Research Students

Research Student (non-degree student) Admissions

To study at Hitotsubashi University as a research student, please confirm the qualifications firstly by Application Guidelines.

Application Guidelines

Admission Requirements

  1. Have completed or be expected to complete 16 years of school education in a foreign country by the time of admission to the University.
  2. Have received a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from a foreign university, or be due to receive a bachelor’s degree by the time of admission to the university, or be recognized by the graduate school as having academic ability equivalent or superior to a bachelor’s degree.

Research Period

Maximum of 2 years.

Graduate Schools Open to Research Students

  • Graduate School of Business Administration [Researcher Training Course]
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law [Law and International Relations]
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Language and Society

Process of Application and AY2024 Timeline

[I. Application]

April Admission: Tuesday, August 1, 2023 – Friday, October 20, 2023
September Admission: Thursday, February 1, 2024 – Monday, April 8, 2024
Applicants send an email including information listed below to Educational Affairs Division.

  • Name of a university which you are attending (or you graduated from)
  • Year and month of graduation (or expected to graduate)
  • Which applicant type you would meet
  • (For types 2, 6 and 7) Informal consent from your preferred supervisor
  • Certificate of graduation or Certificate of expected graduation (bachelor’s degree, PDF)

*Outside of the period above, we do not respond to inquiries nor distribute application forms.

[II. Distribution]

Educational Affairs Division will distribute application forms based on received emails during the period above.

[III. Submission]

April Admission: Friday, October 27, 2023 – Thursday, November 2, 2023
September Admission: Monday, April 15, 2024 – Friday, April 19, 2024
Applicants submit the original copy of application documents to Educational Affairs Division by mail.
*The application documents must reach us no later than the due date.

[IV. Results]

April Admission: In December, 2023
September Admission: In June, 2024
Note: Please specify which of the following applicant types you fall under and send an e-mail to Educational Affairs Division during the period indicated above to request application documents.

*See the link of each type for requirements.

Applicant types

*foreign means “outside Japan”


Be sure to see the link HERE before your inquiry.
*Educational Affairs Division does not respond to inquiries regarding matters listed here.


The Educational Affairs Division
Hitotsubashi University
2-1 Naka, Kunitachi City, Tokyo 186-8601, Japan
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