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Department of Business Administration

Master's Program

A new global era has arrived, with Japanese firms developing increasingly close links with the economies and companies of East and South-East Asia. There is growing demand for professionals who are able to accommodate diverse business cultures and enhance a firm's international competitiveness. In addition to imparting an understanding of the global standards of business administration and fostering an underlying competence in problem solving, the Program aims to train pragmatic international-minded graduates who are capable of effectively utilizing specialized knowledge in business administration. 

The rigorous curriculum is designed to instill in students cutting-edge knowledge in business administration, accounting, and management systems. Committed to providing students with an education that emphasizes a global perspective, the program offers such courses as International Management Theory, that specifically addresses global business issues, and Comparative Management Theory, that explores similarities and differences between Japanese and Asian business practices. In addition to each specialty, students may choose a derivative business administration subject for their Master's research topic, such as strategic theory based on computer simulations, accounting for derivatives, financial marketing, and other interdisciplinary business administration subjects.

Doctoral Program

The Department of Business Administration's Ph.D. Program is an integration of the Department of Business Management Systems and the Department of International Development Studies. In response to growing demand from society, the Program analyses globalized contemporary firms and the environmental problems that surround them by using business administrative methods and the methods of related social sciences. The Program seeks to develop human resources who are capable of contributing to the academic world of business administration, accounting, and management systems. The Program also emphasizes the training of professionals who wish to put applied research into practice. 

The curriculum seamlessly extends education from the Master's Program, which enables students to efficiently continue and advance their research. The integrated course work contributes to each student producing a strong doctoral dissertation, which is supervised by three professors. It also supports students who desire to continue their research after the completion of a Master's degree, including an MBA course. The Program offers Global Business Doctor EP (Education Program) for Master's degree graduates who wish to acquire the ability to make creative and feasible business strategies. In addition, responding to the growing demand from overseas applicants, particularly from East and South-East Asia, the Japanese Management in All-English Graduate Program has been established to allow students to complete a Ph.D. degree entirely in English.

Message from Chair


Our Department of Business Administration is based on the Graduate School of Business Administration, which was established in 1972 as a master’s program followed by the Graduate School of International Development as an independent doctoral program, and then by the International Graduate School of Social Sciences, which consist of a master’s program and a doctoral program. In 2013, this graduate school has been further reorganized to become an integrated graduate school with both master’s and doctoral programs, and changed the name to the Graduate School of International Social Sciences. These changes are the result of constant development and reorganization in response to the needs of business and society.
Characteristics of our department are as follows:

  • Our graduate school has introduced an internal selection system called "Comprehensive Examination" for students entering the doctoral program.

  • We offer special courses for practicing managers and professionals in the master’s degree (Yokohama Business School) and the doctoral degree (as the global business doctoral program).

  • The Yokohama Business School and the Doctoral Program offer not only academic courses, but also internationally acclaimed academic programs and practical courses taught by outstanding practitioners.

  • In the Doctoral Course, we offer the Japanese Management Program, an educational program offered in English.

This distinctive educational system has been developed because the social and economic relationship between Japan and East and Southeast Asian countries has been strengthening, and there is a growing need both domestically and internationally for human resources who can adapt to diverse business environments and customs, and who can enhance the international competitiveness of Japanese companies. The Department of Business Administration aims to meet these social needs and to nurture human resources with academic skills comparable to global standards and the ability to identify and solve problems backed by academic achievements in business administration.
To date, graduates of our department are active in Japan and abroad as specialists in the business world and in academic careers at universities and research institutes.

OMORI, Akira
Chair, Department of Business Administration

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