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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies

Asia Pacific Studies (Master's)

Many people regard the 21st century as the “Asia Pacific century” as a result of the region's continuous and robust growth. The region's prominence can be witnessed through its increasing political power in the G-20 and economic interdependence that boosts steady growth. Such economic interdependence leads to close socioeconomic interactions among the people of the region. The Master's Program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to educate and transform students into competent leaders ready to handle challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. The program encourages students to analyze complicated and ever-changing socio-cultural conditions and international issues, pursue feasible solutions to challenges the region is facing and pave a path to a prosperous future for the region. Students accumulate professional knowledge and insights, interpret complex facts in objective and systematic manners and provide insightful solutions to problems.
Graduates of this program can pursue careers as think-tank researchers, university teaching staff, in nongovernmental organizations/non-profit organizations (NGOs/NPOs), private companies, as well as central/local government agencies in Japan and around the world. A number of our graduates choose to stay on and pursue further research through APU's doctoral course.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies
Subject - Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major International Relations
Society and Culture
Duration 2 years
Entry Date April 1, 2016
September 21, 2016
Location 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577 Japan
Area Chugoku, Shikoku & Kyushu Region (Fukuoka, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2003
No. of Students 14
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 55
Tuition Fees 1,400,000 yen
Additional Information
Contact Admissions Office
apugrad@apu.ac.jp
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 15
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility Requirement 1: Educational Qualifications

Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.
1. Applicants who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university.
2. Applicants who have completed or are scheduled to complete a standard 16 year school education curriculum outside Japan.
3. Applicants who have completed a standard 15 year school education curriculum outside Japan and academic achievement are determined to be outstanding by the University.
4. Applicants who are 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher.

Requirement 2: Language Proficiency

As English is the language of instruction in all graduate classes at APU, applicants must possess the ability to comprehend lectures, undertake independent research and produce well written reports in English.
TOEFL® Official Score Report iBT 80 points and above / PBT 550 points and above
IELTS (Academic) Test Report Form 6.0 and above
TOEIC® Official Score Report 780 points and above
PTE Academic 50 and above
Application Period For April 2017 Enrollment:
October 10, 2016 - November 2, 2016
November 14, 2016 - December 7, 2016
For September 2017 Enrollment:
February 6, 2017 - April 5, 2017
April 10, 2017 - May 24, 2017
Examination Type & Date *Details of interviews conducted in person (date and venue) will be designated by the university and notified to applicants.
For April 2016 Enrollment: November 2, 2015 - November 11, 2015
For September 2016 Enrollment: April 25, 2016 - May 11, 2016
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee For International Applicants: 5,000 yen
For Domestic Applicants: 35,000 yen

As of May 1, 2016

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