Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University
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Update: 2012/09/28


Entrance Examination and Department Groupings for Department of Mathematics, School of Science

This section provides a simple explanation of the “journey” of entering the Department of Mathematics. (See below for details on the Department of Mathematics education program).

Schools and Departments

Nagoya University consists of the following nine Schools. Our Department of Mathematics is associated with the School of Science, which has five departments in total, including the Department of Mathematics.

  • School of Letters
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Economics
  • School of Informatics and Sciences
  • School of Science (270)

    • Department of Mathematics (55)
    • Department of Physics (90)
    • Department of Chemistry (50)
    • Department of Biological Science (50)
    • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (25)
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Agricultural Sciences

(figures in parentheses refer to maximum number of students admitted per year)

Entrance examination

Prior admission to the Nagoya University School of Science is required for admission to the Department of Mathematics. The methods of selecting students, and the admission programs, differ from school to school. The School of Science employs the following two methods.

  • Entrance examination (general selection)
  • Admission based on recommendations

Please visit the Nagoya University websites indicated below for details on the selection schedules, examination programs, an outline of the School of Science, and how to request the application guidelines for scholarship students.


Department Groupings

In the first year, after admission to the School of Science, students are not attached to a particular department. They are expected to become well-grounded in a broad range of subjects as a School of Science student. Students select their desired department when advancing to the second year. The assignment is referred to as “department grouping.” In this procedure, the student’s choice is given priority. However, if the number of students wishing to study in a particular grouping exceeds capacity (the number to be accepted), some students will have to select another department.

Selection criteria for the Department of Mathematics

Students with good grades in Calculus I and II and Linear Algebra I and II are given priority. In borderline cases, students with good grades in Perspectives in Mathematics I and II and Exercises in Mathematics I and II are given priority. Acquisition of credits in other programs (e.g. English) is also considered in making final decisions.

A look at past department groupings shows that this selection process is not excessively harsh, and there is no need to feel particularly nervous about the process. Nevertheless, it is true that unintended results are avoidable through a well-directed effort in the student’s first year. As an example, previous applications for entry into the Department of Mathematics are shown below along with the number of students accepted.

Since the total number of students admitted to the School of Science does not always match the capacity of 270 students, the number of students entering a department is determined according to the capacity or the number to be assigned to each department. This number is referred to as the “Number to be accepted.”

Applicants for the Department of Mathematics
Enrollment Year 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Number to be accepted 55 56 57 58 58 55 55 59 58 56
Number of applicants 53 53 70 70 67 70 70 61 68 58