Sophia University

Admissions Graduate Program in Global Studies

Graduate Program in Global Studies

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.

As a rule, application materials must be submitted via email electronically. Read the "Application Procedure" carefully for details.

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

Click here for more information about the program.

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

Download a program brochure(2.24 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 for 2022 entry (as of August, 2021)(395.74 KB)

-All applicants must read through the Application Procedure.
-The application portal is indicated in this booklet.

For applicants for Autumn 2021: Application Procedure for 2021 entry(409.84 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

Application Materials Checklist(83.71 KB)

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

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

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 scholarship, click here.


Download figures for past acceptance information from here(22.09 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 (WORD)(21.86 KB)
*Fill out only the one which applies to the kind of remittance you used (Domestic or Overseas)