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

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

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 the program brochure

For detailed course information, please click the link below, which will take you the Syllabus Inquiry page on Loyola.
Syllabus inquiry

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

※2023 entry applicants can find the 2023 Application Booklet here. (351.96 KB)

Application Schedule

Spring 2024 entry (April)

Application Period (on-line) August 23, 2023, 10:00 a.m. ~ September 13, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline (via email) September 20, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Notice of Results November 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Deadline for Admitted Students December 13, 2023

Autumn 2024 entry (September)

Application Period (on-line)  March 13, 2024, 10:00 a.m. ~ April 3, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline (via email) April 10, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Notice of Results June 12, 2024, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Deadline for Admitted Students July 10, 2024

Application Forms

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

Fees, Scholarships and Housing

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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).

MEXT Scholarship for Degree Students

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program

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*available only for autumn entry students


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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 (A&B) below and submit the files to the Admissions Office if you decide to withdraw.
A. Request for Refund of Matriculation Fee
B-1. Notification Sheet for Remittance (Domestic)
B-2. Notification Sheet for Remittance (Overseas)
*Fill out only the one which applies to the kind of remittance you used (Domestic or Overseas)

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