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International Christian University (ICU)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Comparative Culture Program, Master's Course

In the Master's course, students delve deeper into their field of study to enhance their research abilities and to acquire the professional skills necessary for their future career.
The Comparative Culture Program compares and studies all dimensions of culture based on problem-oriented methods, to nurture responsible and perspicacious leaders embodying the spirit of liberal arts.
We have various scholarships to enhance MA student life and research.
・The Graduate School Scholarships for Newly Entering Students
・ICU Scholarships (for Japanese nationals and permanent/long-term residents)
・ICU Non-Japanese Student Scholarship (for foreign nationals)
・The Graduate School Students Research Presentation Grant

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts (M.A. in Comparative Culture)
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
Major Japanese Culture Studies, Transcultural Studies
Duration 2 Years
Entry Date April, 2017
September, 2017
Location 3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8585, JAPAN
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 1957 (Reformed April, 2010)
No. of Students MA students in Comparative Culture: 16 (as of May 1, 2016)
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members 140 (as of May 1, 2016)
Tuition Fees 1,539,000 yen (Matriculation Fee, Tuition Fee & Facilities Fee)
Additional Information School-wide courses systematically provide the basic coursework for all our students.
The four programs in the Master's course allow students to pursue their course of study across the arts and sciences. These programs enable us to provide interdisciplinary education and cross-disciplinary research.
《Voice of Students》
* Faculty members at ICU Graduate School are very supportive even though I am a part-time worker; I feel ICU is a wonderful environment to balance learning and working when one has will to do so.
* Many of MA courses are geared towards preparing and conducting academic research as well as analyzing data and writing reports.
* In addition to kind advice and instructions from the professors, abundant academic resources in the library support me on a daily basis.
* ICU Graduate School has a system in which students can study not only their major but also other subjects they are interested in. With a low student-faculty ratio, students can go to professors' offices without hesitation and talk about their studies and research.
* ICU provides its students with an ideal environment for academic study through the full support of its committed faculty and staff, its green campus, and its number one ranked library system in Japan. Many international students from all over the world choose ICU as their location for academic study.
Contact Graduate School Group, ICU
TEL: +81-422-33-3231 FAX: +81-422-33-3688
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 34
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility (1)University graduates or those who are expected to graduate by a specified date.
(2)Those to whom the NIAD-UE (the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation) has already granted a Bachelor's degree or those who are expected to receive one by a specified date.
(3)Those who have completed 16 years of school education outside Japan.
(4)Those who have completed 16 years of school education within Japan through correspondence courses offered by an overseas school.
(5)Those who have completed, or are expected to complete by a specified date, courses at an educational institution in Japan that is deemed to have courses offered by an overseas university according to the educational system of that country, and have also been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (The applicants are required to have completed 16 years of school education of the country concerned.)
(6)Those who have completed the specialized courses offered at an advanced vocational school, designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (requiring a minimum period of four years or longer for graduation, and satisfying other conditions specified by the Minister), after the date specified by the Minister.
(7)Those designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.
(8)Those who have been admitted to some other graduate school according to the School Education Act and have been recognized as deserving of education at the ICU Graduate School.
(9)Those who have attended university for more than three years at the end of the application year and are recognized by the ICU Graduate School to have attained the prerequisite credits with excellent academic performance. The applicants should meet the following requirements:
① They must have completed three years of study (excluding leaves of absence) by a specified date.
② They are expected to attain more than 110 credits by a specified date. (Courses should be chiefly related to the field chosen by the applicant for study at the ICU Graduate School.)
③ They must submit a letter of recommendation for admission from a university professor with regard this qualification.
(10)Those who have been recognized via individual screening at the ICU Graduate School to have the same or a higher level of academic ability than the average university graduate, and have reached the age of 22. (Applicants must submit the required application documents to the Graduate School Group by a specified date for eligibility confirmation.)

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Application Period ICU Graduate School AY2017 Admissions Online Application System URL

[April Admission 2017 (Autumn Selection)]
Online Application System Input Period:
2016/8/16 (Tue) 10:00 (JST) – 8/28 (Sun) 17:00 (JST)
(Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU GS by 8/30 (Tue))

[April Admission 2017 (Spring Selection)]
Online Application System Input Period:
2016/11/28 (Mon) 10:00 (JST) – 12/7 (Wed) 17:00 (JST)
(Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU GS by 12/9 (Fri))

[September Admission 2017]
Online Application System Input Period:
2017/2/13 (Mon) 10:00 (JST) – 3/8 (Wed) 17:00 (JST)
(Application documents for submission by postal mail must reach ICU GS by 3/10 (Fri))
Examination Type & Date 1st Screening: Documentary Screening
2nd Screening: Interview
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No (Off-site Interview, for example, using Skype system is available.)
Admission Fee 35,000 yen

As of August 12, 2016


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.