Admission Instructions (updated 2021/4/1)


Overview of the entrance exam for the academic year 2022. All of the exams are done online using Zoom. The applicant needs a PC with a microphone and a webcam, and a smartphone with a network connection. The connection method and the schedule of the online test will be informed by email.

Courses Master course (Quota) Only Schedule A (25)
Doctoral course (Quota) Schedule A and Schedule B (11 and a few)
Application Period Schedule A 2021.6.9(Wed)-6.17(Thu)
Note earlier application is required for individual screening of entrance qualifications.
Schedule B 2021.11.16(Tue)-11.25(Thu)
Note earlier application is required for individual screening of entrance qualifications.
Examination Period Schedule A 2021.7.20(Tue): Announcement of the Results of the Document Screening (M. C.)
2021.8.6(Fri): Exam. rehearsal
2021.8.17(Tue) (,backup date 8.18(Wed)): First-stage Test (M. C.)
2021.8.19(Thu): Oral Exam. (D. C.)
2021.8.20(Fri): Announcement of the Results of the First-stage Test (M. C.)
2021.8.22(Sun)-8.23(Mon): Second-stage Test (M. C.)
2021.9.7(Tue): Announcement of the Results
Schedule B 2022.1.28(Fri): Online connection test
2022.1.31(Mon): Exam. (D. C.)
2022.2.14(Mon): Announcement of the Results
Examination Subject Master Course The applicants go through the following three-step screening process. No written test on English is done.

Document Screening

The screening is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the following essay and the other documents submitted at the time of the application.

Format and submission procedure of the essays
Write an essay including the following two issues (1) and (2) in English or in Japanese, and make its pdf file with file name E_familyname_givenname.pdf. Here, use your name in English letters. Upload the file with the other required documents at the time of online application.
(1) Explain logically the subjects or themes you have studied by yourself with particular interest. (2) Explain the motivation of the application and the research plan after entering the graduate school. Write your name on the first line. In the case of an English essay, the total word number should be less than about 1800. You may use equations and figures, but the number of figures should be two or less. If the figure is made by another person, you should write the source.

First-stage Test (online paper exam)

Applicable to those who passed the Document Screening.
  • The examination will be held over two days: Rehearsal (2021/8/6) and written exam (2021/8/17). (3-4 hours for each.)
  • The written exam will be divided into three slots (~40 min. for each) as shown below:
    • 1st slot: Calculus
    • 2nd slot: Linear algebra, Mechanics
    • 3rd slot: Probability and Statistics, Mathematical analysis (Fourier, Laplace, complex), Electromagnetism
    “Calculus” is the compulsory problem in the 1st slot. In the 2nd slot, chose one from “Linear algebra” and “Mechanics”. In the 3rd slot, chose one from “Probability and Statistics”, “Mathematical analysis”, and “Electromagnetism”. You will be able to choose the problem to answer during the test time.
  • The environment and items required for the first-stage test are as follows.
    • A quiet private room with only the examinee in it.
    • A PC connected to a network suitable for Zoom (tablets are not acceptable).
      (Note) The PC may not be used for any purpose other than Zoom during the test.
    • A web camera (and stand) with 2m (or longer) cable.
      (Note) The camera must be placed as examinee’s upper body (including both arms) and the PC screen can be seen.
      (Note) Make sure that you can connect the camera to the PC and send the video with Zoom.
    • A printed answer sheet (A4 size) in the format specified beforehand.
      (Note) A blank paper (A4) may be used for calculation for each slot in addition to the answer sheet.
    • A printed admission ticket for examination (The applicant’s face will be checked with the photo on the admission ticket).
    • Writing materials (black pencil or mechanical pencil, and eraser)
      (Note) Protractors, compasses, rulers, and other supporting tools are not allowed.
    • A smartphone with a network connection.
      (Note) At the end of each slot, the examinee needs to send the photo of the answer sheets taken with a smartphone to the designated address.
  • During the rehearsal (2021/8/6), the following will be tested (Attendance required).
    • The network environment for Zoom.
    • The installation of the web camera (angle, field of view, etc.).
    • The procedure for distributing and disclosing the question paper (sample).
    • The procedure for sending the photo of the answer sheets using smartphone.

Second-stage Test (online)

Applicable to those who passed the First-stage Test. The test takes about 10 minutes per person. First, the applicant chooses the language to be used from Japanese and English, and the examinee’s ID number and name are checked. The applicant is then requested to explain the submitted essay orally in English within three minutes and asked about the content, the problems of First-stage Test, etc. for one minute in English. After that, the applicant is asked about the content of the essay, the basic academic ability, and the research motivation using the language the applicant chose.
Doctoral Course

Oral Examination (online)

The test takes about 30 minutes per person. First, the applicant chooses the language to be used from Japanese and English, and the examinee’s ID number and name are checked. The applicant is then requested to explain the progress of the research in the master’s course using presentation materials within about 20 minutes, and is asked about the basic academic ability, research themes, and the research motivation. The applicants who are not writing and have not written a master’s thesis or those who have completed the master's course long time ago should contact the person in charge of the entrance examination in the department. The TOEFL score sheet is not required.

Additional information
  • Those who does not have or are not going to have a Master’s degree of The University of Tokyo: Presentation in English, followed by a three-minute Q & A session in English. The remaining oral test is done using the language the applicant chose.
  • Those who have or are going to have a Master’s degree of The University of Tokyo: Presentation, Q & A session and the remaining oral test are done using the language the applicant chose.