Graduate School 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 at least one month before submission of the application.

Required documents:

  1. Prescreening Consultation Application

  2. Academic Transcript (theological education only)

  3. Certificate of Graduation (theological education only)

  4. Master’s Thesis and Summary

  5. Screening Fee Waiver Request

  6. Special Assistance Request: Applicants without disabilities do not need to submit it.

Deadlines and Screening Schedule

  November Screening January Screening
Time of Entrance * April / August 2024 * April / August 2024
Prescreening Consultation Applicants must have a prescreening consultation at least one month before application.
Application Periods September 26 – October 4, 2023 November 20-28, 2023
Initial Screening Result Notification October 20, 2023 January 12, 2024
** English Exam and Interview Periods November 16, 17, 20, 21 or 22, 2023
English Exam: November 22, 2023
January 22-27, 2024
English Exam: January 26 or 27, 2024
Final Result Notification November 30, 2023 February 8, 2024
Enrollment Deadline December 15, 2023 February 22, 2024

* 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 or phone.

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 screening 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 submit "Agreement regarding Online Examination" (Form 13) at the time of application.

    c) 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).