Our 3 Policies

Admissions Policies

  • Admissions
  • The Graduate School of Business and Commerce pays tribute to the “Spirit of Jitsugaku” espoused by Yukichi Fukuzawa. (See https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/about/ for further explanation of Jitsugaku.)
    It is important that we study the insights regarding changes taking place in industrial society through theory and substantiation.  We are looking for the following qualities in our students:
  • A person who aspires to become a leading researcher or professional.
  • The structure of industrial society is undergoing great changes and becoming ever more complex, as the evolution of globalization and computerization gain momentum.  It is imperative to nurture knowledgeable individuals armed with expertise, who can identify the essence of these changes and can provide adequate solutions to the outstanding complex issues of our economic system.  Our mission is to provide an education to individuals who will become leading researchers and professionals in society.
  • A person who is motivated and passionate about searching for answers.
  • Graduate school is a place where individuals make academic explorations to broaden the horizons of our wisdom through creative research.  It is important to not be confined to acquiring knowledge, but to look at what is considered to be common sense critically, to discover new issues and to have the motivation and assertiveness to boldly challenge these and provide solutions.  This is because “academics” is not only about “learning” from the intellectual properties that our predecessors have amassed.  It is also about questioning it.
  • A person who has the desire to polish their wisdom through acquiring abundant knowledge
  • Having broad horizons is a prerequisite to building a high mountain.  Whether you are going to become an academic or a professional in the world of business, what leaders need, is not only to be well-versed in specialist knowledge, but to have a broad perspective and education, the ability to think flexibly, and to have a good sense of judgement.  To acquire these skills, an individual must be motivated to acquire knowledge not only in a particular field, but also to be proactive about absorbing knowledge from related fields.  At the same time, it is integral to enhance their communication skills, as well as their ability to think and analyze logically.

Curriculum Policy

  • Educational Curriculum / Implementation Policy
  • To educate researchers and professionals who may potentially become leaders in their fields, the Graduate School of Business and Commerce offers a distinctive curriculum by a team of diverse professors.
  • A Comprehensive Curriculum
  • To train individuals who have the ability to make comprehensive decisions from a broad perspective, we offer a curriculum that covers the micro and macro perspectives of the current state of industrial society; i.e., Commercial Science, Management & Organization, Accounting, Finance & Securities, Insurance, Transport, Public Policy & Industrial Organization, Econometrics, International Economics, Industrial History & Business History and Industrial Relations.
  • The Implementation of research and education that is systematic and interdisciplinary
  • Compulsory subjects are integral to acquiring basic knowledge and the methodology needed for all the fields.  For each field of study, there are specialist courses, so that the student may engage in studying and researching in a systematic manner.  In addition, to further their understanding of their chosen discipline and to cultivate a broad perspective and knowledge, several professors co-provide guidance to the students at joint seminars and special joint seminars.  Further to this, a substantial number of interdisciplinary subjects are available, and students may participate in advanced research projects.  The idea is to provide an environment for education and research that underlines, how each study is connected to relevant matters in the real world.
  • English Language Lectures
  • In response to growing interest in Japan as well as globalizing research opportunities, we have a wide variety of courses available in the English language. Our faculty members, professors from the Chairship Fund, professors from the World Bank Program and visiting professors, are able to offer lectures featuring a broad scope of subjects. These will vary from being comprehensive or basic to those that are highly specialized. Participation in such courses along with foreign exchange students who come from diverse backgrounds, will help the students to cultivate a global mindset as well as their ability to disseminate information.

Conferring of Diplomas

  • Degree Conferral Policy
  • The main educational objective of the Graduate School of Business and Commerce is to produce knowledgeable academics with a broad perspective, who will develop into capable independent-minded researchers or professionals who can take on leadership roles in society. To successfully complete the Master’s Program, in addition to obtaining the specified credits, the student must submit a Master’s Thesis. In addition, the student must successfully defend their thesis.
    In the Doctoral Program (Ph.D.), the student must make a presentation at a colloquium, as well as publish at least one peer-reviewed article to be eligible as a candidate. In addition to earning the required credits, it is necessary to submit a Doctoral Dissertation and pass the dissertation defense.
    Regardless of which program it is, foremost importance is placed on whether the student has acquired enough expertise, creative conceptual approach, precise analytical skills along with the ability to think logically, is armed with diverse information and knowledge, has creative insight and a flexible approach, and last but not least, is gifted with the ability to disseminate information.
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