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Sophia University

Graduate School of Global Studies

M.A. in Japanese Studies

The M.A. in Japanese Studies offers an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to the study of historical and contemporary aspects of Japanese history, literature, religion, art history, society, and culture. Courses are organized in two categories: Arts and Culture (art history and Japanese literature) and Thought and Society (Japanese history, religion and philosophy, anthropology). For a balanced understanding and exposure to the themes, methodologies and research materials of the different disciplines, students are required to take at least four credits from each of the two categories. All students are advised to take advanced Japanese language training to facilitate use of Japanese sources in research.

Degree Information
Degree Master's
Type of Degree Master of Arts in Japanese Studies
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
Major Japanese Studies
Duration 2 years
Entry Date April, 2022
September, 2022
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)
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Admission Information
Admission Capacity Spring Semester: 15 students
Autumn Semester: 15 students
Application Type Open to everyone
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Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process
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As of June 4, 2021


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