Number of Students to be Admitted per Year

  Master's Course Doctoral Course
International Public Policy 19 11
Comparative Public Policy 16 10
Total 35 21

Entrance Examination

Students are required to submit a written research proposal and the official score of English test, and be interviewed by faculty members. Admission to OSIPP is unlikely if the student does not demonstrate a clear sense of purpose during the interview.

Enrollment for the Master's and Doctoral courses is held in April, although Doctoral students are also permitted to enter in October as well.


Application and Exam Dates

For the 2018 school year

  Application Period Exam Date
Doctoral Course
Enrollment in October 2017
July 25-27, 2017 September 3, 2017
Enrollment in April 2018 January 4-9, 2018 February 3, 2018
Master's Course
Enrollment in April 2018
July 25-27, 2017 September 3, 2017
January 4-9, 2018 February 3, 2018
Research Student
Enrollment in April 2018

Applicants in Japan

   January 4-31, 2018

Applicants out of Japan

  November 1-30, 2017

No Exam
Enrollment in October 2018

Applicants in Japan

    July 2-31, 2018

Applicants out of Japan

   May 7-31, 2018

Research Student (non-degree student)

The research student system enables students to attend OSIPP in order to conduct further study in their field of interest prior to becoming a regular graduate student. Students do not receive a degree, but based on consultation with their advisor, may be allowed to attend classes and participate in OSIPP activities.

Applying to OSIPP as a Research Student (Kenkyusei)

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements.

(1) Applicants who have graduated (earned a Bachelor's degree) or expect to graduate from a university (earn a Bachelor's degree) before the date of enrollment.

(2) Applicants must have been recognized by OSIPP as possessing academic abilities equal or superior to those of university graduates through an individual entrance screening.

※Applicants who are fulfilling the application requirement (2) must undergo ‘Screening of Qualification for Application’ prior to application. Please mention that you are applying for the screening when you send us an email described below to obtain approval from a supervisor.

Applicants must obtain approval from a supervisor at OSIPP prior to application. In order to get approval, you are required to provide us with the documents and information listed below by email to OSIPP Kyomu kakari during the following period.(

-       For Enrollment in April 2018: From January 4, 2018 to January 31, 2018

(Applicants who live abroad: From November 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017)

-       For Enrollment in October 2018: From July 2, 2018 to July 31, 2018

(Applicants who live abroad: From May 7, 2018 to May 31, 2018)

Applicants will be informed from Kyomu kakari whether the approval is given or not.

①Student Information sheet (designated form[pdf] [word])

②Research Plan (Research Plan should be typed in A4 size paper.About 2,000 characters in Japanese)

③A copy of Academic Transcript(s) and University Graduation Certificate(s), or Certificate of Expected Graduation

④Name(s) of Academic Supervisor(s)

Please choose up to two supervisors from our website (, and write the name(s) in the email text.

Please make clear the first choice and the second choice.

⑤Method of support to meet the expenses while in Japan(designated form[pdf] [word])(Only for foreigners)

Please submit the evidential documents as well.

(Ex. Certification of Deposit / Annual income)

⑥A copy of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Certificate (Optional)

⑦A copy of Certificate of Residence (“Juminhyo no Utsushi” issued by city)

⑧A copy of proof thatyou engage in activity that permitted under your status of residence (Only for foreigners who are residing in Japan at the time of application)

(Ex. Student Registration Certificate of Japanese-language school)

Application Guide for Research Students in 2018(written in Japanese)

Matriculation Fee (as of 2017)

  Entrance Examination Fee Enrollment Fee Tuition Fee
Doctoral Course, Master's Course 30,000JPY 282,000JPY 535,800JPY/year
Research Student 9,800JPY 84,600JPY 28,900JPY/month
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