Admissions

Results of Entrance Examination

The results of the entrance examinations conducted by our Graduate School will be posted here.

Prospective Graduate Students

Master’s Program (Summer and Winter Examination) [Enrollment in April 2024] 
(Posted on May 23, 2023)

※For the Master’s Program (Summer and Winter Examination), we provide application guidelines in Japanese only. Please refer to the Japanese version website for application forms and other information.
https://www.econ.osaka-u.ac.jp/admission/g-notice.html

Master’s Program “Sustainable Economy Program”(International Program) (Enrollment in April 2024) 
(Posted on May 23, 2023) 

[Reference]
Main differences between the “Summer and Winter Examination” and the “Sustainable Economy Program” for the Master’s Program

“Summer and Winter Examination”

  • Japanese language proficiency is required (in principle, a certificate of JLPT N1 must be submitted at the time of application).
  • Applicants can apply to all courses in the Master’s Program in Economics and Business Administration.

“Sustainable Economy Program”

  • Japanese language proficiency is not required.
  • Applicants can only apply for the Master’s Program in Economics, Economics Course.
  • Students with both English proficiency and an advanced knowledge in mathematics and/or economics are particularly welcome to this program.

Doctoral Program (April 2024)

Doctoral Program (October 2023)
(Posted on April 7, 2023)

※(The English version is for reference document.)

MEXT Scholarship Students – Embassy Recommendation for Japanese Government Scholarship Students

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho or MEXT) offers scholarships to international students. Moreover, Japanese government scholarship students may enter Japanese universities and receive exemptions for matriculation and tuition fees, as well as monthly scholarship stipends. Japanese embassies or consulates invite applications and conduct preliminary screenings (i.e., reviews of each applicant’s submitted documents, written examination, and interview responses). ONLY those applicants who pass the first screening are eligible to apply directly to the Graduate School of Economics at Osaka University for informal consent of acceptance or certificate of admission. After that, the second screening (i.e., consultation with MEXT and the university) will be conducted and final scholarship recipients will be selected. An applicant usually enrolls and studies in a specialized field at Osaka University as a research student for six months to one year. After passing the entrance examination, the applicant may enroll in a master’s or doctoral program. Applicants with Japanese language deficiencies must take a six-month Japanese training course at the International Student Center. The academic year begins in either April or October. Therefore, the selection process through Japanese embassies and consulates for both entrance dates begins around February or March. Please contact them around that time at least one year before you wish to begin your studies.

For application procedures, please contact the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country.

For more information about a MEXT Scholarship, please refer to the following websites:

Privately Financed Students

We do not conduct special screenings for international students. All applicants (Japanese and international students) must take the same entrance examination. Following is information regarding admission requirements and schedules.

Admission
Requirements
Master’s Program Doctoral Program
Degree Bachelor’s Degree
Those who have graduated, or expect to graduate from a Japanese university or a college by March of the year wishing to enroll the program
※For more information, please refer to the application guidelines
Master’s Degree
Those who have had master’s degree, or expect to have master’s degree by March (April Intake) or September (October Intake) of the year wishing to enroll the program
※For more information, please refer to the application guidelines
Japanese
Proficiency
Requirement
Official Result of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test(N1 Level)NOT required for those who have graduated or expect to graduate from a Japanese university NOT required for Doctoral Program
Schedule Master’s Program Doctoral Program
Summer Exam
(April Intake)
Winter Exam
(April Intake)
April Intake October Intake
Application
Guidelines
Distributed
Beginning of July Beginning of July End of September End of March
Apply Middle of July End of November to
Beginning of
December
End of November to
Beginning of December
End of June
Written Exam End of August End of January Beginning of
February
None
Notification
of
Acceptance
Middle of September Middle of February Middle of February End of August
Enrollment April April April October
Screening
Method
Screening for admission will be made on the basis of a written exam (English and Economics(summer exam only)), an interview, and the submitted documents Screening for admission will be made on the basis of the master’s thesis, a written exam, an oral exam, and the submitted documents especially research proposal

※The above information is subjected to change. Please make sure to check the application guidelines for master’s program or the application guidelines for doctoral program for the latest information.

Exchange Students

Osaka University’s Graduate School of Economics has completed academic exchange agreements with a large number of universities in other countries. Under the exchange agreements conducted on university-to-university and school-to-school levels, exchange students from selected institutions will be admitted to take classes for one or two semesters at Osaka University without paying additional tuition fees. Also, credits earned at Osaka University can be transferred to one’s home university. Application should be made through the office handling international exchange at one’s home university.

Exchange Program

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