Keio University Faculty of Business & Commerce Directory


  1. Historical Background
  2. Keio History at a glance
  3. Introduction to the Faculty of Business & Commerce
  4. Graduate School of Business & Commerce
  5. Fields of Research
  6. A Guide to the Graduate School of Business & Commerce
  7. Master's Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management



1858 Establishment of Fukuzawa's private Dutch studies school in Teppozu, Edo (present-day Tokyo); this is the origin of present-day Keio.
1863 The school transformed into an English studies school.
1868 The school moved to a new site, adopting "Keio" from the name of the era.
1871 Keio moved to Mita (now the main campus).
1890 Keio inaugurated as the first private university in Japan with three departments: Literature, Economics, and Law.
1898 Keio as an integrated educational corporation with elementary and secondary schools started.
1906 Graduate Schools were added to Keio University.
1917 School of Medicine was founded.
1920 Under new educational provisions, Keio became a general university with the Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Law, and School of Medicine.
1944 Fujiwara Institute of Technology was donated to Keio to become the Faculty of Engineering.
1948 University Correspondence Courses began.
1957 The Faculty of Business & Commerce was inaugurated.
1978 The Graduate School of Business Administration was newly established.
1981 The Faculty of Engineering was reorganized and further expanded; as a result, it was given a new name, the Faculty of Science & Technology.
1990 The Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environmental Information were newly estab-lished; Keio High School of New York (U.S.A.) opened in September.

*Information contained in this publication is current as of October 1995.


The Faculty of Business & Commerce is relatively new, as it was founded in 1957 when Keio Gijuku (the whole corporation in which the university is a component) celebrated its centennial anniversary.

With the spirit of practical learning, projected by Keio's founder, Yukichi FUKUZAWA, whose liberal and critical thought can be termed scientific philosophy of modern rationalism, at its core, the Faculty of Business & Commerce encourages systematic learning and the cultivation of deep insight into economic and commercial theories to produce individuals with problem solving ability.

The Faculty, therefore, has produced many of the best men of business. Keio, in addition, has in the last twenty consecutive years been ranked top in producing successful applicants in the State Examination for Certified Public Accountants, known for its difficulty, among the many universities all over Japan. The total number of C.P.A. and C.P.A. trainees among Keio's alumni has already surpassed 1,500.

The Faculty is presently making efforts to internationalize its curriculum; a positive effect of this is seen in the fact that some of the courses are conducted in English.

The first and second year students at the Department of Business & Commerce are in principle required to take languages and general education subjects on the Hiyoshi Campus to move up to the third and fourth year on the Mita Campus where specialized subjects are mainly offered.

Specialized subjects are divided into the following ten fields: "Management," "Accounting," "Commerce & Marketing", "Finance," "Insurance," "Industrial Relations," "Transport, Public Utilities & Industrial Organizations," "Business History & Industrial History," "Econometrics," and "International Economics." The characteristic of the Department of Business & Commerce, therefore, is seen in the diversity of the fields covered.


In the Graduate School of Business & Commerce, the curriculum is divided into two-year Master's and three-year Doctoral courses. Majors available in both Master's and Doctoral courses are "Commerce" and "Management & Accounting," subdivided into 10 fields as the Faculty of Business & Commerce. In recent years, moreover, the amount of interdisciplinary and joint research has been increasing.

The distinctive feature of the curriculum at the Faculty of Business & Commerce can be explained in a single word, "flexible," as students, according to their interest and needs, may focus upon developing basic knowledge, or otherwise pursue and gain skills with very specialized knowledge.

Fields of Resarch


A Guide to the Graduate School of Business and Commerce

  1. DEAN'S Preface
  2. General Instructions for Registration
  3. Requirements for Completing the Degrees
  4. Submitting A Written Thesis for The Degrees

Master's Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management

The Keio University Graduate School of Business and Commerce, through a grant from the World Bank, established a Master's Degree Program in Taxation Policy and Management in April 1996. The Graduate School offers this Program with substantial cooperation from the National Tax Administration (NTA). The purpose of this program is to help participants from World Bank member countries gain knowledge and expertise in tax policy and administration so they can help improve taxation practices in their own countries.

  1. Program Objectives
  2. Program Description