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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 Spring Semester: April, 2019
Autumn Semester: September, 2019
Location 7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Area Kanto Region (Tokyo, etc.)
Postgraduate Program Started April, 2005
No. of Students 89
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members -
Tuition Fees First semester: 616,900 yen
Subsequent semesters: 415,500 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Sophia University Admissions Office
Phone: 03-3238-3517
Fax: 03-3238-3262
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 30
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) requires that all applicants complete sixteen (16) years of formal education before entering graduate school in Japan. Students from countries with only fifteen (15) years of formal education should contact the Admissions Office for further information. Students must hold a B.A. degree or equivalent at the time of matriculation. Those holding an undergraduate degree other than a B.A. should inquire at the Sophia University Admissions Office in advance.
Application Period 1) For Spring 2019 entry
August 29 through September 19, 2018

2) For Autumn 2019 entry
March 27 through April 17, 2019
Examination Type & Date Screening of documents
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee 35,000 yen

As of July 19, 2018


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