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Sophia University

Graduate School of Global Studies

M.A. in Global Studies

The M.A. in Global Studies examines world systems, transnational processes, and global-local interactions from perspectives of anthropology, history, political science, religious studies and sociology. Students take two Foundational Courses to acquire theoretical concepts and methodological approaches for the study of global phenomena. A range of thematic Elective Courses enables students to explore global issues and phenomena from an area-based perspective that draws on concrete cases in Japan, China, and the rest of Asia. Students proficient in Japanese may also choose from a selection of area studies and international relations courses taught in Japanese that focus on Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Study of Japanese and other languages relevant for a student's research and future career is strongly encouraged.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts in Global Studies
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
- Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Global 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 2006 (formerly the Graduate Program in Comparative Culture from 1979 to 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 Spring Semester: 15 students
Autumn Semester: 15 students
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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