Selection Procedure

Prescreening Consultation

The applicant is required to send the following documents before submitting an application. The graduate school admissions committee will determine whether the desired field of research matches what is offered at TCU. These documents should be submitted b

Required documents:

  1.  Prescreening Consultation Application (Form 9)
  2. Academic Transcript (theological education only)
  3. Certificate of Graduation (theological education only)
  4. Master’s Thesis and Summary
  5. Screening Fee Waiver Request 2022 (Form 11)
            Only those who are eligible. (See “4-9 Application Fee” on page 7.) Passport copy of
            all pages containing personal information and visa status in Japan must be attached.
  6. Special Assistance Request (Form 12)
            Applicants without disabilities do not need to submit it.

Deadlines and Screening Schedule

November Screening January Screening
Time of Entrance * April / August 2022 * April / August 2022
Prescreening Consultation Applicants must have a prescreening consultation at least one month before application.
 Application Periods September 28 – October 6, 2021 November 22-30, 2021
Initial Screening Result Notification October 22, 2021 January 7, 2022
** English Exam and Interview Periods November 17, 18, 19, 22 or 24, 2021
English Exam: November 24, 2021
January 24-28, 2022
English Exam: January 28, 2022
 Final Result Notification December 2, 2021 February 10, 2022
Enrollment Deadline December 16, 2021 February 25, 2022

* Successful applicants may choose the time of entrance.
** Exam date and time will be notified at the time of the initial screening result notification by email.

Screening Details

  1. Initial Screening
    The admissions committee will review previous research achievement (a Master’s thesis or equivalent) and other application documents, including a dissertation proposal based on previous research.
  2. English Exam & Interview

Applicants who pass the initial screening will be given an English exam and an interview.

English Exam
  •  Test time: 70 minutes
  • Test location: TCU Campus or Online (via Zoom)
    Test method On campus: Written exam
    Online (via Zoom): Oral exam
  • Exemption
    1. A valid TOEFL score holder (score taken within two years):
      90 or higher on the Internet-based test. (Those who will write a doctoral thesis in Japanese.)
      101 or higher on the Internet-based test. (Those who will write a doctoral thesis in English.)
    2. Those who have finished a Master’s program in English.
  • Test time: 60 minutes
  • Test location: TCU Campus or Online (via Zoom)
  • Applicants may choose to have the online screeing if the following conditions are met:
    a) The applicant must have a good and reliable Internet connection with clear sound and video. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has a good and reliable Internet connection.
    Please note that the interview may be cancelled if the sound and video are of low quality due to the applicant’s Internet connection and/or computer problems.
    b) The applicant must be available during the time specified by TCU. The interview will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Japan time (GMT +9:00).

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