Success in the business world requires that a business person master the art of business management and devise solutions to the challenges that a modern business faces. Unfortunately, the kind of expanded perspective on business management issues needed to overcome these challenges cannot be acquired by conducting daily business alone.
In order to truly gain insight into the concepts and issues surrounding business management and to get to the heart of the challenges that face a company, a business person must draw upon a systematic knowledge base, logical thinking, and analytical skills; these attributes coupled with past experiences position business managers and executives to lead companies into the 21st century.
In the HUB-SBA Business Administration Program, students acquire these attributes by learning across a range of fields centered on business management, accounting, finance, and marketing. Throughout their studies, students hone their critical thinking skills until they are experts in analyzing problems and devising solutions.
The two-year program cultivates the literacy and thinking capabilities that form the foundations for successful management and prepares students to play a central role in the leadership of organizations.


  1. Ideal for Mid-Career Business People
    The HUB-SBA Business Administration Program is offered at a centrally located campus on weekday evenings and Saturdays. As a result, students can pursue an MBA while maintaining a full-time job.
  2. Combined Faculty of Leading Academics and Business Leaders
    HUB-SBA Faculty are leaders in the research and professional practice fields. All faculty members are either producing important research output or are working on the frontlines of professional practice. This combination of researchers and practitioners ensures that graduates have a complete understanding of every aspect of the modern business world, allowing students to see things from the perspective of corporate managers.
  3. Close-Knit Learning through Small-Group Classes
    The HUB-SBA Business Administration Program encourages close interaction between the faculty and students or among students through a focus on small-group workshops. The human network that students build during their time at HUB-SBA can be invaluable in the years after graduation.
  4. Careers after Course Completion
    The HUB-SBA Business Administration 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.


This program is offered as a sub-program within the Business Administration Program, and its main objective is to develop candidates for management positions who will lead the tourism and hospitality industries in the future.
While relying on the basic educational content of the Business Administration Program, the following three unique curriculums are offered to nurture "advanced management professionals" with conceptual and practical skills to lead the future of the hospitality industry.

  1. 1) Specialized courses in "Hospitality Management" and "Hospitality Marketing".
  2. 2) Workshops (Hospitality Management)
  3. 3) Special lectures by practitioners in the hospitality industry.

The annual schedule, course hours, etc. are the same as those of the Business Administration Program. For more information, please click here.


【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 Business Administration 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.

As the program primarily targets people with a daytime job, classes are offered on weekday evenings and Saturdays to provide intensive learning opportunities. Students can acquire management literacy and excellent communication skills while continuing to work at their current job.

A distinguishing feature of the program is the small-group workshops (seminar classes) for first- and second-year students. By providing opportunities for close engagement with working peers from different occupational or career backgrounds, the workshops encourage students to reflect on their experiences and also help them develop the ability to objectively evaluate and put into perspective their own position within a business organization and their everyday duties. This small-group education also aims to instill high ethical standards and values in students.

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 Business Administration Program (MBA course) of the School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University Business School, which caters to students with work experience, 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 Business Administration Program requires a certain amount of work experience for admission. Note that there is a separate admissions procedure for the subprogram, the Hospitality Management Program, established to address the high demand for hospitality industry leaders.

Regardless of the targeted industry or job, the program requires a clear awareness of issues and the intellectual competence requisite for acquiring advanced expertise and analytical skills. These are evaluated based on a written examination, document screening, and an oral examination.