Division of Business Administration, Graduate School of Business Administration (Business School [MBA Program])

Message from the Dean

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TOKUGA Yoshihiro, Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration

Acquire an Advanced Level of Expertise and Versatile Skills

The official name of the Business School of Kyoto University of Advanced Science is the Division of Business Administration, Graduate School of Business Administration. It is said that we have been in an era of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA), with serious difficulty predicting the future. The growth of VUCA has paralleled the rapid progress of digitalization, the permeation of innovative AI and IT technologies through our lives and industries, and the spread of easier use of big data. Meanwhile, heightened public awareness of the SDGs and ESG is spreading globally.

Corporate managers must respond flexibly to such drastic changes in the business environment and public awareness. The current situation, where changes are normal things, requires current and future corporate managers to have highly versatile skills that can help respond to changes. Our Business School aims to not only enable students to acquire communication skills and statistical data analysis skills but also give them Master’s thesis guidance in such a way as to help them deepen their specialized knowledge in many fields, understand relationships between those fields, and increase their logical-thinking ability and practical knowledge, both of which are useful for integrating those different fields. This aim of our Business School explains why it has not adopted a professional graduate school system in which students are not required to submit a Master’s thesis. We have a wonderful team of top-class instructors in Japan, including not only excellent instructors from KUAS but also select professionals and researchers who have made remarkable achievements in their respective fields globally. Our curriculum is hybrid in terms of language of medium, including both courses taught in Japanese and courses taught in English. The number of courses taught in English is sufficient for students to complete the program by taking only courses taught in English. Classes are scheduled for weekday evenings and Saturdays. Every student can study under a supervisor, who not only gives them person-to-person Master’s thesis guidance but also helps them select appropriate semesters for specific courses and design course registration plans according to the student’s educational background. Our purpose is to raise excellent students from around the world to be competent management human resources through discussions between them and our instructors.

Event News

A Forum Held to Celebrate the Kickoff of the Business School. Held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

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Related Articles

Nikkei online article on October 20, 2021

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUF306Z50Q1A930C2000000/

Nikkei online article on September 29, 2021

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUF293W40Z20C21A9000000/

Concept of the Graduate School

We develop management human resources who can think from a global perspective and respond to various changes.

At our Graduate School, students can build a foundation to become creative and innovative corporate managers who can demonstrate their capabilities both in Japan and abroad.

More specifically, we will raise mid-career students with an engineering background who already have a certain level of expertise in core technologies and their applications, including digital transformation (DX) and new mechatronics technology, to be management human resources who can make and implement decisions concerning corporate management in general based on their full understanding of the basics of business administration. Meanwhile, we will guide students with a humanity/social science background to acquire accurate technological knowledge, which is indispensable for them to construct business models, help provide new products and services, utilize in-house resources efficiently, and help run corporate operations in the future, so that they will become human resources who can contribute to corporate reforms without sticking to stereotypes or conventional management approaches.

Goal of Our Business School (MBA Program)

Create “power for change” from frontiers

We are in an era of a strong feeling of uncertainty. The characteristics of this era are sometimes described by the term “VUCA*.”

“VUCA” is an acronym standing for “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.” It describes a situation where the external environment changes so rapidly and drastically that it is very hard to predict the future.

Because we are in an era of uncertainty, the KUAS Business School will take up the challenge of pioneering new business education based on the belief that we should carry out educational reform toward the development of human resources who can open up a future as a new frontier.

It was once thought that the Internet would flatten the world. However, increasing openness of information has rather caused a high concentration of various changes in the farthest frontiers (which might be called the “fields of ‘spiky advance’”). Time has accelerated, and we are seeing “futures” approach us one after another. In this situation, frontiers in various fields are serving as places for selection toward the next generation and the creation of changes toward the future.

The KUAS Business School hopes to develop practically effective management human resources from frontiers.

From now on, the world will see accelerated discontinuous changes in economic trends, industrial structure, and business promotion due to the digital-technology-caused dramatic shift of international infrastructure. People’s lives and culture will be also drawn into the whirlpool of changes in such frontiers. The KUAS Business School aims to develop human resources who themselves can make changes to various themes in the frontiers, such as digital transformation (DX), ESG, the SDGs, purpose management, intangibles strategy, responses to cross-border M&A, and design- and art-oriented ways of thinking.

1. Our professors who enthusiastically work in the frontiers of their respective fields will create “power for change” together with students with keen awareness of and strong interest in contemporary issues and challenges.

2. We will develop human resources who can perform creative management, which opens up possibilities for practices, by developing their own dynamic leadership through changes in the frontier of corporate management.

3. We will foster positive attitudes toward learning from each other in our students to strengthen their capabilities to “Detect changes, determine the right direction, and make changes to the future.”

We have adopted the basic policy of taking up the challenge of guiding students to expand their learning of basic human thought (liberal arts) to practice by actively exploring frontiers from the perspective of their specialization.

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Our Purpose, Dream, and Beliefs

Why Purpose

We are in an era of great uncertainty characterized by VUCA.

The KUAS Business School aims to be a pioneer in educational reform that helps develop management human resources who can open up a future as a new frontier.

What: Dream

Changes concentrate intensely in the farthest frontiers (which might be called the “fields of ‘spiky advance’”). Those frontiers are serving as places for selection toward the next generation and the creation of changes toward the future.

The KUAS Business School will enable students to get involved in such frontiers under the guidance of professors who enthusiastically work in the frontiers of their respective fields in order to constantly provide the business world with management human resources who can work to solve practical challenges and create value.

How: Beliefs

The KUAS Business School will make a full commitment to interactive practical education based on the following beliefs

1. Students and professors, who are both keenly aware of contemporary issues, should unite to carry out reforms and create “power for change.”

2. We should foster positive attitudes toward learning from each other in our students to strengthen their capability to “Detect changes, determine the right direction, and make changes to the future.”

3. While valuing basic human thought (liberal arts) as a foundation, we should enable students to learn the most advanced management theories and develop their own practical knowledge that will help them utilize those theories in their work.

4. In our students, we will foster positive attitudes toward and readiness for taking up the challenge of anticipating changes and creating a new future without sticking to existing common sense.

Features of Our Business School (MBA Program)

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[Features of Our Business School (MBA Program)]

1) Our curriculum includes courses designed to impart technological knowledge so that students can acquire expertise in management reforms based on keen data awareness.

2) Students can obtain good insight and the ability to think about management from the global, social perspectives of DX, CSV and ESG.

3) Students can surely acquire basic practical skills that help devise and implement strategies, such as marketing and financial skills, as well as knowledge of organization theories.

4) We will impart basic knowledge at a global level to students through courses taught mainly in English.

Companies and Frontiers

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Expected Career Paths

  • Corporate directors who also participate in management at the top level

  • Founder-managers of new companies

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Financial institution staff

  • Engineers

  • Manufacturing company staff

  • Consulting company staff

  • Distribution

  • Communications

  • System integration (SI)

Program Selection, Curriculum, and Tuition Fees

Introduction

Our curriculum is designed to enable even busy working students to take courses easily.

  • All classes are scheduled mainly for weekday evenings (18:00–21:10) and Saturdays (10:00–20:00). (Classes are also scheduled for several national holidays.) Some courses are taught in 60-minute classes, and some others in 120-minute classes. Some classes in intensive courses may be given on Sundays.

  • Our curriculum includes many courses taught in English, so you can design your learning plan only with courses taught in English.

  • We offer three programs of different periods. You can select a program appropriate for you to flexibly schedule your process of obtaining an MBA according to your pace of learning or your needs.

  • As a preliminary step toward the acquisition of a degree, you can even take only necessary courses from our wide curriculum.

A Choice of Three Regular Programs of Different Periods

(1) Main program

Basic program designed for students to obtain an MBA in two years

(2) Long-term program

Program designed for students to obtain an MBA according to a relaxed schedule in three or four years

(3) Short-term program

Program designed for students to take courses intensively and obtain an MBA in one year

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to systematically and methodologically offer students courses and research guidance that are necessary for the Division of Business Administration of the Graduate School of Business Administration to achieve its ideals of human resources and its purpose. The curriculum policies of the Division are as follows:

1. We will offer a systematically designed curriculum that comprises three types of courses—core courses, applied courses, and seminar courses—so that students can take courses to build up their learning from their first year.

2. We classify students into three groups by undergraduate major: those who majored in science, those who majored in economics or business administration, and those who majored in other humanity/social science disciplines. We will encourage students to take core courses, existing courses offered at the Graduate School of Economics, and courses offered at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration so that each group of students can smoothly take applied courses and seminar courses offered in the Division of Business Administration.

3. We will require students to determine a tentative title of their Master’s thesis in their first year and to report and participate in discussions at the interim report session, which KUAS instructors and graduate students can attend, and the final aural examination in order to ensure the objectivity and transparency of thesis evaluation and raise the research standards. We will thus guide students in a step-by-step manner.

Core Courses

  • Corporate Strategy

  • Finance

  • Marketing Management

  • Accounting

  • Human Resource Management

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Technology Management

  • Economics

  • Statistical Data Analysis

Applied Courses

  • DX Management

  • Leadership

  • Change Management

  • Global Management

  • Brand Management

  • ESG Investment and Sustainable Finance

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Investment Management Theory and Practice

  • International Financial Reporting

  • International Finance

  • Innovation

  • Creating Shared Value

  • Introduction to Taxes

  • Corporate Taxes for Organizational Changes

  • Tax Accounting

  • Practical Bookkeeping

  • International Taxation

  • International Economics

  • Public Finance

  • Comparative Corporate Law

  • Production and Development Management

Seminar Course

  • Research Guidance

Academic Calender

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Timetable

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Class Schedule

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Long-term Study Program

The Long-term Student Program is a system for students who have difficulty completing their graduate school curriculum within the standard course of study (two years) due to occupational or other reasons. This system allows such students to complete their curriculum in a planned period of three or four years.

1. Eligibility
Applicant must:
(1) have an occupation;
(2) be recognized by the KUAS President as having difficulty completing the Master’s program within the standard course of study due to circumstances such as childcare or nursing care; OR
(3) have other unavoidable circumstances (physical disability, illness, etc.) that are recognized by the KUAS President as making it difficult for them to complete the Master’s Program within the standard course of study.
* International students (with “Student” residence status) are not eligible to apply for this program.

2. Program length
Three or four years, including the standard minimum enrollment period of two years

3. Application procedure
Please submit the designated documents no later than 20 days prior to the enrollment day (March 11, 2022).

4. Tuition and other fees
The annual amount of tuition and other fees for the Long-term Study Program is determined by dividing the total amount of tuition and other fees for the standard course of study by the number of years of the Long-term Study Program.

5. Other
Additional fees may be charged for the year(s) beyond the standard course of study.

Annual Amount of Fees for the AY2022 Main Program (TBD)

Fees To be paid upon the admission procedure
(for the spring semester)

To be paid in October
(for the fall semester)

Admission fee 200,000 yen
School and tuition fees 750,000 yen (for the spring semester) 750,000 yen (for the fall semester)
Total 950,000 yen 750,000 yen

Amount of Fees for the AY2022 Long-term Study Program

For students in a three-year enrollment period

Fees To be paid upon the admission procedure (in March) or in April (for the spring semester)

To be paid in October (for the fall semester)

Admission fee 200,000 yen
School and tuition fees (first year)

750,000 yen
(for the spring semester of the first year)

450,000 yen
School and tuition fees (second year) 450,000 yen 450,000 yen
School and tuition fees (third year) 450,000 yen 450,000 yen
Total 1,850,000 yen 1,350,000 yen

* Additional fees may be charged for the year beyond the standard course of study.

For students in a four-year enrollment period 

Fees To be paid upon the admission procedure (in March) or in April (for the spring semester) To be paid in October (for the fall semester)
Admission fee 200,000 yen
School and tuition fees (first year)

750,000 yen
(for the spring semester of the first year)

330,000 yen
School and tuition fees (second year) 320,000 yen 320,000 yen
School and tuition fees (third year) 320,000 yen 320,000 yen
School and tuition fees (fourth year) 320,000 yen 320,000 yen
Total 1,910,000 yen 1,290,000 yen

  *Additional fees may be charged for the years beyond the standard course of study.

Instructors

Entrance Examination

Admission Schedule

Please be sure to refer to the Entrance Examination Guidelines before you apply.

Friday, April 1 to Friday, April 15, 2022: Pre-application review (required)*1
Tuesday, April 19, 2022: Announcement of review results
Wednesday, April 20 to Thursday, April 28, 2022: Application period*2
Thursday, May 12, 2022: Interview exam (applicants in Japan)
Tuesday, May 10 to Wednesday 11, 2022: Online interview exam (applicants overseas)
Tuesday 24, 2022: Announcement of results
Friday, June 3, 2022: 1st admission procedure
Friday, June 10, 2022: Second admission procedure

* 1: Documents to submit for pre-application review
[1. Curriculum vitae (in the format prescribed by KUAS); 2. Statement of purpose (up to 2,000 words on A4 paper); 3. A copy of an official English test score report (For details, refer to the Entrance Examination Guidelines.)]
* 2: For details about application materials, refer to the Entrance Examination Guidelines.
* If you have any questions about the above schedule, please contact the Business School Administration Office (mba@kuas.ac.jp).

Download Graduate School Entrance Examination Documents

Graduate school Documents

経営学研究科(Japanese)

• Entrance Examination Guidelines in Japanese

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• Curriculum vitae form in Japanese (in Word format)

<Application forms>

• International student record in Japanese

• Application document check sheet in Japanese (for international students)

Graduate School of Business Administration Master’s Program

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Criteria for Admission and for Master's Degree Conferral

Graduation Approval and Degree Awarding Policy (Diploma Policy)

For the “Master of Business Administration” degree to be awarded, Master’s Program students are required to study for the prescribed period, take courses prescribed by the Master’s program established in accordance with the Graduate School of Business Administration Curriculum Policy, obtain the prescribed number of credits (34 credits), and pass a review and examination of their master's thesis. Students who are awarded the “Master of Business Administration” upon fulfilling the above requirements, will be judged to have acquired the following:

1. the "transdisciplinary knowledge" necessary to demonstrate practical competence in the corporate world.

2. a sufficient foundational knowledge of business administration that enables them to take charge of decision-making and implementation in general corporate management

3. the ability to contribute to corporate reform that is free from preconceived notions and outdated management practices

Curriculum Development and Implementation Policy (Curriculum Policy)

In order to realize the objectives and cultivation of the type of graduates envisioned by the Graduate School of Business Administration, Division of Business Administration, the educational program will be implemented as follows in a systematic and organized manner.

1. Courses will be divided into three categories: “core courses,” “applied courses,” and “exercise courses,” so that students will be able to take systematically organized courses in a cumulative manner from their first year.

2. Students will be divided into 3 groups based on their undergraduate majors (1. Sciences, 2. Economics and Business Administration, 3. Other Humanities). In order to ensure each respective group of students will be able to take the applied and practical courses offered in the Business Administration Master’s Program without difficulty, students will be encouraged to take core courses and other courses currently offered by the Graduate School of Economics as well as courses offered by the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration under the supervision of their research supervisor (hereinafter referred to as the ‘supervisor’.)

3. Students will be required to set a tentative title for their Master’s thesis in their first year. From the perspective of ensuring objectivity and transparency in thesis examination as well as improving research standards, step-by-step guidance will be provided and students will be required to present and discuss their research at a "mid-term presentation" and a "final examination", which will be open to KUAS faculty and graduate students.

Admission Policy

The admission policy for this Graduate School shall be defined in response to how the educational program will be structured, with a focus on the different specializations taken by applicants at the undergraduate level. Therefore, applicants should:

1. have a strong desire to master the theory and practice of business management;

2. have a high level of English proficiency in order to obtain an internationally recognized master’s degree;

3. have a strong intellectual motivation and sense of social engagement so that they may participate in educational courses and programs that aim to develop professionals who can apply new knowledge to society and bring about innovation while having the ability to engage in friendly competition with each other; and

4. have a wide and sophisticated education as well as basic knowledge and literacy in specialized fields such as business administration and the ability to utilize them.

Number of Credits Required for Completion

Required courses Research Guidance under a supervisor 8 credits
Elective Courses

12 credits or more from Core Courses

(1 Core Course is worth 2 credits)
12credits

14 credits or more from Applied Courses

(1 Applied Course is worth 1 credit)
14credits
Total Credits

34credits

Students will take "Research Guidance" under their supervisor from their first year.

For their Elective Courses, students must take at least 12 credits worth of Core Courses at least 14 credits worth of Applied Courses.

In addition to the course requirements mentioned above, after completing the mid-term presentation, students must pass a review of their master’s thesis and the final examination in order to complete the Master’s Program.

Thesis Assessment

Thesis Submission and Review

  1. Submitted master's theses will be reviewed by the Thesis Examination Committee.

  2. The Thesis Examination Committee shall consist of two members, one chief examiner, and one assistant examiner, who shall be elected by the Graduate School Committee.

Oral Thesis Examination

  1. An oral examination will be conducted as the "final examination" as stipulated by Article 8 of the Degree Regulations.

  2. Examinations will be held for those who have acquired (or are expected to acquire) the prescribed 34 credits or more and have submitted their Master’s thesis.

  3. The oral examination of submitted master’s theses shall be conducted by the aforementioned Thesis Examination Committee and will be open to the public.

Determining “Passing” or “Failing”

  • l   All of the following shall be taken into account in the examination of theses and after consultation between the chief and assistant examiners, theses will be scored on a 100-point scale, with 60 points or more being a “passing” grade.
  1. Compliance with academic writing practices (e.g. proper citation and referencing), and research ethics.

  2. Clarity of research motivation and research questions.

  3. Assessment of previous research in the area has been sufficiently conducted and the position of the relevant research in the respective field of expertise has been established.

  4. Hypotheses are presented and verified based on evidence.

  5. Arguments are presented logically.

  6. Originality in theme, content, and presentation of arguments.

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