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Sophia University

Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies

The Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies is designed for the advanced study of specific areas relating to the global environment. While the questions and lines of inquiry are interdisciplinary, research and writing agendas emphasize methods and concepts from various disciplines of economics, law, political science, sociology, natural science as well as engineering. The degree is intended to prepare persons for academic positions in research institutions, IGOs and NGOs engaged in the area of environmental issues, the public and private sector and requiring advanced knowledge pertaining to specific environmental and sustainability matters.

The Ph.D. program requires a three-year residency and is focused upon the production of a doctoral dissertation. While no formal course work is required, candidates are encouraged to participate in workshops and other program activities and may, in consultation with their dissertation supervisor, attend courses from the master's program. Ph.D. candidates must first pass several qualifying exams and then, upon successful defense of a dissertation prospectus, proceed to dissertation research and writing. To ensure solid guidance of dissertation research and production, entrance is limited to only a few candidates each year.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies
Subject - Environmental Science (Environmental Conservation, Sustainable and Environmental System Development, etc.)
Major Global Environmental Studies
Duration 3 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 19
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members -
Tuition Fees First semester: 535,600 yen
Subsequent semesters: 333,500 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Sophia University Admissions Office
Phone: 03-3238-3517
Fax: 03-3238-3262
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 10
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility For admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, applicants must have a bachelor's and master's degree based upon a distinguished record of academic achievement. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact potential dissertation supervisors before submitting their application.
Application Period 1) For Spring 2019 entry
First application: August 29 through September 19, 2018
Second application: December 3 through December 21, 2018

2) For Autumn 2019 entry
First application: March 27 through April 17, 2019
Second application: June14 through July 1, 2019
Examination Type & Date Screening takes place in two stages after the application deadline. Preliminary screening is an evaluation of the application documents. Applicants who pass this preliminary screening move to the final screening, which consists of an interview at Sophia University.
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee 35,000 yen

As of July 19, 2018


University and program information, costs, dates, policies are subject to change; please confirm important facts with university admission personnel.