GPEM Admission

October 18, 2021
The following GPEM admission guidelines have been updated.
-for Master’s program (October 2022 intake)
-for Doctoral program (October 2022 intake)
-for Master’s Program Double Degree Program Student Screening for University of Paderborn (April 2022 intake)
-for Continuation from Master’s Program to Doctoral Program (April 2022 intake)

Submission of scores for TOEFL®, IELTS, GRE® and GMAT® tests taken online will be accepted for the October 2022 intake.

2022 Academic Year Foreign Student Screening (October Entrance)

Application Guideline:

To complete the application process successfully, you must read the Application instructions carefully before application. FAQ also gives you assistance with your application.

Opening the application GuidelineMid of October
Pre applicationDecember 1, 2021 ~ 16:00(JST) on March 15, 2022
For those who apply for GPEM Foreign Student Screening must register on the pre application system.(Click here to continue.)
In the case of trouble, please contact to gpemgrp.tohoku.ac.jp
Due to the university winter closure, the GPEM office will be closed starting on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 through January 3, 2022. The GPEM office staff will not respond to emails, phone calls, or any requests submitted to the office during this period. Full operational services will resume on Tuesday, January 4, 2021.
Result notificationAfter completion of the pre application, you will be notified of the result and led to the next application process by email. Those who are notified should proceed the next application process as soon as possible.
Document examinationOnce you successfully complete the pre application, you need to submit the original documents by regular mail. You will be informed of the result of the pre-application by email. Please refer to the application guideline and designated format.
Acceptance announcementMarch to May depending on the screening period
Preparation for enrollmentJune to September
Visa granting process and University Accommodation information is provided to successful students.
Arriving in JapanSeptember
OrientationOctober

Application Schedule for 2022 Academic Year Foreign Student Screening (October Entrance)

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Master’s Program

Pre applicationDecember 1, 2021 ~ March 15, 2022, 16:00(JST)
Result notificationAny time after confirming the application eligibility
Document examinationPlease refer to the application guideline for details.
Application Period
1st period
January 17, 2022~
January 31, 2022
2nd period
February 14, 2022~
February 28, 2022
3rd period
March 22, 2022~
April 5, 2022
Result notification
Mid March, 2022
Mid April, 2022
Mid May, 2022
  • Application Guideline (Updated October 18, 2021)

  • Application for Admission

  • Pledge(Updated November 17, 2021)

  • Check list of Admission Documents

Doctoral Program

Pre applicationDecember 1, 2021 ~ March 15, 2022,16:00(JST)
Result notificationAny time after confirming the application eligibility
Document examinationPlease refer to the application guideline for details.
Application PeriodMarch 1, 2022 ~ March 31, 2022
Result notificationMid May, 2022
  • Application Guideline (Updated October 18, 2021)

  • Application for Admission

  • Pledge(Updated November 17, 2021)

  • Check list of Admission Documents

Master’s Program Double Degree Program Student Screening for University of
Paderborn (April Entrance)

Continuation from Master’s Program to Doctoral Program

  • Application Guideline (Updated October 18, 2021)

  • Application for Continuation (Updated October 18, 2021)

  • Exam Admission Ticket/Photo Sheet (Updated October 18, 2021)

AIQDS: the sub program in GPEM

We have been conducting Data Sciences Program (DSP, 2015-2017) and DSP II (2018-2020), both of which were focused on development of data scientists and domain experts with data science knowledge and skills. Although many international students have graduated from our programs as potential data scientists and experts, the situations involving data science has changed dramatically in this five years. One of the major changes is rapid improvement of AI technology and its commoditization. The others are emerging computational technologies such as HPC and quantum computing. Recent acceleration of digital transformation involving those changes urge us to launch a brand-new international graduate program of data science which fully incorporates artificial intelligence associated with emerging HPC and quantum computing (AIQDS). It is worth remarking that this unique educational program is only possible with our legacy of DSP and DSPII, and leading achievement of HPC and quantum computing in Tohoku University.

AIQDS is a graduate program to develop highly-specialized globally working researchers who can find out and solve real-world problems by utilizing knowledge and skills of data science and artificial intelligence through HPC and quantum computing. This program will start in October, 2021, as a part of “The International Priority Graduate Programs (PGP) -Advanced Graduate Courses for International Students-” supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT). In this program, students take courses related to their own expertise in their graduate school, and also learn data science, artificial intelligence, and fundamentals of computations including HPC and quantum computing. On top of that, through various trainings including PBL, students sharpen their sense for finding out real-world problems and learn practical skills for solving them by utilizing state of the art computing technologies such as HPC and quantum computing.

Graduate School of Information Sciences (GSIS) plays a managing role of AIQDS in collaboration with Graduate Schools of Life Sciences, Economics and Management, and Biomedical Engineering at Tohoku University. Actually, the students take their expertise course in their graduate school, and learn most of the subjects/trainings related data science and PBL in GSIS. The courses related to the program are mostly taught in English. In addition to learning of the expertise and data science, AIQDS expects the students to be familiar with Japanese language and culture, and to build various human networks.

Please see here for more information:

GPEM FAQ

Do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?

Yes –unless you have graduated from a university located in a country where English is the native language.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarship information is provided by the university to successful applicants, not before, and are not guaranteed.

I want to begin study in April, can I?

No, the GPEM program begins in October every year.

I haven’t graduated yet but will before October. What should I do?

Please provided the certificate of expected graduation from your present university.

Can I send copies of my documents?

No, your documents must be original.

Is there an examination for entrance into the course?

No, your application is reviewed by Tohoku University. You do not have to come to the university for an exam.

I have a Japanese score, should I submit that?

No, it is not a requirement of application.

I want to use the MEXT scholarship. What should I do?

Please follow the guidelines set out by the Japanese embassy in your country.

If I am accepted by MEXT do I automatically gain a place in the GPEM programme?

No, you must also apply for the GPEM programme at the beginning of the year for that year’s October intake but you will travel to Japan in March to begin preparation from April for 6 months.

I don’t have a TOEFL/IELTS score but will have one after the application period has ended. Can I still apply?

No, you need all your documents in one application during the designated timeframe. We recommend you begin preparing your documents as early as possible.

I want to study a master’s degree. Do I have to find a supervising teacher before I apply?

No, only doctoral students need to find a supervisor before application.

I am in the workforce now and can’t get a recommendation letter from my university. Do you accept workplace recommendation letters?

Yes, we will accept letters of recommendation from your workplace but prefer at least one from your university.

My TOEFL/IELTS score is over 2 years old. Can I use that?

No, you must provide a valid certificate.

I don’t have an undergraduate degree in economics. Can I still apply?

Yes, the GPEM programme is open to anyone who has completed any undergraduate degree.

Do I have to submit my resident registration?

This refers to those students who are already residing in Japan and have residence.

If I apply in the first period do I have to wait until April to get my results?

No, you will be notified of your results after each application period. If you are unsuccessful in the first period your application will be reviewed again in the second period and again in the third. You will be notified of results after each period.

How much are the fees?

Please see the application guidelines.

Where do I send the application?

Please see the application guidelines.

Contact Information

gpemgrp.tohoku.ac.jp