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In addition to accepting regular students for master’s and doctoral degree courses, Hosei University’s graduate schools also admit nonregular students. The road is open to an even broader spectrum of research through the mutual auditing of courses among member institutions in the Tokyo Graduate School Consortium and many other Japanese graduate schools, as well as through exchange studies at graduate schools abroad.

Our university’s graduate school programs gladly welcome foreign students, offering special entrance exams in a number of majors. Since with few exceptions our courses are conducted in Japanese, however, these entrance exams include oral and written tests to determine the Japanese-language capabilities candidates possess. Anyone wishing to enroll in one of Hosei University’s regular graduate school program should be prepared to function in Japanese at a high level.

Regular Students

Master’s Degree Course

Our goals are to take a broad view in conferring profound scholastic knowledge, fostering research capabilities in specialized fields as well as the capabilities required for professions that demand high degrees of specialization.

Entrance exam eligibility:

In principle, anyone who expects to graduate from university, is a university graduate, or is recognized as possessing scholastic abilities equal to those of a university graduate is eligible, but the details vary by graduate school. Please be sure to consult the entrance exam guides.

Course completion requirements (for reference):

Two or more years of school attendance, acquisition of 30 or more credits (please note that minimum credit acquisition requirements vary according to major) under the guidance of a teaching advisor, a master’s thesis submission and approval, and passage of a final exam are required to complete a master’s degree course. However, detailed requirements vary by major, so please read the document distributed at the time of enrollment carefully.

Doctoral Degree Course

Our goal is to foster the research capabilities and erudition required to conduct independent research, as well as the high degree of research skills required for specialized occupations.

Entrance exam eligibility:

In principle, anyone who expects to complete a master’s degree course, possesses a master’s degree, or whom a Hosei University graduate school deems to have the same scholastic abilities as a master’s degree holder is eligible, but the details vary according to the graduate school. Please be sure to consult the entrance exam guides.

Course completion requirements (for reference):

Three or more years of school attendance, completion of studies in course subjects (please note that acquisition of certain credits may be required, depending on the major) under the guidance of teaching advisors, undergoing the required research instruction, submission of a doctoral thesis and approval and passage of a final examination are required to complete the course.

Nonregular Students

Credited Auditors

So long as there is space in a class, nonregular students are allowed to take a certain number of courses as credited auditors after screening. Up to 12 credits per year can be obtained in this way.

Further, if a credited auditor later enrolls as a regular student, a maximum of 10 credits that he/she obtained will be approved as credits required for course completion if the student files an application that the faculty council approves.

Credited auditor application periods: twice, in late March and early September

Distribution of notices: Information is carried on graduate school websites in mid-March and mid-August

Trainees and Association Trainees

These programs accept people who have acquired bachelor’s degrees and wish to take graduate school classes and receive research instruction related to specific topics.

The period for both trainees and association trainees is one year, which can be extended for up to one additional year.

Trainees:

This category includes people who want to take a Hosei University graduate school master’s course after graduating from university and wish to receive preparatory education for that purpose. The entrance exam qualifications are the same as those for regular students. Graduate school deans can permit enrollment in line with each graduate school’s criteria based on the trainee’s test results.

Association trainees:

Trainees on assignment from public associations or other organizations are permitted to enroll after a screening process at each graduate school, and can enroll at any time.

Research Students and Researchers

This refers to master’s degree holders, and the focus is on individual instruction from teaching advisors. Candidates must submit prescribed documentation and receive permission from a graduate school dean after a screening process by faculty councils.

The period for both research students and researchers is one year, which can be extended for up to one additional year.

Research students:

This category includes master’s degree holders seeking to enter a Hosei University graduate school doctoral degree course and need preparatory education for that purpose, or anyone who has left a doctoral program and wants to use Hosei University facilities to continue research.

Researchers:

This applies to people who have been assigned research related to specific themes by universities, research labs, or other organizations in Japan or elsewhere. Enrollment is possible at any time.

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