Master’s Programs | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences

Master’s Programs

Biology
  • October (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • February (General Admission/ General Admission(October Entry)/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
  • October (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • February (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals) [Additional Recruitment]
Geosciences
  • October (General Admission)
  • February (General Admission/ General Admission (October Entry)) [Additional Recruitment]
Environmental Sciences
  • October (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • February (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Mountain Studies
  • October (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)
  • February (General Admission/ Special Selection of Working Individuals)

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

*Click here for Joint Master’s Degree Program in Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Have a bright quiet private room environment
  2. Have a network environment capable of sending and receiving video
  3. Have a personal computer with a camera and microphone
    (using a speaker for voice output. The use of earphones or headphones, etc., that are fitted to the body are prohibited)
  4. Have a smartphone (with a camera) * Item 4 on the left is for emergency use in case of occurrence of network problems

Note that if you have questions regarding the examination environment or if you would like to do a communication test as preparation in advance for the possibility of online examinations, contact the inquiry desk of your program.

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

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
*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 entrance.
 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
(General Admission)

  • Individuals who have graduated from, or who are expecting to graduate from, a Japanese four-year university
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree, or individuals who are expecting to graduate from such a university and earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Others

(Special Selection of Working Individuals)

  • Individuals who have graduated from a Japanese four-year university
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or an upper secondary school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university of a foreign country that implements less than 16 years of a school curriculum
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area in advance.
E-mail us to obtain necessary documents and mail the documents for the assessment. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode required for the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry system.
(* Individuals who have previously applied for the Eligibility Screening and been deemed eligible should also apply for the screening again.)

    【Due Dates】

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

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

    【Due Dates】

  • October: August 28, 2020
  • 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 12 p.m. JST)-September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 1, 2020 (from 12 p.m. JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

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

Activation

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

Login

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

My Page

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

Application Form

There are four sections in the Application Form:

  1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information
  2. Professors 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 alphabets and numbers to input all the information.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee 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 the payment, you will be notified of a receipt number. Enter the number into the “Receipt Number” box and click the “Submit” button to proceed.
Convenience Store Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. When you apply for “Convenience Store Payment” online, after the payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

Submission

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

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

Create PDF

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

    【Application Period】

  • October: September 1, 2020 (from 12 p.m. JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 1, 2020 (from 12 p.m. 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 need to be received by postal mail no later than the deadlines mentioned below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

    【Due Dates】

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

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

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • October:September 29, 2020
  • February:January 12, 2021
Examination Dates
  • October: October 15, 16, 2020
  • February: February 2, 3, 2021

*Keep checking on our website for the latest news regarding the entrance examination. We will consider how to take place the examination, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19.

Announcement of Admission Results
  • October: November 6, 2020
  • February: February 17, 2021

The examinee number of the successful applicants will be posted on the website (https://entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/.)
Acceptance letters will be sent out to successful applicants on the same day by registered mail.

Documents for Enrollment

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

  • April Entry: February 17, 2021
  • October Entry: In the late of June, 2021
Procedure for Enrollment
  • April entry: In the beginning of March 2021
  • October entry: In the late of August 2021
Entrance
  • April entry: On April 1, 2021
  • October entry: On October 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 (General Admission)

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Biology 47 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology 120 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Geosciences 40 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Environmental Sciences 28 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Mountain Studies 14 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.

February (General Admission)

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Biology* 5 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology A few Additional Recruitment
The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Geosciences* 6 Additional Recruitment
The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Environmental Sciences 27 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Mountain Studies 10 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
    (Note)

  • For more information on the Cooperative Graduate School System, click here .
  • Students of Biology* and Geosciences* are enrolled in April or October.
    For other programs, students are enrolled in April.

October (Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Biology 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology 4 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Environmental Sciences 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Mountain Studies 1 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.

February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)

Course Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Master’s Programs Biology 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology 4 Additional Recruitment
The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Environmental Sciences 4 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
Mountain Studies 2 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students.
    (Note)

  • For more information on the Cooperative Graduate School System, click here.
  • Students are enrolled in April.
  • Applicants for the Cooperative Graduate School System and foreign students may apply for the Special Selection of Working Individuals.

2. Eligibility for Admission

General Admission (For April entry)

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

  • Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from a Japanese four-year university by March 2021
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree in Japan by March 2021
  • Individuals who have graduated or expected to graduate from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree by March 2021
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Those who need the Eligibility Screening before applying:

  • Individuals who are deemed to be equivalent to have earned a master’s degree or a specialized degree, besides those who have turned 22 years old and will be 22 years old by March 2021.
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

General Admission (For October Entry)

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

  • Individuals who have graduated or who will graduate from four-year university by April to September 2021.
  • Individuals who have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree by April to September 2021.
  • Individuals who have graduated or expected to graduate from a university outside of Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree by April to September 2021.
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Those who need the Eligibility Screening before applying:

  • Individuals who are deemed to be equivalent to have earned a master’s degree or a specialized degree, besides those who have turned 22 years old and will be 22 years old by September 2021.
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

Special Selection of Working Individuals

Applicants will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements and have or expect to have at least one year of full-time or part-time working experience by March 2021. (This includes employment at a company, public office, educational institution and other organizations, and homemaking.)

  • Individuals who have graduated from a Japanese four-year university
  • Individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Individuals who have graduated from a university outside Japan that implements 16 or more years of a school curriculum up to university graduation, and earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

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3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

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

Information You Need for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Program of Your Choice / Applicant’s Information All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
You are requested to upload a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
2. Professors of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee Score Record (TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Score Report) /
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, and Mountain Studies may submit IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.
【Validity Period of the Test Score】
October: test taken after August 2018
February: test taken after February 2019
October:
(General Admission)
All applicants for Master’s Program in Biology (general students) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology/ Geosciences / Environmental Sciences/Mountain Studies

February:
(General Admission)
All applicants for Master’s Program in Biology (general students) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology/ Geosciences / Environmental Sciences / Mountain Studies

meet the conditions specified in the Remarks
Read the following and check the box on the Web Entry system.
You are required to submit an original copy of the TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate, TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report or TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail, to meet the requirements for the ‘English’ subject.
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences and Mountain Studies may submit an IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.
Submit the original score (with your photo on) of the test you took. (We will not accept the photocopy of your score, the TOEIC Institutional Program(IP)Score Report and the TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record.
But, if you can not submit the original one by the deadline, refer to《 this 》and follow the instruction.

※Regarding submitting TOEFL iBT score reports, Please check ≪here≫

3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Plan October/ February:
(General Admission)
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology / Geosciences (Earth Evolution Science Field) / Environmental Sciences / Mountain Studies

(Special Selection of Working Individuals)
All applicants

Summarize your research plan about 1,000 words in English.
If you apply to Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, describe both graduate study and research plan.
If you apply for the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences, please describe about both your research topic and research plan in this program.
(You may use the prescribed form downloadable from the Web Entry system only if it is essential for you to use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, special symbols, or diagrams which cannot be entered into the system. Fill it out and submit it together with the other required documents by mail or in person. The format of the form must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
Activity/ Research Achievement Record (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology / Environmental Sciences / Mountain Studies meet the conditions specified in the Remarks

(Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology)
Enter previous activities and research achievements in the specified column in the Web Entry system. Submit any proof of the achievements (paper or report) by (registered) airmail, if available. (Photocopies are accepted.)

(Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences / Mountain Studies)
1. Enter the list and the details of previous activities and research achievements in the Web Entry System. Submit any proof of the achievements (paper or report) by registered airmail, if available. (Photocopies are accepted.)
2. Enter any language proficiency and other qualifications in the specified column in the Web Entry system. Submit any certificates of qualifications by (registered) airmail, if available. (Photocopies are accepted.)

4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
Follow the instructions given on the last page of the Web Entry system and pay your fees.
The following payment methods are available.
Credit Card (for all applicants):
Pay your fees online. After the payment, enter the receipt number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

Documents Needed for Application

(The original copies need to be submitted to us by postal mail.)

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

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

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

Note: Even if you have already earned a master’s or doctoral degree, you need to submit a degree certificate issued by a university from which you have earned a bachelor’s degree.
Upload the JPEG file of your degree certificate to the Web Entry system.

Academic Transcript* All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of your programs history) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Master’s Programs of this Graduate School. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school.
If you have completed or will complete a graduate school, submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of programs record) issued by the graduate school, too. (All documents must be in English or in Japanese.)
TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Score Report) /
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences and Mountain Studies may submit IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.*
【Validity Period of the Test Score】
October: test taken after August 2018
February: test taken after February 2019
October:
(General Admission)
All applicants for Master’s Program in Biology(general students) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology/ Geosciences/ Environmental Sciences /Mountain Studies

February:
(General Admission)
All applicants for Master’s Program in Biology (general students) / Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology/ Geosciences/ Environmental Sciences / Mountain Studies

meet the conditions specified in the Remarks
Submit an original copy of the Official Score Certificate, Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report or TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail.
If the score is not submitted properly, you will be excluded from the further selection.
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences and Mountain Studies may submit an IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form instead.
We will not accept the TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report, the TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record, or a photocopy of the Official Score Certificate or the Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report.
But, if you can not submit the original one by the deadline, refer to《 this 》and follow the instruction.

※Regarding submitting TOEFL iBT score reports, Please check ≪here≫

Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan” includes mathematical formulae, Greek letters, special symbols, or diagrams that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system If applicable, check the box in the Web Entry system to download the form from the last page. Fill out the research plan on one page and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
(The format of the form must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
Materials on Activity/ Research Achievement (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Applicants for Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology / Environmental Sciences / Mountain Studies meet the conditions specified in the Remarks
Submit any materials on the information entered in the Web Entry system by (registered) airmail. (Photocopies are accepted.)
Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
The Receipt Portion needs to be attached to the form that can be created online and printed out after you complete the Web Entry procedure.
Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam (Form of Your Selection) If applicable The letter must be submitted by airmail or in person.

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

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

PDF to Be Created After Completing Web Entry

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

    【Submission Periods】

  • October: September 1 – 18, 2020(by 3 p.m. JST)
  • February: December 1 – 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Form for Submission of TOEIC Listening & Reading Test Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form by postal mail Applicants who need to send an English test score Attach an original copy of the Official Score Certificate or Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS or IELTS Academic Module Test Report Form by postal mail, of the test you took within two years.
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who made a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to the form and submit it to us by postal mail.

Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the applicants’ documents, will be used for affairs concerning admission and screening, or may be used to improve the way of admission and university education keeping each identity confidential. Also, they will be used as part of the materials for screening students for tuition exemption or scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.


4. Examination Fees | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

4. Examination Fees

30,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable)

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

* 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.

Term of Payment

Don’t forget to pay the examination fees during the following term.

  • October: September 1, 2020 – September 18, 2020
  • February: December 1, 2020 – December 18, 2020

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants):

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

After the payment, you will be provided with a receipt number; enter the number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out the application completed page after the payment and submit it together with other required documents to us by mail or in person.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered 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 the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

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

Detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from your Examination Fee Statement given to you at the convenience store and affix it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. You can create the form in PDF format and print it out from the Web Entry system. Submit it together with other required documents to us by mail or in person.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.


5. Application Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

5. Application Procedure

  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 12 p.m. JST) – September 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
    • February: December 1, 2020 (from 12 p.m. JST) – December 18, 2020 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  2. Some of the documents have to be submitted by postal mail, and these must be received by the deadline. When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create an Address Sheet in PDF format. Print out the sheet and submit it along with the other required documents to us.
    If your documents are not received by the due date or the documents are not completed, 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 of Submission】
    See 11. Contact Us
  3. After you complete the application procedure on the Web Entry System, you are not allowed to change the program of your choice.
  4. Unless requested, all documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fees which have been paid are non-refundable.
  5. Should you have any question about the curriculum or the research field, contact the department that runs your desired program. (See 8. Previous Examinations and Inquiry )


6. Screening Criteria | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

6. Screening Criteria

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

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below:

Master’s Program in Biology (general students)Master’s

October (General Admission)
October Thursday, October 15 Friday, October 16
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biology English

Evaluate the Score on the TOEIC, TOEFL or TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition.
See (Note) 1 – 3.
Specialized Subject

Answer to 4 basic questions in 8 fields (one question from each field): Taxonomy/Phylogeny and Evolution, Ecology, Plant Development and Physiology, Animal Physiology, Animal Development, Molecular Cell Biology, Genome Sciences, Biochemistry.
Individual Interview

Interview about graduation (or previous) research, the area of Biological Sciences, and future plans.
(approx. 15 minutes)
February (General Admission)
February Wednesday, February 3
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biology English
Evaluate the Score on the TOEIC, TOEFL or TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition.

See (Note) 1 and 3.

Individual Interview
Presentation on the graduation research and research plans after enrollment (10 minutes), followed by interview about the presentation and the area of specialization (20 minutes), either in English or Japanese.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. And LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 4.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Submit the original of TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with your photo on), TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report (with your photo on) or TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Score Report (with your photo on) or IELTS Official Test Report Form when you apply for the entrance examination. Submit only the score of the test in August 2018 afterwards if you apply for examination in October, or February 2019 afterwards if you apply for the examination in February.
    *If you can not submit the original one by the deadline, refer to《 this 》and follow the instruction.
  2. Regarding your English Score Certificate, if you can not submit this, because you live in China or Iran and are not able to take TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, not because of your fault, contact to Academic affairs (Graduate), Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area.
  3. Scores of TOEIC and TOEFL are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect, and a lower score is proportionately reduced.
  4. TOEIC L&R TOEFL(PBT) TOEFL-iBT
    879
    600
    100
  5. If you wish to use the LCD projector, bring your material data saved as PDF files to a USB memory stick on the day of the examination. Copy the files to the computer in the examination site and check its operation within the designated time below.
    Time for computer operation: [February] 9:00 am – 9:30 am (strictly observed)
  6. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Biology.
  7. For information on the examination contact:
    Office of Master’s Program in Biology
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Biology (foreign students)Master’s

October (General Admission)
October Friday, October 16
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biology Individual Interview
Presentation on the graduation research (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment, either in English or Japanese (15 minutes), followed by interview (15 minutes). See (Note) 1 and 2.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. An LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 3.
February (General Admission)
February Wednesday, February 3
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biology Individual Interview
Presentation on the graduation research (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment, either in English or Japanese (15 minutes), followed by interview (15 minutes). See (Note) 1.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. An LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 3.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. If you take the interview in Japanese, submit your TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee Score Record (with photo attached), TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition Score Report at the time of the interview. If you cannot submit either of them, bring instead a score report of International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or English score in The International Baccalaureate (IB). Submit only the score of the test in August 2018 afterwards if you apply for examination in October, or February 2019 afterwards if you apply for the examination in February.
  2. Regarding your English Score Certificate, if you can not submit this, because you live in China or Iran and are not able to take TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, not because of your fault, contact to Academic affairs (Graduate), Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area.
  3. If you wish to use the LCD projector, bring your material data saved as PDF files to a USB memory stick on the day of the examination. Copy the files to the computer at the examination site and check its operation within the designated time below.
      Time for computer operation:

    • October 12:15 – 12:45 (strictly observed)
    • February 9:00 – 9:30 (strictly observed)
  4. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Biology.
  5. For information on the examination contact:
    Office of Master’s Program in Biology
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Biology Master’s

October (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
October Friday, October 16
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biology Individual Interview
Presentation on the graduation research (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment (15 minutes). Interview (15 minutes). Interview in English is available.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. An LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 1.
February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
February Wednesday, February 3
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Biology Individual Interview
Presentation on the graduation research (or other previous research) and research plans after enrollment (15 minutes). Interview (15 minutes). Interview in English is available.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview. An LCD projector will be available for use. See (Note) 1.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html.)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. If you wish to use the LCD projector, bring your material data saved as PDF files to a USB memory stick on the day of the oral examination. Copy the files to the computer at the examination site and check its operation within the designated time below.
      Time for computer operation:

    • October 12:15 – 12:45 (strictly observed)
    • February 9:00 – 9:30 (strictly observed)
  2. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Biology.
  3. For information on the examination contact:
    Office of Master’s Program in Biology
    Phone +81-29-853-6600 (Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30)
    E-mail seibutsu-senkou-jimu#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology Master’s

October (General Admission)
October Friday, October 16
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time   10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology English
Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module.
Individual Interview
Presentation on the research plan (5 minutes)
Interview about your specialty, fundamental knowledge and future plans based on the presentation, either in English or Japanese.
Whiteboard/ blackboard placed in the interview room will be available for use.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview.
February (General Admission)
February Wednesday, February 3
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology English
Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module.
Individual Interview
Presentation on the research plan (5 minutes)
Interview about your specialty, fundamental knowledge and future plans based on the presentation, either in English or Japanese.
Whiteboard/ blackboard placed in the interview room will be available for use.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview.

* Make sure to contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to https://www.bres.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/masters-program/)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Submit the original of TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with your photo on), TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report (with your photo on), TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Score Report (with your photo on) or IELTS Official Test Report Form when you apply for the entrance examination.
    Limited to English scores after August 2018 (October) and February 2019 (February).
    *If you can not submit the original one by the deadline, refer to《 this 》and follow the instruction.
  2. Regarding your English Score Certificate, if you can not submit this, because you live in China or Iran and are not able to take TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, not because of your fault, contact to Academic affairs (Graduate), Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area.
  3. Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points, and a lower score is proportionately reduced.
  4. TOEIC L&R TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  5. From the beginning of the individual interview session (10:00) to the start of each applicant’s interview period, applicants are requested to wait at the waiting room. Applicants are allowed to bring in their lunch, etc. and eat and drink at the waiting room.
  6. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology.
  7. For information on the examination contact:
    Atsushi ISHII, Chair of the Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
    (Phone +81-29-853-4648, FAX +81-29-853-4648, E-mail ishii.atsushi.fu#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and TechnologyMaster’s

October (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
October Friday, October 16
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 15:00
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology About 20 minutes for each applicant, conducted individually Approximately 10 minutes of presentation on your previous research or experience, motivation for applying, and research plans after enrollment, followed by about 10 minutes of interview.
You may conduct the interview in English.
(Note) 1.
February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
February Wednesday, February 3
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 15:00
Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology About 20 minutes for each applicant, conducted individually Approximately 10 minutes of presentation on your previous research or experience, motivation for applying, and research plans after enrollment, followed by about 10 minutes of interview.
You may conduct the interview in English.
(Note) 1.

* Make sure to contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application. (Refer to https://www.bres.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/masters-program/)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Presentation will be performed on the Laptop brought in by the applicants. The VGA Adapter for the projector is 15 Pin Mini D Sub Connector. If your Laptop does not support this type of adapter, bring your own adapter to the examination site. Applicants must perform preview beforehand accordingly to the instruction by staffs [Time for preview: 9:20~9:40 (time is strictly observed)].
    In preparation for trouble, applicants must bring their presentation documents saved as PDF files to a virus-free USB memory stick.
  2. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology.
  3. For information on the examination contact:
    Atsushi ISHII, Chair of the Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
    (Phone +81-29-853-4648, FAX +81-29-853-4648, E-mail ishii.atsushi.fu#@#u.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in GeosciencesMaster’s

October (General Admission)

October Thursday, October 15 Friday, October 16
Subject Foreign Language
(150 points)
Specialized Subject
(250 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time 13:30 – 15:30 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Geosciences

Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module.
See (Note) 1 – 3.

(Geoenvironmental Science Field)
Answer common questions and questions on one area selected at the time of application from the list.
(Earth Evolution Science Field)
Answer one common question and 2 questions on areas selected during the examination from the list (total 3 questions.)

(Interview about the area of specialization and future plans.)

February (General Admission)
February Tuesday, February 2 Wednesday, February 3
Subject Foreign Language
(150 points)
Specialized Subject
(250 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time 13:30 – 15:30 10:00 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Geosciences

Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module.
See (Note) 1 – 3.

(Geoenvironmental Science Field)
Answer common questions and questions on one area selected at the time of application from the list.
(Earth Evolution Science Field)
Answer one common question and 2 questions on areas selected during the examination from the list (total 3 questions.)

(Interview about the area of specialization and future plans.)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Submit the original of TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with your photo on), TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report (with your photo on), TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Score Report (with your photo on) or IELTS Official Test Report Form when you apply for the entrance examination.
    Limited to English scores after August 2018 (October) and February 2019 (February).
    *If you can not submit the original one by the deadline, refer to《 this 》and follow the instruction.
  2. Regarding your English Score Certificate, if you can not submit this, because you live in China or Iran and are not able to take TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, not because of your fault, contact to Academic affairs (Graduate), Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area.
  3. Test Scores taken within two years from the examination day are valid. Scores are evaluated based on the reference scores shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is evaluated as perfect (150 points), and a score below it is proportionately reduced.
  4. TOEIC L&R TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  5. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
    Research Area
  6. Field Research Area (Specialized Subject)
    Geoenvironmental Science Human Geography, Regional Geography, Geomorphology, Hydrological Science, Atmospheric Science, Spatial Information Science, Analysis of Environmental Dynamics, Water-related Disaster Science, Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction System
    Earth Evolution Science Paleobiological Science, Paleogeosphere Science, Geodynamics, Petrology, Mineralogy, Planetary Resource Geology, Earth Historical Analysis
  7. Refer below for details of the research and contact information of faculty members of your desired research area.
  8. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Geosciences.
  9. For information on the examination contact:
    • Geoenvironmental Sciences
      Masaaki KUREHA, Chair of Master’s Program in Geosciences (Phone +81-29-853-4401, E-mail mkureha#@#geoenv.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
    • Earth Evolution Sciences
      Yuji YAGI, contact person for the field (Phone +81-29-853-8491, E-mail yagi-y#@#geol.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Environmental SciencesMaster’s

October (General Admission)
October Thursday, October 15
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module. Interview about your specialty, your understanding of environmental issues and future plans based on the research plan.
February (General Admission)
February Tuesday, February 2
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:30 – 17:00
To be announced
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module. Interview about your specialty, your understanding of environmental issues and future plans based on the research plan.

※It is conducted by using Zoom. We will contact you individually how to do it.

* Before sending an application from, every applicant MUST contact a prospective advisor and discuss about a research proposal.
(http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Refer to the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences website (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) for e-mail address of the faculty member of your desired research area.
  2. Precautions regarding the examination will be released on the website of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) around one week before the examination day, so please make sure to check the notes.
    We will inform you in advance you individually, how to take examination by using Zoom and connection test for PC.
  3. Regarding your English Score Certificate, if you can not submit this, because you live in China or Iran and are not able to take TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, not because of your fault, contact to Academic affairs (Graduate), Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area.
  4. Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points.
  5. TOEIC L&R TOEFL-iBT TOEFL-PBT IELTS
    860
    98
    595
    7.0
  6. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences.
  7. For information on the examination contact:
    Admission office of the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (E-mail admission#@#envr.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Environmental SciencesMaster’s

October (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
October Thursday, October 15
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 9:15 – 13:00
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Individual Interview
10 minutes of presentation, referring to the Research Plan and Activity/ Research Achievement Record, on jobs, civil activities, and other experiences gained after graduation, thoughts on the environment through the experience, motivation for applying for the program, and research plans after enrollment. Use of laptops is allowed. (In principle, applicants are required to bring in and operate their own laptops. An LCD projector is available for use on site. Contact the admission office of the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences for details.) The presentation is followed by a comprehensive interview (15 minutes).
February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
February Tuesday, February 2
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 9:15 – 13:00
To be announced
Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences Individual Interview
10 minutes of presentation, referring to the Research Plan and Activity/ Research Achievement Record, on jobs, civil activities, and other experiences gained after graduation, thoughts on the environment through the experience, motivation for applying for the program, and research plans after enrollment. Use of laptops is allowed. (In principle, applicants are required to bring in and operate their own laptops. An LCD projector is available for use on site. Contact the admission office of the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences for details.) The presentation is followed by a comprehensive interview (15 minutes).

※It is conducted by using Zoom. We will contact you individually how to do it.

* Before sending an application from, every applicant MUST contact a prospective advisor and discuss about a research proposal.
(http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Refer to the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences website (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) for e-mail address of the faculty member of your desired research area.
  2. Precautions regarding the examination will be released on the website of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (http://www2.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/) around one week before the examination day, so please make sure to check the notes.
    We will inform you in advance you individually, how to take examination by using Zoom and connection test for PC.
  3. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences.
  4. For information on the examination contact:
    Admission office of the Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences (E-mail admission#@#envr.tsukuba.ac.jp) (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Mountain StudiesMaster’s

October (General Admission)
October Thursday, October 15
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 11:00 13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Mountain Studies English
Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module.
Written Examination
Choose and answer one of questions from several fields of geosciences, biology, agro-bioresource sciences, and environmental science.
Refer to *.
Individual Interview
Presentation on your research plan (3 minutes).
Interview about your specialty, fundamental knowledge and future plans based on the presentation, either in English or Japanese.
Whiteboard / blackboard placed in the interview room will be available for use.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview.
February (General Admission)
February Tuesday, February 2
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Specialized Subject
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Program Time 10:00 – 11:00 13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Mountain Studies English
Evaluate the score on the TOEIC, TOEFL, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Academic Module.
Written Examination
Choose and answer one of questions from several fields of geosciences, biology, agro-bioresource sciences, and environmental science.
Refer to *.
Individual Interview
Presentation on your previous research and research plan (5 minutes).
Interview about your specialty, fundamental knowledge and future plans based on the presentation, either in English or Japanese.
Whiteboard / blackboard placed in the interview room will be available for use.
Materials and computers may not be brought into the interview.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application, and confirm our guideline of the written examination.
(Refer to http://mountain-studies.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/en-program/en-member/)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Submit the original of TOEIC Official Score Certificate (with your photo on), TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report (with your photo on), TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Score Report (with your photo on) or IELTS Official Test Report Form when you apply for the entrance examination. Submit only the score of the test in August 2018 afterwards if you apply for examination in October, or February 2019 afterwards if you apply for the examination in February.
    *If you can not submit the original one by the deadline, refer to《 this 》and follow the instruction.
  2. Regarding your English Score Certificate, if you can not submit this, because you live in China or Iran and are not able to take TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, not because of your fault, contact to Academic affairs (Graduate), Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area.
  3. Reference scores for the English examination are shown below. A score equal to or over the reference score is calculated to be 100 points.
  4. TOEIC L&R TOEFL-iBT IELTS
    860
    95
    7.0
  5. For your inquiries regarding the surroundings about the examination or testing the equipments beforehand for on-line entrance examination, contact to office of Master’s Program of Mountain Studies.
  6. For information on the examination contact:
    Admission staff of the Master’s Program of Mountain Studies sangaku-admission#@#ml.cc.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)

Master’s Program in Mountain StudiesMaster’s

October (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
October Thursday, October 15
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Mountain Studies Individual Interview (20 minutes)

Presentation on your social and academic experience and on research plans after enrollment using presentation software (8 minutes), followed by interview about the presentation and the area of specialization either in English or Japanese.
(Note) 1.

February (Special Selection of Working Individuals)
February Tuesday, February 2
Subject Oral Examination (100 points)
Program Time 13:30 – 17:00
Master’s Program in Mountain Studies Individual Interview (20 minutes)

Presentation on your social and academic experience and on research plans after enrollment using presentation software (8 minutes), followed by interview about the presentation and the area of specialization either in English or Japanese.
(Note) 1.

* Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
(Refer to http://mountain-studies.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/en-program/en-member/)

The schedule we have officially announced is assuming you have entrance examination in Tsukuba Campus. There is a possibility that we have entrance examination by different way, such as on-line, depending on the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19. If that is the case, we might postpone the date. If we have decided to change the schedule we had already announced, we will post these informations promptly.
Please keep checking our website for the latest news.
https://eng.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp/#info

  1. Presentation will be performed on the Laptop brought in by the applicants. The VGA adapter for the projector is 15 pin Mini D sub Connector. If your PC doesn’t support this type of adapter, bring your own adapter to the examination site. Applicants must perform preview beforehand accordingly to the instruction by staffs.
    [Time for preview] 12:50 – 13:10 (time is strictly observed)
    In case of trouble, applicants must bring their presentation documents saved as PDF files to a virus-free USB memory stick.
  2. For information on the examination contact:
    Admission staff of the Master’s Program of Mountain Studies sangaku-admission#@#ml.cc.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)


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

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

Testing Location

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

Announcement of Acceptance

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

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

Enrollment Procedure

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

      【Shipping Date】

    • April Entry: February 17, 2021
    • October Entry: In the late of June, 2021

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

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

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

      1. (1)If fees are revised before entrance or while enrolled in this Graduate School, the revised tuition fees will be applied.
      2. (2)The Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students, as well as students enrolling in a Secondary Major (Master’s Program) of a Dual Degree Program are exempted from paying the entrance fees.
  3. 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 and Inquiry | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

8. Previous Examinations and Inquiry

Degree Programs (Program) Download Contact Direct Phone Number
Biology [October] 〇
(note)2
[February] –
Office of Master’s Program in Biology +81-29-853-6600
Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology Graduate Program Office for Agricultural Sciences
(F306)
(Except Biosystem Course)
+81-29-853-7228
Office of Biosystem Course
(Biosystem Course)
+81-29-853-4846
Geosciences Available(Note) 3 Office of Doctoral Program in Geo- environmental Science Field +81-29-853-6884
Office of Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Science Field +81-29-853-4510
Environmental Sciences Office of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences +81-29-853-4751
Mountain Studies Available(Note) 4 Office of Master Degree Program of Mountain Studies +81-29-853-8063
  1. To browse past examination questions or obtain a photocopy, contact the administration office for the Degree Programs (program) in advance.
  2. Download from the Master’s Program in Biology website
    (http://www.mbs.life.tsukuba.ac.jp/e/index.html).
  3. Download from the Doctoral Program in Geoenvironmental Sciences Field website (http://www.geoenv.tsukuba.ac.jp/e_about.html) or
    the Doctoral Program in Earth Evolution Sciences Field website
    (http://www.geol.tsukuba.ac.jp/index-e.html).
  4. Download from the Master Degree Program of Mountain Studies website
    (https://mountain-studies.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/en-admission/).


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 due to disability, contact the Division of Admission (1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken) by following dates:

    【Due Dates】

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

Click here for sending your request.

10. Information and Hints for Examinees

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

    【Estimated Release Dates】

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

11. Contact Us

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

305-8572
Graduate Admissions, Academic Service Office for the Life and Environmental Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken, Japan
e-mail : seimeiin-nyushi#@#un.tsukuba.ac.jp (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)
Phone: +81-29-853-7808/4570
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 12:15pm, 1:15pm – 5:00pm on Monday through Friday
[except national holidays]

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.


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 the return of working individuals to graduate schools. In response to these demands, Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools stipulates that graduate schools may, if necessary from an educational standpoint, provide education through appropriate means, which include conducting classes or research guidance in the evening and other certain hours and periods.
    This stipulation provides more working individuals with opportunities to receive graduate school education while in employment and to develop the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in educational research and practices. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which have achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, have introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.
  2. Requirements to complete the programs
    Requirements to complete the programs under the application of this special provision are as follows.

    Degree Program in Life and Earth Sciences

    Master’s Program in Biology
    1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in day courses and courses provided under Article 14 within the standard two year period.
    2. The number of credits normally required to complete the program is shown below.
    3. Program Credits Required to Complete the Program
      Master’s Program in Biology A minimum of 30 credits in common/ specialized courses (include seminars in the area of specialization, research method, and common courses and elective courses in the program)
    4. Contact the Chair of the program for details of courses provided under Article 14.
      Chair of the Master’s Program in Biology (Contact at +81-29-853-6600) Office hours: 9:00 – 12:15, 13:15 – 16:30
    Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology
    1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in day courses (includes compulsory courses of research method and special research) and courses provided under Article 14 within the standard two year period.
    2. Submit a program completion plan to the advisor and the Chair of the program and obtain their approvals at the beginning of the school year.
    3. The number of credits normally required to complete the program is shown below.
    4. Program Credits Required to Complete the Program
      Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology A minimum of 30 credits in total, including specialized foundation courses and specialized courses (include 22 credits in compulsory courses: advanced courses, seminars, and special research in the area of specialization)
    5. Courses provided under Article 14
    6. Program Credits Required to Complete the Program
      Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology Advanced courses provided in each field (2 credits per course)
    Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences
    1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in day/ evening courses within the standard two year period.
    2. Submit a program completion plan to the Chair of the program at the beginning of the school year to consult for a flexible arrangement based on your work situation.
    3. An example of completing credits normally required to complete the program is shown below.
    4. Program Requirement to Complete the Program
      Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences A minimum of 21 credits in compulsory courses and a minimum of 9 credits in elective courses.
    5. Contact the office of Master’s Program in Environmental Sciences at +81-29-853-4751 for details of courses provided under Article 14.
    Master’s Program in Mountain Studies
    1. Complete a minimum of 30 credits in day courses and courses provided under Article 14 within the standard two year period.
    2. Submit a program completion plan to the Chair of the program at the beginning of the school year to consult for a flexible arrangement based on your work situation.
    3. An example of completing credits normally required to complete the program is shown below.
    4. Program Requirement to Complete the Program
      Master’s Program in Mountain Studies A minimum of 20 credits in compulsory courses and a minimum of 10 credits in elective courses.
    5. Contact the admission office of the Master’s Program in Mountain Studies (E-mail sangaku-admission#@#ml.cc.tsukuba.ac.jp) for details. (*Replace “#@#” with “@.”)


Dual Degree Programs at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Dual Degree Programs at the Graduate School of Science and technology

Dual degree programs provide doctoral students with opportunities to obtain skills and knowledge in areas outside but related to their specialty, which are necessary to engage in research or highly professional occupations. The purpose of the dual degree programs is to foster students to become professionals with advanced skills and wide knowledge as well as high adaptability.
The term “Dual Degree” is used to refer to students who belong in a doctoral program at the University of Tsukuba Graduate School and are also enrolled in the university’s master’s program or a professional degree program (except Law School Program at the Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Hereinafter referred to as “master’s program”) and earning both degrees.

The Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences has introduced dual degree programs in the following Master’s program. (For details, refer to the websites of the Master’s Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology.)

Doctoral Programs Master’s Programs
Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
Master’s Program in Agro-bioresources Science and Technology
Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences

It is not easy to earn two degrees within a limited period of time. If you wish to apply, contact the faculty member of the doctoral program (see the Application Guide for the contact information) for consultation in advance.
Obtain a Dual Degree Program Application Form, have it signed by your prospective adviser, and submit it to the Academic Service Office for the Systems and Information Engineering Area by the deadline for the eligibility screening specified in the Application Guide.
If you are approved through the screening process, a Dual Degree Program Admission Permit will be issued. Attach a copy of the permit to your application form and submit it to the Academic Service Office for the Environmental Sciences Area. (If you are applying for a doctoral program and a master’s program at the same time, attach a copy to each application form.) You will be exempt from the examination fee for the master’s program.
To be admitted to the dual degree program, you need to pass the entrance examination and complete the enrollment procedures. According to the aims of the dual degree program, if you apply for a doctoral program and a master’s program at the same time and fail the entrance examination for the doctoral program, you will not be admitted to the master’s program either.
If you pass the entrance examinations, you will be exempt from the admission fee and tuition fee for the master’s program during the period you are enrolled in the dual degree program.


Cooperative Graduate School System | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2021

Cooperative Graduate School System

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