Outline of the Master's Degree Program

Degree Program

The degree program offered in the Graduate School of Management is as follows.

Degree Type Major Degree Awarded on Completion
MBA Management Master of Business Administration

Structure and Outline of the Master’s Program in GSM

1) Policy for Curriculum Structure

In light of the educational objectives stipulated in the University Regulations, the Graduate School of Management is composed of four Specializations—Japanese Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Management and Innovation and Operations Management—each with its own curriculum.

Required Subjects are offered to provide students with basic research skills and a fundamental knowledge of management, and students will receive further knowledge of their specializations by taking Elective Subjects offered by each specialization. In addition to these lecture subjects, students receive individual research supervision in the Seminars.

a) Japanese Management (JM)

The Japanese Management (JM) specialization focuses on the philosophy and practices of Japanese corporations. Japan is the first Asian country that successfully industrialized supported by its world class corporations. Japanese corporations with their emphases on quality, innovation, customer service, unique style of human resource management and stakeholder model of governance provide an alternative to that of the shareholder model practiced mostly in the English speaking countries including the USA. This specialization focuses on cases of success and failure of Japanese corporations and provides a model of corporate management in the Asia Pacific Region.

b) Accounting and Finance (AF)

The Accounting and Finance (AF) specialization discusses theories and concepts of corporate finance, financial engineering and financial institutions, financial accounting and managerial accounting providing students with skills to understand and interpret financial and accounting information. The aim of the specialization is to provide students with tools in the areas of accounting and finance to formulate strategies, design control systems and evaluate the impact of cooperate strategies on various stakeholders.

c) Marketing and Management (MM)

The Marketing and Management (MM) specialization focuses on understanding and managing the human dimensions of organizations. For business organizations, some of the most important stakeholders are managers, employees and customers. Their decisions and actions are guided by a whole range of factors, from very ‘rational’ aspects to subjective perceptions, emotions and (moral) values. Thus, market conditions are in constant flux that necessitate adaptation as well as provide opportunities for creating new market and social values. Consequently, this specialization emphasizes the need of organizations to develop multi-dimensional and differentiated strategies, and sustainable competences and capabilities not only to cope with the changing business environment but also to lead innovatively and responsibly.

d) Innovation and Operations Management (IOM)

The Innovation and Operations Management (IOM) specialization focuses on production planning, flexibility in production management, inventory management, quality management, management of supply chain and the impact of information technology on the whole process
of production. Another focus of this specialization is management of product development, role of entrepreneurship from the perspective of technology. This specialization also addresses such a question as why some countries are more innovative than others.

2) Policy for Curriculum Implementation

In their coursework, students will gain a solid understanding of research methods and a basic knowledge of management, upon which they will pursue subjects primarily in their respective specializations. They may also take subjects from the other specializations.

Based on their individual research topics, students will receive research supervision and work on a final written assignment in the seminars.

Conferral / Non-Conferral of Degrees

The GSM Faculty Council will review each student's credit record and results of the Research Project examinations (where applicable). Based on this review, the Completion Assessment Committee will decide whether or not to confer the degree. Students who cannot complete the program due to having failed to acquire the minimum number of credits required for completion or for having failed their Master’s Thesis / Independent Final Report / Internship-based Case Study examination, may extend their enrollment and register for additional subjects, or withdraw from the program.

Rescindment of Degrees

If it is found that a graduate has obtained their degree through improper means, or if the recipient has done anything to damage the University’s reputation, the President may decide to rescind (cancel) a degree previously granted.

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