Sophia University

Admissions Global Environmental Studies ( M.A. , Ph.D. )

Global Environmental Studies ( M.A. , Ph.D. )

The following information was made as of November 7.
Subsequent to the above date, unavoidable circumstances due to COVID-19 may result in changes in the University's policies and guidelines. Please note that in cases where any changes are made, the latest information are to be updated on this website as well as the booklet of the "Application Procedure."
The updated information will also be notified to registered applicants via email once the application period opens.

Application Materials Accepted via Email Electronically for 2021 entry (updated on November 7, 2020)

Considering the issues in post-mailing physical materials due to COVID-19, the Admissions Office of Sophia University ask all applicants for English-taught graduate programs to submit application materials electronically via email (modified for Autumn entry since the previous version). For details, make sure to read carefully the booklet of Application Procedure for 2021 entry (updated on November 7).(359.14 KB)

For those who have already arranged some of the physical materials to be shipped to Sophia, that would also be accepted.

Scores of TOEFL ITP for China are Accepted for English-taught Graduate Programs for Spring 2021 entry (updated on August 25, 2020)

For spring 2021 entry, due to the cancellations of TOEFL iBT in China, scores of TOEFL ITP for China will also be accepted in lieu of TOEFL iBT or IELTS official scores. Students must send the set of scores (Reading, Listening, Writing) and the video of the interview so they reach to Sophia University by the materials receipt deadline. Make sure to choose the right scores as they can send the scores to one university only once.

Instruction for Online Application: Choose "PBT" for "TOEFL TYPE."

International Environmental program established in 2011

The school was established in 2005 to focus specifically on environmental problems, an area which we consider as one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. The curriculum combines social and natural sciences, in recognition of the fact that effective environmental studies spans a number of scholastic disciplines including law, policy, administration, economics, population, energy, and engineering. The school is devoted to fostering graduates able to serve effectively as business persons, professionals, consultants or scholars in the area of environmental protection, conservation and sustainability.
International Graduate Course provides educational programs for students who intended to obtain degrees in English. No knowledge or proficiency in Japanese is needed as all seminars, lectures and guidance are conducted in English. The curriculum consists of three fields, Economics and Business Administration for the Environment, Law and Policies and Sociology for the Environment and Science and Engineering for the Environment. One of the strategies of this course is to enhance the capacity of students to contribute to the solving of current environmental issues through a variety of practical and discipline specific programs. Moreover, we intend to collaborate with the Graduate School of Science and Technology and the Graduate School of Economics so as to create an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum.

Graduate Program in Global Environmental Studies Official Website
Download a program brochure

Entry Semester:
Spring (April), Autumn (September)

Method of Admissions:
Document screening, Interview (for Ph.D. applicants only*)

Note: Prospective Ph.D.students are encouraged to contact potential dissertation supervisors before submitting their application.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure: 2021 entry (as of November 7)(359.14 KB)

All applicants must read through the Application Procedure booklet.

For applicants for Autumn 2020: Application Procedure for 2020 entry(176.17 KB)

Application Schedule

Autumn 2020 entry (September)

First application period for M.A. and Ph.D.

Application period (on-line) March 18 - April 8, 2020, 23: 59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 15, 2020
Notice of Results June 10, 2020, 10: 00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 6, 2020

Autumn 2020 entry (September)

Second application period for Ph.D.(only applicants who hold valid status of residence in Japan)

Application period(on-line) June 15 - July 1, 2020, 23: 59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline July 2, 2020
Notice of Results July 27, 2020, 10: 00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline August 6, 2020

Spring 2021 entry (April)

Application period (on-line) August 26, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - September 16, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline September 23, 2020
Notice of Results November 17, 2020, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline December 14, 2020

Autumn 2021 entry (September)

Application period (on-line) March 17, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - April 7, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 14, 2021
Notice of Results June 8, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 5, 2021
Application Forms

Statement of purpose form WORD(14.98 KB)

Recommendation letter form PDF(51.49 KB) WORD(18.75 KB)

Application materials checklist (updated on August 12)(81.90 KB)

Start online application.

Fees and Aids

-Details of Tuitions and Fees
-Details of Scholarships

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Download figures for past acceptance information from here(15.07 KB)

Request for Withdrawal

The refund policy will be notified in the booklet of entrance prcodure sent out to admitted students.

If you decide to withdraw, please use the form provided below.
Form of Request for Refund (PDF)(42.55 KB)
Form of Request for Refund (Word)(19.87 KB)