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Doctoral Program Information for International Students—Application Guidelines

17.11.2017 Update

Admissions Schedule for FY2018

※Dates are tentative only. Be sure to confirm dates in the application guidelines

Graduate Division Application Period Exam Dates Exam Method
Written Exam Documents/
Oral Exam
Comparative Studies of
Societies and Culture
Jan. 9 (Tue.) to Jan. 12 (Fri.),   2018 Mar. 5 (Mon.) to Mar. 6 (Tue.),  2018 Yes Yes
Human Developmental Sciences Jan. 9 (Tue.) to Jan. 12 (Fri.) ,  2018 Mar. 5 (Mon.) to Mar. 6 (Tue.),  2018 Yes Yes
Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Jan. 9 (Tue.) to Jan. 12 (Fri.) ,  2018 Mar. 5 (Mon.) to Mar. 6 (Tue.) , 2018 Yes Yes
Life Sciences July 31 (Mon.) to Aug 2 (Wed.), 2017 Sep. 4 (Mon.) , 2017 No Yes
Jan. 9 (Tue.) to Jan. 12 (Fri.),   2018 Mar. 5 (Mon.) to Mar. 6 (Tue.),  2018 No Yes
Advanced Sciences July 31 (Mon.) to Aug 2 (Wed.), 2017 Sep. 4 (Mon.) , 2017 No Yes
Jan. 9 (Tue.) to Jan. 2(Fri.),     2018 Mar. 5 (Mon.) to Mar. 6 (Tue.),  2018 No Yes
Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering * July 26 (Web.) to July 28 (Fri.), 2017 Aug. 26 (Sat.) , 2017 No Yes
Nov. 7 (Tue.) to Nov. 9(Thu.),     2017 Dec. 9 (Sat.) ,  2017 No Yes

* A "Cooperative major" is a major operated under a joint system of education program. The Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering is done in partnership with Nara Women's Universiry, allowing both institutions to take advantage of thier mutual education and research resouces.
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1. Application Method

Put all required application documents in the designated university envelope and submit them by registered express mail to the address indicated below within the indicated application period. Applications will only be accepted by registered express mail.

Application documents must arrive at the university by the final day of the application period.
Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. Please ensure that all necessary documents are included. Once the application package is submitted, under no circumstances will Ochanomizu University accept changes, return documents or refund the application screening fee.

Submit by registered express mail to:
Admissions Division, Ochanomizu University, 2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610 Japan

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2. Eligibility

The applicant must be a female who a) does not hold Japanese citizenship, b) either possesses, or is albe to obtain a Status of Residence of “College Student” according to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, and c) falls under any one of the following categories.

  1. (1) A graduate of a master’s program or professional program, or a person who will graduate from such a program by March 2018.
  2. (2) A person who has received (or will receive by March 2018) a degree equivalent to a master’s or a professional degree in a foreign country.
  3. (3) A person who has received (or will receive by March 2018) a master's degree while in Japan through a distance education program at an overseas school.
  4. (4) A person who has received (or will receive by March 2018) a master’s degree from a foreign university based in Japan that is also recognized by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an educational institution.
  5. (5) A person who has completed coursework from the United Nations University and received a degree equivalent to a master’s degree.
  6. (6) A person designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Ministry of Education Notification No. 118 of 1988)
  7. (7) A person recognized through screening at the graduate school concerned at Ochanomizu University as having academic abilities equivalent to or above a master’s-level degree and who will be at least 24 years of age on March 31, 2018.
  • Note 1: Individuals who have graduated from a Japanese high school must apply using the admission procedures for Japanese applicants.
  • Note 2: Applicants wishing to take the entrance exam under category (2) through (7) above should inquire in advance to the Admissions Office before applying. Applicants under category (6) or (7) should note that the application period differs from the above table.

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3. Required Documents

1 Application form
Exam admission ticket Photo

Designated Ochanomizu University application form
Two copies of the same 5 x 4cm photo taken within three months of the application submission (affix to the designated location on the application form).
The exam admission ticket will be required at the exam location.

2 Certificate of Graduation or
Certificate of Expected
Graduation

Official letter from the dean or rector of the final institution. (Copies are not acceptable. If only the diploma is available, provide certification from a notary public or other authority.)

3 Master’s thesis

Two copies
These copies will be returned following the examination.

4 Summary of the master’s thesis

Six copies
Free format and style as long as all the required items are included.

5 Research plan

Six copies

For Comparative Studies of Societies and Culture, Human Developmental Sciences, and Gender and Social Sciences: written in Japanese (horizontally), approximately 1,000 characters over a maximum of two A4 pages.

For Life Sciences or Advanced Sciences: a maximum of two A4 pages written in either Japanese (approximately 1,000 characters) or English (approximately 400 words)

6 Academic transcript

Master’s degree transcript (copies are not acceptable.)

7 Copy of the Resident Register

Issued by the applicant’s resident municipality in Japan. If you do not have a resident register at the time of application, provide a copy of the passport details page (name, date of birth, gender) and the page showing the Status of Residence or Japanese visa.

8 Examination fee
(transfer payment slip)

30,000 yen+
(Payable by bank transfer at a financial institution other than JP Bank; the transfer fee is the responsibility of the applicant) The name of the examinee must be indicated as the Name of Remitter. After paying the fee, the stamped part of the slip (納入済票)(proof of paying out) should be affixed to the prescribed location the back of the application form.

*In principle, the fee is not required for international students on Japanese government scholarships provided that the applicant has applied to extend the period of scholarship payments by applying to attend Ochanomizu University. In such cases, the applicant should also provide the Mombukagakusho Scholarship Student Certificate

9 Return envelope for the entrance examination ticket

Please fill in your address on the designated envelope and affix 402 yen in stamps (92 yen for standard mail + 310 yen for registered letter).

*Use an address in Japan.

*The examination ticket and the oral exam schedule, etc. will arrive at least seven days before the exam.

10 Mailing label

Required for mailing letter of acceptance. Use an address where you can readily be reached.

11 Document checklist

Verify that all necessary documents are assembled, and return list with the application package.

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4. Guidelines

Guidelines for Application to the 2018 Doctoral Program (exclusive of "Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering")
Guidelines for Application to the 2018 "Cooperative Major in Human Centered Engineering" (Japanese only)

Inquiries

Admissions Office, Ochanomizu University, 2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610
E-mail: nyushi@cc.ocha.ac.jp

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関連リンク / Related Links

»Special Entrance Examination for Privately Funded International Students (Undergraduate)
»Master’s Program Information for International Students—Application Guidelines
»Doctoral Program Information for International Students—Application Guidelines

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