Application Qualifications and Schedule

*Updated on October 15, 2019

 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”.

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 2020 are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ in March 2020 by their respective undergraduate schools.
  • Applicants for admission in September 2020 are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ in September 2020 by their respective undergraduate schools.
  • Applicants for admission in April 2021 are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ in March 2021 by their respective undergraduate schools. (Can apply at the same time as that for the admission of September 2020 enrollment)

※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 2020 Admissions (Application already closed.)

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. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019 Nov. 23, 2019 Nov. 23, 2019

Nov. 28, 2019

Application

from

Overseas
Sep. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019
Special

Admissions

for

International

Development
Application

from

Inside of

Japan
Sep. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019 Nov. 23, 2019

Nov. 28, 2019

Application

from

Overseas
Sep. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019

Special

Admissions
for Graduating
Waseda Univ.
Students

Fall

Application
Sep. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 11, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019
Winter
Application
※2
Jan. 6-14, 2020 Feb. 3, 2020 Feb. 20, 2020

 ※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, 2019 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. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019 Nov. 23, 2019 Nov. 23, 2019 Nov. 28, 2019
Application

from

Overseas
Sep. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019 Nov. 15 – 20, 2019 Nov. 28, 2019

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

For September 2020 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
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020 May 21, 2020 May. 30, 2020 May. 30, 2020 Jun. 4, 2020
Application

from

Overseas
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020 May 21, 2020
Special

Admissions

for

International

Development
Application

from

Inside of

Japan
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020 May 21, 2020 May. 30, 2020 Jun. 4, 2020
Application

from

Overseas
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020   May 21, 2020
Special
Admissions
for Graduating
Waseda Univ.
Students
Fall

Application
Sep. 11-18, 2019 Nov. 11, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019
Spring

Application※2
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020 May 18, 2020 May 21, 2020
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 2020. Applicants for April 2021 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
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020 May 21, 2020 May. 30, 2020 May. 30, 2020 Jun. 4, 2020
Application

from

Overseas
Mar. 30-Apr. 6, 2020 May 21, 2020

May 22 -28, 2020

Jun. 4, 2020
Scholarship Admissions For more information

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