Application Qualifications and Schedule

 With the aim of accepting promising individuals not only from Japan but also from all over the world, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS) screens all applicants while placing particular importance on a sense of mission and motivation.

The GSAPS Admissions Office comprehensively evaluates applications based on such factors as research plans, certifications, interviews, etc.
For more details, please read the “Application Guide for Admissions of AY2018”.

1. Application Qualifications

MA Program Enrollment Capacity 120 / year
Admissions
Categories
Qualification
General
Admissions
  1. Those who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  2. Those who have received a Bachelor’s Degree from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation or are scheduled to receive such a degree by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  3. Those who have completed 16 years of standard school education overseas or are scheduled to complete such education by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  4. Those who are designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate. (Please contact the GSAPS Admissions Office for details.)
  5. Those who have been enrolled at a university for more than three years (or have completed 15 years of school education overseas or are scheduled to complete such education by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate) and have been recognized by GSAPS as having earned a specified number of credits with an excellent academic record.
  6. Those who have been recognized by GSAPS as possessing academic credentials superior to those of university graduates through an individual entrance requirements screening process and are scheduled to reach 22 years of age by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  7. Those who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at the time of application to GSAPS, and who are applying for the accelerated program, whereby the applicants skip the undergraduate degree and directly enter the MA program. (Please contact the GSAPS Admissions office for details.)

    ※”University” in “1” and “5” means a university in Japan.
    ※Graduates from three-year specialized college (zhuanke) programs in China do not meet “5″ above. (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 fulfill “3″.)

Special
Admissions
for
International
Development
Applicants must fulfill the “Applicant Qualifications for General Admissions” and all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for ‘Special Admissions for International Development’.
(1)Applicants must be Japanese or Special Permanent Residents.
(2) Those who have overseas experiences of more than one year in the following fields:
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, expert investigator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officer in an overseas diplomatic office, international civil servants such as with the United Nations, international NGOs, overseas CSR activities, or other international development activities.

Special
Admissions
for
Graduating
Waseda University
Students

Applicants must fulfill all of the following two criteria to be eligible to apply for ‘Special Admissions for Graduating Waseda University Students’.
(1)One of the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  • Applicants for admission in April 2018 are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ in March 2018 by their respective undergraduate schools.
  • Applicants for admission in September 2018 are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ in September 2018 by their respective undergraduate schools.
  • Applicants for admission in April 2019 are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ in March 2019 by their respective undergraduate schools.

※Applicants whose home universities are overseas partner universities of Waseda University and who are currently enrolled in the undergraduate school at Waseda University through the Double Degree Program are eligible to apply for ‘Special Admissions for Graduating Waseda University Students’ if they are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ by their respective undergraduate schools at Waseda University and are scheduled to earn a bachelor’s degree conferred by Waseda University.

(2)Must obtain a recommendation letter from his/ her supervisor to certify his/ her abilities and knowledge.

Scholarship
Admissions
Applicatns must fulfill the “Applicant Qualifications for General Admissions” and the criteria to apply to “Scholarship Admissions”.
Please note that the criteria for Scholarship Admissions are different by scholarship.
Please refer to the “Scholarship Admissions“.
PhD Program Enrollment Capacity 30 / year
Admissions
Categories
Qualification
General
Admissions
  1. Holders of a Master’s Degree, Professional Master’s Degree, or Professional Doctoral Degree in Law or those who are scheduled to receive such a degree by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  2. Holders of a Master’s Degree, Professional Master’s Degree, or an equivalent from an institution overseas or those who are scheduled to receive such a degree by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  3. Those designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. (Please contact the GSAPS Admissions Office for details.)
  4. Those who have completed postgraduate programs and received a degree equivalent to a Master’s Degree from United Nations University or those who are scheduled to receive such a degree by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
  5. Those who have been recognized by GSAPS as possessing academic credentials equivalent or superior to those of holders of a Master’s Degree, Professional Master’s Degree, or Professional Doctoral Degree in Law through an individual entrance requirements screening process and are scheduled to reach 24 years of age by the entrance period that applicants wish to matriculate.
Scholarship
Admissions
Applicatns must fulfill the “Applicant Qualifications for General Admissions” and the criteria to apply to “Scholarship Admissions”.
Please note that the criteria for Scholarship Admissions are different by scholarship.
Please refer to the “Scholarship Admissions“.

2. Screening Schedules

For April 2018 Admissions

MA Program
Admissions
Categories
Application
Period ※1
Result
of
First
Screening
Second
Screening
Final
Admission
Decision
Essay
Exam
Interview
General
Admissions
Application
from
Inside of
Japan
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017

Nov. 30, 2017

Application
from
Overseas
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017
Special
Admissions
for
International
Development
Application
from
Inside of
Japan
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017

Nov. 30, 2017

Application
from
Overseas
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017

Special
Admissions
for Graduating
Waseda Univ.
Students

Fall
Application
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 6, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017
Winter
Application
※2
Jan. 5-12, 2018 Feb. 5, 2018 Feb. 22, 2018

 ※1  Web Registration starts before each application period. Please refer to the GSAPS Application Guide for more details.  

 ※2  It will be announced after Dec. 1st, 2017 whether the Winter Application is available or not.

PhD Program
Admissions
Categories
Application
Period ※
Result
of
First
Screening
Second
Screening
Final
Admission
Decision
Essay
Exam
Interview
General
Admissions
Application
from
Inside of
Japan
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 16, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017 Nov. 25, 2017 Nov. 30, 2017
Application
from
Overseas
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 16, 2017 Nov. 17 – 22, 2017 Nov. 30, 2017

※ Web Registration starts before each application period. Please refer to the GSAPS Application Guide for more details.  

For September 2018 Admissions

MA Program
Admissions
Categories
Application
Period ※1
Result
of
First
Screening
Second
Screening
Final
Admission
Decision
Essay
Exam
Interview
General
Admissions
Application
from
Inside of
Japan
Apr. 2-9, 2018 May 17, 2018 Jun. 2, 2018 Jun. 2, 2018 Jun. 7, 2018
Application
from
Overseas
Apr. 2-9, 2018 May 17, 2018
Special
Admissions
for
International
Development
Application
from
Inside of
Japan
Apr. 2-9, 2018 May 17, 2018 Jun. 2, 2018 Jun. 7, 2018
Application
from
Overseas
Apr. 2-9, 2018   May 17, 2018
Special
Admissions
for Graduating
Waseda Univ.
Students
Fall
Application
Sep. 13-20, 2017 Nov. 6, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017
Spring
Application※2
Apr. 2-9, 2018 May. 14, 2018 May. 17, 2018
Scholarship Admissions For more information

※1  Web Registration starts before each application period. Please refer to the GSAPS Application Guide for more details.  

※2  Details regarding the fixed interview’s schedule for Special Admissions for Graduating Waseda University Students will be announced on our website at the beginning of January 2018. Applicants for April 2019 admission are also able to submit application documents during this application period. Screening will be conducted according to this schedule.

PhD Program
Admissions
Categories
Application
Period ※
Result
of
First
Screening
Second
Screening
Final
Admission
Decision
Essay
Exam
Interview
General
Admissions
Application
from
Inside of
Japan
Apr. 2-9, 2018 May 24, 2018 Jun. 2, 2018 Jun. 2, 2018 Jun. 7, 2018
Application
from
Overseas
Apr. 2-9, 2018 May 24, 2018

May 25 -31, 2018

Jun. 7, 2018
Scholarship Admissions For more information

※ Web Registration starts before each application period. Please refer to the GSAPS Application Guide for more details.