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Admissions Policy

The Graduate University aims to train researchers who will play important roles in the international scientific community at leading scientific institutions in the public and private sectors. Accordingly, the Admissions Policy will make it a principle to recruit candidates with the potential and motivation to become leaders in scientific research on the international stage.

Recruitment will focus on attracting outstanding students who are highly motivated by the excitement and potential of the cutting-edge research that is possible at OIST, who have the curiosity and intellectual ability needed to excel in their chosen areas of study, and who have the capacity for independent and original thinking.

Candidates are considered for admission without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or gender. A Graduate Admissions Committee comprising Faculty members makes selections based on the following considerations:

  • Motivation: highly motivated by the excitement and potential of the cutting-edge research that is possible at OIST.
  • Academic excellence: grades and other demonstration of knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of a discipline.
  • Potential to undertake independent research: ability to apply the scientific process, including ability to analyze, synthesize, critique, and problem-solve, the willingness and ability to undertake self-directed learning, and an appreciation of the excitement and potential of cutting edge research.
  • Intellect: skills of deductive reasoning, the ability to form independent judgments, and modify them in light of new evidence.
  • Communication and cooperation: Well-developed oral and written communication skills, the willingness to work in a team, and the ability to interact effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English: ability to read and understand scientific papers in English, to communicate effectively in written English, and to discuss and argue scientifically in English.
  • Meets requirements for admission to a graduate school under the School Education Act. To be admitted into the graduate program, an applicant must have received a Bachelors or Masters degree or its equivalent representing the completion of an undergraduate course in science and engineering, or exceptionally in other fields. Those who hold a Masters degree may be exempted from some or all coursework as described above, with the approval of the Academic Committee and the Dean.