special Selection of Working Individuals.Please contact the faculty office (info@japan.tsukuba.ac.jp) before coming to browse it.


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

9. Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

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

    【Due Dates】

  • October:August 28, 2020
  • February: November 27, 2020

Click here to send your request.

10. Information and Hints for Examinees

Information and Hints for Examinees” will be posted on the university website.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • October: September 29, 2020
  • February: January 12, 2021

11. Contact Us

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

Graduate School Affairs, Academic Service Office for the Humanities and Social Sciences Area,
University of Tsukuba

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571 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 and the year-end/New year holiday.

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.


System for Extending the Period of Registration | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

System for Extending the Period of Registration

Aim of the System for Extending the Period of Registration

With the aim of further increasing opportunities for diverse students to learn, the system allows a student to follow a degree program in a planned manner when s/he applies to complete the program over an extended period of time (three or four years) rather than the standard two years after an individual review.

Eligible applicants

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

(1) Having an occupation
(2) Needing to take care of family members, such as children or the elderly
(3) Having a disability
(4) Any other person when it is considered that there is a justifiable reason to apply

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

  1. Along with the progress of science technology and the sophistication of society, there are increasing demands for re-education of working individuals at 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 practice. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which has achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, has introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.
  2. Requirements to complete the program
    For those who would like to benefit from the above-mentioned stipulation, details are available at: http://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp/.