Entrance Examination (Entrance year 2021)
Master’s Program / Doctoral Program in Computer Science (previously Department of Computer Science)

Notice: We have announced the implementation of assessment on basic knowledge that is conducted in the general entrance examination for the master's degree program to be held in October 2020.

Notice: The university headquarters has announced that supplementary examinations will be held online for the October entrance examinations. For more information including how to apply for it, please refer to the Application Guidelines page.
- University of Tsukuba - Graduate Admissions 2021

Notice: The university headquarters announced the postponement of the entrance examination and special measures for external English proficiency tests. For more information, please check the following documents.
- (Important) Entrance Examination for Graduate Schools AY 2021
- Private Sector English Proficiency Tests for AY2021 Entrance Examinations for Graduate Schools of University of Tsukuba

Notice:
In April 2020, Department of Computer Science, Graduate school of SIE has been reorganized to Master’s Program / Doctoral Program in Computer Science, Degree Programs in SIE.
Reorganized Graduate Schools and Programs (for students who enter the university in AY 2020 or after)

The entrance examination for Program in Computer Science is broadly divided into Master's Program and Doctoral Program. The following information is a summary of the entrance examination, but you should also obtain and check the official application form.

Official Document and Application Form

You can access the official document and the application form (after they are available) from the web page in English or Japanese.

For Applicants to Master's Course

Dates

We provide three entrance examinations for applicants to Master's Course. These are September Exam based on recommendation, October Exam, and February Exam. We also hold two entrance examinations in August and February for admissions of working students.

[ September ]
Admission
through recommendation
[ October ]
Examination
for regular applicants
&
Special selection
of working students
[ February ]
Examination
for regular applicants
&
Special selection
of working students
Application form
distributtion
2020.6.29 (released) 2020.6.29 (released) 2020.6.29 (released)
Application
form receipt
2020.7.21(Tu) to
7.30(Th) 3PM
2020.9.1(Tu) to
9.18(Fr) 3PM
2020.12.1(tu) to
12.18(Fr) 3PM
Examination 2020.9.1(Tu) 2020.10.20(Tu) 2021.2.1(Mo)
Announcement
of admission
2020.9.11(Fr) 2020.11.6(Fr) 2021.2.17(We)

Additional Information

Oral examination for regular applicants to the master's course (updated: August 31, 2020)

Oral examination consists of two parts, which are general interview (specialization and purpose of enrollment) and assessment on basic knowledge about mathematics and fundamentals of computer science. The following is the explanation about the implementation of the assessment on basic knowledge.
  • Examinees are asked to choose two of the five areas at the beginning of the assessment. The areas of the assessment and the scope of questions for each area are as follows:
  •   Area
    Analysis Function and its limit, Limit of a sequence, Infinite series, Analysis in one variable, Analysis in several variables (partial derivative, multiple integral).
    Linear Algebra Matrix, Determinant, Vector space, Linear mapping, Kernel and image, Inner product spaces, Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors, Matrix diagonalization.
    Discrete Mathematics and Logic Set, Function, Relation.
    Fundamentals of Programming Control Structure (Conditional Branch, Loop, etc.), Data Type (Character String, Array, etc.), Data Structure (Stack, Queue, List, Tree, etc.), Function, Procedure, Recursive Call.
    Logic and Circuit Propositional Logic, Boolean Algebra, Karnaugh Map, Combinatorial Circuit.
  • Interviewers will ask one question from each of the selected areas. There are five minutes to answer each question. The answering time will include time to read the questions.
  • When selecting subject areas, it is not allowed to check the questions in advance to find out what question will be asked if a certain area is selected. Also, once an examinee has selected the areas, the examinee cannot change it later.
  • Examinees will be required to answer the questions in an oral manner. However, for online supplementary exams, text chat features of Zoom may be used if necessary.
  • Examinees may use notepapers and writing instruments for calculating their answers. However, notepapers may not be presented as a substitute for oral answers.
  • In addition to notepad and writing instruments, examinees may have the following items on hand during the examination. Any other items on hand will be considered as cheating.
    • An exam voucher, a watch (limited to those with a timing function only), glasses, handkerchiefs, tissue paper, and eye drops. However, items on which mathematical formulas and the like are printed will be excluded.
  • Examinees are not allowed to communicate with anyone other than admissions officers and interviewers while waiting for or during the examination. Also, examinees are not allowed to use computers or smartphones while the examination is being conducted. However, for online supplementary exams, operating computers and smartphones are permitted to deal with communication and equipment problems.

Computer Science English (CSE) Program

You can select the special program (CSE program) in which lectures are given only in English. You can access the details from the following webpages.

For Applicants to Doctoral Course

Dates

We provide two entrance examinations for applicants to Doctoral Course. These are August Exam and February Exam. We also perform two entrance examinations in August and February for admissions of working students.

[ October ]
Examination
for regular applicants
&
Special selection
of working students
[ February ]
Examination
for regular applicants
&
Special selection
of working students
Application
form distributtion
2020.6.29 (released) 2020.6.29 (released)
Application
form receipt
2020.9.1(Tu) to
9.18(Fr) 3PM
2020.12.1(Tu) to
12.18(Fr) 3PM
Examination 2020.10.19(Mo) 2021.2.2(Fr)
Announcement
of admission
2020.11.6(Fr) 2021.2.17(We)

Additional information

In the oral exam of Doctoral Course, in addition to making questions on applicant's major research subjects, motivation and preference, and so on, we ask each applicant to make a 10 minutes presentation on his/her past research and future research plan. It is recommended to use PowerPoint and so on for presentation. We prepare necessary electronic equipments (a PC projector), but each applicant must bring his/her own personal computer. The PC projector in the interview room is compatible with VGA interface only. It is required to bring a proper conversion cable, if it is necessary. Please prepare a presentation before the day of exam and bring your own personal computer. If you have questions on the oral exam such as available equipments, please contact us at the address below.

Fast Track Doctoral Program

Based on our experience in working student education, we have started a new fast track program "Fast track doctoral program for working students", invoking the existing regulations for "fast track schemes".

Entrance examination for overseas residents for doctoral program

We conduct the entrance examination for overseas residents. You can find the official document form bottom of the web page in the "For Overseas Residents: Doctoral Program"

Reference

Contacts

  • About the Entrance Examination: exam (at) cs.tsukuba.ac.jp
  • About the Degree Programs : inquiry (at) cs.tsukuba.ac.jp

Updated on August 31, 2020.