Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master's) 2020 Enrollment

Application Information for the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

1. Admissions Policy 7. Required Documents
2. Application Category 8. Application Fee
3. Number of Students Accepted 9. Application Submission
4. Application Eligibility 10. Video Interview and Online Assessment
5. Application Process 11. Screening Method
6. Screening Schedule

1. Admissions Policy

While enrolled at APU, graduate students are expected to take advantage of every opportunity presented by the university's multicultural campus, in addition to taking classes, in order to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to contribute to the world once they graduate from one of the graduate schools. Graduate students are also expected to contribute to the learning of the entire university community by actively engaging in exchange on the multicultural campus.

As such, new graduate students must possess the following skills in order to engage in this kind of learning:

Furthermore, students in each master's program must possess the following skills.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies
  • 1. A keen interest in research pertaining to fields including international relations and social and cultural studies required for the development of the Asia Pacific.
  • 2. A strong intention to contribute to sustainable development and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region.
Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Master's Program in International Cooperation Policy
  • 1. A keen interest in research pertaining to fields including administration, environmental studies, development, health science and tourism required for the development of the Asia Pacific.
  • 2. A strong intention to contribute to sustainable development and coexistence in the Asia Pacific region.

To comprehensively assess the aforementioned knowledge, skills and motivations at the time of admissions, APU will use multifaceted screening methods and admit those graduate students deemed compatible with the APU style of learning.

2. Application Category

Before applying, please confirm which category you fall under as the requirements and deadlines differ. The categories are as follows:

• Overseas Applicants
All applicants residing outside Japan, excluding Japanese nationals.

• Domestic Applicants
All foreign nationals residing in Japan with a visa status other than short-term (for example, a Work Visa or a Dependent Visa) and all Japanese nationals whether living in Japan or abroad. Applicants who do not possess Japanese nationality must have a visa which is valid until the time of enrollment at APU.
  • *If your current visa will expire within two months of the time of enrollment to APU, please confirm with the Japanese Immigration Bureau whether or not it will be possible for you to extend your current visa or change to a student visa before applying to APU.
• Internal Applicants
Applicants currently enrolled in Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) or Ritsumeikan University.

3. Number of Students Accepted

Major Intake per Year
Master in Asia Pacific Studies 15
Master in International Cooperation Policy 45*
  • * Only September enrollment is available for the IMAT program.

Please note:

The standard period of completion for the master's programs in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies is two years. This standard period allows for in-depth study and research and provides greater freedom to create a structured course plan. However, if you fulfill certain requirements after enrollment, it may be possible to complete your master's program in less than two years. The total tuition fees for the programs will not change even if you complete your degree before the standard period of completion.

4. Application Eligibility

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements.

Requirement 1: Educational Qualifications

Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.

  • Have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a bachelor's program with a standard period of completion of at least 3 years.
  • Have completed or are scheduled to complete a 16-year standard education curriculum outside Japan.
  • Have completed a 15-year standard education curriculum outside Japan and have academic achievements determined to be outstanding by the university.
  • Be at least 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher.
  • * If you have other educational qualifications, please send your inquiries to the Admissions Office before applying.

Requirement 2: Language Proficiency

As English is the language of instruction in all graduate classes at APU, applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirement

TOEFL iBT® Test IELTS TOEIC® L&R Test PTE Academic Cambridge English Language Assessment
80
6.0
780
50
FCE Grade B

Requirement 3 (Internal Applicants Only): Minimum GPA

Students who are scheduled to graduate from APU or Ritsumeikan University directly before enrolling into the Graduate School (including those who graduate early or skip grades) must satisfy a specific cumulative GPA requirement. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and above (APU) or 3.50 and above (Ritsumeikan University) are preferred. For details please click here.

5. Application Process

The process for applying to the master's program is as follows:

  • 1. Submit the Online Application (including digital document uploads)
  • 2. Pay the application fee
  • 3. Submit the online video interview and the online assessment

6. Screening Schedule

The application will open on August 1, 2019, and applicants may submit their application at any time before the deadline for their desired application type. Regardless of the time of submission, applications will not be screened until after the corresponding application deadline.

April 2020 Enrollment

Application Type Who can Apply Application Deadline Result Notification
Overseas Applicants Domestic/
Internal Applicants

Nikkei Leader Scholarship

Nikkei Scholarship

  August 20, 2019 (Tue) September 13, 2019 (Fri)
MEXT Scholarship (Top Global University Project)

Mitsubishi Scholarship
September 24, 2019 (Tue) November 11, 2019 (Mon)
General Application 1
General Application 2 October 23, 2019 (Tue) December 9, 2019 (Mon)
General Application 3   December 10, 2019 (Tue) February 10, 2020 (Mon)

September 2020 Enrollment

Application Type Who can Apply Application Deadline Result Notification
Overseas Applicants Domestic/
Internal Applicants
MEXT Scholarship
(Top Global University Project)
November 19, 2019 (Tue) January 20, 2020 (Mon)
MEXT Scholarship (University Recommendation)  
General Application 1
Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
  February 25, 2020 (Tue) April 6, 2020 (Mon)
General Application 2
General Application 3 March 31, 2020 (Tue) May 18, 2020 (Mon)
General Application 4   June 2, 2020 (Tue) July 13, 2020 (Mon)
IMAT Program
Application Type Who can Apply Application Deadline Result Notification
Overseas Applicants Domestic/
Internal Applicants
IMAT Program Application 1 November 19, 2019 (Tue) January 20, 2020 (Mon)
IMAT Program Application 2 February 25, 2020 (Tue) April 6, 2020 (Mon)
IMAT Program Application 3 March 31, 2020 (Tue) May 18, 2020 (Mon)
IMAT Program Application 4   April 14, 2020 (Tue)
IMAT Program Application 5   June 2, 2020 (Tue) July 13, 2020 (Mon)

7. Required Documents

Please submit your application through the APU Online Application System. In order to apply, you must first create an account within the system.

Applications are considered complete only when both the online application has been submitted and the application fee has been paid. Please be sure to submit your online application and pay the application fee by 23:59 (Japan time) on the day of the deadline.

In addition to the information below, please also review our online application guidelines before starting your online application.

IMPORTANT

  • 1. Applicants must complete the application by themselves. All the application forms and documents must be submitted in English.
  • 2. Within the online application, please upload a digital copy of the original version of the required documents listed below. For documents not written in English, please also upload an official translation that includes the translator’s name, address, contact details, and signature or official seal. APU will only accept translations created by the original document’s issuing institution, a translation company, or a licensed translator.
  • 3. Acceptance to APU will be revoked if any false information or forgeries are found within a submitted application, even after enrollment.
  • 4. After being accepted to APU, enrolling students must submit original documents or certified documents* for the uploaded application documents to APU by post. If the original or certified documents* submitted after acceptance differ from the digital copies uploaded with the online application, or if enrolling students are not able to submit original or certified documents*, acceptance to APU will be revoked. Please be sure to keep the original versions of the documents you upload with your online application.
  • * A certified document is one that has been marked as being equivalent to the original with a stamp or seal by the issuing institution (preferred) or a notary public. Detailed information about how to get a document certified can be found here.

Required Documents to be uploaded by All Applicants

1. Graduate School Application Form

Applicants must complete all the information within the online application by themselves.

2. Personal Statement

Please follow the guidlines within the online application.

3. Research Proposal / Study Plan

Please follow the guidelines within the online application.

4. Proof of Application Fee Payment

Please pay the application fee by credit card. You may pay by bank transfer (international or domestic) only if you cannot pay by credit card.

  • Payment by Credit Card: Please complete the payment online through the APU Online Application System when submitting your application. You do not need to submit a digital copy of the payment receipt.
  • Payment by Bank Transfer: Please upload a digital copy of your payment receipt within the online application. (Applicants who submit a paper application must pay the application fee by bank transfer.)

5. University Graduation Certificate(s) / Certificate of Scheduled Graduation

All applicants must submit proof of graduation from every university attended. If you are currently attending a university for a bachelor’s or master’s program, you must submit proof that the program will be completed prior to your intended date of enrollment at APU. High school graduation certificates are not required.

6. Academic Transcripts

All applicants must submit a transcript of grades for all university study to date along with information about the grading system.

If you have attended a language school or higher education institution in Japan for any length of time, please also submit academic transcripts and attendance reports covering your entire period of study.

7. Documents Proving English or Japanese Proficiency

Please upload a digital copy of the original results from one of the accepted English language proficiency exams using the method specified below.

If you have taken the TOEFL® iBT Test, PTE Academic, or Cambridge English Language Assessment, please be sure to complete steps ①, ② and ③ in order to submit your test results.

Period of validity for language proficiency scores
・April 2020 Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after June 1, 2017 will be accepted.
・September 2020 Enrollment: Only scores of examinations taken on or after September 1, 2017 will be accepted.

Additional notes for submitting results
  • TOEFL® iBT Test:
     ① Request to send the score report to APU directly from the TOEFL website. The APU institution code is 2791.
     ② Input the date you requested to have the score report sent to APU within the online application.
     ③ Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
  • IELTS:
    Upload a digital copy of the Test Report Form within the online application.
  • TOEIC® L&R Test:
    Upload a digital copy of the original score report within the online application.
  • PTE Academic: You can receive a 10% discount when registering for a PTE Academic test.
     ① Request to send your score report to APU directly from the PEARSON website.
     ② Input the date you requested to have the score report sent to APU within the online application.
     ③ Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
     ① Input the ID Number and Secret Number within the online application.
     ② Upload a digital copy of the result statement within the online application.
TOEFL® ITP Test, IELTS (General Training Module), TOEIC® L&R Test (IP), and PTE Generalare not accepted.

Notes:
Exemption Requirements*
The following applicants are exempt from having to provide documents proving English proficiency:

  • Applicants who can certify that they have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a bachelor’s program offered in English.
  • Applicants with nationality from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom or the United States.

  • Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. No exceptions will be made.

8. GMAT® Results

Although it is not mandatory, we highly recommend that you submit GMAT exam results, as strong emphasis is placed on GMAT results during the application evaluation process.

 ① Request to have the score report sent directly to APU from the test center’s website.
  The APU Institution Code: 2791, Program Code: 6VF-X6-86.
 ② Input the date you requested to have the score report sent to APU within the online application.
 ③ Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.

Test results are valid for five years from the test date. For more information regarding the official GMAT®, please refer to the following website: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/

9. GRE® Results

Although it is not mandatory, we highly recommend that you submit GRE test results, as strong emphasis is placed on GRE results during the application evaluation process.

 ① Request to have the score report sent directly to APU from the test center’s website. The APU Institution Code: 7116.
 ② Input the date you requested to have the score report sent to APU within the online application.
 ③ Upload a digital copy of the score report within the online application.

Test results are valid for five years from the test date. GSA applicants who do not currently have a GRE® score, or for whom taking this exam poses significant difficulties, are not required to submit it. For more information regarding the GRE® test, please refer to the following website: http://www.gre.org/

10. Certificate of Employment

(Required only for MBA applicants.)
If you have previous full-time work experience, please upload a digital copy of written proof of your employment. This proof may be in the form of a certificate of employment issued by your employer or a letter authorized by your former place of work that shows the period of employment and a simple description of your duties. This certificate or letter should also show the name and contact information of the employer in case we need to contact them to confirm the details given.

The certificate or letter can be in any format you choose, but must be written in English or have an English translation attached.

11. Sample Work or List of Research Achievements

(Required only for doctoral and IMAT program applicants.)
Applicants must submit either examples or a list of previous papers written and/ or presentations made which are relevant to their proposed field of study. If the sample work is in a language other than English, please submit an English abstract.

12. Two Letters of Recommendation

The Letter of Recommendation form can be downloaded here. Please submit the Letter of Recommendation either by uploading a digital copy within the online application or having the referee send the letter directly to grad-rec@apu.ac.jp. (Emails containing Letters of Recommendation should be sent to APU using the referee’s official email address at their corresponding university or organization.)

  • One letter must be written by a university instructor who knows you well enough to write the recommendation.
  • The second letter can be written by another instructor, employer or someone who is a non-relative and knows you on a professional or academic level.
  • Both letters must be written in English. If the letters are written in another language, please attach an English translation.

13. Curriculum Vitae

A summary of the applicant’s employment history, qualifications, education, and personal information in tabular form on at most two A4 pages.

14. Passport Copy

If you have a valid passport, please upload a digital copy of the information page showing your name, photo, and passport number. If you already have a valid Japanese Landing Permission, please also submit a photocopy of it on your passport. Applicants who do not have a valid passport are still eligible to apply.

15. Photograph

Please upload a photograph of yourself taken within the past three months, showing a front view above chest level with a plain background. Caps and hats are not allowed. Photographs may be in color or black and white.

Additional Documents for Submission (If Applicable)
1. APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship Application
Interested applicants are to submit their scholarship application upon understanding of the following information.

About the Scholarship
This scholarship is made available by the financial contributions of domestic and international companies and individuals, together with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) that support the ideals of APU, and its purpose is to help reduce the financial burden for outstanding students. Students awarded with this scholarship are expected to maintain a good academic record, complete the tasks assigned to them, and serve as role models for their country or region.

Application and Selection Process
The scholarship will be decided based on an overall evaluation of the documents submitted for application. Major areas of the application to be evaluated when awarding scholarships are English language proficiency, previous academic records, research proposal/study plan, and professional experience (especially for the MBA program).

Scholarship results will be notified together with the admissions results. The awarded scholarship percentage is final and will not be reconsidered under any circumstances.

Assessment for Continuation
A review of academic performance and other criteria will be conducted each semester to determine whether or not recipients qualify for renewal of the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship. Provided that the recipients maintain a good academic record, complete assigned tasks on time, and avoid any misconduct unbefitting of a scholarship recipient, their scholarship will remain valid until the standard number of credits required to graduate has been reached. In the case of inappropriate behavior or conduct that tarnishes the reputation of APU, the scholarship will be revoked.

Tuition Reduction Scholarship Amounts
Scholarship Award
(Tuition Reduction %)
Amount of Annual Tuition Borne by Students
30% Tuition Reduction approx. 1,050,000 JPY
50% Tuition Reduction approx. 750,000 JPY
65% Tuition Reduction approx. 525,000 JPY
80% Tuition Reduction approx. 300,000 JPY
100% Tuition Reduction 0 JPY
Please note that tuition is subject to change.
  • The scholarship will be decided based on the evaluation of the documents submitted during the application process.
  • Major areas of the application to be evaluated when awarding scholarships are English language proficiency, previous academic records, research proposal/study plan and professional experience (especially for MBA).
  • Tuition reduction only covers the least amount of credits required to graduate within the standard period of time.
  • The amount of scholarship awarded is final and will not be reconsidered under any circumstances.

2. Residence Card (both sides) / Certificate of Residence

If you live in Japan and do not possess Japanese nationality:
Please upload a digital copy of both sides of your residence card within the online application.

If you live in Japan and possess Japanese nationality:
Please upload a digital copy of your Certificate of Residence(住民票)within the online application.

3. Proof of Scholarships Received from Organizations Other than APU

Applicants who are due to receive scholarships offered by organizations other than APU after admission are required to submit proof of the scholarship award.

4. External Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Checklist

Applicants who apply for an external scholarship are required to submit this checklist.

5. Additional Required Documents for Each External Scholarship

Please refer to each individual scholarship application for more details.

8. Application Fee

It is preferred that you pay the application fee by credit card. You may pay by bank transfer (international or domestic) only if you cannot pay by credit card.

IMPORTANT

  • 1. Applications will not be processed untill the application fee is paid. Please make sure to complete the fee payment before the application deadline. Please note that credit card payments will not be possible after 23:59 Japan time on the day of the deadline.
  • 2. The payment must be made in Japanese yen (JPY) . If you pay by bank transfer (international or domestic), please submit a copy of the payment receipt with your application.
  • 3. Cash or postal money orders will not be accepted. Please do not send cash with your application forms.
  • 4. The application fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
  • a. Credit Card
    Fee Amount:
    3,500 JPY for Overseas Applicants (excluding Japanese nationals)
    36,800 JPY for Domestic/Internal Applicants (for non-Japanese nationals currently living in Japan and all Japanese nationals whether living in Japan or abroad, as well as applicants currently enrolled in APU or Ritsumeikan University)
    Payment Method:
    Register for an account with the APU Online Application System and complete your payment. Please include your APU Online Application System login ID on the application form. You do not have to send a receipt by post.
  • b. Bank Transfer (International or Domestic)
    Fee Amount:
    5,000 JPY for Overseas Applicants (excluding Japanese nationals)
    35,000 JPY for Domestic/Internal Applicants (for non-Japanese nationals currently living in Japan and all Japanese nationals whether living in Japan or abroad, as well as applicants currently enrolled in APU or Ritsumeikan University)
    Payment Purpose :
    Application Fee
    Contact Details :
    Applicant's Name, Phone number
    Bank Name :
    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Oita Branch
    Branch Address :
    1-3-22 Chuo-machi, Oita-city, Oita-Prefecture, 870-0035 JAPAN
    Tel : +81- 97-532-5161
    Account Number :
    1001673 (Ordinary Deposit Account)
    Account Name :
    RITSUMEIKAN ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
    Swift Code :
    SMBCJPJT
    *IBAN Code:
    (if necessary) JP28 SMBC 0721 XXX2 4029 0868
    Paying bank transfer fee :

    Borne by remitter
    • * If the application fee is paid in Japan, even if it is paid by a friend or relative in Japan, please write the applicant's name and phone number in the contact details when the payment is made and upload a digital copy of the payment receipt within the online application.

9. Application Submission

Please note that the application process is now completely online. In order for your application to be considered, please also note that you must pay the application fee in addition to submitting the application through the online system. You must also complete the online recorded interview.

Applicants who are accepted to APU will be required to send the original versions of application documents to the following address:


【Postal Address】      1-1, Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Admissions Office (International)
【Direct Submission】 Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 2nd floor, Building A
Admissions Office (International)

10. Video Interview and Online Assessment

As the final step in the application process, applicants must complete an online interview and assessment. The interview will be conducted in the form of an online recorded interview; as such, you will not be speaking with a person. You will instead be recorded while answering questions that appear on your screen. You will be prompted to complete an online assessment test along with the interview.

Instructions for completing the online video interview and the online assessment will be made available on your online application form after you have submitted your application information, upload the necessary documents, and paid the application fee.

Please be sure to complete both the interview and the assessment by the application deadline.

11. Screening Method

All applicants are evaluated based on the information provided in their application and the video interview. If deemed necessary, the Admissions Office may also carry out the following: contact the applicant's place of study or the person who wrote the Letter of Recommendation; ask the applicant for an explanation regarding their original submitted documents; require the applicant to submit additional documents relating to academic background, transcripts and/or language proficiency.

  • Overseas applicants are evaluated solely on the information provided in their application and the online video interview. (Japanese nationals residing overseas and non-Japanese nationals who do not require a Certificate of Eligibility must apply as domestic applicants.)
    *In some cases, an additional interview may be required for overseas applicants. In this situation, the Admissions Office will contact the applicant.
  • Domestic/internal applicants (applicants residing in Japan) must first submit the application documents and the video interview. Domestic/internal applicants who do not possess Japanese citizenship must have a visa which is valid until the time of enrollment. Domestic/internal applicants who pass the initial document screening may also be required to attend an interview conducted by APU as part of the application process. (Alternate interview arrangements will be made for domestic applicants not physically present in Japan. If this applies to you, please inform the Admissions Office.)