Graduate School of Political ScienceWaseda University

For Prospective Students


1. About Graduate School of Political Science (GSPS)

Please visit the following websites and do a search using the faculty member’s name or other possible keywords.

■Graduate School of Political Science Faculty Profiles
*Researcher Directory operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
*Data on the output of academic papers based on Scopus, a database of abstracts and citations for academic papers.
■Waseda University Library Academic Information Search
*Available only to Waseda University students.
*An electronic journal platform operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
*The world’s largest network of library content and services.

When conducting research, it is essential to conduct a thorough investigation of previous research. Please check the past research achievements of the faculty members belonging to each area of the Political Science Course from the websites posted in the answer above FAQ, and consider as candidates those faculty members who are conducting research close to your interests and research themes, or those who belong to areas where you would like to receive research guidance. This process is essential for the preparation of your research proposal and to prevent mismatches after admission.

Among the Political Science majors, the Political Science course is especially for those who wish to become researchers. Many students in the Journalism course go on to work for companies and mass media.

As a graduate school for training researchers, we have produced a large number of researchers. If you are able to achieve excellent results during your time at the university, you may be able to take the first step in your career as a researcher, which is a special researcher of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), or you may be able to take a career as an assistant at the university.
For your reference, information on job openings in Japan for researchers at each university and research institution is available on the JREC-IN Portal operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

JREC-IN Portal:
JREC-IN Portal is a portal site for research personnel that supports career development and capacity building of research personnel such as researchers, research assistants, and engineers.

In the past, many of our students have gone on to work in the mass media. Please refer to the following website for information on career paths.
– Career Center data
*Japanese version only

Weekday evening classes, Saturday classes, on-demand classes, etc. are also available, but since the Graduate School of Political Science is not exclusively an evening course, you will need to adjust your work schedule so that you can attend classes during weekdays. For more information on courses and timetables, please check the following website
Timetable Guide:

Waseda University has concluded academic exchange agreements with universities around the world in order to develop human resource and research exchange with overseas educational and research institutions. We also promote multi-university exchange by participating in consortia of universities around the world.

Yes. The master’s and doctor’s program allow you to obtain degrees taught only in English on the Political Science Course. The English language program is offered only to students joining the University in September for the master’s program, and to students joining the university in either April or September for the doctor’s course.

We have students of many different nationalities. For more information, please check the following websites
Center for International Education

Due to the impact of the new coronavirus infection, the University is offering all classes online for the Spring 2020 semester, and then a combination of face-to-face and online classes. For more information about individual class methods, please check the following website.
Course Registration, Syllabi

The following website provides a summary of information on new coronavirus infections. We will be adding to it as needed. Please check the latest information.

2. Entrance Examination and Application

Application deadlines have been set for April and September admission, respectively. Please check the application guidelines available on the Graduate School’s website.

Unfortunately, the past entrance examinations for the Graduate School are not available for viewing.

Our Graduate School does not offer any “Preparatory Courses for Entering Graduate School”. However, it may be possible to audit our lectures as a non-degree student or take Japanese language courses at the Center for Japanese Language before applying for or entering the master’s program. For details, please refer to the following website.

科目等履修生(Non-degree) (Japanese text only) student

Center for Japanese Language

If you are currently enrolled in a master’s program at a foreign university, you may be accepted as a research intern at Waseda University for the purpose of conducting research activities with Waseda University faculty members, but you will not be able to participate in classes, earn credits, or receive research guidance from the host faculty. For more information about research internships, please visit the following website.

International Scholar Services

And it may be possible to audit our lectures as a non-degree student or take Japanese language courses at the Center for Japanese Language before applying for or entering the master’s program. For details, please refer to the following website.

科目等履修生(Non-degree) (Japanese text only)

Center for Japanese Language

The decision will be made immediately after the student’s enrollment, after consideration of the student’s own wishes and research field, and after an interview with the faculty member.

No. There is no need for advance contact. Please be aware that it is not possible to specify a supervising professor in advance.

The application does not necessarily have to be in the same field of study as that of the master’s course. The application will be reviewed comprehensively based on the research plan and other documents submitted at the time of application.

At the time of application, we require applicants to submit proof of their English proficiency (except for some applicants). After entering the university, depending on your research plan and field of study, there are many situations in which English proficiency will be required in the general education and research process, such as reading major literature, reviewing previous research, survey analysis, writing papers, conference presentations, and various meetings.

No. If English is your native language or if you graduated from a program held in English at an English-speaking university, you do not need to submit an English language certificate.

If you will not receive your score by the application deadline, print out the scores you are able to view on the website and submit this instead. You will need to make an additional submission of your official score as soon as you receive it.

Graduates from three-year specialized college (zhuanke) programs in China are not eligible to apply. However, those who have graduated from a four-year (benke) program after graduating from a three-year program and completed 16 years of school education are eligible to apply.

In order to obtain residence status, an overseas non-degree student needs to register for courses of at least ten hours per week throughout the year (equivalent to at least 7 major subject courses and Japanese language courses). What’s more, in addition to registering for the above auditing courses at the Graduate School of Political Science, it is also necessary to register for the Japanese language course at the Center for Japanese Language and to pay the Japanese language course auditing fees. Japanese language course applications are carried out after admission to the University has been completed. Details are sent to students who have completed admission procedures. When applying to the Graduate School of Political Science, please only apply for the courses that you wish to audit at the Graduate School of Political Science.

An overall judgment is made based on your application materials, master’s thesis and interview. All applicants must submit their language test score cards (TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS) when applying. Please sit an English language proficiency test prior to application so that you are able to submit a scorecard (from the past two years).

Yes. It is possible to apply at the same time. In that case, please pay only the application fee and screening fee for the Master’s course. It is not necessary to pay the screening fee for non-degree students. Please note that entrance examination guidelines for non-degree students are only available in Japanese.

Yes. It is possible for a proxy in Japan to pay the fee. In such cases, always make sure that the application is carried out in the name of the applicant.

In most years, next year’s courses are decided in December. There are times when the courses successfully entered onto by students who passed the entrance examination in September are not held. In such cases, the Graduate School of Political Science office will contact the affected students and ask them to select alternative courses.

If you do not register for courses offered by the Graduate School of Political Science in the Fall Semester, your enrollment at the Graduate School will end on September 20. Even if you are planning to register for language courses at the Center for Japanese Language, unless you register for courses at the Graduate School of Political Science your enrollment will end and you will not be allowed to register for language courses. Please be careful.

3. Support before/after Enrollment

Although there is no tuition reduction or exemption system, Waseda University offers several scholarship programs. Please check the following websites for details.

Support for International Students

Waseda University offers numerous scholarship systems. What’s more, JASSO and various other foundations accept applications for scholarships on an ongoing basis. As a general rule, you should apply for scholarships after admission, but there are also scholarships offered by organizations other than the University that you can apply for prior to admission.

Yes. Student dormitories are available for students of Waseda University. For details, please ask Waseda University’s Residence Life Center.

Please check the following websites and contact the Residence Center if necessary.

Residence Life Center

A cosignatory is needed to rent rooms, but as a general rule you need to take responsibility for finding your own cosignatory. However, if you have only just arrived in Japan and you really cannot find a cosignatory it is possible to use the rental guarantor service offered by the University’s associate company WASEDA UNIVERSITY PROJECT MANAGEMENT CORP.

Passing the entrance examination on its own is not enough to apply for a new student visa or to extend a student visa. You can only carry out visa procedures when you have paid the admission fee and the prescribed academic fees, and completed admissions procedures by submitting all other necessary documents. In the case of April entry to the University, admissions procedures are completed in early March. However, applications to process admissions are accepted in December from overseas applicants only. In the case of September entry, admissions applications are accepted in late June. Please carry out visa applications after this time.

There is a training center and other facilities equipped with changing rooms, shower rooms, etc. Please check the following website.


Please check the following website.

Waseda University Career Center

If you are unable to attend classes (including examinations) for more than two months due to illness, language study abroad, financial circumstances, or other legitimate reasons, you may take a “leave of absence” with the prescribed procedures and approval. For details, please contact the Graduate School office.

In the doctoral course, if you are selected as a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), you will receive a KAKENHI grant of up to 1.5 million yen each year. For more information, please refer to the following website.

JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists

Please contact the Graduate School of Political Science Office and Admissions Office.
[email protected]

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