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 2018 (143.83 KB)

Application Schedule

Spring 2018 entry (April)

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

Application period(on-line) September 1 ~ September 22, 2017, 23:59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline September 29, 2017
Notice of Results November 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline November 30, 2017

Spring 2018 entry (April)

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

Application period(on-line) December 1~ December 27, 2017, 23:59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline January 5, 2018
Notice of Results February 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline March 9, 2018

Autumn 2018 entry (September)

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

Application period (on-line) April 9 - April 30, 2018, 23: 59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline May 7, 2018
Notice of Results June 19, 2018, 10: 00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 6, 2018

Autumn 2018 entry (September)

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

Application period (on-line) June 1 - July 2, 2018, 23: 59 (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline July 3, 2018
Notice of Results July 26, 2018, 10: 00 am (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline August 6, 2018

Application Forms

Recommendation letter form PDF(46.42 KB) WORD(31.50 KB)

Application materials checklist(5.30 KB)


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