Sophia University

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

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

The following information was made available as of July, 2021.
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.

Overview of the program

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 for 2022 entry (as of August, 2021)(351.96 KB)

-All applicants must read through the Application Procedure booklet.
-The application portal is indicated in the Application Procedure booklet.
-Application materials basically must be submitted via email electronically. Read the "Application Procedure" booklet carefully for details.

For applicants for Autumn 2021: Application Procedure for 2021 entry(359.47 KB)

Application Schedule

Spring 2022 entry (April)

Application period (on-line) August 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - September 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline September 22, 2021
Notice of Results November 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline December 17, 2021

Autumn 2022 entry (September)

Application period (on-line) March 16, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - April 6, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 13, 2022
Notice of Results June 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 15, 2022
Application Forms

Statement of purpose form WORD(14.98 KB)

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

Application materials checklist(81.90 KB)

Fees and Aids

-Details of Tuitions and Fees
-Details of Scholarships

New Scholarship opportunity!
"Sophia University Graduate School Scholarship for Fostering Researchers in Doctoral Program"

Starting April 2022, Sophia University establishes a new scholarship program, the "Sophia University Graduate School Scholarship for Fostering Researchers in Doctoral Program”. The scholarship is provided to all regular students who are enrolled in Doctoral Programs of Sophia University Graduate School and satisfy the requirements annually within their required residence term. Students do not need to submit scholarship application at admission. For more information, click here.

MEXT Scholarship for Degree Students

If you are interested in MEXT scholarships, click here.


Download figures for past acceptance information from here(14.35 KB)

Request for Withdrawal

The refund policy will be notified to admitted students via the Entrance Procedures booklet.
Following the instructions in the booklet, fill out both forms below and submit the files to the Admissions Office if you decide to withdraw.
Request for Refund of Matriculation Fee (WORD)(18.31 KB)
Notification sheet for Remittance(21.86 KB)
*Fill out only the one which applies to the kind of remittance you used (Domestic or Overseas)