The International Graduate Program for Advanced Science (IGPAS) was initiated in October 2004 as one of the first International Priority Graduate Programs supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT). The lecture courses are taught in English, and the students are not required to learn Japanese language, although they are encouraged to learn it for their daily life. Scholarship opportunities are available for those who meet our qualifications and academic standards. Since its establishment in 2004 to September 2014, IGPAS has conferred 61 Master of Science degrees and 47 Doctor of Science degrees to students from 18 countries.
IGPAS is a 5-year graduate program combining a 2-year master's program and a 3-year doctoral program. Each student is affiliated with one of 6 departments: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Earth Science. Each department determines its own curriculum and course requirements. Availability of classes varies depending on the semester and/or departments. Students may consult their supervisor about their research plan each semester before registration.
Applicants for IGPAS must satisfy ONE of the following conditions.
Those who do not meet condition (i) and those who fall into the condition (ii) or (iii) are required to take a preliminary screening prior to application.
( i ) Those who (will) have graduated from a university by September 30, 2016.
( ii ) Those who (will) have completed a total of 15 years of school education by September 30, 2016 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science as having (or will have been ) obtained the necessary credits with excellent grades.
(iii) Those who will reach 22 years of age by September 30, 2016 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, through an individual qualification examination, to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have graduated from a university.
( i ) Those who (will) have earned a master's degree by September 30, 2016.
( ii ) Those who (will) have engaged in research activities for at least 2 years at an educational or research institution after their graduation from a university and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science on the basis of their research performance to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree.
(iii) Those who will reach 24 years of age by September 30, 2016 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science through individual qualification examinations to have scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree.
Availability of financial supports for IGPAS students is as shown below. Also, see "4. FINANCIAL SUPPORT" of the IGPAS booklet for detailed information.
IGPAS 2016 (as of August, 2015)
Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship
■ Monthly stipend: 146,000 JPY as a master's student / 147,000 JPY as a doctoral student
■ Flight tickets between the applicant's country of nationality and Japan
■ Exemption from application, admission, and tuition fees
Number of Positions: 16 students
Term of the Scholarship: 5 years (2 years + 3 years*)
* If a student fails to maintain a certain grade point average during the master's program, the Ministry may cancel the 3-year doctoral scholarship.
Number of Positions: 4 students
Term of the Scholarship: 3 years
Applications will be forwarded to the examining committee of each department. The examiner will inform you of the method and schedule for the examination via email by the second week of January, 2016.
From those who have applied for a MEXT scholarship and passed IGPAS entrance examination, the IGPAS Committee will select and recommend the designated number of candidates to MEXT. The results of admission to IGPAS and the nomination for MEXT scholarships will be announced on February 3, 2016 on the website.