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University Entrance Exam

Waseda-NIMS Graduate Program is a three-year doctoral program. It is open for those who wish to pursue a PhD degree in the cutting-edge materials science research environment.

【 Contact a possible prospective supervisor prior to apply 】
All applicants who wish to join the Waseda-NIMS Graduate Program are required to apply for the pre-screening. Only applicants who qualified the pre-screening can submit the university application documents to Waseda University.

See "Faculty & Research" to find the matches between their research and your interested research field. Email the professor your CV with a cover letter expressing your interest in the research subject.

The doctoral programs that the students have to enroll in are determined by the professors. Please contact the faculty professor prior to the application and make sure that you apply for the appropriate program and department.

【 University Application 】
How the applicants have earned (or to be expected to have) a master's degree or an equivalent determines the university application procedure.

  • Japanese-based Program
    If you obtained a master's degree (or an equivalent) from a Japanese university, please apply through the General Selection.

  • AO Admission to English-based Graduate Program
    If you obtained a master's degree (or an equivalent) instructed in English from a non-Japanese university, your application will be made through AO Admission to English-based Graduate Program.
Regarding the eligibility, please contact the following university office.
 Graduate Admissions Office, Center for Science and Engineering,
 Waseda University
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Admission Guidelines

Eligibility Those who have obtained a master's degree (or an equivalent) by one day before the date of enrollment (i.e. September 20 for September entry, and March 31 for April entry).
If the eligibility and educational background check is required, please contact the university at least one month before the first day of the submission period for application document.
Application Period
  Japanese-based Program AO Admission to
English-based
Graduate Program
April entry ealry December mid December
September entry early May mid April
The schedule is subject to change.
Please see the university website.
Application Documents Japanese-based Program
(Those who obtained a master's degree from a Japanese university)
AO Admission to English-based Graduate Program
(Those who obtained a master's degree instructed in English from a non-Japanese university)
The application documents are different depending on the application procedure. If you apply for the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship, please read the following.
    English Test Score Report
    Please submit the result score report from the following English language proficiency exam. The exam taken within 2 years from the application period is valid.
  • TOEIC L&R (Official Score Certificate)
  • TOEFL iBT (Both downloadable official score report and Test Taker Score Report are required. Please read the guidelines for the details.)
  • IELTS Academic (Test Report Form)

  • Agreement for Defraying Expenses
    If you apply for a NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship and pass the interview screening, NIMS can provide you the document.
University Admission Exam
  Japanese-based Program The schedule is subject to change.
Please see the university website.
April entry mid January
September entry early June
Announcement of Admission Results
  Japanese-based Program AO Admission to
English-based
Graduate Program
April entry late January Approximately 3 months after application
September entry mid June
Period of Enrollment April or September