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[Examination Guide] For graduate students "Graduate school" admission information

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to "graduate school". Let's prepare for graduate school advance by checking the characteristics of the graduate school in Japan, main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

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● Features of "Graduate School" in Japan

The graduate schools in Japan have different courses that are set up by the school, but there are three types of "master's course", "doctoral course" and "professional degree degree (master course)". Many of them are graduate school entrance in April, some graduate school entrance from September to October, too.


What is distinctive in Japanese graduate schools is the "doctoral course" classification.

There is a categorization school that is divided into a five-year coherent school, a two-year "doctoral course (previous term)" and a three-year "doctoral course (late)". In the case of graduate schools in Japan, there are few schools with integrated doctoral courses, many of which are categorical schools. If you finish by "Doctoral Course (previous term)" only, we consider it as completion of master's course.


"Professional degree program (master's course)" is a curriculum which aims to train professionals who have advanced professional abilities and are active in leadership in social and economic fields.

There is a "professional graduate school" as a place to conduct research specializing in acquiring a professional degree program (master course), typical examples of which include a law school which trains professional persons concerning laws, a teaching graduate school of teacher training . In addition, there are professional graduate schools in fields such as management, accounting, management of technology (MOT), public policy, public health, intellectual property, clinical psychology etc.


In addition, there is a system called "research student (study abroad)" that allows you to attend graduate school while being a non-regular student at a graduate school in Japan.

Students are not enrolled in a degree but are enrolled for short-term research activities, those who are enrolled as short-term international students under the inter-university exchange agreement, as preparatory organizations for admission to the graduate school regular process There are many schools that are enrolled and able to obtain admission only by screening documents.


Depending on the graduate school, some graduate schools have said that it is desirable to go through the process of research students before entering the graduate school regular process. In order to obtain the status of residence of "study abroad" as a research student (visa), it is necessary to attend more than 10 hours per week.


In addition, there are schools that have established a system called "auditorium" that allows students to take credits by taking specific courses and acquiring credits, while attending certain courses but not acquiring credits.


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● Conditions necessary to enroll in "master's course / doctoral course (previous term)"

It is necessary to meet one of the following conditions equivalent to the bachelor's degree.


1: One who graduated from a Japanese university

2: Person who was awarded a bachelor's degree by the National Institute of Reform Assistance / Degree Awards Organization (NIAD-QE)

3: Those who completed a 16-year course in school education in a foreign country

4: Those who received a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree by completing a process of a foreign university, a university equivalent of a school located in a foreign country, a term of over 3 years

5: Person who completed 16 years of educational institution designated as having a foreign university course in Japan

6: Person who completed designated vocational school

7: A graduate student who has acknowledged the academic ability equal to or higher than those who graduated from university by individual examination for entrance eligibility, and who has reached 22 years of age


● Conditions necessary for entering "Doctoral Course (Late)"

It is necessary to meet one of the following conditions equivalent to the master's degree.


1: Masters degree or Japanese professional degree in Japan

2: A person who has been awarded a degree equivalent to a master's degree or a professional degree in a foreign country

3: Those who have completed a course designated as having a degree in a foreign graduate school in Japan, awarded a degree equivalent to a master's degree or a professional degree

4: I graduate from a university and have engaged in research in universities, research institutes (including foreign universities / laboratories etc.) for 2 years or more, and I acknowledge that there is a level of academic ability equal to those of a master's degree at a graduate school Person

5: At graduate school, those who have acknowledged that they have equal academic ability equal to or higher than those who have a master's degree or professional degree by individual examination for entrance eligibility, those who have reached 24 years of age


Among doctoral courses, the following conditions apply to "medical science", "dentistry", "some pharmacology", "veterinary medicine".

1: Those who have completed undergraduate course (6 years) in Japanese university medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine

2: Those who have a master's degree or professional degree in Japan

3: Those who have completed 18 years of school education in a foreign country

4: Person who completed 18 years of educational institution designated as having a foreign university course in Japan

5: At graduate school, those who have acknowledged the academic ability equal to or higher than those who graduated from university by individual entrance examination, those who reached 24 years old


● Conditions for graduate school graduation and completion

It depends on the graduate school and course you enroll. Please contact each graduate school and confirm it.

Length of study Acquisition unit Other Acquired degree
Master's Course 標準2年 30 units or more Pass the master's thesis examination and exam Master's degree
Professional degree degree
(Master's Course)
2 - 3 years or more 30 units or more
(Depending on graduate school)
- Master's degree
(Profession)
博士課程 標準5年 30 units or more Pass the examination and the examination of the doctoral dissertation 博士

● Expenses for going to graduate school

The table below is the average amount of money to be paid in the first year of a graduate school in Japan (Japanese student).

The first year delivery amount is the expenses for entering the entrance including entrance fee, tuition fee, facility and facility fee etc, and the amount displayed here is the cost before applying scholarship etc. .


Master's course

National ¥817,800
public ¥901,603
private art ¥1,418,466
engineering ¥1,179,083
Health ¥1,128,053
Science ¥1,069,686
Agricultural / veterinary medicine ¥1,016,628
Pharmacy ¥1,026,211
Family affairs ¥964,087
Culture ¥939,167
社会科学 ¥919,398
Humanities ¥852,526
Medical science ¥867,683

Doctoral course

National ¥817,800
public ¥901,603
private art ¥1,304,179
engineering ¥1,002,508
Health ¥1,046,670
Science ¥990,668
Agricultural / veterinary medicine ¥1,017,207
Pharmacy ¥897,208
Family affairs ¥961,218
Culture ¥901,551
社会科学 ¥821,148
Humanities ¥799,788
Medical science ¥699,625

Source: MEXT / JASSO (2018-2019 Student Guide to Japan)


Apart from these first-year payments, you can apply for the entrance examination fee at the time of application, travel expenses and staying expenses if you are going to take an exam from Japan overseas, travel if you are living near the graduate school you enroll Expenses for moving in will be required.


Although it seems to cost a lot, there are various scholarships and reductions of various scholarships and Tuition by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), local governments, various organizations and graduate schools enrolled There is also a system that supports Tuition burden in Japan such as the system (30% to full amount of tuition fee), so please check the website of each school for details or ask the graduate school of your choice Please contact.

Depending on the type of scholarship, some scholarships are paid after admission. In addition to the amount of money to be put in the school, it is a good idea to investigate when and how much and how much it will cost, from when to use the support system can be used for what purpose.


> Find out about 'scholarship'


Documents necessary for graduate school applications

Required documents to be submitted vary by each school. If the school of your choice is decided, please be sure to confirm necessary documents by application guidelines, website, direct inquiries etc.

Documents generally required for many graduate entrance exams are as follows. Documents that take time to publish and the time it takes for postings vary from region to region, so let's prepare with a margin.


1: Application for admission (predetermined graduate school)

2: Certificate of graduation (expected) of undergraduate department

3: Master's Degree Acquisition (Expected) Certificate * For Doctoral Course

4: Transcripts of the final school

5: Letter of recommendation

6: Research (graduation) thesis at the university of origin and its summary

7: Research plan

8: Other


Depending on the graduate school, there are graduate studies / majors whose lecture language is "Japanese only" or "mainly Japanese". Therefore, it may be necessary to submit a Japanese proficiency certificate such as EJU (EJU) or JLPT (JLPT).


> EJU Examination (EJU)

> Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)


Depending on the Graduate School, you need to find yourself as an academic advisor (such as a university professor, a faculty who will guide studies planning and research) before applying, and obtain an acceptance of acceptance.

The supervisor can get information from academic advisors from your home university, obtain information from academic journal reports, former international students, researchers from home country, etc., and send a research post on the graduate school website "researchmap (Web of National Institute of Informatics Site) "" J-GLOBAL (Website of the Japan Science and Technology Agency) ", etc. Let's find an academic advisor that suits your research field.

If you find a supervising teacher, please attach a sentence that concretely specifies your research results so far, future research plan, reasons for choosing the faculty, and recommendation letters etc of your supervisor's supervisor etc. if possible It is desirable to send by e-mail etc. Since it may not be answered immediately, let's find a department or major that you wish to have with time.


● Contents of graduate school Entrance Examination

The exam content differs for each graduate school, but in many cases, it will be done in combination with some of the following.


1: Document examination (application documents)

2: Academic ability test (written examination of major or designated subject)

3: Interview (direct or online)

4: Essay and Writing

5: Oral examinations on major courses (direct or online, telephone)


(3) Interview, (5) Oral examination on Major subjects are many schools that carry out a two-stage selection method, which is carried out only by successful applicants such as (1) document examination and (2) scholastic ability test.

In that case, since the examination date may span several days, if you apply from outside Japan, let's check the exam schedule and contents beforehand so that you can stay during the period including the second exam.


● Graduate school search utilizing advanced educational briefings and websites

For each graduate school you go to graduate school, its conditions and preparations are different.

It is important to determine what kind of research you want to do early and to find a graduate school or academic advisor to study and contact them. If you can not find the department or faculty you wish to pursue immediately, you can find a graduate school, graduate school, major, supervisor, or other instructor that suits you by consulting with your faculty in charge at your university or graduate school I do not think so.

Searching for a graduate school is something that takes more time than finding a university. Let's proceed with looking for schools that have plenty of time.

To find a graduate school, it is also recommended to utilize a " Schools Guidance for International Students " where multiple schools gather in one place.


To find a graduate school, it is also recommended to utilize a " Schools Guidance for International Students " where multiple schools gather in one place.

Since I can talk with the person in charge of the school directly, I can know the things you want to know in detail on the spot without having to interact with the school many times by e-mail etc etc.

When choosing an aspiring school, let's try using a briefing session for admission to university or a website for admission to university.


> Join the briefing session for admission

> Search schools by specifying conditions


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アクセス日本留学Editorial Department.アクセス日本留学" where foreign students can request materials to find Japanese schools, and hold "advancement information sessions for foreign students".

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