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M.A. / Ph. D. in Education

Graduate Program in Education Overview

Educational science (kyoiku-gaku in Japanese) is a comprehensive field of inquiries addressing complex dimensions of human growth and development. It examines educational phenomena from various perspectives and disciplines, including philosophy, history, sociology, political science, and psychology. One of the strengths of our department lies in its approach to compare policies and practices across different times and locations in order to gain meaningful insights into the nature of education.

Students in our program enjoy a cozy, yet stimulating, environment that challenges them to think critically about issues pertinent to education. A small but very diverse group of approximately 20 students are studying in our Graduate Programs. Our graduate students come from different regions of Japan and from abroad. Our students come with various backgrounds. Some do not have previous experience in educational fields. Everyone’s unique experience is valued in our Programs.

Our Programs are essentially Japanese-language based. However, we accept students who wish to pursue their studies in English in certain fields of education by taking English-medium courses in and outside our Graduate Programs, and write their Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertations in English.

For detailed information about our Graduate Programs in Education, please visit our website .

Admissions Information

--Entry Semester: Spring (April)

--Method of Admissions:
<M.A.> Document screening, Written Exam and Interview at the Yotsuya campus (online interview is not available)
<Ph.D.> Document screening and Interview (online interview is available)

Note: Applicants who wish to study in English must contact potencial supervisers who teach courses in English before apply.

Application Schedule for 2018 entry

1. First application 9月入試)

On-line application period June 30 through July 18, 2017
Application documents submission deadline July 19, 2017
Issue of the admission ticket Around September 5, 2017
Oral examination September 13, 2017
Written examination September 13, 2017
Notification of results 10:00 a.m.(JST), September 25, 2017
Letter of acceptance sent October 3, 2017
Matriculation deadline October 27, 2017

2. Second application 2月入試)

On-line application period December 1 through December 27, 2017
Application documents submission deadline January 5, 2018
Issue of the admission ticket Around February 2, 2018
Written examination February 15, 2018
Oral examination February 15, 2018
Notification of results 10:00 a.m.(JST), February 22, 2018
Letter of acceptance sent February 27, 2018
Matriculation deadline March 9, 2018

Application Procedures

Download " Application Booklet 2018 " (Abstract version in English*)

Go to On-line Application Website

Graduate Program in Education Official Website

*The full version (only in Japanese) is available here .
For further assistance, please contact the Admissions Office at 03-3238-3517 or <admission-g(at)cl.sophia.ac.jp>

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