Enhancing in-depth understanding of and communication about phenomena in business management

No matter how earnestly you observe rain, you will not be able to understand the mechanism that causes rain; the same holds true for social phenomena. It is difficult to recognize the antecedent of an incident if you can only observe the incident itself.
In HUB-SBA Management Analysis, students learn the basic concepts of business management, accounting, finance, and marketing. They apply this knowledge to explore and understand the background of social phenomena related to business management. The program instructs students in how to logically analyze these phenomena based on evidence and how to come to a more complete understanding of modern business issues
In addition, the program helps participants enhance their professional communication skills by promoting improvement in English communication (Japanese for foreign students) and presentation skills.


    Students systematically develop logical analysis skills and theoretical frameworks related to issues in business management, accounting, finance, and marketing. Guided by a teaching staff with proven research achievements or professional practice experience, students develop the insight and knowledge to make evidence-based decisions about business management.
    Students hone their ability to convey their own ideas through careful study of seminal texts. These texts serve as models for precise and persuasive reading, writing, and thinking. Courses focused on English oral communication are also offered.
    In the program for foreign students, specialized intensive Japanese courses are provided to help students achieve a command of Japanese. This command is required to be successful in business in Japan.
    Rich resources such as dedicated work and study spaces for use outside lecture hours, a library with approximately 2 million books, and lecture materials from other faculties are available on Kunitachi Campus.
    (Note: Some courses offered are not available.)
    The Management Analysis Program produces graduates with high-level analytical abilities. After course completion, these graduates are expected to be active as human resources leading the way in management of corporations or financial institutions. Other graduates will find their future among specialist professions such as consultants or analysts.


The HUB-SBA Management Analysis Program (Hitotsubashi MBA Program at that time) established the Financial Donation Course in 2007. This course offers extensive training in the areas of finance and insurance and produces, in its graduates, professional financial managers of the highest caliber.

The mission of this course is to imbue graduates with not only the standard skills of financial managers but also extensive knowledge on a broad range of financial management issues. The course further encourages its graduates to become experts in specific areas.

Another key component of the course is its recognition of the necessity for financial managers to function internationally. In order to develop in its graduates an international perspective, distinguished foreign professors are invited to lecture and overseas training programs and language education are provided.

This program would be ideally suited for ambitious and perceptive financial managers who wish to deepen their study of business economics and pursue international business success.

Note. This course is not an independent program but a course within the HUB-SBA Management Analysis Program.


Diploma Policy

Hitotsubashi University was founded as the Commercial Training School (Shoho Koshujo) in 1875; it was later renamed the Tokyo Higher Commercial School and, most recently, Tokyo University of Commerce. Throughout its long history, the institution has produced a large cadre of highly capable professionals equipped with expertise in objective analysis and deep intellectual insight for industry and other sectors.

Continuing this tradition, the School of Business Administration MBA course aims to train highly specialized professionals with business management expertise, analytical acumen, and organizational leadership skills.

Specifically, the program’s mission is to develop in students (1) leadership abilities with profound insights and effective communication skills, (2) professional competency and creativity underpinned by advanced expertise, and (3) high ethical standards that contribute to the healthy development of society.

Armed with a broad range of theoretical and practical knowledge and profound insights gained from their studies, our graduates are expected to play a leadership role in society in Japan and beyond as core executives with an ability to envision and execute successful corporate/business policies and strategies, or as specialists able to effectively apply and use their advanced expertise and analytical skills.

Curriculum Policy

The curriculum of the Management Analysis Program (MBA course) of the School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University Business School, aims to develop corporate leaders by imparting a broad spectrum of basic knowledge and theories related to business management, then building on that knowledge base with the skills to examine and formulate creative solutions for real-world challenges and drive positive change in society by putting those solutions into practice in an ethical manner.

In this program, courses essential for understanding business management are organized sequentially to facilitate incremental learning. The curriculum consists of core courses, centering on the four disciplines of management, marketing, accounting, and finance, along with applied courses offered as electives that cover more specialized topics or more advanced concepts in each discipline. Students build a foundation for further study by mastering standard materials in a structured manner in the core courses, then explore more advanced theories and topics in their respective fields of interest in the electives. Some lectures are given in English to allow students to further deepen their knowledge by taking lectures in both languages.

These lecture courses not only cover theories essential for examining the many issues of corporate management but also include practical activities such as case discussions and data analysis that organically connect theoretical knowledge with the real world. These approaches enable students to develop the ability to apply their learning to actual business situations.

The Business Analysis Program is a full-time, daytime program for a diverse range of individuals from Japan and abroad, including working adults, new undergraduate degree graduates, and international students. The program’s distinguishing feature is its aim to enhance the students’ abilities to analyze and address challenges in the real world through close interactions with a diverse group of peers while respecting each other’s values. Opportunities for such collaborations are provided mainly in seminar courses for first- and second-year students. In the small-group seminars that emphasize practical exercises, students repeat the process of reading, writing, and thinking under the attentive guidance of instructors, and develop the ability to delve deeply into the issues of business management and devise creative solutions. This small-group education also aims to instill high ethical standards and values in students.

The program offers a set of courses specifically designed for international students admitted through the special international student admissions process. Such courses include intensive Japanese language courses and seminars, the main objectives of which are to help international students build the foundational language skills necessary to hold smooth and productive discussions with Japanese students and to ensure they are proficient in advanced business Japanese upon completion of the program.

In order to ascertain learning progress in the structured curricular programs outlined above, the School of Business Administration implements AoL (Assurance of Learning) surveys compliant with international accreditation standards for business schools on an ongoing basis. The results of these surveys are used to enhance the content of individual courses and the curriculum as a whole.

Admission Policy

The Management Analysis Program (MBA course) of the School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University Business School, which caters to students of diverse backgrounds, imparts a broad spectrum of basic knowledge and concepts related to business management, then builds on that knowledge base with the thinking skills required to examine and devise creative solutions for real-world challenges.

In light of the rigorous and demanding workload required, it is critical that students entering the program possess a clear vision for business management and for their own career, as well as the intellectual competence requisite for acquiring advanced expertise and analytical skills. The main components of such intellectual competence are basic thinking skills and communication skills. Other characteristics required of students include a sense of mission to solve the challenges faced by society and high ethical standards.

The Management Analysis Program practices several admissions processes, each designed for a specific type of applicant, namely regular students, company-sponsored students, international students, Hitotsubashi University students, and students of designated universities. Working adults, new undergraduate degree graduates, and international students who are long-term Japan residents are expected to demonstrate a strong ability to accurately grasp the challenges at hand and present a persuasive case for addressing them. Admission decisions of these regular students are made based on an essay, a written examination of either English or mathematics, an oral examination, and document screening. Company-sponsored students, on the other hand, are expected to play a key role as leaders at the company sponsoring their studies upon completion of the program. This category of applicants must have a minimum of three years’ work experience, and the applicants are assessed on their skills and keen awareness of issues developed at work through document screening and an oral examination. Furthermore, to ensure diversity among its students, the program implements a separate admissions procedure for international students whose total length of stay in Japan is less than four years but possess a certain level of Japanese language proficiency, as well as an internal admissions for Hitotsubashi University students, and designated universities admissions for students of the institutions specified by Hitotsubashi University.