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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Graduate School Admissions

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Applying to APU's Graduate Schools

The admission requirements and application process for APU's Graduate Schools vary by program. Before you begin your application, please read over the information provided to ensure you can submit the best application possible. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office (International) for assistance.

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Admissions Policy

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) welcomes students who will uphold the university’s basic ideals of Freedom, Peace, and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region. These students should also be ready to acknowledge and understand differences in cultures and values, engage actively in an international campus community, and contribute to mutual learning.

New graduate school students must possess the following attributes and abilities in order to engage in this kind of learning:


  1. 1.Specialized knowledge and global perspective required to pursue advanced studies in one’s graduate school and division
  2. 2.Analytical skills, perceptiveness, and aptitude to solve real-world problems
  3. 3.Requisite English language proficiency for research and study
  4. 4.Desire to contribute to and make full use of a multicultural collaborative learning environment

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies
  1. 1.High-level interest in research pertaining to specialist fields including international relations, social studies, and cultural studies required for the development of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large
  2. 2.Strong intention to contribute to sustainable development and coexistence across the world

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master’s Program in International Cooperation Policy
  1. 1.High-level interest in research pertaining to specialist fields including administration, environmental studies, development, health science and tourism required for the development of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large
  2. 2.Strong intention to contribute to sustainable development and coexistence across the world

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies
  1. 1.High-level interest in pioneering new academic disciplines required for the development of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large
  2. 2.Aptitude and skills for mastering new academic theories and applications as an independent researcher
  3. 3.Strong intention to contribute to sustainable development and coexistence across the world

Graduate School of Management
  1. 1.High-level interest in solving the management issues faced by companies and other organizations within global society
  2. 2.Ability to contribute innovative ideas to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific region and the world as a whole, as a well-rounded manager and inclusive leader with a deep sense of social responsibility
  3. 3.Analytical skills, perceptiveness, and problem-solving ability acquired through at least three years of workplace experience

In order to admit graduate students compatible with APU’s learning environment, research plans, assessment tests, interviews, academic transcripts, and other materials will be used in a multi-faceted evaluation of the aforementioned knowledge, attributes, skills, and intentions.

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