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Master's Program

Human Sciences

Outline of the Course

The Masters course is a 2-year program. The goal of this program is to contribute to international scholarship by creating new interdisciplinary networks among multifarious human-sciences and by facilitating the development of variable research endeavors. To further contribute in the development of scientific research, the graduates of this Masters course are strongly encouraged to continue to pursue a Ph.D. degree which usually takes 4 years (or 3 years in some cases) to complete.

While assistance in the form of handouts and presentation materials in English and special consideration in credit assessment may be given, almost all lectures are conducted in Japanese.

Please be aware of the following conditions:

1. You must have sixteen years of schooling to be admitted to the Masters course.

2. You must contact your prospective academic supervisor in the field of your interest and obtain his/her permission of acceptance PRIOR TO applying for the Masters course. Refer to the List of Departments and Research Fields for Masters Programs.

3. You need to possess a high proficiency in English equivalent to the level required to undertake studies in a Ph.D. course, if your Japanese is limited. See the details in Documents for Qualification Assessment.

Another important note is about the visa. All overseas applicants are required to possess a permit to enter Japan. Refer to the following Two Ways to Enter Japan.

Two Ways to Enter Japan

After the successful documentation prescreening, all applicants must enter Japan to sit for the entrance examination.

You may get a temporary single entry visa by stating your purpose to undertake the entrance examination, and intention to return home shortly after the examination. Upon passing the entrance examination, you will be able to apply for a student visa.

The other way is to register as a research student until you enter our Masters course. Registering involves obtaining a letter of acceptance from your prospective supervisor. You may use this letter of acceptance to apply for a student visa

Obtaining a temporary entry visa or a student visa usually takes a minimum of 2 months. Therefore, to secure your entry into Japan in time, it is advised that your initial contact with your prospective supervisor be done as early as six months prior to the entrance examination period.

Annual Schedule for Admission and Entrance Examination

Admission to the Masters course is currently made once a year in April. The entrance examination is conducted in early September (and mid-December in case supplementary examination takes place), and the application period usually falls one or two months prior to the examination period. A prospective supervisor's approval letter is also a mandatory document to sit for the entrance examination, and for a student visa application. Again, contacting the supervisor in your field of interest as early as possible is always advised. See the Flow Chart attached at the end of this file.

(A) Qualification Assessment

A-1. Eligibility
Applicants must fall into one of the following categories:
S/he must:

(1) have completed sixteen-years of study in a foreign country, or is expected to do so before admission;

(2) have finished sixteen-years of education in Japan, or is expected to do so before admission;

(3) be recognized to have the equivalent to the above by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; or

(4) be recognized to have the equivalent to the above by the Graduate Division of this institution.

A-2. Documents & Materials to submit

1. Application Form for Overseas Applicants (Form 8 )
2. Admission Qualification Screening Application (Form 9 )
3. Statement of Purpose (Form 4 )
4. All degree certificates gained in your academic history
5. Transcript
6. Supervisor's Approval (Form 5 ) 6. Please submit a copy of residence certificate issued by the mayor of your residing municipality if you are currently residing in Japan and hold either Residence Card or Foreign Resident Registration Card. If this does not apply to you, please submit a copy of your passport, showing your name, nationality, date of birth, gender and visa).

A-3. Period of Application for Qualification Assessment
Anytime upon receipt of your submission until mid-June (or until mid-October in case supplementary examination takes place in December.)
Please be aware that you must contact your prospective academic supervisor and obtain his/her permission of acceptance PRIOR TO applying for qualification assessment.

A-4. Address for Submission
Admission Office
Graduate Division, Academic Affairs
Shinshu University Graduate School of Medicine
3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-8621, JAPAN,
Tel. +81-263-37-3376
Fax. +81-263-37-3080
mdaigak@shinshu-u.ac.jp

A-5. Notification of the Results
Upon receipt of the results, successful candidates should proceed to the application for entrance examination.

(B) Application for Entrance Examination

Additional Documents to Submit
1. Admission Application Form(Form 1
2. Curriculum Vitae(Form 2
3.Examinee Card, Photo Card(Form 3
*2 copies of your photo: 4 cm H x 3 cm W, with no hat, taken within the last 3 months
4. Address Sheet(Form 4
*Please write your name, address, and postal code
5.5. Fee Payment Sheet(SheetA
*Examination Fee ¥30,000-

(C) Entrance Examination Schedule and Method

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Essay Writing
10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.: English Written Test
1:00 p.m. - : Oral Interview regarding major field

English dictionaries (paper book) are accepted, electronic devices are not allowed.

(D) Notification of Examination Results

Information regarding the examination results will be posted on bulletin boards. Successful applicants will be notified, in writing, by mail. The results will also be made available on the same day at the Graduate School of Medicine's homepage under Information about the Masters Courses.
A confirmation letter will then be submitted to successful applicants. Upon receiving your confirmation letter, a letter of agreement shall be prepared for your visa application. The visa application can then be started.

(E) Admission Procedures

Successful applicants should bring or mail the required documents during the period for admission procedures and pay the admission fee.

(1) Location for admission procedures
Please submit your application package to the same address as detailed in A-4: Address for Submission.

(2) Things to keep in mind regarding application procedures
Any applicant who does not complete his or her application procedures by the stated application deadline will be considered to have declined an admission.

(3) List of documents to be submitted
The list of documents to be submitted for admission, such as an oath and pledge form, will be included in the notification of successful applicants.

  Steps for Admission(April only) Secondary recruitment(April only) Third recruitment
Initial Contact Contact your prospective supervisor anytime, no later than three months prior to the entrance examination period so that you may obtain his/her letter of approval in time.
Application for Qualification Assessment Anytime upon receipt of your submission until mid-June Anytime upon receipt of your submission until by the end of October Anytime upon receipt of your submission until by the end of January
Application for Entrance Examination Monday, July 24, 2017 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept applications on Saturday or Sunday.
Mailed applications should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Monday, November 6, 2017 to Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept applications on Saturday or Sunday.
Mailed applications should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
Monday, February 5, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mailed applications should arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Examination Fee Payment Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Monday, October 30, 2017 to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Monday, January 29, 2018 to Friday, February 9, 2018
Entrance Examination Friday, September 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. -
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. -
Thursday, March 1, 2018
9:00 a.m. -
Notification of Examination Results 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2017
Information regarding the examination results will be posted on bulletin boards.
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017
Information regarding the examination results will be posted on bulletin boards.
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018
Information regarding the examination results will be posted on bulletin boards.
Admission procedures Thursday, September 28, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept applications on Saturday or Sunday.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 16, 2018 to Friday, March 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We do not accept applications on Saturday or Sunday.

Flow Chart

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Health Sciences(Japanese version only)

We can only accept students who have enough Japanese language proficiency to be able to take the entrance examination, and all lectures, in Japanese.