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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 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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