Sophia University

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

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

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


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


Download "Application Procedure for Spring & Autumn Semester 2019"(143.44 KB)

Application Schedule

Spring 2019 entry (April)

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

Application period (on-line) August 29 - September 19, 2018, 23:59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline September 26, 2018
Notice of Results November 9, 2018, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline December 10, 2018

Spring 2019 entry (April)

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

Application period(on-line) December 3- December 21, 2018, 23:59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline December 25, 2018
Notice of Results February 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline March 8, 2019

Autumn 2019 entry (September)

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

Application period (on-line) March 27 - April 17, 2019, 23: 59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 24, 2019
Notice of Results June 19, 2019, 10: 00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 22, 2019

Autumn 2019 entry (September)

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

Application period (on-line) June 14 - July 1, 2019, 23: 59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline July 2, 2019
Notice of Results July 25, 2019, 10: 00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline August 5, 2019

Application Forms

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

Application materials checklist(5.30 KB)


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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)