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Qualifications
(one of the following requirements must be met)
1.

Graduated from a four-year university or are recognised as having academic ability of this level or higher
2.
Have completed 16 years of school education outside Japan
3.

Have completed 15 years of school education outside Japan and are recognised as having acquired designated graduate-level credits with outstanding results
4.
Recognised as having academic ability of bachelor's degree level or
higher and pass admission qualification examinations for that particular
graduate school
5. At least 22 years old
In the case of students required by
graduate school to be enrolled as a
Research Student (Kenkyu-sei)
1.
Contact graduate school to which you intend to apply to ascertain if you need to find an academic advisor beforehand and to obtain informal consent for admission prior to application
 
2. If contacting academic advisor is necessary, try the following ways in locating the suitable academic advisor

Ask your current / formal instructor at university to introduce you to a suitable academic advisor

Check from graduate school's prospectus, academic journal

Check from websites of each graduate school and online database of researchers.
>>> researchmap <<<
>>> J-GLOBAL <<<

Check with the graduate school which you intend to apply for if they introduce academic advisor to students
 
3. After about a year as Research Student, students are required to sit for entrance examination as required by graduate school
(graduate school entrance examination usually consist of document screening, short thesis, interview, mainly on students' major, written tests in Japanese and English or other languages )
Entrance examinations are normally conducted
from Aug to October or Feb to March
In the case of Research Student
(Kenkyu-sei) system is not
required by graduate school
1.
Contact graduate school to which you intend to apply to ascertain if you need to find an academic advisor beforehand and to obtain informal consent for admission prior to application
 
2.
If contacting academic advisor is necessary, try the following ways in locating the suitable academic advisor

Ask your current / formal instructor at university to introduce you to a suitable academic advisor

Check from graduate school's prospectus, academic journal

Check from websites of each graduate school and online database of researchers.
>>> researchmap <<<
>>> J-GLOBAL <<<

Check with the graduate school which you intend to apply for if they introduce academic advisor to students
 
3.
Submit necessary documents to graduate school for checking. Sit for entrance examination in Japan as required by graduate school
(graduate school entrance examination usually consist of document screening, short thesis, interview, mainly on students' major, written tests in Japanese and English or other languages )

Entrance examinations are normally conducted
from Aug to October or Feb to March
When contacting an academic advisor in Japan, you need to
1. Specify your past research record and future research plan
2. Tell the reasons why you have selected him / her
3. Enclose a letter of recommendation
4.

Communicate with the academic advisor several times to convey your enthusiasm about your studies

There are some master's courses taught in English medium, mainly on science and engineering subjects.


Application deadlines, procedures, method and documents differ from school to school, and department to department, students have to check directly with the school they wish to attend for specific details. In general, graduate schools in Japan announce their application from June to August every year
 
Conditions for graduating /
completing courses
To complete a master's course, a student must study for at least 2 years in principle

Acquire the necessary credits (at least 30 credtis) in his / her special subject

Write a master's thesis that is judged satisfactory
Pass an examination
 
Conditions for graduating /
completing courses

To complete a master's course, a student must study for at least 2 years in principle

Acquire the necessary credits (at least 30 credtis) in his / her special subject

Write a master's thesis that is judged satisfactory
Pass an examination
 
Research student (Kenkyu-sei)
Students other than regular degree course students, they are given permission to engage in research in a special field for a period of about one semester or one academic year. Entry requirements for research student vary from univeristy to university; some universities may accept a student with a bachelor's degree or higher, other may accept a student with a master's degree or higher. There are mainly three types of research student in Japan, they are:

Student who do not aim to obtain a degree but to carry out research for a short period.

Students who attend a graduate school as short-term international students on the basis of a student exchange agreement between universities; and

Students who use the Research Student System to prepare to enter a graduate school's regular course. Many of the students belong to this category and they stay as a research student for about a year until graduate school entrance examinations. However, not all students can enter graduate school and some of them fail the entrance examination.
     
   
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