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Most classes of the Keio Business School MBA are conducted in Japanese except for courses offered to exchange students from global business schools. Full-time students, therefore, will speak Japanese in class discussions, and for reading and writing assignments. A good command of Japanese is mandatory for foreign students.

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First year students are required to pass 6 core courses with a required minimum grade point average or above, and at least 12 elective courses. 8 core courses are allocated in each of the 3 terms of the first year.


First Term (spring term) focuses on accounting and control, management science and organization behavior/marketing.

Accounting and Control:

  • Accounting in Japan
  • Economic Analysis for Management Decisions
  • Financial Management in Japan
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Financial Theory
  • International Financial Management
  • Japanese Securities Markets
  • Management Control Systems
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Managerial Accounting

Organization Behavior and Marketing:

  • Entrepreneurial StrategyMarketing Strategy
  • Global Innovation
  • Issues on Entrepreneurship
  • Multinational Organizations and Strategy: Organization Management in Japan II
  • Network Leadership
  • Organization Management in Japan I
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Stress Management
  • Market Strategy
  • Marketing Communication
  • Marketing in Japan
  • Management Science

Second term (fall term) focuses on business environment, financial and operations management.

Business environment:

  • Business Economics
  • Business Environment in Japan
  • Business Law
  • Economic Theory I
  • Economic Theory II
  • Economics of Technology Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Industry Analysis: Life Science Industry
  • Japans' Health Care Policy
  • Market Competition and Strategy
  • Statistical Methodology I
  • Statistical Methodology II
  • Statistical Methodology III
  • Financial Management

Operations Management:

  • Business Logistics
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Design of Production Systems
  • Distribution System
  • Management of Production
  • Financial Management

Third term (winter term) focuses on General Management (Business Policy and Strategy):

  • Business Ethics
  • Business History
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Process
  • General Management in Japan I:Strategy Under Network Economy
  • General Management in Japan II: Entrepreneurship
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Management of Innovation and Technology
  • Management of Technology
  • Management Renovation
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Strategy in Net Economy
  • Techno-Strategy
  • Venture Capitalist Training Program

Second year students spend eight to ten months on their MBA thesis under the supervision of faculty advisors. An oral presentation is required at the end of the second year before the thesis is officially submitted.

The MBA thesis provides students with an opportunity to practice conceptual and managerial skills acquired throughout the program.