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Sophia University

Graduate School of Global Studies

Ph.D. in Global Studies

The Ph.D. in Global Studies is designed for the advanced study of specific areas or locales in the context of global processes and transnational connections. While the questions and lines of inquiry in global studies are interdisciplinary, research and writing agendas emphasize methods and concepts from the disciplines of history, political science, and sociology. The degree prepares candidates for academic positions in area, international, and global studies programs, or for research positions in foundations, NGOs, and companies that need advanced analyses of countries and regions in global contexts.
The doctoral course, which requires a three-year residency, focuses on the writing of a dissertation. While no course work is required, candidates participate in workshops and other program activities and may, in consultation with their dissertation supervisor, attend courses. Candidates first pass several qualifying exams and then, upon successful defense of a dissertation prospectus, proceed on to dissertation research and writing. To ensure close guidance of the dissertation, only a few candidates are admitted each year.

Degree Information
Degree Doctoral
Type of Degree Ph.D. in Global Studies
Subject - Humanities (History, Linguistics, etc.)
Major Global 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 2006 (formerly the Graduate Program in Comparative Culture from 1979 to 2005)
No. of Students 6
No. of Full and Part-Time Faculty Members -
Tuition Fees First semester: 502,600 yen
Subsequent semesters: 300,500 yen
Additional Information
Contact Addressee: Sophia University Admissions Office
Phone: 03-3238-3517
Fax: 03-3238-3262
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 3
Application Type Open to everyone
Eligibility For admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree, applicants must have bachelor's and master's degrees based upon a distinguished record of academic achievement. Applicants should also have some background in the disciplines of art history, cultural anthropology, history, literature, political science, religion, and/or sociology through prior undergraduate and graduate education.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact potential dissertation supervisors before submitting their application. Information about the disciplinary specialties and research interests of faculty members are available at the Graduate Program in Global Studies website: (click on <Global Studies PhD> link).
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 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


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