Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences

The mission of the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences  is to comprehensively research the sustainable reproduction and efficient use of marine and aquatic resources, which are the shared property of humanity, and to delve into the basic and advanced aspects of preserving the marine ecosystem to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources. We aim to help students develop a creative and positive frame of mind to study issues related to the global environment, natural resources and food, all of which affect the international community, local communities, and business communities. To achieve this objective, we offer curricula in which students can acquire professional knowledge, broad perspectives, and high ethical standards.

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 Fisheries Sciences MASTER DOCTORAL
Semester Commencement April √ October x April √

October √*

*catering to professionals only

Marine Bioresource and

Environmental Science
Marine Biology and Biodiversity, Marine Bioresource Science, Marine Environmental Science, Marine Environment and Resource Sensing, Fisheries Engineering, Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies
Marin Life Science
Aquaculture Biology, Aquaculture Genetics and Genomics,Marine Biotechnology and Microbiology, Marine Bioresources Chemistry, Marine Food Science and Technology, Marine Chemical Resource Development

For more information, visit the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences homepage.

Updated on   March 15, 2019