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 the Japanese language, although they are encouraged to learn it in their daily lives.
IGPAS is a five-year graduate program combining a two-year master's program and a three-year doctoral program. Admission only for the master's program, or admission only for the doctoral program, is also available. Each student is affiliated with one of six departments: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Chemistry, and Earth Science. Each department determines its own curriculum and course requirements, and the 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.
However, those who are applying with conditions (ii) or (iii) may be required to take a preliminary screening, depending on their situation. Therefore, they should contact the IGPAS Admissions Office before the application.
( i ) Those who (will) have graduated from a university by September 30, 2024.
( ii ) Those who (will) have been conferred a degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree upon completion of a three-year program at a university, or those who (will) have completed 15 years of school education by September 30, 2024, and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University as having obtained the necessary credits with excellent grades.
(iii) Those who will reach 22 years of age by September 30, 2024, and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University 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, 2024.
( ii ) Those who (will) have engaged in research activities for at least two years at an educational or research institution after their graduation from a university and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University 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, 2024 and have been recognized by the Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University through an individual qualification examination to have a scholastic ability equivalent or superior to those who have earned a master's degree.
Tohoku University's application, admission, and tuition fees are shown in the table (as of AY 2023). Students who find it difficult to pay the admission fee and/or tuition fee for economic reasons may be granted a waiver on application and screening. Overall living expenses in Sendai, including apartment rent, utilities, food, transportation, and so forth, may range from 80,000 to 150,000 JPY per month depending on conditions.
MEXT (Japanese Government) Scholarship for IGPAS 2023, 2024, and 2025 Admission
Master's Program: 7 students for 2 years
The MEXT (Japanese Government) Scholarship opportunities are available to the master's program IGPAS applicants for 2023, 2024, and 2025 admission, who successfully pass the entrance examination with excellent performance.
【MEXT Scholarship Conditions for IGPAS 2024】
1. Scholarship Benefits
(1) Monthly stipend for master's program students: 146,000 JPY/month (including the Sendai regional allowance of 2,000 JPY.)
(2) Flight Tickets
① For coming to Japan for admission
② For returning to the home country after completing the stipulated period of the master's program
(3) Exemption from the application (examination), admission (entrance), and tuition fees
① Application fee: 30,000 JPY
② Admission fee: 282,000 JPY
③ Tuition fee: 267,900 JPY per semester
2. Scholarship Period
・For two years: from October 1, 2024 to September 30, 2026
・The scholarship period cannot be extended.
For more details on the MEXT scholarship conditions assigned for IGPAS, please click here.
After admission, you may apply for some of the following financial support programs and scholarships.
Tohoku University has launched leading graduate degree programs called "International Joint Graduate Programs" and "Academia-Industry Collaborating Graduate Programs". By using Tohoku University's research strengths, the programs gather university-wide knowledge to overcome the boundaries between disciplines and form strong cooperative educational ties with leading overseas universities as well as collaborative education between private companies/organizations and research/international institutions.
■ The students in the programs will have a chance to receive financial support when they meet the criteria of each program.
■ The programs you may apply for vary depending on your major. To join programs, you must pass the screening process conducted by each program. Please contact your prospective supervisor if you are interested in applying for the programs.