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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 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 2006 (formerly the Graduate Program in Comparative Culture from 1979 to 2005)
No. of Students 22
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members -
Tuition Fees First semester: 561,400 yen
Subsequent semesters: 360,000 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Sophia University Admissions Office
Phone: 03-3238-3517
Fax: 03-3238-3262
Admission Information
Admission Capacity Spring Semester: 15 students
Autumn Semester: 15 students
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility Applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply for entrance to the GPGS.
(1) Those who have graduated, or are expected to graduate Japanese universities.
(2) Those who have completed, or are expected to complete, 16 years or more of formal education in foreign countries.
(3) Those who have been recognized individually by Sophia University as having qualifications equivalent to (1) or (2) and will reach the age of 22 at the time of entrance to Sophia University.
(4) Those who have been recognized by Sophia University as having qualifications equivalent to (1), (2), or (3).
Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalent at the time of matriculation. Those holding an undergraduate degree other than a Bachelor's degree should inquire at the Sophia 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 the documents
Presence in Japan Required for Screening Process No
Admission Fee 35,000 yen

As of July 19, 2018


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