Mission of the Program
Establishing a New Model of Business School in Japan
Our MBA program, called HMBA, is engaged in the development of future businesspeople with a long-term vision who will be capable of initiating vital reforms without being constrained by the problems at hand.
Following the current structural changes taking place, emerging problems will affect aspects buried deep within corporations and industry in Japan and other countries. Developing the ability to think deeply about such problems and produce appropriate solutions based on a firm understanding of the core issues requires more than just a simplistic study of management methods. It also requires more than just the existing de facto standard of North American style MBA training. What is required is the development of intellectual ability that enables students to link the practical application of management with a wider world view, a sweeping historical perspective, and deep philosophical insights.
Through our program, in addition to studying the standardized management techniques, we hope to nurture talented individuals who have the ability to think deeply and essentially, providing them with the tools crucial to preserving the long-term health and prosperity of Japanese and global corporate systems.
The institution now known as Hitotsubashi University was founded in 1875 as the Institute for Business Training (Shōhō Kōshūjo), and later became the Tokyo Higher Commercial School and then the Tokyo University of Commerce before assuming its present name. Throughout this long history, our institution has produced many highly capable professionals equipped with expertise in objective analysis and deep intellectual insight.
Carrying on these proud traditions, the MBA Program in the Graduate School of Commerce and Management aims to cultivate professionals equipped with advanced specialist expertise and analytical skills in the field of business management and the ability to assume leadership roles at the front lines of the business world. Through intensive study in this program, students develop broad knowledge and profound insights in both theoretical and practical realms, and are expected to go on to successful careers within and beyond Japan as business managers capable of creatively formulating and realizing superior strategies for corporate organization and business activity, and as experts commanding advanced specialist knowledge and analytical capacity.
In the MBA Program of the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Commerce and Management, emphasis is placed on broad-based study of basic approaches to business management, together with development of the capacity for in-depth exploration of problems that arise in real-life business situations and proposal of creative solutions to them.
The Program’s curriculum comprises a systematic arrangement of courses crucial to thinking about business management, including a mandatory selection of Core Courses as its base, and Elective Courses entailing applied studies of more specialized content and leading-edge fields. Core Courses address subjects including corporate strategy, business organization, financial accounting, and corporate data analysis. These lecture courses familiarize students with the fundamental theoretical tools required to tackle business-related problems, at the same time as using methods such as case discussions and data analysis to cultivate a capacity to connect theoretical tools to real-world situations and to deploy them as actual management strategies.
The MBA Program emphasizes the intensive, ongoing process of reading, writing, and reflection, and also aims to enhance the intellectual capacity required to tackle problems arising in real-life situations. Central to these objectives are the seminar courses offered in the first and second years of the program. These seminars and other small-group classes are delivered using teaching methods unique to the Hitotsubashi MBA, with instructors providing attentive guidance to help students develop the ability to explore and creatively solve business management problems at a depth far beyond the understanding of surface phenomena. A further aim of this small-group education is to foster high ethical standards and integrity.
Students from outside Japan enrolled in the Program for International Students are obliged to take intensive Japanese language courses in the first half of their first year in the program, and are also offered a dedicated seminar for international students as a mandatory course in their first year. These special courses for the Program for International Students are designed mainly to enable international students to adapt smoothly to the specialized courses (Core and Elective) which they study together with Japanese students, and to reliably equip them with Japanese language proficiency for advanced business settings.
In order to ascertain learning progress in the structured curricular programs outlined above, the Graduate School of Commerce and Management implements AoL (Assurance of Learning) surveys compliant with international accreditation standards on an ongoing basis. The results of these surveys are used to enhance the content of individual courses and the curriculum as a whole. Moreover, the Graduate School conducts its own Faculty Development (FD) activities periodically. Through FD, our faculty members share experiences and extend their common understanding of teaching and evaluation methods especially in the seminar courses attended by all students.
In the MBA Program of the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Commerce and Management, students undertake broad-based study of basic approaches to business management, then proceed to cultivate their capacity for in-depth exploration of problems that arise in real-life business situations and proposal of creative solutions to them. Given the intensive and demanding nature of learning in the MBA Program, candidates for admission must have a clear understanding of both corporate management and their own career goals; they must also possess the intellectual capacity required for acquiring highly specialized knowledge and analytical skills. At the core of this intellectual capacity are the fundamental skills of communication and reasoning. Also essential are high ethical standards and a commitment to tackling various problems in society.
We accept a diverse array of students to this program to fulfill our mission of cultivating business professionals equipped with highly specialized skills. These professionals can be divided into three groups, and the attributes we focus on for each group differ. Group 1 is individuals with extensive work experience in a company or other organization, who are expected to have unique skillsets and a keen awareness of issues honed from their real world experience. Group 2 is individuals with relatively little work experience and students advancing directly from undergraduate program. When recruiting these students, we focus on academic ability centered on numeracy and language skills, and maturity, both of which are required for acquiring highly specialized knowledge. Group 3 is non-native speakers of Japanese from outside Japan. These individuals are expected to possess sufficient Japanese proficiency to understand advanced academic concepts and a flexible capacity to adapt to and thrive in other cultures.
We operate entrance examinations in formats tailored to the attributes demanded of applicants from each of the above three groups. The Business Administration Program (Chiyoda Campus) offered on weekday evenings and weekends at the Chiyoda Campus is mainly designed for Group 1 above, and entrance examinations assess the capabilities stated above through short essays, application documents, and interviews. In the Business Administration Program (Kunitachi Campus), offered in the daytime at the Kunitachi Campus and designed mainly for Groups 2 and 3, entrance examinations involve written testing, application documents, and interviews that assess not only applicants’ fundamental academic and linguistic abilities, but also aspects such as depth of reasoning and attitude toward learning.