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 (Degree Awarding Policy)

Hitotsubashi University, established in 1875 as the Shoho-Koshujo, has since the time of its predecessors, the Tokyo Higher Commercial School and the Tokyo University of Commerce, sent out many highly specialized professionals with objective analytical skills and deep-thinking ability, mainly in the industrial world.

1. Abilities and Qualities to be Acquired

The Master's Course in Business Administration of the Graduate School of Business Administration aims to continue Hitotsubashi University’s tradition by cultivating highly specialized professionals with advanced expertise and analytical skills related to corporate management who can play a leading role in companies and organizations.

Specifically, our mission is to nurture leaders who possess both deep insight and effective communication skills, to nurture professionals with creativity supported by advanced professional skills, and to nurture human resources with high ethical standards who will contribute to the sound development of society.

By acquiring a broad range of theoretical and practical knowledge and deep insight through their studies in this course, students are expected to become core management professionals who can creatively conceive and realize excellent companies and businesses, as well as professional human resources who make full use of their advanced specialized knowledge and analytical skills to lead society in Japan and abroad.

2. Method of Judgment of Acquired Abilities and Qualities

The student will be judged to have acquired the abilities and qualities indicated in 1. Abilities and Qualities to be Acquired when he/she has fulfilled the requirements for completion as stipulated in the rules and regulations of the Graduate School of Business Administration and the detailed regulations of the Graduate School.

Curriculum Policy (Curriculum and Implementation Policy)

In the Management Analysis Program of the Master's Course in Business Administration, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University (hereinafter referred to as the Management Analysis Program), students will acquire a wide range of basic knowledge and concepts related to corporate management, deeply analyze issues that arise in real society, propose creative solutions, and implement these solutions based on a high ethical standard. The program focuses on nurturing management professionals who can lead society. To this end, we have established an educational curriculum based on the following concept of curriculum organization, which includes content and methods of study, achievement of learning outcomes, and evaluation methods for achievement of learning outcomes.

1. Curriculum Structure

The Management Analysis Program is a full-time program offered on weekdays during the daytime for a diverse group of students from Japan and abroad, including working professionals, recent graduates, and international students. The curriculum of the Management Analysis Program consists of ① lecture courses and ② seminar courses. Lecture courses are arranged in a systematic and step-by-step manner so that students can acquire the knowledge necessary to think about business management. Seminar courses are offered in the first and second years and are designed to enhance students' ability to analyze and solve problems faced in the real world, respecting the different perspectives and values they will encounter during intensive dialogue in a setting with diverse participants.

2. Content and Methods of Study

① Lecture Courses

In addition to the core courses focusing on the four areas of business administration, marketing, accounting, and finance, elective courses are offered as applied courses to learn more specialized content and advanced thinking in each area. Core subjects provide a systematic understanding of the standard content that serves as the foundation for further learning. In elective courses, students can study cutting-edge theories and topics based on their own interests. In addition, lectures in English are also offered, allowing students to deepen their knowledge through a combination of lectures in Japanese and English.

In these lecture courses, students will learn theories that are indispensable in considering various issues in corporate management, and at the same time, through practical methods such as case discussions and data analysis, they will acquire the ability to organically relate theoretical ideas to the real world and apply them to actual corporate management.

② Seminar Courses

In the seminar courses, students develop the ability to gain deep insight into, and creatively solve, various issues in business management through repeated reading, writing, and thinking processes under the meticulous guidance of faculty members. At the same time, the purpose of this small-group education is to nurture a highly ethical and noble spirit.

International students who have been admitted through a special selection process for international students are offered a special group of courses designed for intensive study of the Japanese language, as well as seminar courses. These courses are designed not only to provide a foundation for smooth discussions with Japanese students, but also to ensure that students have the ability to use advanced business terminology in Japanese after completion of the program.

3. Achievement of Learning Outcomes

The objectives for each of the lecture and seminar courses are clearly stated in the syllabus.

4. Evaluation Methods for Learning Outcomes

In lecture courses, students are evaluated on their level of achievement in meeting the objectives of the syllabus through examinations and reports. In the seminar courses, the degree of achievement toward the objectives will be evaluated through reports and presentations.

In addition, workshop reports that are considered to be research products are evaluated based on the prescribed review system and criteria.

Furthermore, in order to confirm the degree of achievement of the learning objectives through a systematic program, the Graduate School is continuously working on the Assurance of Learning (AoL), which meets the high standards required for the international accreditation of business schools. The results are used to improve the content of each course and the curriculum as a whole.

In addition, research ethics education is provided to all students to prevent misconduct in research activities.

Admissions Policy

Target Applicants

In the Management Analysis Program of the Master's Course in Business Administration, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University (hereinafter referred to as the Management Analysis Program), a diverse range of human resources will develop a broad understanding of basic concepts related to corporate management and then cultivate the ability to think deeply about various issues faced in the real world and propose creative solutions.

Because of the intense and demanding academic training required, a clear awareness of issues related to corporate management and one's own career, as well as the intellectual ability to acquire advanced specialized knowledge and analytical skills, are indispensable for admission. The core of this intellectual ability is basic thinking and communication skills. In addition, a sense of mission to solve various problems in society with strict adherence to a high level of ethics is also indispensable.

Basic Policy for Admission Selection

The school selects students for admission who display the qualities explained in the Target Applicants section.

Multifaceted and Comprehensive Evaluation Method for the Three Elements of Academic Proficiency

The Management Analysis Program, which emphasizes diversity, has a number of selection processes for applicants based on applicant characteristics: general selection, special selection for students dispatched by companies, special selection for foreign nationals, internal selection, and selection from specified universities. Candidates are evaluated on "knowledge and skills;" "ability to think, judge, and express oneself;" and "attitude to learning independently and in cooperation with diverse people" from multiple and comprehensive perspectives. Working adults, recent graduates, and applicants originally from other countries who have lived in Japan for a long time are required to have a high level of ability to understand accurately the issues they are facing and to develop their own ideas persuasively. For this reason, the general selection process requires a written examination, evidence of English or mathematics ability, and oral and document screening. Candidates dispatched by companies, on the other hand, are expected to be active at the management level of the sending company after completion of the program. For this reason, in the special selection for company dispatches, which is open to candidates with at least three years of work experience, we evaluate the abilities and deep awareness of issues acquired through work experience by screening documents and oral examinations. In order to ensure a wide diversity of applicants, we also have a special selection process for foreign nationals who have lived in Japan for less than four years and have a certain level of Japanese language proficiency, an internal selection process for applicants who have entered the university internally, and a specific university selection process for applicants who have entered the university from certain designated universities.