Graduate School of Agriculture

The mission of the Graduate School of Agriculture is to conduct research to create and rebuild a new system of agriculture that deals with wide-ranging food issues that face mankind around the globe. We offer education programs that cover all areas related to resolving pressing issues to ensure sustainable existence of mankind, with a goal of nurturing researchers and talented business professionals capable of make sound judgments from regional and global perspectives.

In order to gain entry into a Master’s or Doctoral Program, applicants must:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have completed at least 16 years of education.


Find a Supervisor

Graduate and research students conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor. To enter Hokkaido University as a research or graduate student, you need to find a faculty member who is willing to give you instruction on your research. Find a prospective supervisor from our website:

Apply to the Graduate School

Check how to apply on the website of the graduate school you wish to enter.
Applicants must pay the examination fee at the time of application.

Take the entrance examination

Screening procedures for research students are conducted on the basis of documentation submitted whilst screening procedures for graduate level students differ between each school. Please check the website of the school you wish to enter. In the event that you are required to come to Japan for the entrance examination, you will need to obtain a temporary stay visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

Commence enrolment procedures

After passing the screening process, you will be required to submit necessary documentation, pay the entrance fee, and complete other necessary procedures to become enrolled. Once you are issued with a Letter of Acceptance from Hokkaido University, you can apply for a student visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

Tuition Fee ¥535,800 / $5,880 (per year)
Entrance Fee ¥282,000 / $3,100
Examination Fee ¥30,000 / $330

Graduate School of Agriculture


Semester Commencement April √ October* √ April √ October* √

*Allowed, but only under special circumstances

Frontiers in Production Sciences

Agricultural Plant Science, Botany and Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Bioproduction Engineering

Frontiers in Biosciences

Animal Science, Applied Molecular Biology, Applied Biological Chemistry

Frontiers in Environmental Sciences

Ecology and Systematics, Regional Environment, Forest Resource Utilization, Integrated Forest-Landscape Management

For more information, visit the Graduate School of Agriculture homepage.

Updated on   May 31, 2019