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Admission for English-taught Degree Program

Admission for English-taught Degree Program

AO Admission

Screening Schedule and Overview of English-taught Degree Program (September 2021 AO Admission)

The Graduate School of Social Sciences conducts “AO admission” screening method for those who seek to earn degree (MA, D.Phil.) by receiving supervision in English and taking the English-taught courses. The AO admission does not require applicants to have the Japanese language proficiency and admits students through the document screening and interview. For more detail, please download the application guidelines below.

*The admission period of the AO admission is September only.

Degree
[Master’s Program] M.A. in Social Sciences
[Doctoral Program] D.Phil. in Social Sciences
Semester begins September 2021
Screening method
[Domestic Applicants]Documents review and interview exam
[Overseas Applicants]Documents review and interview exam
Application documents
[Master’s Program]
Application forms, Graduation/Degree certificates, Academic transcripts, Research plan, Reason for application, TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS (copy of the score card of either), Letter of recommendation, Statement of financial resources, etc.
[Doctoral Program]
Application forms, Graduation/Degree certificates, Academic transcripts, Research plan, Reason for application, Copy of Master’s thesis, Copy of the abstract of Master’s thesis, TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS (copy of the score card of either), Letter of recommendation, Statement of financial resources, etc.
Screening schedule Application period February 10 (Wed.) – March 2 (Tue.), 2021
Screening fee payment period February 3 (Wed.) – March 2 (Tue.), 2021
Announcement of documents review results April 13 (Tue.), 2021
Interview exam period
One of the dates from either May 8 (Sat.) or May 9(Sun.), 2021
Announcement of successful applicants May 21 (Fri.), 2021

 

Application Guidelines and Forms of Application Materials for English-taught Degree Program (September 2021 AO Admission)

The application process is to be completed via the online application system, “The Admissions Office (TAO)”. Please read the application guidelines carefully and prepare for the documents that need to be uploaded before starting the online application.

<Steps for Application>

*Create a new account on TAO.
*Download the designated forms for September 2021 admission. Please do not make any changes on the format of the designated forms.
*Prepare for certificates, academic transcripts and research plan etc.
*Start online entry on TAO. The online entry will be available from 12:00am February 3, 2021.
*Complete online application by the application deadline. Note that applications still incomplete after the application deadline will not be accepted. Incomplete applications include account-created but unfinished applications. Make sure that you have clicked the Submit button.

Start your application from here.

Admission by Internal Recommendation

【Master’s Program】Screening Schedule for Admission by Internal Recommendation for Waseda University Undergraduate Students (September 2021 Entry)

The Graduate School of Social Sciences conducts “Admission by Internal Recommendation“ for  Waseda University undergraduate students who are enrolled at Waseda University as a regular student and are expected to graduate from their respective undergraduate school by September 20, 2021. This admission process does not require applicants to have Japanese language proficiency and admits students through a document screening and interview to an English-taught Master’s program.

【Doctoral Program】Screening Schedule for Internal Recommendation-based  Admissions Program for Master’s Students at GSSS (September 2021 Entry)

The Graduate School of Social Sciences conducts “Internal Recommendation-based Admissions Program” for Master’s students enrolled in GSSS who plan to continue their research at this school and wish to earn a doctoral degree. Applicants who receive a letter of recommendation from their academic advisers and wish to study in the same research field in the doctoral program are eligible to apply for this admission program. Application fees will be waived for this admission program.

The online system is not used for the recommendation-based applications. Please download and fill out the application form and submit it to the office with the other required documents.

Master’s Program

Degree
[Master’s Program] M.A. in Social Sciences
Semester begins September 2021
Screening schedule Period for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation May 6, 2021 (Thu.) through May 29, 2021 (Sat.)
Application fee payment period May 24, 2021 (Mon.) through June 4, 2021 (Fri.)
Application period May 31, 2021 (Mon.) through June 4, 2021 (Fri.)
Interview*
(*An interview will not be conducted if a Letter of Recommendation comes from the supervisor in charge of the applied research field.)

June 8, 2021(Tue.) through June 25, 2021 (Fri.)

One of the dates during the above period

Announcement of successful applicants July 20, 2021 (Tue.)

 

【Master’s Program】Application Guidelines and Forms of Application Materials for Admission by Internal Recommendation for Waseda University Undergraduate Students (September 2021 Entry)

For more detail, please download the application guidelines below.

 

Doctoral Program

Degree
[Doctoral Program] D.Phil in Social Sciences
Semester begins September 2021
Screening schedule Period for Requesting a Letter of Recommendation May 17, 2021 (Mon.) through June 5, 2021 (Sat.)
Application fee payment period Waived
Application period June 8, 2021 (Tue.) through June 15, 2021 (Tue.)
Announcement of successful applicants July 20, 2021 (Tue.)

 

【Doctoral Program】Application Guidelines and Forms of Application Materials for Internal Recommendation-based  Admissions Program for Master’s Students at GSSS (September 2021 Entry)

For more detail, please download the application guidelines below.

 

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