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Graduate School of Business Administration

Major in Business Administration (Master's Program / Doctoral Program)

This School offers a profound and multifaceted study of business administration suited to the needs of the times.

Dynamic Research and Education Program

The Graduate School of Business Administration has a tradition of more than 30 years. Its master's program in the major in business administration was inaugurated in 1975, followed by the doctoral program in 1977. In 1998, courses were launched in business administration and information management, giving students who meet the respective requirements to acquire a master's or doctoral degree in both. The School is unique in offering these two courses together, both within this University and among graduate schools at other universities.

In 2001, the School was granted approval to establish a course leading to the “Upper Secondary School Teachers' Advanced Class Certificate in Information Literacy,” which is taught in parallel with the existing course leading to the same certificate in commerce. This was followed by the launch in 2007 of a new course in “Special Studies in Tax Law,” which is taught by lectures and seminars, thus broadening the route to qualification as a licensed tax accountant. Since its establishment, the School has continuously expanded and enhanced its research and education programs in a wide variety of ways, and we will continue to strive to integrate theory and practice to constantly meet the demands of the times.

Training Researchers and Specialists from a Range of Backgrounds

The main role of the School is currently considered to lie fundamentally in the training of researchers involved in business administration. At the same time, however, we recognize the importance of training specialist professionals with advanced knowledge of various fields of business, including senior company executives, certified public accountants, licensed tax accountants, management consultants, and specialists in advanced information processing. In line with the ideal of lifelong education, the School has admitted considerable numbers of highly motivated mature students seeking to acquire more advanced theoretical and practical abilities, and this policy has proved extremely successful. In order to open the door to students from a wider variety of professional backgrounds, the entrance examination system was extensively revamped from 2007, and research and educational arrangements for the training of researchers and specialist professionals are being constantly enhanced on both the business administration and information courses.

Major in Business Administration (Business Administration Course)

The Business Administration Course includes a wide range of study areas and is designed so that students learn through an interdisciplinary approach. The course offers education and research in a range of areas in Business Administration, from fields with a comparatively long tradition to newer areas developed and recognized just 10 or 20 years ago, as well as in the more unexpected areas that represent the rich diversity of the Business Administration field.

The teaching staff include youthful staff who are up-and-coming in their fields of expertise, as well as highly seasoned academics with a wide range of experience in both scholarly areas and education.

Our education methodology is also well advanced. We already offer some subjects that include case studies, for which we call in ex-academia specialists as required to work in conjunction with our teaching staff. Such flexible approaches result in unique educational experiences.

Major in Business Administration (Information Management Course)

The Information Management Course was established in 1998 in an effort to reinforce education and research in the information management area, an urgent priority in today's knowledge- and information-dominated society. This course seeks to help resolve the shortage of information management specialists in corporations and information management teaching staff in middle and high schools, while developing teaching staff, and research and educational assistants who will further strengthen and enhance information management education in all departments of today's universities.

This course was also set up in preparation for the future establishment of an additional specialist course in Information Management (working title) by the Graduate School of Business Administration, which has already broadly established information sciencerelated courses and subjects.

The education and research environment surrounding information management is developing rapidly, and this course will continually expand and reinforce its research and education systems to keep abreast of progress in information management areas.

The vital mission of this course is to provide a place for further study that will produce specialists, academics, and researchers with a high degree of practical know-how in highlevel information management, enable those with real-world experience to improve their abilities in response to rapid advances in information technology, and provide constant opportunities for lifelong learning.

The purpose of Graduate School of Business Administration

The aim of the Graduate School of Business Administration is to educate researchers with creative research abilities in the fields of business administration and information management, university teaching staff with all of the skills required to teach effectively, and high level professionals with superior specialist knowledge and abilities in these fields.

Policy with Regard to Conferment of Degrees

Master's Program

The Master’s Program with a major in business administration confers degrees upon those individuals who have fulfilled academic term attendance and credit requirements, and with their thesis developed to apply for the degree, are recognized for having demonstrated both research skill and a high level of specialized expertise as a business person-type professional in their major field of study. They will have attained exceptional knowledge and an understanding of methodologies as well as possess qualities suitable to that of a researcher. Specifically, the program seeks theses that proactively elicit new insights, or that validate existing theories and doctrines from new perspectives.

Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program with a major in business administration confers degrees upon those individuals who have fulfilled academic term attendance and credit requirements, and who have demonstrated a high level of specialized capability and research expertise. They will submit a thesis for the application of the degree that is recognized for content befitting a doctoral dissertation in this field of study. Specifically, the program seeks theses that proactively demonstrate originality in research content and approach, and that are of a level that will contribute to the academic world.

Policy with Regard to Curriculum Development and Implementation

Master's Program

The Master’s Program with a major in business administration is comprised of a Business Administration Course and an Information Management Course. Both of these courses are considered to offer the grounding that future highly qualified professionals and researchers seek to acquire. For that reason, the program is designed so that a student can enroll in either course and take classes of both disciplines.

The Business Administration Course offers classes that cover a wide range of research fields throughout the study of management, and is designed to take an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Specifically, studies of management, accounting, economics and marketing fields are available. In addition, learning methods are already in place for subjects, and also include case study research. In this way, graduate students are not limited to their own narrow field of research, but are able to take a multi-faceted approach to the topics they have selected. Moreover, being able to study subjects contained in the Information Management Course is certainly a powerful advantage when they seek to discover their research method. After completion, students can undertake further study to acquire a doctorate, and in addition to those students who aim to become researchers, others can expect to become highly qualified professionals who possess technical expertise.

The Information Management Course aims to nurture information-related researchers who also possess management knowledge, academics who have a robust education in information management, and individuals with specialized IT skills. A wide variety of subjects are offered up for research, with topics relating to information science and IT. By enabling the study of these subjects in tandem with those of the Business Administration Course, this program aims to turn out human talent that has a broad perspective that cannot be attained at other graduate schools.

Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program of the major in business administration offers guidance with the goal of conducting advanced research and developing doctoral theses that are of significance to society. The overview and policy of that guidance can be broadly categorized into the following three items.

- Emphasis is placed on qualitative and quantitative research, led by documents and material records research for the determination of research topic, and the existing research upon which it is based, and from related fields.

- While in the process of establishing the research framework, guidance is focused on reporting at academic venues and drafting reports for both internal and public trade publications so that the originality of the content can be clearly revealed.

- With a focus on specific initiatives in order to write the degree thesis, guidance is provided to design the general purport and composition of the thesis, and with regard to conducting exchanges with other researchers in the field through further academic activities.

To summarize, this is guidance that will work to confirm one’s own originality and will lead to research that contributes to society and the academic world. For this reason, the curriculum is structured in such a way as to keep to a minimum the number of credits required, to facilitate friendly competition among graduate students, and to secure relationships with management and information-type research centers so that students will be able to have a place and time to hold discussions with educators in the field, as well as with their own academic supervisors.

Through such discussions and the development of theses, the Master’s Program with a business administration major aims to nurture researchers who will be active in universities and think tanks.

Admission policy

Master’s Program

The Major in Business Administration (Master’s Program) offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration aims to nurture researchers who have the ability to engage in highly creative research activities, as well as university teachers who possess sound educational skills, in the fields of business administration and information management. In addition, we hope to groom highly specialized professionals with exceptional specialized knowledge and ability in these fields. Hence, we are looking for potential students who fulfill the following requirements.
Qualification and skill requirements for enrollment in the Major in Business Administration (Master’s Program) offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration

(1) Individuals who have broad knowledge in the fields of business administration and information management, or who have mastered a wide variety of humanistic disciplines, such as culture, history, social studies and nature, in a university program
(2) Individuals who have an interest in the fields of business administration and information management, and desire to become researchers, teachers or specialized professionals, or who wish to further polish up their skills in the fields of business administration and information management, and exert their leadership in the administration scene
(3) Individuals who are capable of presenting rational research themes in the fields of business administration and information management, and are accomplished in combining logical thinking and numeric analysis to achieve research results
(4) Individuals who are capable of comparing and logically analyzing previous researches and actual cases, and are able to complete a Master’s thesis with the results of the analysis

Doctoral Program

The Major in Business Administration (Doctoral Program) offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration aims to nurture researchers who have the ability to engage in highly creative research activities, as well as university teachers who possess sound educational skills, in the fields of business administration and information management. In addition, we hope to groom highly specialized professionals with exceptional specialized knowledge and ability in these fields. Hence, we are looking for potential students who fulfill the following requirements.
Qualification and skill requirements for enrollment in the Major in Business Administration (Doctoral Program) offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration

(1) Individuals who have attained broad knowledge in the fields of business administration and information management, and exceptional knowledge in a specific field of specialization in a university program
(2) Individuals who have an interest in the fields of business administration and information management, and desire to become researchers, teachers or specialized professionals, or who are highly experienced in the fields of business administration and information management, and desire to theorize their experiences
(3) Individuals who are accomplished in combining logical thinking and numeric analysis to achieve research exceptional and creative results
(4) Individuals who are capable of reporting the results of their research both in and outside of school, and further raise the quality of those results by engaging in productive discussions. In addition, they should also possess the ability to complete a Doctoral thesis with these results

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