Sophia University

Admissions Graduate Program in Global Studies

Graduate Program in Global Studies

The following information was made as of October 27.
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 October 27, 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 October 27).(409.91 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 the "TOEFL TYPE."

Thank you for your interest in Graduate Program in Global Studies.
This program has three majors as listed below.

Global Studies
International Business and Development Studies
Japanese Studies
  • Master's Programs

Global Studies, International Business and Development Studies, Japanese Studies

  • Doctoral Programs

Global Studies, Japanese Studies

  • Non-Degree Programs
    ( Short-term Study option )

Global Studies, International Business and Development Studies, Japanese Studies

Click here for more information about the program.

Download a program brochure(2.87 MB)

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

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

*Applicants for the Ph.D. whose documents are positively evaluated will be interviewed at Sophia during a specified period (applicants from abroad are interviewed by Skype). No interview for M.A. applicants.

Note: Prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty members, especially in regard to the doctoral degree.

Application Procedure

Application Procedure: 2021 entry (as of October 27)(409.91 KB)

All applicants must read through the Application Procedure booklet.

For applicants for Autumn 2020: Application Procedure for 2020 entry(206.84 KB)

Application Schedule

Autumn 2020 entry (September)

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 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 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

Application Materials Checklist (updated on August 12)(83.71 KB)

Recommendation Letter Form PDF (49.57 KB) / WORD (17.20 KB)

Certificate of Health (138.30 KB)(for Non-Degree applicants)

Start online application.

Fees and Aids

-Details of Tuitions and Fees
-Details of Scholarships

MEXT Scholarship for Degree Students

If you are interested in MEXT scholarship, click here.


Download figures for past acceptance information from here(22.13 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)