Faculty/Graduate School of Economics, UTokyo For Prospective Students

To Prospective Students

Application Guidelines for Master's Program


About Graduate School of Economics

Introductions of each department.

Division of Economics

Department of Economics
At the Department of Economics, students will have the opportunity to study under the supervision of leading researchers and develop expertise across a wide range of economics fields. Given the increasing importance of Asian economies in the world, learning cutting-edge economics in a global hub like Tokyo provides a great opportunity for both academic research and professional development. Also, almost all departments are offered in English. Students with both English proficiency and an advanced knowledge in mathematics and/or economics are particularly welcome to join our department.

Our faculty members hold Ph.D.s from internationally recognized universities and have teaching experience at these institutions. We currently have five Fellows from the prestigious Econometric Society, which is the highest number among the Asian universities. We invite you to peruse the faculty directory and web pages to learn more about our research and teaching interests.

After graduation from our Master’s program, our students choose their careers broadly in two ways. Some students chose to continue their studies by entering doctoral programs. In recent years, our students have enrolled in economics Ph.D. programs, not only at the University of Tokyo, but also at globally recognized institutions including Princeton University, Yale University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Others have chosen to apply their knowledge at their workplace such as consulting, financial services, tech firms, and governments at both Tokyo and overseas.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our department.

The Department of Economics Doctoral Program is a continuation of the education of the Department of Economics Master's Program that teaches advanced specialized knowledge. Therefore, to enroll in this Doctoral Program, excellent grades in our Master's Program are expected. However, for the following cases, it is possible to enroll in the Department of Economics Doctoral Program without graduating from our Master's program. Namely, there are two ways to do so: (i) the General Admission (International Students are required to submit the N1 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test*) and (ii) the Career Professionals for Doctoral Program.
*Foreign applicants who have graduated (or will graduate) from a Japanese high school or university (graduate school), or who have a permanent residence permit in Japan (including special permanent residents) are not required to submit the N1 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test.

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Department of Statistics
The need for data analysis has dramatically increased in recent years as the phenomenal growth of computer technology and communication networks has set off an explosion of information in our society. Statistics is about the general methods for analyzing numerical information. The main aim of this department is to train professional statisticians who investigate the mathematical foundations of statistical methods. It also helps students in other fields to master the basic tools of statistics and econometrics and enables them to conduct empirically orientated research.

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Department of Area Studies
Economic research requires a thorough knowledge of theoretical models and statistical methods, as well as a deep understanding of the institutional settings and historical facts specific to each issue. Understanding the history of economics itself is also an important theme. In this department, in addition to analyzing the challenges and issues faced by each regional economy, we attempt to capture the connections between the different aspects as comprehensively as possible, aim to describe an overall picture of the regional economy. The department also covers the study of the history of economics and conducts research and education activities in this area. Students will concentrate on studying a specific area or studying the history of economics, after mastering the fundamental economic theory and statistical methods.

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Department of Economic History
Economic history is a research field that aims at obtaining deep understanding of the economy and society by exploring and examining past documents and data with relevant insights in the related areas including economics, sociology, politics and statistics. Whereas experimental economics has been developing in recent years, the objects to which the experimental approach is applicable are limited, and hence huge information recorded in the human history is still one of the most important bases for social sciences. The faculty in the economic history department are composed of experts on Japan, Asia and the West. Each of them keeps the discipline of historical research where induction based on historical documents and data is essential, while she/he values diverse and flexible thoughts as well as global and long-term perspectives.

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Division of Management

Department of Management
The department of management equips students with the ability to formulate managerial problems and discover the appropriate solution based on the knowledge in Business Administration. Both Master and Doctoral programs are offered. In addition to Strategy and Management that are the foundation of Business Administration, students learn Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Technology Management, Accounting, and Finance, as well as Business History that is indispensable for the long-term analysis. Analyzing field phenomena with rigorous theories in a logical manner, students will acquire fundamental competence in corporate planning, human resource management, finance, sales, production, and procurement. The field is not limited to manufacturing but also applies to service and financial sectors.

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Department of Quantitative Finance
We study the mathematical methods used by the financial industry to estimate and manage asset values and risks. To acquire the basic knowledge and skills required for quants, students study derivatives pricing theory, investment theory and programming. Special seminars are given by external lecturers for students wishing to become actuaries.

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■Applicants are advised NOT to contact our faculty members prior to the application.
■For those who are considering enrolling in this Graduate School while working for a governmental agency, company, organization, etc.
Please note that no special consideration will be given to course offering periods and professors’ office hours for students at this graduate school except for the students who are accepted under the special selection targeted for career professionals.

■【Master’s Program】Applying to multiple master’s programs/schedules at the Graduate School of Economics, UTokyo

Application Guidelines  
(Note :Download from this website. No paper distribution.)

Type of application Application Guidelines/ Supplementary Information Application Periods/Methods Admission Information Session
Department of Economics
【Educational Program】 Application
Academic Year 2025
Schedule A (April Enrollment):
Application Period:
July 2, 2024 ~ July 5, 2024(JST)

Online Application Period:
June 10, 2024 ~ July 5, 2024 by 5 p.m.(JST)

Schedule B (October Enrollment)
Application Period: November 1, 2024 ~ November 5, 2024(JST)

Online Application Period:
October 9, 2024 ~ November 5, 2024 by 5 p.m.(JST)
The Admission Information Session AY 2025 has ended.

Date: May 10, 2024 (Friday), offered online (ZOOM) in Japanese only.
 General briefing session 5:15 p.m.(JST)
 Departmental session 6:15 p.m.(JST)
 handout (for posting on website)PDF

Application guidelines for the departments other than the Economics are only available in Japanese, since high level of Japanese proficiency is necessary to be enrolled to these departments.

Special treatment for examinations

No special arrangements, such as makeup exams, will be enforced for each application, such as the case of unable to show up to the exam site due to the COVID-19 or other infections.


If you are planning to submit TOEFL or TOEIC scores at the application, please take these exams well in advance. TOEFL iBT Home Edition scores are also accepted.

GMAT Scores  (Department of Quantitative Finance Only)

If you are planning to submit GMAT scores at the application, please take the test well in advance.
GMAT Focus Edition scores are also accepted. 

GRE Scores  (Department of Economics only)

If you are planning to submit GRE scores at the application, please take the test well in advance.
Test at Home scores are also accepted.

Certificate of N1 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test 【For International Applicants (other than Department of Economics)】

For departments other than the Department of Economics in the Graduate School of Economics, lectures are given in Japanese in principle. When applying for admission to the Master's Program, students are required to submit a "Certificate of Japanese Language Proficiency Test" for passing the N1 Level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test co-hosted by the Japan International Education Support Association and the Japan Foundation.Please make sure to take the test with sufficient time in advance.
However, those who have graduated (or are expected to graduate) from a Japanese high school, university (graduate school), or those who have obtained permanent residency in Japan (including special permanent residents) are exempted from this submission requirement.

For applicants graduated/expect to graduate from Chinese educational institutions

Applied from Students to be Enrolled from April 2025

Students who graduated from universities in China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) will be required to submit the following degree certification documents during the admission process. It is expected to take some time for the documents to be issued by the authority, so please prepare well in advance.

(Degree Certification Documents)
Please obtain the PDF file of the English version of the "Online Verification Report of Higher Education Degree Certificate" issued by CHSI (China Higher Education Student Information NetworkOpen a new tab), operated by CSSD (Center for Student Services and Development) in order to submit it during the admission period. The details for the submission will be notified by the admission procedure.
Please be noted that documents issued by the CHSI Japan Agency are not accepted.

Online Application / Formats and Samples

Web Entry System

Please apply via the following Web Entry System.

Formats and Samples

Typeof of ApplicationFormats and Samples
Department of Economics【Educational Program】 Application 【Examination Fee(Schedule A)】
 From overseas: How to make a Payment of Examination Fee by Credit CardPDF
 Domestic use: Examination Fee Attachment FormPDF
  Please refer to the Japanese website.
 Research PlanPDF
 Academic WritingsPDF

(About Recommendation Letter)
After registering your recommender(s) on the Web Entry System, an e-mail will be sent to the recommender(s) regarding the preparation for the recommendation letter. The recommender is required to prepare the recommendation letter by downloading the designated form on the upload page provided in the sent e-mail. Recommender's signature can be either physical or electrical signing on the form.

To International Students

To enroll in the Master's Program of the Graduate School of Economics, the University of Tokyo, both Japanese and International applicants must take the same entrance examinations and pass in order to be admitted.
Please make sure to check the application guidelines for necessary documents and external test scores required to submit for the applications.




    Graduate Office
    Graduate School of Economics
    The University of Tokyo
    7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
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