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Graduate School of Instructional Systems | Examination



Master’s Course Doctor’s Course Research/Part-time Student
Capacity of Admission 3
Academic Degree Ph.D.
Requirements for completion of the program In principle, students need to study at the university for three years or more to obtain 16 credits or more, to receive the required research supervision, and to pass their Doctor’s thesis and final examination.
Examination Venue You may select either the Tokyo or Kumamoto venue prior to the examination date.
Kumamoto University, Kumamoto campus, University Education Center
(2-40-1, Kurokami, Kumamoto-city) Map
Tokyo Satellite Campus, Innovation Center
(3-3-6 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo) Map
The Doctor’s Program is aimed at developing professionals in the instructional systems area and developing educational researchers in their relevant research areas, as well as contributing to the improvement of the academic aspect of the area. Graduates are expected to be teachers/researchers in higher educational institutions (such as universities) or to be active researchers in companies/research institutions. This program aims to develop personnel who can be engaged in teaching from a researcher’s perspective and who can contribute to training the younger generation.

Entrance examination schedule

The 2014 entrance examination to the Graduate School of Instructional Systems will be held based upon the following schedule

Application Period From January 6 (Mon) to January 9 (Thu), 2014
Examination Dates Kumamoto venue: February 14 (Fri) & February 15 (Sat), 2014
Tokyo venue: February 15 (Sat) & February 16 (Sun), 2014
Announcement of successful applicants February 21 (Fri), 2014
Enrollment Period To be announced in letter of offer

Application Summary

Graduate School of Instructional Systems in fiscal year 2014
Applicants for Doctorate in Instructional Systems will be regularly updated.

Request an application guide book

Kumamoto University uses Telemail (an online request form) to allow applicants to request an application guide book. Please use the online request form to request the package.

■To Applicants

An application form is enclosed in the application guide book with a payment slip for the examination fee. All applicants must request the application guide book through Telemail.

Telemail to request an application guide book

* Telemail is a service provided by the Operation Center for Prospectus of National Educational Institutions. It receives requests and dispatches application information packages (including application forms) on behalf of universities, junior colleges and vocational schools in Japan.
Please note that shipping costs incurred when using Telemail are the responsibility of applicants.

■For those who wish to obtain an application guide book in PDF format

You can peruse an application guide book in PDF format. However, applications cannot be made in this way. All applicants must request an application guide book through Telemail.

PDF Application guide book [In Japanese](PDF: 92KB)


PDF Application guide book(for Master's of our course) [In Japanese](PDF: 92KB)

■For those who wish to obtain information about the graduate school via email

Information about the Graduate School of Instructional Systems will be emailed to those who have registered their personal information such as their names and email addresses. Note that if you have requested an application guide book through Telemail and agreed on information delivery, you do not need to register here. (The information will be emailed you.)

Request the delivery of information about a major in Instructional Systems

How to apply for assessment of applicant eligibility

The Graduate School of Instructional Systems will hold pre-screening for assessment of applicant eligibility based upon the following schedule (for some applicants only*):

Application Period for assessment of applicant eligibility From November 25 (Mon) to November 29 (Fri), 2013
Announcement of successful applicants Successful applicants will be directly notified by December 16 (Mon), 2013

(*)See page 10 of the application guide book.

* Those who wish to apply through pre-screening for assessment of applicant eligibility must send the following documents during the application period. Please refer to the application guide book for prerequisites.

  1. An application form for assessment of applicant eligibility *Please use the prescribed form.
  2. Proof of highest level of graduation obtained
  3. Academic transcripts from the highest level of education
  4. A resume *Please use the prescribed form.
  5. A certificate of research activities *Please use the prescribed form. (Please submit this if this is applicable to you.)
  6. A self-addressed envelope (To mail notification of results)

*A standard envelope (120mm × 235mm), self-addressed and stamped (350-yen stamp).

Please download the required application documents from below.

Please enclose the required documents and write (in red) “Enclosed: An application form for assessment of applicant eligibility for Doctor’s Program of the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences Instructional Systems.” Send them by registered express mail to the following address. Note that you must post these documents. Do not deliver them by hand.

To be referred/submitted to
Academic Affairs Division, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences
2-40-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto-city, 860-8555
TEL: 096 342 2326

To applicants for special selection for overseas students

It is impossible to acquire residency status as “student” (refer to Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act) by entering the Graduate School of Instructional Systems (Masters/Doctors programs). The reason for this is that although the Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences is an on-campus research program, Master’s and Doctor’s Instructional Systems programs employ remote education through Internet.
To be eligible to apply for these programs, you must have appropriate residency status or must be able to acquire such residency status after enrollment in order to study Masters/Doctors Instructional Systems programs.

(Contact): Kumamoto University, Department of Academic Affairs, Admission Division (TEL: 096 342 2146)

Previous entrance examinations

Those who have registered their personal information such as their names and email addresses will be able to view previous entrance examinations.

View previous entrance examinations