Doctoral Programs Application Guidelines | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2023

Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering

Doctoral Programs Application Guidelines

Policy and Planning Sciences, Risk and Resilience Engineering, Computer Science, Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems, Engineering Mechanics and Energy and Empowerment Informatics (Third Year Enrollment)

Important Notice:
To International Students and Applicants Residing Abroad

[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.

  • August Selection Process (General Selection Process/ Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)
  • January to February Selection Process (General Selection Process/ Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

  • 1. Schedule

    Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences

    August Selection Process January to February Selection Process
    Eligibility Screening Application Deadline June 29 ,2022 November 25, 2022
    Payment July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022
    Web Entry July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) -July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST) December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by July 21, 2022) December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by December 16, 2022)
    Examination Date August 24, 2022 January 26, 2023
    Announcement of Admission Results September 16, 2022 February 15, 2023

    Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering

    August Selection Process January to February Selection Process
    Eligibility Screening Application Deadline June 29 ,2022 November 25, 2022
    Payment July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022
    Web Entry July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) -July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST) December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by July 21, 2022) December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by December 16, 2022)
    Examination Date Tsukuba campus:
     August 24, 2022
    Tokyo campus:
     August 27, 2022
    *Applicants for Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering on Special Selection Process for Working Individuals can also choose August 27 in Tokyo Campus.
    Tsukuba campus:
     January 27, 2023
    Tokyo campus:
     January 28, 2023
    *Applicants for Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering on Special Selection Process for Working Individuals can also choose January 28 in Tokyo Campus.
    Announcement of Admission Results September 16, 2022 February 15, 2023

    Doctoral Program in Computer Science

    August Selection Process January to February Selection Process
    Eligibility Screening Application Deadline June 29 ,2022 November 25, 2022
    Payment July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022
    Web Entry July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) -July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST) December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by July 21, 2022) December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by December 16, 2022)
    Examination Date August 25, 2022 January 27, 2023
    Announcement of Admission Results September 16, 2022 February 15, 2023

    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems

    August Selection Process January to February Selection Process
    Eligibility Screening Application Deadline June 29 ,2022 November 25, 2022
    Payment July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022
    Web Entry July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) -July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST) December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by July 21, 2022) December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by December 16, 2022)
    Examination Date August 24, 2022 January 26, 2023
    Announcement of Admission Results September 16, 2022 February 15, 2023

    Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy

    August Selection Process January to February Selection Process
    Eligibility Screening Application Deadline June 29 ,2022 November 25, 2022
    Payment July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022
    Web Entry July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) -July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST) December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by July 21, 2022) December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by December 16, 2022)
    Examination Date August 24, 2022 January 26, 2023
    Announcement of Admission Results September 16, 2022 February 15, 2023

    Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics (Third Year Enrollment)

    August Selection Process January to February Selection Process
    Eligibility Screening Application Deadline June 29 ,2022 November 25, 2022
    Payment July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022
    Web Entry July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) -July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST) December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
    Documents Submission July 1, 2022 – July 21, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by July 21, 2022) December 1, 2022 – December 16, 2022 (Necessary documents must arrive at our office by December 16, 2022)
    Examination Date August 24, 2022 January 26, 2023
    Announcement of Admission Results September 16, 2022 February 15, 2023
  • 2. Number of Students to be Admitted

    General Selection Process for Doctoral Programs (August Selection Process)

    Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
    Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences 10 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering 7
    Doctoral Program in Computer Science 17 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems 10 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Applicants may apply for the Dual Degree Program.
    Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy 11 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics (Third Year Enrollment) A few students

    Special Selection Process for Working Individuals for Doctoral Programs (August Selection Process)

    Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
    Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences 3 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering 4 The number of students to be admitted on the left includes students for the Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering “Day and Evening Class Program”
    Doctoral Program in Computer Science 3 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems 2 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Applicants may apply for the Dual Degree Program.
    Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy 2 Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    • For the Cooperative Graduate School System, click here.
    • For the One-Year Doctoral Program for Working Individuals, click here. (Note: This program is available only for applicants who passed the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals.)
    • For the System for Extending the period of Registration, click here.
      (Notes)

    1. The date of enrollment is April 1, 2023.
    2. These selection processes accept international students.

    General Selection Process for Doctoral Programs (January to February Selection Process)

    Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
    Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences 6
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering 1
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Doctoral Program in Computer Science 3
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems 2
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Applicants may apply for the Dual Degree Program.
    Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy 1
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics (Third Year Enrollment) A few students

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

    Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
    Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences 3
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering 1
    A few additional students when appropriate
    The number of students to be admitted on the left includes students for the Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering “Day and Evening Class Program”
    Doctoral Program in Computer Science 2
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems 2
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    Applicants may apply for the Dual Degree Program.
    Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy 2
    A few additional students when appropriate
    Applicants may apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
    • For the Cooperative Graduate School System, click here.
    • For the One-Year Doctoral Program for Working Individuals, click here. (Note: This program is available only for applicants who passed the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals.)
    • For the System for Extending the period of Registration, click here.
      (Notes)

    1. The date of enrollment is April 1, 2023 or October 1, 2023.
      You must select the desired date of enrollment at the time of application.
    2. These selection processes accept international students.
  • 3. Eligibility for Admission
    【For applicants who wish to enroll in October】

    Applicants who will take the January to February Selection Process can apply for October 2023 admission. For those applying for October 2023 admission, replace “March 2023” with “September 2023” in “3. Eligibility for Admission”.

    Individuals who meet any of the following requirements are deemed eligible for application. (Note: Applicants for the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals must have at least one year of working experience (full-time or part-time) as of March 2023.)

    (A) No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:

    • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree by March 2023
    • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a professional degree by March 2023
    • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree, professional degree or their equivalent in a country other than Japan by March 2023

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

    • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of March 2023, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or professional degree as the result of the eligibility screening conducted by the University of Tsukuba

    (Note) If you do not meet any of the requirements in the category (A) above, we will conduct an eligibility screening upon your request. Please contact us by the following deadline.

      【Deadlines】

    • August Selection Process: June 29, 2022
    • January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
  • 4. Information and Hints for Admission

    Obtaining the Consent from Faculty Members before Applying

    Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment).

    International students must enter a “reference number” in the Web Entry system. You will be notified of your reference number by the faculty member who agreed to become their prospective supervisor.
    (Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences are not required to obtain or enter a reference number.)

    • Since it will take some time to obtain a reference number, please contact your desired faculty member as soon as possible.
    • Please refer to the Faculty Directory for the list of faculty members and their research fields and keywords.
      If you have any questions about research field, contact your desired program. See (2) of “12.Contact us”.

    Security Export Control

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

  • 5. Examination Fees

    30,000 Japanese yen (non-refundable)

    The examination fees will not be charged for foreign students who are supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships and students who are expected to complete our masterʼs program in March 2023 and continue to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Tsukuba (For those applying for October 2023 admission, replace “March 2023” with “September 2023”).

    The University of Tsukuba have the special measures of examination fee exemption for the victims of disasters in Japan. For more details, see this website.

    The examination fee can be paid by either of the following methods:

    Credit Card Payment (for all applicants):

    We accept Visa, MasterCard, JCB or AMERICAN EXPRESS.
    Credit card payment can be made at the final step of the Web Entry system or by visiting this website.
    After the payment, you will be provided with the receipt number. Enter the receipt number in the input field displayed on the Web Entry system.
    Print out the payment complete screen and submit it along with other application documents to the university.
    For details, see the payment instructions.
    Administration fees must be covered by the applicant.

    Convenience Store Payment (for applicants residing in Japan only):

    Payment can be made at convenience stores in Japan: LAWSON, SEVEN-ELEVEN, FamilyMart, or MINISTOP.
    Follow the instructions given at the final steps of the Web Entry system or at this website (available in Japanese only) to apply for the convenience store payment.

    After going to the selected store and completing payment, please enter the required information into the Web Entry System: name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the payment number (The number of digit and the Japanese name of the payment number differ according to the store you used. See the description below).

    • SEVEN-ELEVEN: “払込票番号” 13 digits
    • LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP: “お客様番号” 11 digits

    Download the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee” in PDF from the Web Entry system and print it out. Paste the receipt (certificate of payment) you received from the convenience store to the form. Submit the completed form along with other application documents to the university.
    For details, see the payment instructions.
    Administration fees must be covered by the applicant.

  • 6. Application Procedure
    1. Visit the Web Entry system during the following period and complete online application:
      • For August Selection Process
        July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
      • For January to February Selection Process
        December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)

      You cannot change the content of application after submission. Please check twice before confirming the entry.

    2. The graduation certificate and other documents for which originals are required must be mailed (Use registered mail) or brought directly to the Academic Service Office for the Systems and Information Engineering Area (Refer to “12. Contact Us” about the location). All required documents must be put in an envelope with an Address Sheet attached. You can download your Address Sheet in PDF from the Web Entry system.
      The documents must arrive to our office by the deadline stated below. If your documents fail to arrive by the deadline or any of the required documents is incomplete, invalid or missing, you will not be allowed to take the exam.

        [Deadlines]

      • For August Selection Process: July 21, 2022
      • For January to February Selection Process: December 16, 2022

      (Note) The Academic Service Office closes at 5:00 pm (JST). The application brought in after that time will not be accepted.

      [Place to Submit]
      Refer to (1) of “12. Contact Us

    • You cannot change the desired program from one to another after confirming the entry on the Web Entry system.
    • All documents submitted will not be returned to you.
      Examination fees are non-refundable.
    • If you have any questions about curriculum or research field, contact your desired program.
  • 7. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

    You can submit the application online from the Web Entry system. The graduation certificate and other documents for which originals are required must be mailed (Use registered mail) or brought directly to the Academic Service Office for the Systems and Information Engineering Area.

    Information You Need for Web Entry

    Information Required for Remarks
    1. Degree Program / Applicant’s Information All applicants Follow the instruction on Web Entry system.
    You are requested to upload the JPEG data of your ID photo for the Reference Card. The ID photo must be taken within three months with no hats or other head adornments.
    2. Supervisor All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
    Supervisor of Your Choice All applicants Enter the supervisor of your choice.
    (Note) Our Faculty Directory lists the roles that can be assigned to each faculty member. You cannot enter the name of a faculty member who can only be a “sub- supervisor” alone.
    If you wish to conduct research related to that personʼs
    research keywords, you must make an additional appointment with a faculty member whose role is displayed “Main supervisor/Sub-supervisor” (i.e. who can be either “main supervisor” or “sub-supervisor”) and enter both names.
    By doing so, you can indicate that you wish to conduct research related to your sub-supervisorʼs research topics under the guidance of the main supervisor.
    For example, if you would like to conduct research related to Dr. Suzuki Taroʼs research keywords under the guidance of Dr. Yamada Hanako, enter as follows:

    1st Choice: Yamada Hanako (Suzuki Taro)

    Confirmation regarding the English test (TOEIC / TOEFL / IELTS) [General Selection Process]
    Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems and Empowerment Informatics (See *1)
    Read the following, fill in the required information and check the box on the Web Entry system.
    You must submit one of the following score sheets with your photo (The document must be original) for designated external English language examinations (The examination must be taken after July 2020. Exceptionally, applicants for Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can submit score sheets for exams taken after May 2020).

    ・TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report
    ・TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
    (TOEFL iBT® Home Edition score sheets are also valid.)
    ・IELTS Academic Test Report Form
    The evaluation of the score sheet is considered the foreign language examination. If the score sheet is not submitted properly, you will be excluded from the further selection.
    We do not accept photocopies of the score sheets.
    We do not accept the following score sheets:
    ・TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report
    ・TOEFL Institutional Score Report
    ・IELTS General Training Test Report Form

    (Note) Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can apply for an exemption from submitting the designated English score sheets if they meet the conditions. See *1.

    3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
    Research Plan All applicants Summarize your research plans within 1000 words in English.
    For applicants of Empowerment Informatics, your research plan will mainly be assessed according to the following four criteria that examine to what extent you have;

    1. expertise and presentation skills appropriate for Empowerment Informatics
    2. fundamental skills for interdisciplinary research
    3. the ability to investigate issues from multiple perspectives
    4. the potentiality to play active roles in an international society
    You may use the designated form to be submitted on paper if you must use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system. You can download the form from the Web Entry system. Fill it out and submit it along with the other required documents.

      (Notes)

    • Charts and figures cannot be used in the form.
    • The format of the form may not be changed. Do not write outside the column.
    Research Outlines All applicants (Except applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics) Summarize research outlines of your master’s thesis or its equivalent within 2000 words in English.
    Other Papers and Publications If applicable Enter bibliographic information (author names, title of the paper, journal name, volume, number, starting and ending pages, publication year) of your major papers within 300 words in English.
    Career Plan Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics Summarize plans for your career after completing the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics within 500 words in English.
    Your career plan will mainly be assessed according to the following three criteria that examine to what extent you have;

    1. the qualities needed to take an initiative as a global leader
    2. the potentiality to develop and pass on technology that matches the needs of the future society
    3. the abilities to tackle and resolve complicated social issues
    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
    (See “5. Examination Fee.“)
    Follow the instructions given at the final step of the Web Entry system and make a payment.
    The following payment methods are available.
    For details, refer to “5. Examination Fee.

    • Credit Card (for all applicants)
    • Convenience Store (for applicants residing in Japan only)

    *1 Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can apply for an exemption from submitting the designated English score sheets if they meet any of the following conditions:
      1) those whose first or native language is English
      2) those from a country where English is an official language
      3) those who completed their undergraduate course fully conducted in English.
    If you meet any of the above conditions and wish to apply for this exemption, you must submit an additional letter indicating your linguistic background.
    Applicants for other Doctoral Programs cannot apply for the exemption.

    Documents to be printed out after Completing Web Entry

    After completing web entry, you will be able to download the following forms (PDF files) from the system. Please download all of them and print them out.

    Documents Created for Remarks
    Reference Card All applicants Print out the Reference Card and bring it to the venue on the examination day.
    Address Sheet All applicants All required documents must be put in an envelope (of a size to hold A4 paper) with your Address Sheet attached on it. The documents must be mailed (Use registered mail) or brought directly to the Academic Service Office.
    Form for Submission of English Proficiency Test Score (TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS) [General Selection Process]
    Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems and Empowerment Informatics (Applicable person)
    This form is for attaching one of the following score sheets with your photo (The document must be original) for designated external English language examinations (The examination must be taken after July 2020. Exceptionally, applicants for Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can submit score sheets for exams taken after May 2020).

    ・TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report
    ・TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
    (TOEFL iBT® Home Edition score sheets are also valid.)
    ・IELTS Academic Test Report Form

    Research Plan Applicants who use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system in their “Research Plan,” “Research Outlines” and “Other Papers and Publications” Complete and submit the form in a single sheet.

      (Notes)

    • Charts and figures cannot be used in the form.
    • The format of the form may not be changed. Do not write outside the column.
    Research Outlines
    Other Papers and Publications
    Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who made a convenience store payment This form is for attaching the receipt (certificate of payment) you received from the convenience store.

    Documents Needed for Application

    (The original documents are required.)

    Documents Who must submit Instructions
    [Expected] Graduation Certificate (*1) All applicants Submit a graduation certificate (or an official document certifying that you are expected to graduate) issued by a university or other type of educational institution that awarded or will award you a master’s degree, professional degree or their equivalent. The document must be in English or Japanese.

      (Notes)

    • Even if you have a higher (i.e. doctoral) degree, you must submit a graduation certificate of master’s program.
    • The document must be original. If you cannot submit the original graduation certificate because it cannot be reissued, a photocopy attested by an authorized official of your university is acceptable. However, photocopies without the official university seal are not acceptable, as their authenticity cannot be verified.
    [Expected] Degree Certificate (*1) Individuals who have graduated or expected to graduate from a university in a country other than Japan If you have graduated or expected to graduate from a university or other type of educational institution in a country other than Japan, submit a degree certificate (or an official document certifying that you are expected to earn a degree). The documents must be in English or Japanese.

      (Notes)

    • Even if you have a higher (i.e. doctoral) degree, you must submit a master’s degree certificate.
    • The document must be original. If you cannot submit the original degree certificate because it cannot be reissued, a photocopy attested by an authorized official of your university is acceptable. However, photocopies without the official university seal are not acceptable, as their authenticity cannot be verified.
    •  

    • Eligibility for applicants who have graduated from universities in countries other than Japan will be confirmed individually, since the education system varies by countries. Please upload a scanned image of your degree certificate in JEPG format on to the Web Entry system before submitting.
    Academic Transcript (*1) All applicants Submit an academic transcript issued by a university or other type of educational institution that awarded or will award you a master’s degree, professional degree or their equivalent. The document must be in Japanese or English. If any credits were transferred from another school, please also submit an academic transcript issued by that school which contains grade information for the transferred credits (e.g. A student who transferred to the current university must submit transcripts issued by the current university and the previous university).

      (Notes)

    • Even if you have a higher (i.e. doctoral) degree, you must submit an academic transcript for master’s program.
    • The document must be original. If you cannot submit the original academic transcript because it cannot be reissued, a photocopy attested by an authorized official of your university is acceptable. However, photocopies without the official university seal are not acceptable, as their authenticity cannot be verified.
    Academic Transcript or Summary Letter of Undergraduate Education Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics Submit a photocopy of academic transcript issued by a university or other type of educational institution that awarded you a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. If you wish to request an exemption for submitting the copy of academic transcript, submit a letter that briefly summarizes your own educational activities during the undergraduate study.
    Send us the copy of academic transcript or summary letter of undergraduate education. The document is used for reference only.
    The English Test Score (*1) [General Selection Process]
    Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems and Empowerment Informatics (There is an exception for some applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics. See *2)
    Please submit one of the following score sheets with your photo (The document must be original) for designated external English language examinations (The examination must be taken after July 2020. Exceptionally, applicants for Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can submit score sheets for exams taken after May 2020).

    ・TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report
    ・TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail
    (TOEFL iBT® Home Edition score sheets are also valid.)
    ・IELTS Academic Test Report Form

    The score sheet must be pasted on the designated form. You can download it from the system after completing web entry. Print out the form and submit it to the university. The evaluation of the score sheet is considered the foreign language examination. If the score is not submitted properly, you will be excluded from the further selection.

    We will not accept a photocopy of the score and the following score:
    ・TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report
    ・TOEFL Institutional Score Report
    ・IELTS General Training Test Report Form

      (Notes)

    • If there is any doubt about the authenticity or validity of the submitted score sheets, we will check with the issuer.
    • Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can apply for an exemption from submitting the designated English score sheets if they meet the conditions. See *2.
    Request Letter for Exemption from TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS Academic Score Requirements Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics (If applicable. See *2) If you wish to request the exemption from TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS Academic score requirements, submit a letter that briefly summarizes your own linguistic background to support your request. Any format is acceptable.
    Research Plan Applicants who use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system in their “Research Plan,” “Research Outlines” and “Other Papers and Publications” Use the designated form which can be downloaded from the system after completing web entry. Complete and submit the forms on paper.

      (Notes)

    • Charts and figures cannot be used in the form.
    • The format of the form may not be changed. Do not write outside the column.
    Research Outlines
    Other Papers and Publications
    Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment
    (Refer to “5. Examination Fee.“)
    Print out and submit the payment complete screen.
    Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment
    (Refer to “5. Examination Fee.“)
    Download the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee” in PDF from the Web Entry system and print it out. Paste the receipt (certificate of payment) you received from the convenience store to the form and submit it.
    Letter of Approval for Entrance Exam If applicable ① Individuals who currently attend a university or graduate school and are NOT expected to graduate by March 2023 (*3) must submit a letter of approval for them to take the entrance examination, issued by the president, dean, or department head at their university. Any format is acceptable, but the size must be A4.

    ② Individuals who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except part-time workers) need to submit a letter of approval for them to take the entrance examination, issued by their superior. A written statement by the applicant that admission to the university will not interfere with his/her job is also acceptable. Any format is acceptable, but the size must be A4.

    Certificate of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Foreign applicants (If applicable) This document is required for international students who are supported by Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship and currently enrolled in a university other than the University of Tsukuba.

    *1 If your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (for example, because of marriage), you will be required to submit proof of your name change (e.g., copy of marriage license).
    *2 Applicants for the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics can apply for an exemption from submitting the designated English score sheets if they meet any of the following conditions:
      1) those whose first or native language is English
      2) those from a country where English is an official language
      3) those who completed their undergraduate course fully conducted in English.
    If you meet any of the above conditions and wish to apply for this exemption, you must submit an additional letter indicating your linguistic background.
    Applicants for other Doctoral Programs cannot apply for the exemption.

    *3 For those applying for October 2023 admission, replace “March 2023” with “September 2023.”

    (Note)
    Applicants’ personal information obtained from the application documents and the results of the entrance examination will be used for the affairs concerning admission and screening. The university may also process the information so that it is not personally identifiable and use it for research and study aimed at improvement of the admission procedure and the university education. If a successful applicant who has completed the admission procedures has applied for a JASSO scholarship, the information will be used as screening material in the scholarship selection process.

  • 8. Screening Criteria

    Screening Criteria

    We will make an overall decision on which student to accept based on the submitted documents and performance in the examinations.

    Examination Schedule and the Subjects

    Refer to the schedule below.

    (1) Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences Doctoral

    General Selection Process (August / January to February Selection Process),
    Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (August / January to February Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Wednesday, August 24
    January to February Selection Process Thursday, January 26
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Oral Examination (100 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail Individual Interview
    (You will be required to a 15-minute presentation about your past researches and your future research plan, and you will be asked questions about them. (about 10 minutes))

    Depending on the future situation such as the spread of infection of novel coronavirus, it is possible that the entrance examination method may be changed, such as conducting the entrance examination online. In addition, due to changes in the entrance examination method, etc., there is a possibility that the entrance examination date will be added. Any changes to the published information will be announced immediately at this website. Please check periodically to review any changes that may have been made.

    1. We welcome working individuals. If you have any questions, contact the Chair of the Doctoral Program:
      Chair of the Doctoral Program in Policy and Planning Sciences
    2. Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment). Please refer to the Faculty Directory.
    3. PowerPoint presentation is preferable. Although the equipment for the presentation (a desktop computer or a projector) are available on-site, you will need to bring your own laptop if needed. Both Japanese and English are acceptable for the presentation and Q&A.
    4. Submit your future research plan which you wish to do at our faculty. You need to consult the faculty member before submitting. The plan must include your name, the thesis for the research, and the name of the professor you wish to work with. English is also acceptable.
    5. Refer to the program’s web page https://www.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp/PPS/en/ for more details.

    (2) Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering Doctoral

    General Selection Process (August / January to February Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Wednesday, August 24
    January to February Selection Process Friday, January 27
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Oral Examination (300 points)
    Time 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Detail Individual Interview
    (You will be required to give a 10-minute presentation about your past researches and your future research plan, and you will be asked questions about them.)
    Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (August / January to February Selection Process) [*5]
    August Selection Process Tsukuba:
    Wednesday, August 24 [*4]
    Tokyo:
    Saturday, August 27 [*4]
    January to February Selection Process Tsukuba:
    Friday, January 27 [*4]
    Tokyo:
    Saturday, January 28 [*4]
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Oral Examination (300 points) Oral Examination (300 points)
    Time 1:00 pm-5:00 pm 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Detail Individual Interview
    (You will be required to give a 10-minute presentation about your past researches and your future research plan, and you will be asked questions about them.)

    Depending on the future situation such as the spread of infection of novel coronavirus, it is possible that the entrance examination method may be changed, such as conducting the entrance examination online. In addition, due to changes in the entrance examination method, etc., there is a possibility that the entrance examination date will be added. Any changes to the published information will be announced immediately at this website. Please check periodically to review any changes that may have been made.

    1. We welcome working individuals. If you have any questions, contact the Chair of the Doctoral Program:
      Chair of the Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering
    2. Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment). Please refer to the Faculty Directory. If you have the second choice, contact them as well.
    3. PowerPoint presentation is preferable. Although the equipment for the presentation (a desktop computer or a projector) are available on-site, you will need to bring your own laptop if needed.
    4. Choose one of the exam locations.
    5. You may choose to take Day and Evening Class (Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering “Day and Evening Class Program“) at the Tokyo campus while working.
    6. Refer to the Degree Programs web page https://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/visitor/exam/entra and program’s web page https://www.risk.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/.

    (3) Doctoral Program in Computer Science Doctoral

    General Selection Process (August / January to February Selection Process),
    Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (August / January to February Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Thursday, August 25
    January to February Selection Process Friday, January 27
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Oral Examination (200 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail Individual Interview

    (You will be asked questions on your specialization and your purpose of enrollment.
    This includes 10 minutes presentation about your future research plan.)

    *Oral examination for the August Selection Process and January to February Selection Process will be conducted online.

    1. Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment). Please refer to the Faculty Directory. If you have the second choice, contact him/her and consent to your application as well. Applicants for the special examination for working individuals should confirm their intention at this time.
    2. We will not accept the submission of a photocopy of the score, TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Score Report or IELTS General Training Test Report Form.
      The original copy will not be returned to you.
    3. Refer to the program’s web page https://www.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/index.html. For the oral examination, you will be required to give a 10-minute presentation about your past researches, your future research plan, and the purpose of enrollment. PowerPoint presentation is preferable.
    4. Refer to the program’s web page above for the details of the entrance examination.
    5. We will contact each applicant individually for information on how to take the online examination.
    6. Refer to “For working individuals” on the Degree Programs web page https://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/ and “Admission” on program’s web page https://www.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/ for the details of One-Year Doctoral Program.

    (4) Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems Doctoral

    General Selection Process (August / January to February Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Wednesday, August 24
    January to February Selection Process Thursday, January 26
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    English (100 points) Oral Examination (200 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail English
    Evaluate TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report, TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail or IELTS Academic Test Report Form.
    Refer to Note 3 – 4.
    Individual Interview

    (You will be required to give a presentation about your past researches and your future research plan, and you will be asked questions about them.)

    ※Oral examination for the August Selection Process and January to February Selection Process will be conducted online.

    Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (August / January to February Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Wednesday, August 24
    January to February Selection Process Thursday, January 26
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Oral Examination (200 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail Individual Interview
    (You will be required to give a presentation about your past researches and your future research plan, and you will be asked questions about them.)
    ※Oral examination for the August Selection Process and January to February Selection Process will be conducted online.
    1. We welcome working individuals. If you have any questions, contact the Chair of the Doctoral Program:
      Chair of the Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    2. Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment). Please refer to the Faculty Directory. If you have the second choice, contact them as well.
    3. Submit an original copy of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report, Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail or IELTS Academic Test Report Form, of the test you took after July 2020 with your photo, which is attached on the form to be created after completing Web Entry, and submit until the submission deadline by airmail or bring it to the counter of Academic Service Office. The original copy will not be returned to you.
      If the score is not submitted properly, you will be excluded from the further selection.
    4. We will not accept the submission of a photocopy of the score, TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Score Report or IELTS General Training Test Report Form.
    5. See https://www.imis.tsukuba.ac.jp?lang=en for details.
    6. We will contact each applicant individually for information on how to take the online examination.
    7. If you have any questions, contact entexam@imis.tsukuba.ac.jp.

    【Dual Degree Program】
    Dual Degree Program is available in the master’s programs below.
    Please refer here for the details.

    • Master’s Program in Medical Sciences, Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    • Master’s Program in Public Health, Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    • Master’s Program in Business Administration, Degree Programs in Business Sciences
    • Master’s Program in Law, Degree Programs in Business Sciences
    • MBA Program in International Business, Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Master’s Program in Policy and Planning Sciences, Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    • Master’s Program in Service Engineering, Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    • Master’s Program in Design, Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    • Master’s Program in Agro-Bioresources Science and Technology, Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences

    (5) Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy Doctoral

    General Selection Process (August / January to February Selection Process),
    Special Selection Process for Working Individuals (August / January to February Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Wednesday, August 24
    January to February Selection Process Thursday, January 26
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Oral Examination (200 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail Individual Interview
    (You will be required to give a 15-minute presentation about your past researches and your future research plan, and you will be asked questions about them.)
    1. We welcome working individuals. If you have any questions, contact the Chair of the Doctoral Program:
      Chair of the Doctoral Program in Engineering Mechanics and Energy
    2. Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment). Please refer to the Faculty Directory.
    3. PowerPoint presentation is preferable.
    4. For the details of the online examination, we will contact each applicant individually. And then, about the details of admission, please refer to https://www.eme.tsukuba.ac.jp/

    (6) Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics 5yr Doctoral

    General Selection Process (August Selection Process)
    August Selection Process Wednesday, August 24
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Application Document Screening
    (100 points)
    Oral Examination (200 points in total):
    1) Research Plan (100 points)
    2) Career Plan (100 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail Your academic skills will be assessed based on all your information and documentation submitted. The examination takes the form of an interview and a presentation.
    You will be asked to offer a presentation about your research plan (10 minutes) and career plan (5 minutes) followed by a Q & A session (15 minutes).

    Depending on the future situation such as the spread of infection of novel coronavirus, it is possible that the entrance examination method may be changed, such as conducting the entrance examination online. In addition, due to changes in the entrance examination method, etc., there is a possibility that the entrance examination date will be added. Any changes to the published information will be announced immediately at this website. Please check periodically to review any changes that may have been made.

    1. The examination time will in principle be determined by the University after the Web Entry closed.
    2. The following items are what you need to bring for taking the examination.
      1) A copy of your Reference Card
      2) Presentation slides
      3) A laptop PC for your presentation
    General Selection Process (January to February Selection Process)
    January to February Selection Process Thursday, January 26
    Subject
    (Allocation of Marks)
    Application Document Screening
    (100 points)
    Oral Examination (200 points in total):
    1) Research Plan (100 points)
    2) Career Plan (100 points)
    Time 10:00 am-5:00 pm
    Detail Your academic skills will be assessed based on all your information and documentation submitted. The examination takes the form of an interview and a presentation.
    You will be asked to offer a presentation about your research plan (10 minutes) and career plan (5 minutes) followed by a Q & A session (15 minutes).
    (Note)
    You are expected to include your research achievements in your research plan presentation.

    Depending on the future situation such as the spread of infection of novel coronavirus, it is possible that the entrance examination method may be changed, such as conducting the entrance examination online. In addition, due to changes in the entrance examination method, etc., there is a possibility that the entrance examination date will be added. Any changes to the published information will be announced immediately at this website. Please check periodically to review any changes that may have been made.

    1. Before applying, applicants must contact a faculty member and obtain consent to become their prospective supervisor (the person who gives you academic instructions after enrollment). Please refer to the Faculty Directory. If you have the second choice, contact them as well.
    2. Submit an original copy of the TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report, Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail or IELTS Academic Test Report Forms, of the test you took after May 2020 with your photo, which is attached on the form to be created after completing Web Entry, and submit until the submission deadline by airmail or bring it to the counter of Academic Service Office.
    3. The original copy will not be returned to you.
    4. If the score is not submitted properly, you will be excluded from the further selection.
    5. We will not accept the submission of a photocopy of the score, TOEIC Institutional Program Score Report, TOEFL Institutional Score Report or IELTS General Training Test Report Form.
    6. The examination time will in principle be determined by the University after the web entries closed.
    7. The following items are what you need to bring for taking the examination.
      1) A copy of your Reference Card, and your passport and/or photo ID card
      2) Presentation slides
      3) A laptop PC for your presentation
    8. If you have any questions, contact the Chair of the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics
      (sysinfo.admission@un.tsukuba.ac.jp).
  • 9. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance & Enrollment Procedure

    Testing Location

    At the University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki)
    Refer to “11. Information and Instructions for Examinees” for details.

    Announcement of Acceptance

    The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on this website during the following periods:

    • For August Selection Process
      September 16, 2022 (from 10:00 am JST) – September 22, 2022(by 10:00 am JST)
    • For January to February Selection Process
      February 15, 2023 (from 10:00 am JST) – February 21, 2023 (by 10:00 am JST)

    An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants on the same day by the registered mail.

    Enrollment Procedure

    1. Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (which contain documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent out to successful applicants. We will announce the date of shipment on this website as soon as it is decided.
      (Note)
      The successful applicants shall notify the Division of Admission in advance if they are moving permanently before the date above or going away when the documents are expected to be delivered.
    2. The documents must be mailed using a designated envelope (which will be sent to you together with the Enrollment Procedure Guidelines) by the submission deadline. The submission deadline will be shown in Enrollment Procedure Guidelines.
      • Enrollment in April 2023: By early March 2023
      • Enrollment in October 2023: By late August 2023
    3. Expenses Required upon Entrance
      1. (a)Admission fee: 282,000 Japanese yen (non-refundable).
      2. (b)Tuition
        • The first term (April – September): 267,900 Japanese yen
        • The second term (October – March): 267,900 Japanese yen
          (Annual: 535,800 Japanese yen)
          (Notes)

        1. (1)If fees are revised before admission or while enrolled in thee university, the revised amount of fees will apply.
        2. (2)The admission fee will not be charged for foreign students who are supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships and students who are expected to complete our master’s program in March 2023 and continue to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Tsukuba.
          (For those applying for October 2023 admission, replace “March 2023” with “September 2023.”)
        3. (3)Students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics are expected to receive tuition exemption (full amount).
    4. All applicants who have a full-time job must submit a document or a letter (e.g. an order to attend a training course, a letter of leave of absence or an approval letter) issued by the employer to prove that you are approved to enroll in the university.

      If you are applying for Day and Evening Class Program for Working Doctoral Students in the Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering, you will also need a document or a letter from the employer or yourself to prove that you are available for work and classes.

    5. Applicants with foreign nationality must acquire a status of residence which is suitable for admission, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951), before beginning enrollment procedures. Those who wish to enroll in the university as an international student must obtain a “Student” visa and enter Japan with a residence status of “Student.”
  • 10. Applicants Who Need Assistance

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

      [Deadlines]

    • For August Selection Process: June 29, 2022
    • For January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
  • 11. Information and Instructions for Examinees

    We will post the “Information and Instructions for Examinees” on this website on the date stated below.

      [Planned publication date]

    • For August Selection Process: August 5, 2022
    • For January to February Selection Process: January 10, 2023
  • 12. Contact Us
    1. If you have any questions about application guide, contact us at:
      Academic Service Office for the Systems and Information Engineering Area, University of Tsukuba
      1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 Japan

      Hours: 9:00 am to 12:15pm and 1:15pm to 5:00 pm on Monday through Friday except national holidays

    2. If you have any questions about curriculum or research field, contact your desired program.
  • 13. Financial Support for Students in Doctoral Programs
    【For all doctoral students】

    Generally, half of the tuition and other fees will be financially supported for all doctoral students in the Degree Program in Systems and Information Engineering except for those who do not meet the requirements.

    【For students in the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics】

    Students enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics are eligible for financial support in the form of stipend under the Financial Support Scheme for Special Fellows. Financial Support of 70,000 Japanese yen will be paid to the students on a monthly basis. Students receiving other forms of financial aid such as the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship and JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC) are not eligible to apply for this scheme.

    The Doctoral Program in Empowerment Informatics has been selected as a “University Fellowship Founding Program” by the Japanese Government (MEXT). Therefore, starting from FY 2021, third-year students and above enrolled in this program will receive financial support of 2.3 million Japanese yen per year (175,000 Japanese yen per month for living expenses and 200,000 yen per year for research expenses) instead of the above-mentioned financial support if they pass the screening.

    Click here for details.

  • 14. 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
        1. (1) Receive necessary research guidance to write a doctoral dissertation and conduct research. Complete day courses and courses provided under Article 14 in the doctoral program or the other programs as required.
        2. (2) Requirements to complete the program
          Complete required periods of study and credits specified by the programs, and pass the doctoral dissertation defense and final examination.
        3. (3) See the table below for the courses provided under Article 14.
      Category Courses (Credits) Programs
      Major Subjects or Foundation Subjects for Major Seminar (2 – 8 credits)*
      Research (4 – 6 credits)*
      Each doctoral program
      Major Subjects

      Risk and Resilience Engineering Case Study (1 credit)*

      Advanced Project Research in Risk and Resilience Engineering (2 credits)*

      Advanced Lectures of Information Retrieval (1 credit)*, Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

      Intellectual Document Control (1 credit)*, Conducted in even-numbered academic years

      Issues on Network (1 credit)*, Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

      Information Management (1 credit)*, Conducted in even-numbered academic years

      Complex Systems (1 credit), Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

      Intelligent Information Systems (1 credit), Conducted in even-numbered academic years

      Special Lecture on Project Management (1 credit), Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

      Systems Design Theory (1 credit), Conducted in even-numbered academic years

      Risk and Resilience Engineering

      Adaptive Systems (2 credits)▼

      Advanced Biological Cybernetics (2 credits)▼

      Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
        (Notes)

      1. Courses marked with * are intensive courses or courses for which meeting times are determined by appointment or request.
      2. Courses marked with ▼ are for Master’s Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems. However, students at the Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems can take these courses.
  • 15. Day and Evening Class Program for Working Doctoral Students in Risk and Resilience Engineering (*For Students Admitted through Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

    In this program, students can continue working at their jobs as they take day or evening classes at the Tokyo campus (in the Otsuka district of Bunkyo-ku).
    It was launched in the 2009 academic year to promote the development and expansion of graduate school education for working individuals.
    In some fields, students can receive instruction through a cooperative relationship with the Research Organization of Information and Systems of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics.

    [Eligibility]

    Individual who have the application eligibility for Special Selection Process for Working Individuals for Doctoral Programs.
    The number of students to be admitted for this program is included in the number for Special Selection Process for Working Individuals for Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering.

    [Time of entrance]

    Every April or October
    *Time of entrance is the month of admission selected at the time of application.

    [Entrance Examinations]

    August Selection Process and January to February Selection Process (Twice a year)

    [Requirements to complete the program]
    • Earn a minimum of 12 credits (including Advanced Research in Risk and Resilience Engineering, Advanced Seminar in Risk and Resilience Engineering).
    • Conduct research and receive instruction, submit a doctoral thesis and pass the final examination.
    • See the table below for the night classes offered at Tokyo Campus.
    Category Courses (Credits)
    Major Subjects

    Risk and Resilience Engineering Case Study (1credit)

    Advanced Project Research in Risk and Resilience Engineering (2credits)

    Advanced Lectures of Information Retrieval (1credit), Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

    Intellectual Document Control (1credit), Conducted in even-numbered academic years

    Issues on Network (1credit), Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

    Information Management (1credit), Conducted in even-numbered academic years

    Complex Systems (1credit), Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

    Intelligent Information Systems (1credit), Conducted in even-numbered academic years

    Special Lecture on Project Management (1credit), Conducted in odd-numbered academic years

    Systems Design Theory (1credit), Conducted in even-numbered academic years

    [Address of Tokyo Campus]

    3-29-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0012
    (Access : https://www.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/about/campus-access/tokyo-access/

    [Contact]

    Chair of the Doctoral Program
    (Email : entexam@risk.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    Web : http://www.risk.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/

  • 16. One-Year Doctoral Program for Working Individuals in Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering (*For Students Admitted through Special Selection Process for Working Individuals)

    The Doctoral Programs at Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering launched “One-Year Doctoral Program for Working Individuals” in academic year 2007.

    1. a.To ease the financial and time burdens for working individuals by giving them a chance to receive doctorates in the shortest possible period of time (1 year)
    2. b.To support excellent researchers and highly qualified professionals who are the lead to the next generation of the country
    3. c.To help improve the quality of research of working individuals by providing appropriate research guidance leading to the successful completion of their course work
    1. Eligible applicants
      Working individuals with excellent academic records and research skills related to the research fields in Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering.
    2. Evaluation to be eligible for the One-Year Doctoral Program
      After the announcement of acceptance for the entrance examination, applicants for this Program are evaluated to be eligible by the deadline of the enrollment procedures. Applicants for this program must submit the required documents along with the guide of the doctoral programs at Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering, since the method and documents for the evaluation depends on the doctoral programs.
      The procedures will be notified to successful applicants at the time of the announcement of acceptance.

      * Refer to the following web pages for the details.

      1. The webpage for this program’s office
        https://www.souki.tsukuba.ac.jp/
      2. The webpage for Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering.
        https://www.sie.tsukuba.ac.jp/eng/souki
      3. The webpages for the programs in Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering.
        Policy and Planning Sciences https://www.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp/PPS/en/ap/wi.php
        Risk and Resilience Engineering https://www.risk.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/workings.html
        Computer Science https://www.cs.tsukuba.ac.jp/english/admission.html
        Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems https://www.imis.tsukuba.ac.jp/about/carrier/early-graduation?lang=en
        Engineering Mechanics and Energy https://www.eme.tsukuba.ac.jp/
    3. Note
      Those who hope to apply for this program should consult enough with a faculty member whom you hope to be as your prospective supervisor, before applying the entrance examination.
  • 17. Dual Degree Programs at the Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering

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

    Programs and Participating Degree Programs

    (A) Dual Degree Programs for students working for a doctoral degree at the Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Programs (Primary Program) Master’s and Professional Degree Programs (Secondary Program)
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Medical Sciences
    Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Public Health
    Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Business Administration
    Degree Programs in Business Sciences
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Law
    Degree Programs in Business Sciences
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    MBA Program in International Business
    Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences

    (Professional Degree Program)
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Policy and Planning Sciences
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Service Engineering
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Design
    Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    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
    Doctoral Program in Computer Science
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Policy and Planning Sciences
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Computer Science
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Master’s Program in Service Engineering
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    (B) Dual Degree Programs for students working for a doctoral degree at some other Degree Programs
    Doctoral Programs (Primary Program) Master’s Programs (Secondary Program)
    Doctoral Program in Physics
    Degree Programs in Pure and Applied Sciences
    Master’s Program in Computer Science
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Geosciences Sciences
    Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences
    Master’s Program in Computer Science
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Biology
    Degree Programs in Life and Earth Sciences
    Master’s Program in Computer Science
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering
    Doctoral Program in Design
    Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences
    Master’s Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering

    Application

    If you wish to apply for the Dual Degree Program, you need to consult the Academic Service Office (Graduate Support) in charge of the Degree Programs that your doctoral program belongs to. Below is a list of contact information for each Academic Service Office.
    Click on the name of the Degree Programs below to send an email to the corresponding office.

    The deadline for submitting application documents is as follows:

    [Deadlines]

    • For August Selection Process: June 29, 2022
    • For January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022

    (Note)
    Below is a list of Master’s/doctoral programs in the Degree Programs in Systems and Information Engineering Area which employs the Dual Degree Program.

    • Doctoral Program in Computer Science
    • Doctoral Program in Intelligent and Mechanical Interaction Systems
    • Master’s Program in Policy and Planning Sciences
    • Master’s Program in Service Engineering

    If you are applying for both the doctoral and master’s program at the same time, you need two different email addresses, as you cannot apply for two programs using one account on the Web Entry system.

  • 18. System for Extending the Period of Registration

    Aim of the System for Extending the Period of Registration

    This system enhances opportunities for diverse students to study at the university by extending the years of study from standard three years to four or five years. Their study plan will be reviewed individually prior to approval of the extension.

    Eligible Applicants

    This system is for students who have difficulties completing the program in standard three years due to any of the following reasons:
    (1) Having an occupation
    (2) Must take care of family members (e.g. children and elderly)
    (3) Having a disability
    (4) Other reasons deemed justifiable to apply

    Application Period

    Before applying, students must consult with the Chair of the program and supervisor and obtain their approval.
    The application documents must be submitted in the designated forms within the period for enrollment procedure.

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Doctoral Programs Overview Chart | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2023

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
Applicants for the Special Selection Process for Working Individuals must have at least one year of working experience (full-time or part-time) as of March 2023. (For those applying for October 2023 admission, replace “March 2023” with “September 2023”).
 
(A) No eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree by March 2023
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a professional degree by March 2023
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree, professional degree or their equivalent in a country other than Japan by March 2023
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
(B) Eligibility screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of March 2023, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or professional degree as the result of the eligibility screening conducted by the University of Tsukuba
    (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 must contact Academic Service Office for the Systems and Information Engineering Area in advance.
Email us to obtain the designated forms and mail or e-mail the completed forms and other required documents by the deadline stated below. If you are deemed eligible for application, you will be given a passcode needed on the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry system.
(* Please apply for the eligibility screening each time even if you have passed it in the past.)

    [Deadlines]

  • For August Selection Process: June 29, 2022
  • For January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
 
Applicants Who Need Assistance

If you need assistance due to disability, contact us by the deadline stated below.

    [Deadlines]

  • For August Selection Process: June 29, 2022
  • For January to February Selection Process: November 25, 2022
Web Entry

You can apply to the University of Tsukuba online by our Web Entry system. Read the guidelines carefully before applying. Submission must be made during the following periods:

  • For August Selection Process
    July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
  • For January to February Selection Process
    December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
Sign Up

First, you will must create your own account on the Web Entry system. Once you make an account, you can save the entry and continue where you left off.

Activation

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

Login

Click “Login” and proceed to your “My Page.” Next time you visit the website, you will be asked to enter your email address and password to login.

My Page

Click the “Application Form” button on “My Page” to start web entry.
You can edit your login information or reset password on “My Page.”

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 on “Proceed to ***” button on each confirmation page. After saving, you can continue from where you left off when you are back. Upload the JPEG data of your ID photo in “1. Degree Program / Applicant’s Information” section and the JPEG data of your (expected) degree certificate in “4. Educational Background” section. Use one-byte alphabet and numbers to enter all the information.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. We accept:

  • Credit card payment (for all applicants)
  • Convenience store payment (for applicants residing in Japan only)

The examination fees will not be charged for foreign students who are supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships and students who are expected to complete our masterʼs program in March 2023 and continue to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Tsukuba (For those applying for October 2023 admission, replace “March 2023” with “September 2023”). (The payment screen will not be displayed.)
After the payment, enter the required information (e.g. receipt number) and proceed to the next step. Click here for details.

Submission

After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking “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 edit. Please double-check before proceeding. After you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you registered. Please make sure to check it.
(*Check and adjust 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 PDF

After submitting, you will be able to download Reference Card, Address Sheet, Form for Submission of English Proficiency Tests Score and other forms in PDF. You must download them and print them out during the following period (When the application period ends and the system closes, you will not be able to download the files):

    Application Period on the Web Entry system:

  • For August Selection Process
    July 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – July 21, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)
  • For January to February Selection Process
    December 1, 2022 (from noon JST) – December 16, 2022 (by 3:00 pm JST)

Web Entry

Documents Submission

The original documents listed in “7. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted” must arrive to the Academic Service Office by the following deadline (Send them by registered mail or bring them directly to the office).
Your application will not be completed until all the required documents arrive at our office.

    [Deadlines]

  • For August Selection Process: July 21, 2022
  • For January to February Selection Process: December 16, 2022

* The Academic Service Office closes at 5:00 pm (JST). The application brought in after that time will not be accepted.
Click here for details.

Information and Instructions for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Instructions for Examinees” on this website on the date stated below. Check the documents before the examination.

    [Planned publication date]

  • For August Selection Process: August 5, 2022
  • For January to February Selection Process: January 10, 2023
Examination Dates
  • For August Selection Process: August 24-27, 2022
    *Applicants for Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering on Special Selection Process for Working Individuals can also choose August 27 in Tokyo Campus.
  • For January to February Selection Process: January 26-January 28, 2023
    *Applicants for Doctoral Program in Risk and Resilience Engineering on Special Selection Process for Working Individuals can also choose January 28 in Tokyo Campus.
Announcement of Admission Results
  • For August Selection Process: September 16, 2022
  • For January to February Selection Process: February 15, 2023

We will send the acceptance letter on the same date.

Shipment of the Enrollment Procedure Guidelines
  • Successful applicants for August Selection Process
    In November 2022
  • Successful applicants for January to February Selection Process
    In February, 2023

We will announce the date of shipment on this website as soon as it is decided.

Procedure for Enrollment
  • Enrollment in April 2023 : By early March 2023
  • Enrollment in October 2023 : By late August 2023
Entrance
  • On April 1, 2023 or October 1, 2023

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