Education (M.A. , Ph. D. )


Educational science (kyoiku-gaku in Japanese) is a comprehensive field of inquiries addressing complex dimensions of human growth and development. It examines educational phenomena from various perspectives and disciplines, including philosophy, history, sociology, political science, and psychology. One of the strengths of our department lies in its approach to compare policies and practices across different times and locations in order to gain meaningful insights into the nature of education.

Students in our program enjoy a cozy, yet stimulating, environment that challenges them to think critically about issues pertinent to education. A small but very diverse group of approximately 20 students are studying in our Graduate Programs. Our graduate students come from different regions of Japan and from abroad. Our students come with various backgrounds. Some do not have previous experience in educational fields. Everyone’s unique experience is valued in our Programs.

Our Programs are essentially Japanese-language based. However, we accept students who wish to pursue their studies in English in certain fields of education (currently in two fields: Comparative and International Education, and Education and International Development) by taking English-medium courses in and outside our Graduate Programs, and write their Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertations in English.

For detailed information about our Graduate Programs in Education, please visit Graduate Program in Education Official Website.

Admissions Information

Entry Semester:

Spring (April)

Method of Admissions:

<M.A.> Document screening, Written Exam and Interview at the Yotsuya campus (online interview is not available)
<Ph.D.> Document screening and Interview (online interview is available)

Note: Applicants who wish to study in English must contact a potential supervisor(s) who teaches courses in English before applying.

Application Schedule for April 2022 entry

1. September Examination (MA & Ph.D)*Ph.D applicants applying for the September examination must already have a Master’s Degree, or be expected to receive one by September 2022.

Online application period
June 15 – June 29, 2022
Application documents submission deadline
June 30, 2022
Examinee ticket download date
September 6, 2022
Written examination (MA only)
September 14, 2022
Oral examination
September 14, 2022
Notification of results on the website
10:00 a.m.(JST*), September 28, 2022
Matriculation deadline
October 19, 2022

2. February Examination (MA & Ph.D)*only applicants who hold valid status of residence in Japan

Online application period
November 16 – November 30, 2022
Application documents submission deadline
December 1, 2022
Examinee ticket download date
February 7, 2023
Written examination (MA only)
February 15, 2023
Oral examination
February 16, 2023
Notification of results on the website
10:00 a.m.(JST*), February 27, 2023
Matriculation deadline
March 6, 2023

The above information was made available as of April 14, 2022.
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 Booklet.”
The updated information will also be notified to registered applicants via email once the application period opens.

Application Booklet&Form

Download “Application Booklet 2023″(PDF)(328.71 KB)
*The details of the on-line application website are indicated in the above application booklet.

Fees and Aids

-Details of Tuitions and Fees (*Go to our Web Piloti website)
-Details of Scholarships (*Go to our Web Piloti website)

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

Starting April 2022, Sophia University has established 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 (*Go to our Web Piloti website).

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