About TIAS 2.0

Overview of the Sport and Olympic Degree Program beginning in 2020

The Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) established, at University of Tsukuba, a Sport Olympic degree program under the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences since 2015.Resulting in the development of human resources that can provide leadership in the world of sport, many TIAS graduates are active in various fields of the global sporting fraternity. Through various activities, TIAS has expanded and strengthened the network with international sports organizations such as IOC and IPC and sports-related organizations and associations in each country.

With the reorganization of the graduate school at University of Tsukuba from 2020, the one and only Sport Olympic degree program in Japan will be reborn as the Master’s Program in Sport and Olympic Studies, Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences.

TIAS, the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will continue its dynamic activities as a base for international sports human resource development. Let us learn together with this new degree program and be active in the sporting world globally. The endeavor will lead to a further enhancement and expansion of the global TIAS network.

Outline TIAS 2.0

  • Number of Students to be Admitted: 8 students
  • Program Taught in English
  • Enrolment: 1 October 2020
  • Programme Term: Oct. 2020 – Sep. 2022 (24 months)
  • Expenses:
    Examination Fees:
    7,000 JPY for the First Screening(Document Screening): all applicants
    23,000 JPY for the Second Screening(Oral Examination) : the successful applicants of first screening
    Admission Fees:
    282,000 JPY (non-refundable)
    Tuition: Oct. to Mar. 267,900 JPY ,Apr. to Sep. 267,900 JPY (Annual: 535,800 JPY)
  • Modules:
    Olympic & Paralympic Education
    Sport Management (Sport Business, Policy & Governance)
    Sport Science & Medicine
    Teaching, Coaching & Japanese Culture
  • Scholarship
    University of Tsukuba has decided to provide a scholarship of around 70,000 yen per month to eligible recipients in the TIAS 2.0 program.
    Details will be updated as soon as they are available.
    Note:There are several conditions for receipt of a scholarship. for International student) ( for Japanese student)

TIAS External Activities

Admission Guidelines

2020 Master’s Programme in Sport and Olympic Studies

Admission Schedule

  • Release of the official Admission Guidelines
    11 December 2019
  • Deadline to apply for eligibility screening
    23 December 2019, 5:00 pm (JST)
  • Web Entry
    20 January 2020, 12:00 pm – 20 February 2020, 3:00 pm (JST)
  • Deadline for document submission
    6 March 2020, 5:00 pm (JST)
  • Announcement of results for document screening
    19 March 2020, 3:00 pm (JST) on Website
  • Oral examination (Skype interview)
    2 – 3 April 2020
  • Announcement of final results
    18 May 2020, 3:00 pm (JST) on Website

Admission Guidelines

The official Admission Guidelines-2020

【Simplified ver】Admission Guidelines-2020

Web Entry System

Web Entry System (University of Tsukuba)
Limited to the period of 20 January 2020 to 20 February 2020

TIAS Pamphlet


Useful links for prospective students

Contact Details

Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) Admission Office

Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Science Area, University of Tsukuba
401, GSI Building, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan 305-8574
Hours:Monday – Friday, 9:00 -17:00 (JST)
※Office closed on Sat, Sun, Public holidays and New Year (29th Dec. – 3rd Jan.)


Olympic & Paralympic Education

  • Olympic Movement Studies
  • Olympism & Legacy
  • Sport & Diversity
  • Olympic & Paralympic Education
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Philosophical studies on Olympism and citizenship education
SAWAE Yukinori
Associate Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Paralympic Education for Social Inclusion, Adapted Physical Activities and Education
Professor, Vice President and Executive Director
B.P.E., M.E., Ph.D.
Sociological Studies on Sport and Body Culture
Assistant Professor
Research on the relationship between social issues and value of sports according to the context [culture, stage, era, environment, etc] adoption and maximization of program effects
Fern Benton Caroline
Professor, Vice President and Executive Director
MBA, Ph.D.
Knowledge management, Comparative Global Leadership
Professor, Dean of Faculty of Art and Design
M.F.A. Ph.D.
The possibility of sports as a motif in Japanese style painting
Assistant Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Olympic Education, Sport History and Anthropology

Sport Management (Sport Business, Policy & Governance)

  • Sport Organisation & Governance
  • International Sport Event Management
  • International Sport Marketing, Sponsorship & Media Management
  • Olympic Movement & Sport Law
Sport Policy and Sport Law
Associate Professor
B.E., M.E.
Business Administration of sport organization
Assistant professor
B.S.Sc., M.S.Sc., Ph.D.
Sport Management, Event Management, Charity Sport, Dance Education

Sport Science & Medicine

  • Sport Technology & Biomechanics
  • Anti-Doping
  • Sport Medicine
  • Exercise Physiology & Human Performance
Professor, Dean of Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences
B.Eng., M.E., Ph.D.
Cardio-respiratory-thermalregulations during exercise
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Hydrodynamic studies in swimming and water exercises
RAKWAL Randeep
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Multi-Omics Profiling of Elite Athletes
Associate Professor
B.Ed., M.D.
Clinical internal sports medicine focusing on respiratory and immune function Anti-Doping Health promotion and prevention for sports related heat illness
ONO Seiji
Associate Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Visual information processing and motor performance

Teaching, Coaching & Japanese Culture

  • Elite Sport Coaching
  • Taiku(Physical Education)
  • Budo
  • Japanese Culture
Associate Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Cultural studies of budo
KAWAI Toshinobu
Associate Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E.,
Research on athlete development in high performance sports system
Associate Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D
Training and coaching methodology to enhance swimming performance
MATSUO Hirokazu
Assistant Professor
B.P.E., M.P.E., Ph.D.
Sports club administration in a university and coaching methodology of American football

Curriculum and Requirements for Completion

TIAS provides education and research guidance to develop the research capacity, specialized knowledge, and ethics in three research areas (Physical Education and Sport, Coaching, Health Science) and extensive basic education in Olympic and Paralympic movements and sports management, and wide knowledge and abilities across martial arts and sports science.

TIAS students belong to one of the four research areas and take the compulsory basic subjects and TIAS internship. To complete the course, students must be enrolled for at least 2 years in principle and have acquired at least 30 credits or more. You will be required to submit a Master’s thesis or a specific research report. Masters (Sport and Olympic) will be awarded to those who complete the course.

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