For Prospective Students

Application Handbook

General Admission

Qualifications for Application

Any one of the following qualifications is necessary for admission:

  1. Those who have a Master's degree or those who are expected to complete a Master's Course by March 31, 2023 (for entry in April, 2023) or September 30, 2023 (for entry in October, 2023).
  2. Those who have received a degree equivalent or superior to a Master's degree from an overseas educational institution or who are expected to receive such a degree.
  3. Those who are awarded a degree equivalent or superior to a Master's degree after completing a correspondence or an online course of a foreign school in Japan or who are expected to receive such a degree.
  4. Those who have received a degree equivalent to Master's degree or professional graduate degree by completing required education designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology at educational institutes in Japan with a foreign graduate course education system or who are expected to receive such a degree.
  5. Those who have completed a program at the United Nations University and have received a degree equivalent to Master's degree or who are expected to receive such a degree.
  6. Those who have completed an education course at a foreign school (at educational institutions that have been designated as qualifying for admission) , (4) or those who have attended the United Nations University and passed an examination that is equivalent to the Examination of Doctoral Thesis Study Basic Ability, or those who are expected to pass the examination and are recognized as having academic ability that is considered equal to or greater than that of an applicant who holds a Masters degree shall be deemed qualified.
    (Examination of Doctoral Thesis Study Basic Ability)
    ⅰ)Examination to substantiate the applicant's advanced professional knowledge and ability in the major subject and basic knowledge in fields that are related to the major subject, which the candidate has learned or intends to develop in the first course.
    ⅱ)Examination to substantiate the applicant's ability to autonomously conduct research related to the doctoral thesis and to that which will be learned in the first course.
  7. Those who are engaged in research for 2 years or more after completing their undergraduate course in Japan or a 16-year course of school education in a foreign country, and have academic capability equivalent or superior to the Master's degree are eligible to apply for the doctoral course. The qualifications will be examined by the Board of Representatives. [Notification No.118 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 1989. (Partially amended on March 30, 2001)] The candidates who apply under this category are advised to contact the office of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science.
  8. Those who are above 24 years of age and have a Master's or a higher degree. Applicants are required to satisfy an application qualification examination performed by the Graduate School.
Method of Selection of Applicants

Selection will be made by the results of oral examination, transcripts, and other material of the applicant.

1. Examination in academic subjects

(1) Language ability

Submit language proficiency test scores. (Judgment by taking the test after April 2019, by one of the following tests.)

[English]

  1. Score report of TOEFL iBT
  2. Score report of TOEFL ITP
  3. A copy of the official certificate issued by TOEIC Listening & Reading Test
  4. Score report of TOEIC L&R IP
  5. Transcript issued by IELTS

[Japanese] ※Japanese nationals are invalid.

  1. Transcript of JLPT

2. Oral examination

(a) Examination that asks basic skills related to applicant's specialized subjects. (Approx. 10 minutes)
(b) The oral examination will mainly be centered on the applicant's Master's degree thesis or its substitute, and the statement of the applicant's research plan at the United Graduate School. The examination will consist of 30 minutes of presentation and about 20 minutes of discussion. A computer projector and a Windows laptop computer with PowerPoint will be available for use.

Admission on Recommendation

Qualifications for Application

Any one of the following qualifications is necessary for admission:

      1. Those who have / are expected to be conferred a Master's degree under the supervision of faculty staff belong to The United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Gifu University by March 31, 2023 (for entry in April, 2023) or September 30, 2023 (for entry in October, 2023).
      2. Those who have / are expected to be conferred a Master's degree in a science-related discipline at any sister universities of Gifu University or Shizuoka University.
      3. Those who have / are expected to be conferred a Master's degree in a science-related discipline at any universities other than stated above (1) and (2), and satisfies the UGSAS admission policy.
Method of Selection of Applicants

Selection will be made by the results of oral examinations, transcripts, and other material of the applicant.

      • Oral examination:
        The oral examination will mainly be centered on the applicant's Master's degree thesis or its substitute, and the statement of the applicant's research plan at the United Graduate School. The examination will consist of about 30 minutes of presentation and about 30 minutes of discussion. A computer projector and a Windows laptop computer with PowerPoint will be available for use.

Special Admission for International Students

Qualifications for Application

Applicants who have / are expected to be conferred a Master's degree, and should meet all of the following qualifications by March 31, 2023 (for entry in April, 2023) or September 30, 2023 (for entry in October, 2023).

      1. Applicants should be outstanding students with the ability to obtain a doctorate within three years of admission to the program as international students.
      2. Applicants should be recommended by direct leader such as academic supervisors of their graduate school, government agencies or private companies.
      3. Applicants should be proficient in English.
Method of Selection of Applicants

Video conference interviews will be conducted if the applicant is unable to come to Japan. Please make inquiries about the video conference system (e.g., usage, standards) in advance. If the video conference system is not available, the interviews will be conducted via e-mail.

Notes:

      1. For e-mail interviews, the applicant will first be contacted via e-mail by his or her prospective primary academic supervisors. This e-mail will be sent to the applicant at the e-mail address written on his or her admission application.
      2. E-mail interviews will be conducted by three faculty members in the applicant's preferred field of study. The applicant will exchange e-mail messages at least three times with each faculty member (a total of nine times or more).

English Program for International Students

Qualifications for Application

Applicants should meet all of the following qualifications.

      1. Applicants who have been conferred a Master's Degree or who are expected to be conferred a Master's Degree by March 31, 2023 (for April Admission) or September 30, 2023 (for October Admission).
      2. Applicants should be academically outstanding international students with the ability to obtain a doctorate within three years of enrollment in the program.
      3. Applicants should be recommended by direct leader such as academic supervisors of their graduate school, government agencies or private companies.
      4. Applicants should meet at least one if the following requirements to show English proficiency.
        • TOEEFL iBT: 45 points or more
        • TOEFL ITP: 520 points or more
        • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test, (or TOEIC-IP): 600 points or more
        • IELTS: 5 points or more
Method of Selection of Applicants

Selection will be made by the results of oral examinations, transcripts, and other material of the applicant.

      • Oral examination:
        The oral examination will mainly be centered on the applicant's Master's degree thesis or its substitute, and the statement of the applicant's research plan at the United Graduate School. The examination will consist of 30 minutes of presentation and about 30 minutes of discussion. A computer projector and a Windows laptop computer with PowerPoint will be available for use.

International Joint Ph.D. Program in Food Science and Technology between Gifu University & Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Qualifications for Application

Refer to General Admission or Admission on Recommendation.

Method of Selection of Applicants

Selection will be conducted in two-stages based on the results of the applicant's oral examination, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

      1. Examination in international joint PhD program in food science and technology
        Fundamental knowledge in the target academic area in which the applicant wishes to study, research plan, master's thesis, etc., and competency in the English language.
      2. Take one of the following examinations;

        General admission
        Admission on recommendation
        Applicants who wish to enter the International Joint Ph.D. Program in Food Science & Technology are to apply concurrently for the Science of Biological Resources Course, in which the desired academic supervisor belongs to.
        Entrance examinations, both general and by recommendation, will be conducted in July (1st Application) or February (2nd Application).

        Document required:
        First choice: International Joint Ph.D. Program in Food Science & Technology
        Second choice: Science of Biological Resources

      3. English language qualification; You will need to demonstrate competency in English by submitting a test score from one of the following recognized English language qualification, such as:
        • TOEFL iBT: 80 points or more
        • TOEIC Listening & Reading Test: 730 points or more
        • IELTS: 6 points or more

Tuition and Admission Fees

Admission Fee

Admission fee: 282,000 yen (estimated)

      • Other than the admission fee, successful candidates are required to purchase "Accident and Casualty Insurance for Students During Educational Research Activities." Further information will be notified to the candidates after being accepted to the program.
      • Students who will complete the master's program at any participating university in March or September 2023 are exempt from admission fee.
      • The admission fee is an estimate, and therefore if modified, the modified amount will be applied from then on.
Tuition Fee

Tuition fee (first semester): 267,900 yen (estimated; 535,800 yen a year is payable in two installments for the first and second semester)

      • Students will pay the tuition for the first semester in May by bank account transfer. Further information will be notified to the candidates after being accepted to the program.
      • International students who will remain as the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship recipients in the new academic year are exempt from both admission and tuition fees. Towards this, the international students mentioned above must submit the certificate of the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship.
      • The tuition fee is an estimate, and therefore if modified, the modified amount will be applied from then on.
Capacity and Enrollment

As of April/1/2021

CourseCapacityPresent Enrollment
Annual AdmissionTotal Number1st2nd3rdTotal
Science of Biological Production 7 21 8(8) 7(1) 9(5) 25(14)
Science of Biological Environment 5 15 6(5) 5(3) 16(7) 27(15)
Science of Biological Resources 6 18 20(6) 8(2) 16(8)

44(16)

International Joint PhD Program in Food Sci. & Technol. 2 6 1(1) 2(2) 1(1) 4(4)
Total 20 60 35(20) 22(17) 42(21) 99(49)

() indicates the number of international students.

Number of Students by Participating Universities

As of April/1/2021

Participating University1st2nd3rdTotal
Gifu University 27(16) 16(5) 30(12) 73(33)
Shizuoka University 7(3) 4(1) 11(8) 22(12)
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 1(1) 2(2) 1(1) 4(4)
Total 35(20) 22(8) 42(21) 99(49)

() indicates the number of international students.

Number of Doctor's Degrees Awarded
Course Doctorare
YearParticipating UniversityScience of Biological ProductionScience of Biological EnvironmentScience of Biological ResourcesTotal
2014 Gifu University 2(2) 4(3) 6(0) 12(5)
Shizuoka University 1(1) 1(1) 0 2(2)
2015 Gifu University 0 6(6) 1(1) 7(7)
Shizuoka University 0 1(0) 1(1) 2(1)
2016 Gifu University 5(4) 2(2) 10(3) 17(9)
Shizuoka University 3(1) 2(1) 0 5(2)
2017 Gifu University 3(3) 2(1) 7(4) 12(8)
Shizuoka University 0 2(0) 1(1) 3(1)
2018 Gifu University 6(5) 6(6) 10(7) 22(18)
Shizuoka University 1(1) 0 3(2) 4(3)
2019 Gifu University 2(0) 5(4) 9(4) 16(8)
Shizuoka University 0 1(0) 3(2) 4(3)
2020 Gifu University 6(4) 6(5) 16(12) 28(21)
Shizuoka University 3(2) 0 3(0) 6(2)

() indicates the number of international students.

Admission Statistics
2021
CourseAdmission QuotaCandidatesCandidates taken examSuccessful CandidatesEnrolled
Science of Biological Production 7 8(8) 7(7) 7(7) 7(7)
Science of Biological Environment 5 4(3) 4(3) 4(3)

4(3)

Science of Biological Resources 6 20(5) 20(5) 20(5) 18(4)
International Joint PhD Program in Food Sci. & Technol. 2 4(4) 4(4) 2(2) 1(1)
Total 20 36(20) 35(19) 33(17) 30(15)

() indicates the number of international students.