Admissions Policy

Students can enter the ICU Graduate School in April or September.
Applicants will be selected by documentary screening and an interview. In the documentary screening, faculty members will overview documents presented. Those successful applicants who qualify a certain ability to study and conduct research at ICU will be interviewed by faculty members specializing in fields related to the applicant's concentration. Applicants will be evaluated on their aptitude for conducting research in their field of study, motivation, goals and potential.
Applicants will be selected according to their ability to participate in a bilingual program in English and Japanese, as well as their leadership potential in bringing Japan and the world together. Examiners will look not only at the extent of the applicant's academic preparation in their chosen field of study, but also their ability to solve problems and conduct research independently. The admissions process considers the applicant's academic competence, aptitude, interests and determination by a multi-factored examination of the required documents (application form, research plan, transcript, essay and English proficiency exam results, etc.) in English or Japanese, and a lengthy interview.

Admissions Capacity

Master's Course

SchoolProgramArea of ConcentrationAdmissions Capacity
School of
Arts and Sciences
Education and Psychology Education 28
Language Education
Public Policy and Social Research Politics and International Studies 30
Social and Cultural Analysis
Media and Language
Public Economics
Peace Studies
Comparative Culture Japanese Culture Studies 17
Transcultural Studies
Natural Sciences Mathematics and Information Science 9
Material Science
Life Science

Doctoral Course

SchoolProgramAdmissions Capacity
School of
Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences 20

Tuition and Fees

Please visit here.

Admissions Handbook

Handbook for Applicants applying for AY2017 ICU Graduate School Admissions. You can download the handbook in PDF from the following links:

Designated Sheets

Application Procedure

Please proceed to the "Online Application System" after reading carefully the "AY2017 Admission Handbook."
Please see FAQ for further information.

Note: application are available only during the designated application period.

ICU Graduate School Guidebook

The 2017 Graduate School Guidebook can be viewed from the below links. Note: You may not be able to view digital book depending on the environment of your computer

Request Guidebook

ICU Graduate School Guidebook will be sent on request (free of charge), or contact the Graduate School Group.

Applicants via Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program

Please see this website for applicants via MEXT Scholarship.

Special Provisions for Students Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake & the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

ICU has put in place special provisions for students affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake & the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and who either plan to or wish to enter ICU in the 2017 academic year. For details, please see the links below.