Application Information



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The booklet of the application guidelines is not provided. Please download from this page. 

 April 2023 Enrollment
Type of Exam Application Period Examination Date Level Guidelines
International Student
Admissions
[August Admission]
23 June, 2022 – 7 July, 2022
Document Screening and Email Interview Master's
Doctoral
[December Admission]
10 November, 2022 – 24 November, 2022
Document Screening and Email Interview
Regular
Admissions
[August Admission]
23 June, 2022 – 7 July, 2022
23 August, 2022 Master's
Doctoral
[February Admission]
10 January, 2023 – 24 January, 2023
7 February, 2023
In-University Advancement
Admissions
19 May, 2022 – 2 June, 2022 3 July, 2022 Master's
Doctoral
Accelerated Learners
(Grade Skippers)
Admissions
10 January, 2023 – 24 January, 2023
7 February, 2023 Master's
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 September 2023 Enrollment
Type of Exam Application Period Examination Date Level Guidelines
International Student
Admissions
18 May, 2023 – 1 June, 2023 Document Screening and Email Interview Master's
Doctoral

In-University Advancement
Admissions
10 January, 2023 – 24 January, 2023 7 February, 2023 Master's
Doctoral
Regular
Admissions
Master's
Doctoral
Overseas Partner Institution
Admissions
24 November, 2022 – 8 December, 2022 Document Screening and Email Interview Master’s Please contact your university's administrative office.
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) University Recommendation Scholarship Admissions
*English-based Program only   
1 December, 2022 – 22 December, 2022 (Please see Application Guidelines) Master's
Doctoral
JICA’s African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for Youth and SDGs Global Leaders Course Scholarship
*English-based Program only  

(Please see Application Guidelines)

(Please see Application Guidelines) Master's
Doctoral

Prior to Your Application

⑴ Contact your prospective supervising professor, get pre-counseling on your research plan and what you can study at the graduate school, etc., before application period starts.
When contacting your prospective supervising professor, please submit ʻResearch Plan (Form ISE)’ to him/her.
⑵ Get approval on your research plan from your prospective supervising professor and receive ʻResearch Plan (Form ISE)’ with his/her signature or seal.
⑶ Applicants must complete their online registration on “Ritsu-Mate”,complete the payment of the application fee and submit all the necessary application documents including research plan with your prospective supervising professor’s signature or seal. In case you receive the research plan with data, please make color printing for submission.

International Student Admissions
These admissions are only for those who live outside of Japan at the time of application and cannot visit Ritsumeikan University to take an entrance examination .
Even those who live outside of Japan, however, are ineligible to apply if they meet any of conditions 1 to 3 below.
1. Those who graduate university in Japan within one year of the time of application.
2. Those who have a valid Japanese Residence Card at the time of application or those who have a Japanese Residence Status greater than three months in length.
3. Those who do not plan to newly obtain the Japanese Residence Status of 'student' in order to enroll in the graduate school.

Downloads
Admission Method Master's Program Doctoral Program
In-University Advancement Admissions(September 2023 Enrollment)
Research Plan Form (ISE 1) Research Plan Form (ISE 2)
Regular / International Student / Acceleraterd Lerners Admissions
Research Plan Form (ISE 3) Research Plan Form (ISE 4)
Overseas Partner Institution Admissions
Research Plan Form (ISE 3.1)

・APPLICATION SHEET FOR NON-JAPANESE APPLICANTS (Form GS 1)
・Questionnaire (Form GRE 1)
・Confirmation Letter of English Proficiency (Form GRE 2)  
・Declaration of Financial Resources (Form GRE 3)  

Past Examination Questions
Examination Questions for Master’s Program, Regular Admissions (August 24, 2021)
Examination Questions for Master’s Program, Regular Admissions (February 8, 2022)
Examination Questions for Master’s Program, Regular Admissions (August 23, 2022)
Examination Questions for Master’s Program, Regular Admissions (February 7, 2023)
*Only Regular Admission's past examinations are open to the public. Other past examinations such as e-mail interviews etc. are close to the public.
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