For Prospective Students

Application Handbook

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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, 2018 (for entry in April, 2018) or September 30, 2018 (for entry in October, 2018).
  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.

Eligible candidates:

Those who have graduated from Junior Colleges, Technical Colleges, special Training Colleges, various schools, foreign universities (Japanese branch schools), international schools, our Graduate School shall conduct individual exams to determine if they have academic capability equivalent or superior to the Master's degree.

Method of Selection of Applicants:

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

(1) Examination in academic subjects

  • Written examination:
    1. Foreign language:English.
      Foreign applicants may choose from an English exam, a Japanese essay, or an English essay.
    2. Special subjects which are related to the research field of the primary academic supervisor the applicant wish to study with.
  • 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 30 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, 2018 (for entry in April, 2018) or September 30, 2018 (for entry in October, 2018).
  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 30 minutes of presentation and 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, 2018 (for entry in April, 2018) or September 30, 2018 (for entry in October, 2018) .

  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 the presidents or heads of universities (especially those having exchange programs with the member institutions of the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Gifu University), government and municipal offices, private companies, or other recognized institutions in their countries.
  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 supervisor. 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 prospected to be conferred a Master's Degree by March 31, 2018 (for April Admission) or September 30, 2018 (for October Admission).
  2. Applicants should be outstanding international students with the ability to obtain a doctorate within three years of admission to the program..
  3. Applicants should be recommended by the presidents or heads of universities, government and municipal offices, private companies, or other recognized institutions.
  4. Applicants should be proficient in English. (TOEFL PBT: 520 points or more, TOEIC: 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 30 minutes of discussion. A computer projector and a Windows laptop computer with PowerPoint will be available for use.

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 2018 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.
Current Situation of Exemption of Tuition Fee

Students can apply for the waiver of both admission and tuition fees every semester. Gifu University will make a selection considering applicants' academic performance, financial conditions and so on.

As of April/1/2017

Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Semester 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
Whole # of Applicants 27 21 23 20 27 21 25 27 34 34
Full Waiver 19 14 16 15 15 19 16 17 23 27
Half Waiver 6 7 5 5 10 2 7 8 6 4
International
Student
# of Applicants 17 16 13 - 13 9 15 17 14 18
Full Waiver 17 13 10 - 10 9 11 12 14 17
Half Waiver 0 3 1 - 2 0 3 3 0 0
Capacity and Enrollment

As of April/1/2017

CourseCapacityPresent Enrollment
Annual AdmissionTotal Number1st2nd3rdTotal
Science of Biological Production 7 21 4(1) 9(6) 7(3) 20(10)
Science of Biological Environment 5 15 6(5) 6(5) 13(3) 25(13)
Science of Biological Resources 8 24 8(6) 13(5) 20(9) 41(20)
Total 20 60 18(12) 28(16) 40(15) 86(43)

() indicates the number of international students.

Number of Students by Participating Universities

As of April/1/2017

Participating University1st2nd3rdTotal
Gifu University 16(11) 24(15) 28(12) 68(38)
Shizuoka University 2(1) 4(1) 12(3) 28(5)
Total 18(12) 28(16) 40(15) 86(43)

() 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)

() indicates the number of international students.

Admission Statistics
2016
CourseAdmission QuotaCandidatesCandidates taken examSuccessful CandidatesEnrolled
Science of Biological Production 7 8(4) 8(4) 8(4) 8(4)
Science of Biological Environment 5 8(7) 7(6) 7(6) 6(5)
Science of Biological Resources 8 17(8) 17(8) 17(8) 14(6)
Total 20 33(19) 32(18) 32(18) 28(15)

() indicates the number of international students.