MBA Program Curriculum
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MBA Program Overview

Hitotsubashi ICS offers students the opportunity to earn an MBA degree in International Business Strategy. Applicants to the MBA program may select from two options (the One-Year Program or the Two-Year Program), both of which offer the same MBA degree. Applicants must choose between the two options at the time of application. The One-Year Program is designed primarily for students who are not seeking a career-change post-MBA and wish to be granted a degree in as short a time as possible. In contrast, the Two-Year Program is designed for those who are seeking a career-change post-MBA or wish to be exposed to broader or more in-depth MBA-level learning opportunities and experiences. Once applicants are accepted into either one of the two programs, they cannot switch to the other program. The selection criteria for admission is identical for both options because all students must take required courses together in the first year, follow the same academic calendar, and must meet the same earned credit requirements for graduation. Students in both the One-year Program and Two-year Program receive exactly the same high quality education and the same level of commitment and support from our faculty and staff.

Two-year MBA Program

Two-year program students enroll at Hitotsubashi ICS in mid- or late-September and graduate in August two years later. In the first year, two-year students must take all required courses and can select additional elective classes together with one-year students. However, two-year students can custom design and build their second year curriculum in accordance with their own interests and goals.

In their second year, two-year students can participate in the following activities:
  1. attend an exchange or double-degree program;
  2. participate in non-remunerative company internships either in Japan or overseas;
  3. conduct individual research projects, which may include writing a business case or a consulting report, or developing a business plan for a new venture;
  4. take additional elective courses; and
  5. work with the Career Services on post-MBA career opportunities.
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology allows two-year students who excel in their studies and course work during the first year to graduate early if they elect to do so. Early graduation would enable qualified students to receive their MBA in a year and a half, i.e., at the end of March of the second year.

One-year MBA Program

One-year program students enroll at Hitotsubashi ICS in mid- to late-September and graduate in August the following year. This option is best suited for company-sponsored and YLP (Young Leaders' Program) scholarship applicants because it is assumed that they will return to their original company or organization after graduation. For non-sponsored applicants who are looking for a career change, this option is not recommended because it is very difficult to balance the required academic work-load with their job search. Although one-year students can participate in all on-campus academic courses and programs as well as intensive academic programs offered both on and off-campus, they are not eligible to attend term-long exchange programs or to participate in company internship programs. Students in both the one-year and two-year programs receive exactly the same high quality education and the same level of commitment and support from our faculty and university staff.