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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.)
- Social Sciences (Business, Economics, Law, etc.)
Major Global Studies
Duration 3 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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Additional Information
Admission Information
Admission Capacity 3
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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