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

The following information was made available as of May 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 Procedure.”

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

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

※2022 entry applicants can find the 2022 Application Booklet here. (351.96 KB)

Application Schedule

Spring 2023 entry (April)

Application period (on-line) August 24, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – September 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline September 21, 2022
Notice of Results November 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m.(JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline December 16, 2022

Autumn 2023 entry (September)

Application period (on-line) March 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – April 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (JST)
Materials Receipt Deadline April 12, 2023
Notice of Results June 16, 2023, 10:00 a.m. (JST)
Matriculation Fee Deadline July 14, 2023

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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Download figures for past acceptance information from here(13.66 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
Notification Sheet for Remittance (Domestic)
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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