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Sophia University

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

M.A. in Global Environmental Studies

The diverse courses for the International Graduate Course in Global Environmental Studies are designed to provide students with a holistic understanding of the multiple and complex factors that have contributed to the global environmental crisis. Whether in the natural sciences or humanities, students are free to choose classes suited to their interests, background and future career aspirations from a wide range of courses covering diverse aspects of global environmental issues. This flexibility means that students may in effect create their own curriculum chart and timetable. Another feature of the curriculum is the small class sizes, with student numbers ranging from two to as many as ten per seminar. This ensures that students will be able to receive individual student needs focused instruction from experienced professors.

There are two tracks for students pursuing an M.A. in Global Environmental Studies. For students interested in building their professional career to become an expert in the field of global environmental issues but do not intend to go on to a doctoral program (Ph.D.), the graduate school offers a Credit-track M.A. where students are required to obtain 30 credits from lecture courses and complete a graduation project written report in English. For those students interested in exploring a specific area of environmental studies in-depth or intending to further their academic career by going on to a doctoral program (Ph.D.), the graduate school offers a Thesis-track M.A. where students are required to obtain 26 credits from lecture courses, 4 credits from Thesis seminar and complete a thesis paper which must be defended before a judging committee as the final stage in obtaining a Thesis-track M.A. degree.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts in Global Environmental Studies
Subject - Environmental Science (Environmental Conservation, Sustainable and Environmental System Development, etc.)
Major Global Environmental Studies
Duration 2 years
Entry Date April 1 (Spring Entry) / September 21 (Autumn Entry)
Location 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2005
No. of Students Please refer to the Sophia Factbook website
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members Please refer to the Sophia Factbook website
Tuition Fees Please refer to the Tuition website
Additional Information
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 30
Application Type Open to everyone
Application Period For details, see the Admissions Website
Examination Type & Date For details, see the Admissions Website
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process
Admission Fee For details, see the Admissions Website

As of July 12, 2023


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