Applying to HOPS


HOPS has developed a unique curriculum with the goal of training students as specialized policy professionals. In order to gain admission applicants must, of course, possess a basic education sufficient to comprehend what is being taught. A basic education does not, however, necessarily mean a four-year university degree. High-school graduates and graduates of specialized schools who are judged by the admissions committee to possess the academic ability equivalent to graduates of four-year universities are eligible to take the entrance examination.


Applicants will be evaluated in four different groups. First, they will be divided into those with ① General eligibility and those with Standard Special eligibility. ②Applicants deemed to be in Standard Special category will be evaluated according to criteria determined by the admissions board. ③Applicants will be assessed as Nontraditional Students if they have over two years of work experience at the time of their application. ④Applicants who are not Japanese citizens will considered in the International Exchange Students category.

Applicant Screening Procedure
(1)General Applicant Screening

The first round of screening involves an overall evaluation of applicants based on their application and specialized course test score. Those who pass this round will then be interviewed.

As highlighted by our philosophy of a fusion between the humanities and sciences, HOPS seeks to nurture the acquisition and application of cross-disciplinary knowledge. It is not necessary, however, to have a background in multiple disciplines when applying. Such expertise will be attainted at HOPS. An applicant should, though, have an expertise in at least one area that can be used at stepping stone to acquire proficiency in other areas. For this reason, HOPS requires students to take an examination in one of the following specialized fields:

A. Law
Civil Law, Administrative Law
B. Administration
Political Science (including Public Administration),Administrative Law
C. Politics
Political Science (including Public Administration),International Politics
D. International Relations
International Law, International Politics
E. Economics
Macro-economics, Micro-economics
F. Contemporary Sociology, Writing Composition Social Theory
G. Engineering
Planning Mathematics (required), Urban, Transport, or Environmental Engineering

Special Applicant Screening

Applicants considered as Special Applicants do not have to take a specialized examination required for General Applicants.

(2)Standard Special Applicant Screening

Applicants can apply in this category if the meet any of the following three criteria: 1), if they are Hokkaido University undergraduates in the Faculty of Law, Engineering, or Economics and have excellent grades; 2), if they are students at other universities and have passed the National Civil Servant Type I Examination that year, or 3), if they have scored over 600 on the TOEFL (either the PBT or CBT) examination. They will be comprehensively evaluated on their academic credentials on paper and through a face-to-face interview.

(3)Special Applicant Screening for Nontraditional Students

Applicants will be considered in this category if they have worked for over two years after their university graduation. As this category is reserved for applicants who desire to apply their professional experiences through returning to school, we require that these applicants submit a more detailed academic prospectus than is expected of other applicants, and to undergo an oral interview based on that prospectus. Only nontraditional students are allowed to graduate in 1 year. If they desire to do so, they must submit a 10,000 letter report at the time of their application.

(4)Special Applicant Screening for International Exchange Students

This category is open to applicants who are not citizens of Japan who are proficient in Japanese. Applicants will be evaluated based on their academic achievements according to a written application, an essay examination, and an oral interview.