Four Core MBA Programs

Four Core MBA Program Groups (Lectures in Japanese only)

The graduate school provides four educational programs to address the essential and urgent needs of the Japanese economy today, in line with the demands of the times.
Students will select one of four programs upon admission and will enroll in their classes according to the curriculum model for each.
In these four core program groups, successful candidates are determined through a "general selection," which focuses on written exams, and a "special selection," which screens students with an emphasis on professional experience as members of society.

Four core program groups

Business Leadership Program We train management personnel who can merge theory and practice to establish strong leadership and realize strategic advantages in an increasingly competitive global environment.
Service and Hospitality Program As the economy is becoming more service- and information-oriented, we train management personnel with management skills and competencies related to service and hospitality.
Project Operations Management Program We train project managers with an international focus and balanced management skills who will work on large-scale international projects, new technologies, and information system development.
Finance and Accountancy Program We train certified public accountants who possess strong skills in both finance and accounting, fund managers and international market-capable analysts at asset management companies who with significant skills in accounting, and accounting and finance experts at private companies and government agencies.

Education that links theory and practiceCurriculum structure that enables practical, step-by-step study

The Graduate School of Management offers various class subjects to enable students to acquire specialized knowledge and practical problem-solving skills based on compositional science theory.
The course has a subject structure in which students take classes systematically: the course of study mainly comprises basic subjects during the first semester of the first year, specialized subjects during the second semester of the first year and the first semester of the second year, and practical and advanced subjects beginning in the first semester of the second year.

Completion requirements for four core program groups

The standard length of the course is two years, and 42 credits are required for completion.
The breakdown of the course of study required for completion is as follows.

Basic Subjects
16 or more credits (10 or more credits must be earned from subjects designated by each program)
Specialized Subjects
14 or more credits (but 8 or more credits must be acquired from the subjects designated by each program)
Business Practice Subjects
8 or more credits (4 or more credits must be acquired from subjects designated by each program)
*Internships are offered as a "Business Practice Subject."
Advanced Subjects
Two subjects for 4 or more credits (Workshops I and II of the selected program are required)
*Students may take a maximum of two Workshops

In addition,

  1. (1)At least four out of the 12 or more credits for subjects designated by each program for Specialized and Business Practice Subjects must be for subjects held in English.
  2. (2)To acquire credits for Workshop II, students must acquire 20 or more points based on their participation in special lectures, study abroad opportunities, internships, etc., or achievements resulting from presentations at academic conferences and workshops (points system).
  • A maximum of 24 credits may be taken each semester
  • A master's thesis is not required for completion of the program.
  • To advance to the second year, students must acquire a total of 16 credits (including five Basic Subjects worth 10 or more credits) in total for foundational and Specialized Subjects.
  • For Basic Subjects, an achievement test will be conducted during the second semester, in addition to the regular test. In addition, those who did not earn credits after registering for a course will be recognized as earning the credits after passing a supplementary exam.
  • Up to six credits for subjects taken in other graduate schools at Kyoto University shall be included as completed credits (Specialized Subjects (other than subjects designated for each program)).
  • Students who have been admitted and have already completed the requirements for proceeding to the second year may shorten the period in which they may complete the course to one year through programmatic participation as single-subject students or the use of the special accelerated completion system (+MBA), etc.
  • The above is subject to change. When a change occurs, further information will be provided upon enrollment.