Prospective Students

Graduate School Admissions FAQ

The answers provided on this page apply to domestic applications* for April and September enrollment.

*They do not, however, apply to domestic applications for IGP(C).

  

Master's and Professional Master’s Degree Programs Commencing in April and September (Domestic Applications; IGP[C] Excluded)

Doctoral Degree Programs Commencing in April and September (Domestic Applications; IGP[C] Excluded)

    Dates or Schedule

  • 【Doctoral Degree】When will the Application Guidelines become available? When will the entrance examination schedules be published?

    nformation is available on the Institute website for doctoral degree programs.

    ・Applicants must refer to the printed edition of the Application Guidelines for schedule details.


  • Application

  • 【Doctoral Degree】What is the Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility?

    ・A screening procedure conducted by the Institute to assess the eligibility of individuals wishing to apply for a doctoral degree program. Individuals who have not completed (nor expecting to complete) a master’s or professional master’s degree program may be deemed eligible to apply if they meet certain requirements.

    ・Holders of a master’s or professional master’s degree (or expected holders) do not need to request the Individual Assessment of Admission Eligibility.

    ・Refer to the Application Guidelines (printed edition) for details.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Do I need to submit a score report for an English proficiency test?

    ・Yes, with the exception of some departments that conduct their own English proficiency tests. As stipulated in the guidelines, other departments use external English proficiency test scores (i.e., TOEFL-iBT, the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test, TOEIC L&R, and IELTS) as a substitute for conducting their own tests.

    ・Refer to the Application Guidelines (printed edition) for details.

    ≪Notes≫

    ・There are cases where applications are rejected due to late submission of test scores.

    ・Scores from TOEIC S&W and institutional testing programs of TOEFL and TOEIC (e.g., TOEFL-ITP, TOEIC-IP) will not be accepted.

    ・Submit the original score report sent by ETS (for TOEIC or TOEFL) or the British Council (for IELTS). Neither photocopies of the original nor downloaded score reports will be accepted.

    ・Score reports that are sent directly from ETS or the British Council to the Institute will not be accepted.

    ・Make sure to submit a valid test score.

      

    ≪Exemption from providing proof of English proficiency≫

    ・It is possible that native English speakers or students who have been awarded an undergraduate and/or graduate degree* from an institution where all instruction was in English may not be required to take an English proficiency test.

    ・If you wish to be granted this exemption, consult your intended academic supervisor prior to your application.

    ・Whether or not you need to provide an English proficiency test score will be determined by the department you are applying to.

    ・If exemption applies, you must submit the notification you receive from the department granting exemption with other application documents.

    *Undergraduate and graduate degrees should be equivalent to the Japanese educational definitions of undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degrees

      

    ≪Taking an English test in lieu of submitting an English proficiency test score≫

    ・If there is a special reason for being unable to submit an English proficiency test score as instructed by the department to which you are applying, provide an explanation to your intended academic supervisor in advance.

    ・If the reason is accepted by the department, the test score may be replaced by an oral or written examination.

    ・In this case, you must submit the notification you receive from the department regarding this change with other application documents.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】What happens if I cannot submit my English proficiency test score by the deadline specified in the Application Guidelines?

    ・You will not be eligible to take the entrance examination if you cannot submit your score* at the time of application or by the date of your entrance examination (refer to the Application Guidelines for details).

    *An original score report must be submitted.

    ・Note that depending on the department, applicants may be granted exemption from an English proficiency test or may be allowed to take an oral or a written test in lieu of submitting a test score.

    ・To request either of the above, applicants must consult their intended academic supervisor prior to their application. Refer to the Application Guidelines (printed edition) for details.

      

    ≪Exemption from providing proof of English proficiency≫

    ・It is possible that native English speakers or students who have been awarded an undergraduate and/or graduate degree* from an institution where all instruction was in English may not be required to take an English proficiency test.

    ・If you wish to be granted this exemption, consult your intended academic supervisor prior to your application.

    ・Whether or not you need to provide an English proficiency test score will be determined by the department you are applying to.

    ・If exemption applies, you must submit the notification you receive from the department granting exemption with other application documents.

    *Undergraduate and graduate degrees should be equivalent to the Japanese educational definitions of undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degrees

      

    ≪Taking an English test in lieu of submitting an English proficiency test score≫

    ・If there is a special reason for being unable to submit an English proficiency test score as instructed by the department to which you are applying, provide an explanation to your intended academic supervisor in advance.

    ・If the reason is accepted by the department, the test score may be replaced by an oral or written examination.

    ・In this case, you must submit the notification you receive from the department regarding this change with other application documents.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Can I apply to more than one department?

    No.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Should the address I write on the Application Form be the one that is registered in juminhyo? (residence record)?

    No, the address does not need to be the one that is registered in juminhyo?. Use the address where you reside and where you may receive mail.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Are there any rules regarding the photos I use on my Entrance Examination Card and Photograph Card?

    ・Photocopies, photos taken on “purikura” machines, and photos printed on normal and printer papers are not permitted. Images that have been digitally modified are not permitted either.

    ・The photographs are used to verify the identity of applicants who come to the Institute to take their entrance examination. If verification using the Photograph Card proves to be difficult, examination supervisors may request applicants to present a photo ID card*.

    *Photo ID card: Identification written in either English or Japanese with a photograph of the holder (e.g., a driver’s license, a student ID card, an employee ID card, a passport).

    ・Applicants will still be permitted to take the exam if they do not have an ID card.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】I studied at a university outside Japan. How should I submit my academic transcripts and certificate of graduation?

    ・Applicants from an overseas university must also submit a degree confirmation letter or a letter verifying their expected degree.

    ・If any of the documents are written in a language other than Japanese or English, they must be submitted together with Japanese or English translations that have been verified by an official organization (e.g., an embassy or notary office).

    ・Submit only original documents (photocopies are not accepted). If original documents cannot be submitted, copies certified by an official organization (e.g., an embassy or notary office) must be submitted.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】How should a foreign national write their name down in the Application Form?

    Please write your name in the Latin alphabet as it appears in your passport.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】How can I pay for my application fee? Can I pay (i) using an ATM, (ii) by overseas money transfer, or (iii) by credit card?

    ・None of the above methods of payment is possible.

    ・Payment can only be made at a post office or bank in Japan by using the payment slip that is provided to applicants by the Institute.

    ・Payment can be made by a proxy.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Which certificates and academic transcripts should I submit if I have a doctoral as well as a master’s degree?

    ・No documents regarding your doctoral degree are required. Only submit documents that confirm your master’s degree program, namely an academic transcript and a certificate of graduation (or expected graduation).*

    ・Depending on which department you are applying to, you may also be required to submit an academic transcript* for your bachelor’s degree.

    *Note that only originals will be accepted.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】My master’s thesis will not be ready in time for application. What should I do?

    ・Submit what you can at the time of application: the thesis summary and your unfinished thesis.

    ・A thesis summary must be submitted for all applications. However, the submission of a thesis depends on the Department you are applying to.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】My master’s degree program did not require me to write a master’s thesis. What should I do?

    ≪Summary of master's thesis≫

    ・In lieu of a thesis summary, submit a summary of a research project that was conducted as part of your master’s or professional master’s degree program.

      

    ≪Master's thesis≫

    ・In lieu of a master’s thesis, submit a report of a research project that was conducted as part of your master’s or professional master’s degree program.

    ・Note:A thesis summary must be submitted for all applications. However, the submission of a thesis (or its equivalent) depends on the Department you are applying to.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】My certificates are printed with my birth name. What should I do if I now use a different name?

    Certificates and transcripts that identify applicants by their birth names are acceptable. Make sure you indicate the change in your name in the Application Form (i.e., write your former name in parentheses after your current legal name).

    Example of a changed surname: Ken Tanaka (Suzuki)

    Example of a changed first name: Joe (Jane) Stewart

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Can I apply under my birth name instead of my legal name?

    You may choose to apply using either your legal name or birth name.Write whichever name you wish to use on the Application Form, with your other name included in parentheses.

    Example of applying under a birth surname: Ken Suzuki (Tanaka)

    Example of applying under a birth first name: Jane (Joe) Stewart


  • Entrance examination

  • 【Doctoral Degree】When and where will the entrance examination be held?

    Dates and locations depend on the department to which you are applying. Information will be provided in the ‘Entrance Examination Details’ letter you will receive with the Entrance Examination Card.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】Are past exam papers available?

    No past exam papers are available. Consult your prospective academic supervisor for an overview of exam content.


  • Other

  • 【Doctoral Degree】I changed my home address subsequent to my application. How do I notify the Institute of this?

    ・Notify the Admissions Division (nyushi.daigakuin@jim.titech.ac.jp) of your change of address by providing the following details: (i) examinee number, (ii) full name, (iii) new address and postal code, (iv) date of address change.

    ・Remember also to notify your local post office when you move so that your mail will be forwarded to the new address.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】How do I obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)?

    ・If you need to apply for a COE, Contact the Admissions Division (nyushi.daigakuin@jim.titech.ac.jp) via email once your admission has been confirmed.

  • 【Doctoral Degree】What should I do if I lose my Entrance Examination Card?

    ・Contact the Admissions Division (nyushi.daigakuin@jim.titech.ac.jp) immediately.

    ・A photograph and an identification card will be necessary to reissue an Entrance Examination Card.