Admission Policy

First-term Doctorate Program and Master’s Degree Program

The First-term Doctorate Program and the Master’s Degree Program at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters aim to foster human resources who learn multifaceted basic science of humanities and can contribute to elucidation of universal problems of human existence in modern society. To pursue this aim, we proactively grant admission mainly to students with the following qualities or motivation:
- those who have already cultivated thinking ability, knowledge and linguistic ability necessary for their major or specialized course during their studies in their baccalaureate degree program, and have wide perspectives on and interests in vivid trends in the world and society, acute sensitivity to everyday phenomena in our immediate surroundings and ability to identify problems, unfettered ability to take notice to view “obviousness” skeptically beyond the boundaries of conventional thinking, reasoning ability to analyze and consider these matters carefully and sincerely on the basis of an exciting hypothesis, profound education that is not limited to the specialized field, and highly sophisticated linguistic ability to appropriately express the above matters, etc.; and
- those who have the will and resolve to act as members of the local community and international society in the future using a high level of expertise and solid skills in the specialized field and relevant fields.

With the above ideals of desirable students in mind, we administer internal entrance examinations, general entrance examinations, entrance examinations for international students, special entrance examinations for adult students and early admission entrance examinations and make selections of graduate students.

Descriptions and levels of knowledge or other qualities required to acquire are as follows:
- to have sufficient thinking ability, knowledge and linguistic ability which should be acquired during the studies in baccalaureate degree program; and
- to be able to position oneself in the world and society, cultivate oneself and take on pursuits independently, and express the results in writing.
 

Doctorate Program
The Doctorate Program at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters aims to foster competent human resources with superior sensitivity and acute rationality who have acquired soaring spiritual and cultural literacy, and sophisticated scientific recognition, and can contribute to the elucidation of universal problems of human existence in modern society. To pursue this aim, we proactively grant admission mainly to students with the following qualities or motivation:
- those who have the knowledge, thinking ability, and linguistic ability necessary for their major or specialized course and completion of the Master’s Degree Program and submitted a thesis to request for master’s degree judged by their thesis advisers to be above the demanded level and passed the examination of the thesis, or those who have ability equivalent to the above; and
- those who are motivated to submit an application thesis for a doctoral degree and can engage in the advanced learning or practical work necessary for that, and be able to soundly perform activities such as long-term study abroad, presentations at various academic conferences, writing of articles for bulletins, and have the stamina and specific strategy to pass through a difficult process to get to be able to contribute to Japan and foreign countries as an independent researcher or educator at a world level.

With the above ideals of desirable students in mind, we administer general entrance examinations and entrance examinations for international students and make selections of graduate students.

Descriptions and levels of knowledge or other qualities required are as follows:
- to have the knowledge, thinking ability and verbal ability (including linguistic ability) necessary to complete the Master’s Degree Program and have passed the examination of the thesis for the master’s degree; and
- to be able to further explore research aiming to submit a doctoral thesis and to have sufficient technical skills and ability to carry out purposes to advance the exploration.
 

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