Doctoral Programs | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2023

Degree Programs in Humanities and Social Sciences

Doctoral 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)
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
International Public Policy
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies
  • July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
  • October Selection Process (General Selection Process)
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process / Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

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

If you have any questions about the application process, please check the information in this application guideline before contacting us, and inquire at the contact information in “11. Contact Us”.

[Important] Special Measures for Graduate School Entrance Examinations
Due to the Impact of the COVID-19 Infection, etc.

The University of Tsukuba Graduate School Entrance Examination for the academic year 2023 is announced as “Entrance Examination on the University Campus” in principle. Some programs may shift to online entrance examinations. In addition, we plan to set up supplementary examinations (online, etc.) for applicants who are unable to come to the University due to the effects of the COVID-19 infection, etc.

※Conditions for coming to the examination center and the setting of supplementary examinations will be announced on this website approximately one month prior to the examination date, based on the status of the spread of the COVID-19 infection, etc. Please be sure to check the announcement column on the Application Guidelines website.

※The latest information on the entrance examinations is published on the Information page of the Graduate Admissions site, so it can be checked at any time.

Information page of the Graduate Admissions site URL https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/


Information environment and other requirements for taking the online entrance examination

The following preparations and arrangements are required on the examinations are to be held online.

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

  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree by enrollment
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a specialized degree by enrollment
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn the equivalent of a master’s degree or a specialized degree from a university outside Japan by enrollment
  • 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 a high school as latest academic background
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school as latest academic background
  • Individuals who have graduated from a four-year university as latest academic background
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us by email.)
 
   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who need to undergo 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】

  • July Selection Process: May 25, 2022
  • October Selection Process: August 31, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
 
Applicants Who Need Assistance for the Entrance Examination

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

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: May 25, 2022
  • October Selection Process: August 31, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
Web Entry

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

    【Application Period】

  • July Selection Process: May 27, 2022 (from noon JST) – June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 2, 2022 (from noon JST) – September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

First, you will need your own account to login. Once you have created an account, you can 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”. From the next 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. Degree Program / Applicant’s Information
  2. Supervisor
  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
  2. Convenience store payments

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 payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

(*Examination fees are exempted for the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government MEXT scholarship) foreign students and for students who wish to continue to a doctoral program at the University of Tsukuba after completing master’s program at this university in March 2023.)

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 “webentry.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】

  • July Selection Process: May 27, 2022 (from noon JST) – June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 2, 2022 (from noon JST) – September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (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 specified below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Information and Instructions for Examinees

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

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • July Selection Process: June 17, 2022
  • October Selection Process: September 26, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: January 10, 2023
Examination Dates
  • July Selection Process: July 6, 2022
  • October Selection Process: October 13-14, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: January 30-31, 2023

Click here to check the availability of past examination papers.

Announcement of Admission Results
  • July Selection Process: July 15, 2022
  • October Selection Process: November 1, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: February 15, 2023
Documents for Enrollment

An enrollment packet (which contain documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent to successful applicants.
As soon as the shipping date is determined, it will be announced on the application website (https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/).

Procedure for Enrollment
  • Documents must be submitted by March 3, 2023.
Entrance
  • April 1, 2023 or October 1, 2023

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 2023

1. Number of Students to be Admitted

July Selection Process

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Programs International and Advanced Japanese Studies 3

October Selection Process

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Programs International and Advanced Japanese Studies 7

January to February Selection Process

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Doctoral Programs Humanities 42
International Public Policy 10
International and Advanced Japanese Studies 4
International and Advanced Japanese Studies (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals) A few students when appropriate

(Note)
<Humanities>
Students will be admitted in April.

    <International Public Policy, International and Advanced Japanese Studies>

  • Applicants applying for the July or October Selection Process will be admitted in April.
  • Applicants applying for the January to February Selection Process should choose the admission date (April or October) when submitting the Web application. After applying, no changes can be made, so please consider this carefully before submitting your application.

2. Eligibility for Admission

<Admission in April>

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

  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree by March 2023
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a specialized degree by March 2023
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree from a university outside Japan by March 2023
  • Other

(If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

<Admission in October> *Only for the January to February Selection Process for International Public Policy and International and Advanced Japanese Studies.

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

  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree by September 2023
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a specialized degree by September 2023
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree from a university outside Japan by September 2023
  • Other

(If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)

Recommendation Requirements (Only for July Selection Process)

International and Advanced Japanese Studies

Individuals who have recommended by the supervisor or an equivalent person, and who can guarantee enrollment if the applicant is accepted.

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 2023

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. Degree Program / Applicant’s Information 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 No entry required for this section in the Web Entry.
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 obtained by the applicant)

(The original documents must be submitted by registered mail. A copy of the original cannot be accepted.)

*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 university that issued the document), signatures or authorization stamp.

*Certificates must be issued in Japanese or English. If the university does not issue certificates in Japanese or English, please submit a translation certified by official institutions (embassy, notary public, etc.) together with the original certificate issued by the university.

*Certificates issued by institutions other than the university cannot be accepted.

Documents Who must submit Instructions
Letter of Recommendation 【ONLY JULY SELECTION PROCESS】 After confirming the recommendation requirements, submit a strictly sealed document prepared by the supervisor or an equivalent person based on the designated form.
International and Advanced Japanese Studies
(Expected) Graduation Certificate* All applicants Submit a certificate of completion (or an attested document certifying that you will complete your current program) issued by a university or other educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School.
(All documents must be in English or Japanese.)
(Expected) Degree Certificate* Applicants who completed or will complete a graduate program outside Japan If you have completed or complete a graduate program outside Japan, submit a certificate (degree certificate etc.) verifying that you have received or expect to receive a master’s degree. All documents must be in English or Japanese.
*Upload a JPEG file of your certificate to the Web Entry system.
Academic Transcript* All applicants 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 Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that 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 All applicants Submit one of the following.

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

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 or complete their program by enrollment) must submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by the head of their university, graduate school, or department. Any format is acceptable (A4 size).
  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 the head of their department etc. Any format is acceptable (A4 size).
    Applicants who plan to leave their job to enroll in graduate school may submit a written declaration (affixed with their seal) instead of a letter of approval.
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government MEXT 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 MEXT Scholarship) foreign student issued by the university.

(Note) All submitted documents will not be returned in principle.
Only certificates for which the original cannot be reissued, they will be returned upon request as follows at the time of submission. Documents will not be returned even if the request is made after submission.

<Returning by mail>
 Submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note indicating which certificates you wish to have returned, along with certificates and other documents. They will be returned after the announcement of acceptance.

<Return at the examination venues or at the Academic Service Office>
Submit a note stating which certificates you wish to have returned and how you wish to receive them, along with the certificates.

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】

  • July Selection Process: June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: December 16, 2022 (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 2023

4. Examination Fees

30,000 Japanese Yen (non-refundable)

* Examination fees are exempted for those who are the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government MEXT scholarship) foreign students and for students who wish to continue to a doctoral program at the University of Tsukuba after completing a master’s program at this university in March 2023.

* University of Tsukuba has 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.

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 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 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 2023

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】

    • July Selection Process: May 27, 2022 (from noon JST) – June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • October Selection Process: September 2, 2022 (from noon JST) – September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • January to February Selection Process: December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (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】

    • July Selection Process: June 3, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • October Selection Process: September 16, 2022 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • January to February Selection Process: December 16, 2022 (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. All submitted documents will not be returned in principle. Only certificates for which the original cannot be reissued, they will be returned upon request as follows at the time of submission. Documents will not be returned even if the request is made after submission.

    <Returning by mail>
    Submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note indicating which certificates you wish to have returned, along with certificates and other documents. They will be returned after the announcement of acceptance.

    <Return at the examination venues or at the Academic Service Office>
    Submit a note stating which certificates you wish to have returned and how you wish to receive them, along with the certificates.

  5. Examination fees are non-refundable.
  6. If you have any questions about the curriculum or research fields, contact the office for your desired programs.


6. Screening Criteria | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2023

6. Screening Criteria

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

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below:

HumanitiesDoctoral

January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Monday, January 30 Tuesday, January 31
Subject Specialized Subject
(150 points)
Oral Examination
(150 points)
Program Time 10:00-12:00 10:00-15:00
Humanities Questions about your specialized fields, including specialized literature written in a foreign language. Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field.
【Selection at the time of application】
  • Select one from the language list below:
    Applicants CANNOT use dictionaries during examination.
  • Subprogram in Philosophy: English, German, French, Chinese, Chinese classics or Japanese. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in History and Anthropology: English, German, French or Chinese. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select one from the above-mentioned languages and Japanese except your mother tongue.
  • Subprogram in Literature: English, German, French, Russian, Italian, Chinese, or classical languages (classical languages include Greek, Latin, and classical Chinese. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in Linguistics: English, German, Russian, Chinese or Korean. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in Modern Culture Studies: English, German, French or Spanish. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.
  • Subprogram in English Language Education: English. If your mother tongue (first language) is not Japanese, select Japanese.

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

International Public PolicyDoctoral

January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Monday, January 30 Tuesday, January 31
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
11:30-12:30
(JST, UTC+09:00)
notify applicants individually
International Public Policy Japanese or English
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”, etc.
(Note 1)
Select one subject from International Relations (including International Law), Social Development, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology or Area Studies.
Written examination will be conducted online using E-learning system “manaba”, etc.
(Note 2)
Individual Interview:
Questions about your specialized field and Research Plan.
Oral examination will be conducted using Zoom, etc.
【Selection at the time of application】 【Selection at the time of application】
  1. English: Questions must be answered in either English or Japanese.
    Japanese: Questions must be answered in Japanese.
    Applicants CANNOT select their mother language (first language) as their chosen foreign language. Applicants CANNOT use dictionaries during this examination. If the following languages―Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Portuguese―are highly relevant to the applicant’s research theme which they plan to study in our program, applicants can select one of these languages as their chosen language for the foreign-language examination. If applicants want to designate one of the languages noted above, they must inform the office by December 5, 2022 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 StudiesDoctoral

July Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Recommended Applicants)
Date Wednesday, July 6
Subject Essay
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
13:00-17:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of 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.

The examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.

Interview about research proposal (see Notes 2).
A 30-minute interview per person 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 Thursday, July 7.
【Selection at the time of application】
(see Notes 1).
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot refer your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.
October Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Thursday, October 13
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
13:00-17:00
(JST, UTC+09:00)
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of 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.
The examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.
Interview about research proposal (see Notes 2).
A 30-minute interview per person 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 Friday the 14th.
【Selection at the time of application】
(see Notes 1.)
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot refer your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.
January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process)
Date Monday, January 30
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00 13:00-17:00
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of 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.
The examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.
Interview about research proposal (see Notes 2).
Around 30-minute per person 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, January 31.
【Selection at the time of application】
(see Notes 1.)
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot refer your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.
January to February Selection Process (Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
Date Monday, January 30
Subject Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(200 points)
Program Time 10:00-11:00 13:00-17:00
International and Advanced Japanese Studies Select one of 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.
The examination will be conducted by Google Forms and Google Meet.
Interview about research proposal.
Around 30-minute per person 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, January 31.
【Selection at the time of application】
  1. The subjects selected at the time of application cannot be changed at the time of the examination. Also, dictionary and other material use is not allowed during the examination.
  2. During the oral examination, you cannot refer your research plan or other pre-prepared materials.


7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance, and Enrollment Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2023

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 Instructions for Examinees” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

  • July Selection Process: July 15, 2022 (from 10 a.m. JST) – July 21, 2022 (by 10 a.m. JST)
  • October Selection Process: November 1, 2022 (from 10 a.m. JST) – November 7, 2022 (by 10 a.m. JST)
  • January to February Selection Process: February 15, 2023 (from 10 a.m. JST) – February 21, 2023 (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. An enrollment packet (which contain documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent to successful applicants.
    As soon as the shipping date is determined, it will be announced on the application website (https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/).

    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 2023. 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 2023 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 from the time of revision.
      2. (2)The Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government MEXT 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 2023

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 (https://pub.logos.tsukuba.ac.jp/).
  3. History and Anthropology
    Refer to the following URL (https://www.histanth.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/).
  4. Literature
    Refer to HP (https://literature.hass.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/).
  5. Linguistics
    Refer to HP (https://linguistics.hass.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/).
  6. Modern Culture Studies
    Refer to HP (https://spcul.modernlc.tsukuba.ac.jp).
  7. English Language Education
    Refer to HP (https://www.modernlc.tsukuba.ac.jp/sp_ele/).
  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
    Refer to HP (https://japan.tsukuba.ac.jp/). Only specialized subjects can be disclosed. If you wish to send that by post (please send a self-addressed & stamped envelope in advance.), it must be send to an address within Japan.


9. Applicants Who Need Assistance, 10. Information and Instructions for Examinees and 11. Contact Us | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2023

9. Applicants Who Need Assistance

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

    【Due Dates】

  • July Selection Process: May 25, 2022
  • October Selection Process: August 31, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022

Click here to send your request.

10. Information and Instructions for Examinees

Information and Instructions for Examinees” will be posted on our website.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • July Selection Process: June 17, 2022
  • October Selection Process: September 26, 2022
  • January to February Selection Process: January 10, 2023

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 2023

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 they apply to complete the program over an extended period of time (four or five years) rather than the standard three 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 three 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 2023

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/.