Graduate Program in Data Science, Tohoku University



Application Form

Application (2018 Fall Entrance)

  1. Recruitment
  2. Positions are available for the Graduate Program in Data Science (GP-DS) for the 2018 academic year.

  3. Application requirements
  4. Applicants should satisfy the following requirements:

    • Graduate students belong to the following graduate schools at Tohoku University
      • Graduate School of Information Sciences
      • Graduate School of Life Sciences
      • Graduate School of Economics and Management
      • School of Medicine
      • Graduate School of Engineering
      • Graduate School of Science (Mathematics)
    • Currently a first year Master's student who entered her/his graduate school in 2017 October.
    • Will be a second year Master's student (as of 2018 October)
    • Have a plan to work on his/her doctoral research project related to data science with international joint supervision
    • Have a strong recommendation from his/her current academic supervisor
    • Have reasonable expectations to join the GP-DS program


    • Students who will not go on to the PhD program are not eligible to apply to this program.
    • Students who will go on to the PhD program since 2018 October may be allowed to apply to this program in case the GP-DS steering committee approves. If qualification for her/him to be a PhD student is not yet decided at the application, his/her academic advisor needs to mention that the applicant has a sufficient ability and accomplishment to be a PhD student in the recommendation letter. Please submit relevant publications that support applicant’s ability (if there is any).
    • Affiliated universities abroad (as of 2018):
      • Case Western Reserve University (U.S.)
      • National Tsing Hue University (Taiwan)
      • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
      • The University of British Columbia (Canada)
      • The University of Sydney (Australia)
      • Paderborn University (Germany)
      • ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
      • University of Toronto (Canada)
      • University of Maryland (U.S.)
      • The Ohio State University (U.S.)

      (These are candidate universities with which the GP-DS steering committee aims to conclude an agreement for the jointly supervised degree program)

  5. Deadlines
  6. We accept application documents from June 18th to June 29th, 2018.
    If you want to submit your application documents in person, please visit the GP-DS office 9am-4pm (except Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays). The office address is at the bottom of this guideline.
    If you want to mail your application documents to the GP-DS office, please write “Application documents for the Graduate Program in Data Science” in red ink on the envelope. The documents must be arrived to the office no later than June 29th, 2018.
    Mailing address is at the bottom of this application guideline.

  7. Required application documents
  8. Send your application documents to the GP-DS office by the deadline above.
    Download the application documents from here:

    1. Tohoku University GP-DS Application (Form A)
    2. Statement of Purpose (Form B)
    3. Sealed recommendation letter (Form C)
    4. Undergraduate academic transcript and graduate academic transcript (original)
    5. Scores from either the TOEFLTM, TOEICTM, or IELTSTM


    • All application documents should be in Japanese or English. If the language is not either Japanese or English, please attached the translation.
    • Insufficient application documents will not be processed.
    • Submitted application documents are not returnable.

    *TOEFL and TOEIC are the registered trademarks of Educational Testing Service
    *IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment

  9. Application evaluation
  10. Applications are evaluated on the basis of application documents and interview. The interview will be conducted from July 17th to July 20th, 2018.
    Applicants will be notified of the details of the interview.

  11. Notification
  12. Applicants will be notified of their admission status in late September 2018.

  13. Financial support
  14. We are committed to ensuring that students of the GP-DS program receive assistance toward their studies and research. The amount of financial support will be determined according to Tohoku University’s regulations. GP-DS students who (will) receive other financial support should contact the GP-DS office.

  15. Degree Requirements
  16. To complete this program, students need to satisfy the program-specific requirements in addition to the general degree requirements of his/her graduate school.
    Please see the GP-DS website for more information:

Office of Graduate Program in Data Science

Address: Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
Room 413, 6-3-09, Aramaki-aza-Aoba, Aoba, Sendai, 980-8579, Japan
Phone: 022-795-4691