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Entrance Examinations for 2019 Applicants

The examinations for the master's program and the doctral program are held in late August and late January to early February. The examination is categorized as follows;

Programs

Examination Categories

Quota

Examination Month

Enrollment
Period

Master’s program

Recommendation-based Examination
for Qualifieed Students

7

July

April

General
Entrance
Examination

General 

MS Program in Informatics

30

August

&
Jun.-Feb.

MS Program in Library and Information Studies

MS Career Up program in Library and Information Studies

MS English program in Library and Information Studies

A few

Jun.-Feb.

October

Special Screenings for the International Students' Special Program

A few

*

Doctoral program

Recommendation-based Examination
for Qualifieed Students

3

July

April

General
Entrance
Examination

General  18

August

&
Jun.-Feb.

Special Examination for Applicants with jobs and/or experiences
Screenings for the English Program A few Jun.-Feb. October
Special Screenings for the International Students' Special Program A few *

* For the examination month, please refer to the Guidelines for Application.

The master’s program carries out examination in July. Those students who have acquired A grades for about 70% or more in acquired unites at their undergraduate school, and those who are expected to receive a degree and have acquired A grades for about 70% or more in acquired unites at their college of technology, advanced course can apply to the recommendation-based examination.

The Library and Information Science Career-up Program is carried out at the Tokyo Campus. This program intends particularly for information specialists who have at least there years of working experience and wish to further their studies under a part-time basis, without leaving current position. Alternatively, we have an English program MSc in the Library Information Science for international students.

In the doctoral program, those who have academic article with peer review or those who have acquired A grades for about 70% or more in acquired unites at the master’s program can apply to the recommendation-based examination. Those who have working experience for three years or longer (unnecessarily be in position at the time of application), or those who are sent by their companies as a part of duty (length of service is irrelevant) are eligible to apply to the special screening for mature applicants. Students with foreign nationality are allowed to submit documents including research descriptions, in English, and to take oral examination in English, only in the doctoral program.

For those who apply from abroad, please note the followings;

・Examination fees are to be paid by the applicants.

・Examinations have to be taken on site in Japan.

・After passing the examinations, the enrollment fee and tuition fee are to be paid by the applicants.

・Only after enrollment in a program, tuition wavier can be applied.

Application forms, for both Masters and PhD programs, are available in Japanese only, except the LIS English program and English program.

 Entrance Examinations Schedules

 Examination
Periods
Application
Guides
Application
Periods
Examination DatesAnnouncements
of Results
Master's program July 2018(Rec.) 2018/4/27(Fri)
2018/6/1(Fri)-
2018/6/8 (Fri)
2018/7/3 (Tue) 2018/7/11(Wed)
August 2018

2018/7/2 (Mon)-
2018/7/20(Fri)

2018/8/27(Mon)
2018/8/28 (Tue)
2018/9/11(Tue)
February 2019 End of November

2018/12/3(Mon)-
2018/12/26(Wed)

2019/2/4(Mon)
2019/2/5(Tue)

2019/2/19(Tue)
Doctoral program July 2018(Rec.) 2018/4/27(Fri)

2018/6/1(Fri)- 
2018/6/8 (Fri)

2018/7/3 (Tue)

2018/7/11(Wed)
August 2018 2018/7/2 (Mon)-
2018/7/20(Fri)
2018/8/27(Mon) 
2018/8/28 (Tue)
2018/9/11(Tue)
February 2019 End of November 2018/12/3(Mon)-
2018/12/26(Wed)
2019/2/4(Mon)
2019/2/5(Tue)
2019/2/19(Tue)
LIS English Program
(master's and
doctoral programs)
Jan.-Feb. 2019 September

Not decided

online:
Not decided
on Tsukuba:
master: Not decided
doctor : Not decided

Not decided

Chinese Government
Graduate Student
Overseas Study Program

Jan.-Feb. 2019 September

Not decided

online: 
Not decided
on Tsukuba:  Not decided

Not decided

(Rec. = Recommendation)
Please read the application guides for further information.

Admission Qualifications

The Graduate School for Library, Information and Media Studies aims to develop a new academic field that transcends the division between arts and sciences. The master's program accepts students from diverse academic fields, regardless of their college of origin or undergraduate specialty, and the doctoral program accepts students from diverse academic fields, regardless of their major in the master's program. The graduate school recruits students with a strong desire to study and perform research, regardless of their field, personal history, age, or nationality.

Those who are approved as having the same level of ability as a college graduate are qualified to apply for the master's program. In addition, those who are approved as having the same level of ability as a student with a master's degree are qualified to apply for the doctoral program. Those who seek admission with the same level of ability as a student with a master's degree are required to sit a qualifying examination before filing an application. The qualification examination is free and the examination is only made on the basis of the submitted documents.

Selection Methods

In the recommendation-based examination for the master's program, applicants are required to submit documents about their research activities etc., and a recommendation letter written by their university president or the dean of their undergraduate school. They are then required to take an oral examination. In the general examination for the master's program, selection is made on the basis of the submitted documents, TOEIC (includes TOEIC-IP test) or TOEFL (includes TOEFL-ITP<Level 1>) score (this is not required for Career UP program applicants), and the result of an oral examination. In the general examination for the doctoral program, selection is made on the basis of the submitted documents and the result of an oral examination. In the oral examinations (about 30 minutes for each applicant for the first stage; about 60 minutes (in the recommendation-based examination, 30 minutes) for each applicant for the second stage), applicants are required to give a presentation (7 minutes for the first stage; 15 minutes for the second stage) that summarizes their research activities and purpose.

For the doctoral program, each applicant is required to mention the preferred choice of dissertation supervision on the application documents. (This is not required for applicants of the recommendation-based examination.) Since the application documents must be submitted about the month before the entrance examination, each applicant needs to contact a potential supervisor and finalize his/her research theme, before the application submission.

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Examination Results

Master's program
 General screenings

Special screenings

for International

Students

Career-up program in

Library and Information

Studies

English program in

Library and Information

Studies

Total
A.S.A.A.S.AA.S.A.A.S.A.A.S.A.
2017Rec. - - - - - - - - 20 17
Aug. 42 25 6 2 1 1 - - 49 28
Feb. 21 11 15 8 4 1 7 5 47 25
2018Rec. - - - - - - - - 11 9
Aug. 40 21 9 6 1 1 - - 50 28
Feb. 17 9 14 2 5 2 6 3 42 16

(Rec. = Recommendation, A. = Applicants, S.A. = Successful Applicants)

Doctoral program
 

General

screenings

Special screenings

for International

Students

Special screenings

for Working People

Chinese Government 

Graduate Student

Overseas Study Program

English

Program

Total
A.S.A.A.S.A.A.S.A.A.S.A.A.S.A.A.S.A.
2017Aug. 4 3 0 0 1 1 - - - - 5 4
Feb. 6 6 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 2 11 10
2018Aug. 3 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - 3 3
Feb. 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 2 7 6

(A. = Applicants, S.A. = Successful Applicants)

 Register Extending System

Overview
Register Extending System allows students to complete a master’s program in a period longer than usual.
The period can be extended from the standard 2 years to 3 or 4 years.

Eligible Applicants
Working students or those who need to take care of family members, such as children or the elderlies.
Note: There is a possibility that you cannot apply for this system depending on your Status of Residence.

Payment of Tuition Fees
The annual tuition fee for those who were approved the extension will be calculated according to following expression:

(A) X (B) / (C)

Definitions:
       (A) Annual tuition fee which should be paid in the standard number of years
       (B) Number of years equivalent to their program’s standard number of years
       (C) Total number of years including the extended years which have been approved

 Note:The above mentioned annual fee is applied during the approved period only.

Application Period
Consult the Chair of your program as well as your supervisor for approval of application.
Submit required documents within the time period for enrollment procedure.

Address for Requests

Graduate Academic Affairs Section
Academic Service Office for the Library, Information and Media Sciences Area
University of Tsukuba
Tel:+81-29-859-1120
Fax:+81-29-859-1162
Further information may be obtained by using the Inquiry Form

 

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