Master's Degree Program

1) Program Name and Degree Conferred

Master's Degree Program - Master of Music Shuushi (Ongaku)]

2) Qualifications Required for Application

Applications to the Master's Degree Program of Elisabeth University of Music will be accepted from persons in one of the following categories:

  1. Those who will have earned a Bachelor's (Gakushi) degree before the end of the semester immediately preceding entrance to the Master's Degree Program.
    NB : The Japanese academic year begins on April 1. The first semester is from April to September and the second from October to March.
  2. Those who have earned a degree outside Japan equivalent to a Bachelor's (Gakushi) degree.
  3. Those who have been designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.
  4. Those who are judged by the Graduate Division of Elisabeth University of Music to possess ability and experience equal to or exceeding persons mentioned in 1. above.

3) Examination Dates and Location

Master's Degree Program Entrance Examinations are given twice annually. All examinations are normally given at Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima. Entrance examinations are also given in home countries or neighboring countries of foreign applicants in some cases. See 2. NB2 below. Preliminary Assessment is required for international applicants. See 4) below.

  1. Examinations are given during the first week of December for April entrance (first semester entrance).
  2. Examinations are given during the fourth week of June for September entrance (second semester entrance).
    NB1: Specific examination dates will be determined following Preliminary Assessment.
    NB2: Pre-arrival admission system for applicants who intend on entering the Graduate School of Elisabeth University of Music as foreign students, the entrance selection is based on outstanding academic and personal achievement. For those students who are unable to take the entrance exam at Elisabeth University of Music for financial reasons, who fulfill the above conditions, Pre-arrival admission system is offered. In some cases entrance exams may be taken in your home countries or neighboring countries through the Pre-arrival admission system. An examination date will be decided after arrangement with a venue in your home country or neighboring countries. Decisions through Pre-arrival admission will be made based on student documents (including an examination of recordings and/or a research plan) and/or the result of entrance exams taken in applicant's home country or neighboring countries.
  3. Location:
    1. Elisabeth University of Music
    4-15 Nobori-cho, Naka-ku
    Hiroshima 730-0016 Japan

    2. Home countries or neighboring countries of foreign applicants.(E.g. China, Philippines)

4) Preliminary Assessment

International applicants must submit the following material at latest three months before their Master's Degree Program Entrance Examination. Material should be sent during the fourth week of March for the June examination or the first week of September for the December examination. Material should be sent by business or express mail or by express parcel service to:
Graduate Division Admissions
Elisabeth University of Music
4-15 Nobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima 730-0016 Japan

  1. Application Form
    The on-line Application Form If this is not possible, a typed or carefully printed Application Form may be sent with the material in nos. 2 and 3 below.
  2. Biographical information (Curriculum Vitae, including employment experience, professional and artistic achievements, etc.).
  3. Material for Preliminary Assessment
    A. Applicants for performance study should submit a recording (CD or DVD etc. ) of their performance.
    Voice: a program of between 15 and 20 minutes, consisting of songs or Lieder and at least one opera aria. All should be sung in the original language.
    Piano: a program consisting of
    a) three Chopin Etudes chosen by the applicant from op.10 and 25 (excluding op.10-3, op.10-6, op.25-7).
    b) one other piece of the applicant's choice.

    Other instruments: a program no shorter than 15 minutes and no longer than 40 minutes, consisting of two compositions chosen by the applicant, one of which should be a work originally composed for the instrument.
    B. Other applicants should submit material related to their area of concentration.
    Composition: original compositions (scores).
    Musicology/Sacred Music/Music Education: recent recordings, research papers, original compositions, etc. representative of the applicant's work and related to the proposed area of study and research.
    NB: All material should be submi tted i n a format that allows reproduction.
    Original copies will be returned upon request.

5) Entrance Examination

Master's Degree Program Entrance Examination dates will be finalized following Preliminary Assessment. Permission to take the Entrance Examination will be withheld if preparation is judged insufficient. (The Preliminary Assessment process can be repeated.) Applicants will be required to submit undergraduate academic records (an official transcript, diploma copy, etc.) before taking the Entrance Examination in Hiroshima.

6) Entrance Examination Subjects

  1. Japanese language

    All applicant's must pass a proficien cy test in basic Japanese. The test will be similar in content and format to the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, Level N5*. For further information on the JLPT see the official website:
    http://www.jlpt.jp/
    NB: Applicant's who submit documentation (a JLPT certificate) of having passed the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, Level N5 * or above, will be exempted from the language proficiency test during the Entrance Examination. The JLPT certificate must be submitted on or before the first day of the Entrance Examination in Hiroshima.
    Further instruction in Japanese-language is provided by the university for all international students in the Master's Degree Program.
    *The applicant who acquired the JLPT Level 4 is valid for a certain period of time.

  2. An examination in the applicant's area of specialization:
    A. Performance applicants: an audition (live performance) consisting of the program previously recorded and submitted for Preliminary Assessment).
    B. Other applicants (composition, musicology, sacred music, music education):
    oral questioning by the faculty based on the material previously submitted for Preliminary Assessment.
    NB: Only Japanese and/or English may be used during the oral examination.
  3. Interview.

7) Admission Decisions

Decisions of the Graduate Division faculty regarding admissions will be made in the first week of July for the June examination, and the first week of December for December examination. The Admissions office will send you a letter containing the result of your entrance examination (acceptance or rejection) via E-mail and postal mail.

8) Entrance Procedures

I nformation a bout Entrance Procedures will be provided with notification of acceptance. Failure to complete Entrance Procedures by the date specified will be understood as an indication of the applicant's intention not to enter the Master's Degree Program.

9) Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees are announced annually in the spring.The following are the fees for academic year 2016*:

  1. Entrance Fee300,000 Yen
    NB: The Entrance Fee is required of newly a dmitted students. Those who have received a Bachelor's (Gakushi) degree from Elisabeth University of Music between April 2015 and March 2016 will be exempted from the Entrance Fee.
  2. Tuition
    Tuition (per year)1,000,000 Yen
    Facilities Fee (per year)350,000 Yen
    TOTAL1,350,000 Yen

*These Fees may be subject to change.

10) Master's Degree Program Scholarships

Scholarships from the Loyola International Exchange Fund of Elisabeth University of Music are awarded to international students in the Master's Degree Program on the basis of academic excellence and financial need.

Description

  1. Five Master's Degree Program Scholarships are offered for the academic year beginning April
    1, 2016, including both first and second semester entrance.
  2. Scholarships apply to Tuition and Fees at Elisabeth University of Music (see above).A scholarship covers half Tuition and Fees for one academic year.
  3. Living expenses are the responsibility of the student. No grants are available from Elisabeth University of Music for living expenses or for travel to and from Japan. (The Japanese Embassy or Consulates in the applicant's home country can provide information about scholarships from other sources for living expenses.)

Conditions

  1. Scholarships are limited to persons under 35 years of age.
  2. Scholarship awards to international students in the Master's Degree Program are for one year, but are ordinarily renewed upon review of the student's application to study and adaptation to life in a different culture.

Application Process

  1. Application for a Master's Degree Program Scholarship must be made together with application for admission. See the Graduate Division Application Form.
  2. Applicant's for Master's Program Scholarships will be interviewed at the time of their Entrance Examination by university officials responsible for administration of the Loyola International Exchange Fund.
  3. Bank statements (or equivalent documents indicative of the applicant's financial situation) from the three consecutive months immediately preceding the applicant's Entrance Examination must be submitted on or before the first day of the Entrance Examination in Hiroshima. Documents should be in a sealed envelope addressed to:
    The Office of the Chancellor
    Elisabeth University of Music
    4-15 Nobori-cho, Naka-ku
    Hiroshima 730-0016 JAPAN

    No information submitted will be revealed to or used in any way by persons other than those responsible for scholarship applications.

Scholarship Announcements

Notification regarding Master's Program Scholarships will be given together with Admission Decisions at the end of the Entrance Examination period.