Yokohama National University Master and Doctoral Course MEXT Scholarships 2021

The Faculty of Engineering was reorganized in 1985, when the Division was established combining three existing departments, The Departments of (a) Civil Engineering, (b) Architecture and Building Science, and (c) Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, each of which had its own history, educational system and facilities. The Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1978 and has since awarded approximately 600 bachelor’s degrees. The Department of Architecture and Building Science was established in 1926 as a department of Yokohama Institute of Technology and has produced approximately 3,000 graduates. The Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering was founded in 1929, also as a department of Yokohama institute of Technology, and has more than 2,400 graduates.

The majority of the graduates have played leading roles in various fields of civil engineering, architecture, shipbuilding and aeronautical engineering. In addition to the above three departments, a new department, the Department of Regional, Urban and Environmental Planning, was created in 1985. The faculty members of the Division were officially reorganized into the four departments for research activities. The Division has currently forty faculty members in total. The teaching staff also includes research associates, technicians, practical engineers and architects. The Division provides three independent educational courses corresponding to the former three departments. A total of about 700 undergraduate students are enrolled in the Division: approximately 25 percent in civil Engineering, 50 percent in Architecture and Building Science and 25 percent in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

The program can accept students in two semesters, April or October enrollment. Students can admit with Japanese government scholarship (MEXT scholarship) or other scholarship or their private funding. Normally, there are five major methods of being admitted in the program. They are:

  1. Admission with MEXT* (University Recommendation under the Special Program) Scholorship
  2. Admission with MEXT (Embassy Recommendation) Scholarship
  3. Admission with MEXT (University Recommendation, General) Scholarship
  4. Admission with JICA’s Scholarship (JDS, ABE Initiative, PEACE, JICA-FRIENDSHIP Project etc.,)
  5. Admission with candidate’s home country’s scholarship (Chinese Government Graduate Student Overseas Study Program, Indonesia government LPDP, other countries’ government scholarship)
  6. Admission with private funding for International Students

MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan, Monbukagakusho

Necessary procedures to apply for admission for both master’s or doctoral degree program are as follows:

Other than this program, Faculty of Urban Innovation offers Infrastructure Management Program(IMP), which is all-English master program funded by the World Bank. For more information about IMP, please visit this website.


Doctoral Course

An applicant willing to admit in the Doctor course must have following academic requirements:

  • An applicant should have outstanding academic records in undergraduate as well as Master degree, and shows robust research potential
  • An applicant should normally possesses a four-year bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
  • Proof of an applicant’s English proficiency (An official score of TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent)

Master Course

An applicant willing to admit in the Master course must have following academic requirements:

  • An applicant should have outstanding academic records in undergraduate
  • An applicant should normally possesses a four-year bachelor’s degree.
  • Proof of an applicant’s English proficiency (An official score of TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent)

For both the Master course and the Doctor course, an applicant should be in good mental and physical health.

Required Documents

For the application for October 2021 enrollment, applicants must submit the following documents by both E-mail and Postal-mail, considering the COVID-19 situation.

PDF copies of the following documents (1, 2 &3) must reach the correspondence E-mail address no later than December 20th, 2020.
All the original documents (1, 2, 3 & 4) also shall arrive at the correspondence address by Postal-mail (including Fedex and DHL etc.) no later than January 15, 2021.

  • Completed Application Form (including “Field of interest in detail and study plan at Yokohama National University”)
  •  Official transcript(s)
    • For the Doctoral Course, official transcripts showing the applicant’s academic performance from both an undergraduate and a master’s course.
    • For the Master course, an official transcript showing the applicant’s academic performance from an undergraduate course.
  • Proof of an applicant’s English proficiency (an official score of TOEFL or IELETS or equivalent).
  • Two confidential Recommendation Letters in the specific form
  • Each letter should be in a sealed envelope with the signature of the recommender over the flap of the envelope and should be sent to the correspondence address directly.
* The application period may be shortened due to an unpredictable situation.
 Please prepare the required documents as early as possible. 
Correspondence Address
E-mail Address igsi.admi***  (Please replace *** with @)*Please attach the PDF copies of application documents(1, 2 &3) .
  Due: December 20th, 2020
*Please do not attach anything unnecessary.
Postal-mail Address Prof. Koichi Maekawa Foreign Student Officer
Department of Civil Engineering
Yokohama National University
79-5 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku
Yokohama 240-8501

For more information, please visit Official Website.

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