Program structure and curriculum

True to the Hitotsubashi ICS spirit and mission, our 1-year, all-English language, part-time program taps into our local and global networks to explore the strengths of both Japanese and Western management practices. In addition to time together in Tokyo, the EMBA class takes three trips outside Japan to experience the world’s diversity of business opportunities, in emerging economies, for example, or driven by technological disruption.

EMBA candidates meet at the Hitotsubashi ICS campus and in virtual settings. Our EMBAs continue in their jobs while pursuing the program, which we’ve designed to keep disruptions to a minimum. Still, support from a sponsoring organization will be critical to your success as a participant. Sponsoring organizations stand to reap big and immediate benefits by sending their top-grade talent to join other high-performers in developing leadership mindsets.

Program structure, curriculum, and calendar

Hitotsubashi ICS develops business professionals as global leaders with practical wisdom.

(I) FOUNDATION STAGE September-December (4 months)
FOUNDATION LAUNCH PAD
The Foundation Stage builds both a common starting point for advanced management learning, and cohesion among the EMBA class.
CORE COURSES
Between September and December, a well-rounded set of 10 core courses led by ICS faculty fortify your understanding of fundamental management theories. These are run in both physical and virtual classrooms. Each of the ten courses offers a basis in theory before relating it to current global management practices. Classroom meetings combine lectures with lively, interactive sessions linking participants with corporate executives as guest speakers who share their perspectives.
MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS
In this foundational course, you will learn management essentials that will be reinforced and illustrated throughout the rest of the EMBA program. At the same time, you’ll be asked to consider topics that lie outside the scope of the ten core courses, such as the development over time of the Japanese economy and business sector, the influence of Japanese culture on Japanese business, strengths and weaknesses of Japanese management practices (human resource policies, risk-taking behaviors, the societal role of business), the partnerships and initiatives created in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and digital disruption new technologies are causing to conventional management logic.
(II) MASTERY STAGE January-August (8 months)
MASTERY LAUNCHPAD
The Mastery Stage sets the stage for participants to apply the tools and skills learned during the Foundation Stage in actual business practice. It uses Business Model Canvas and problem-solving methods, from a consulting perspective, as frameworks for understanding complex systemic issues.
CAPSTONE PROJECT
In this key program deliverable, you’ll work individually and over time to solve a business problem, or make use of a business opportunity, facing your sponsoring organization. Your Capstone Project not only jumpstarts your learning from the Foundation Stage, but also provides the organizing principle for your Mastery Stage. At the end of the program, you’ll present your plan to your sponsoring organization.
MASTERY FORUM
During 5 weekends between January and May, the Mastery Forum supports your Capstone Project to develop a strategy for your business/company. Creating a good and unique strategy requires a business sense beyond skill sets. Inspired by the karaoke strategy method, you’ll “sing the song” of your strategy, with your EMBA peers expected to join in. 
GLOBAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCES
GIEs are visits to three different locations to learn the latest global business practices, firsthand. They include a trip to Bangalore (February), a trip to Silicon Valley, CA (April), and one Global Network Week (June). All are full-week experiences where students delve right into the lively setting of a growing region and sector. See separate Immersions presentation for more details.

EMBA | Foundation Stage| Schedule

This sample schedule is based on our best possible foresight for the 2018-19 EMBA program. Sessions and dates may be subject to change.

Foundation Launch Pad | Sep 2-14 2018

NOTE
CC“Core Course” Session
LCLeadership Circles
MFu“Management Fundamental” Session
  • Week 1 (SEP 2-7)
    SUN M T W R F
    08:30-10:30 TEAM BUILDING CC CC CC LEADERSHIP CIRCLE CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC CC CC CC
    16:00-18:00 MFu MFu MFu
  • Week 2 (SEP 10-14)
    M T W R F
    08:30-10:30 CC CC CC CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC CC CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC CC CC CC CC
    16:00-18:00 MFu MFu MFu MF INFO MFu

Foundation Core Courses | Sep-Dec 2019

  • SEP 29 - SEP 30 ★ virtual classes
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC LC
    16:00-18:00
  • OCT 6-7 ★ virtual classes
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC CC
    16:00-18:00 LC
  • OCT 20-21
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC CC
    16:00-18:00 MFu
  • NOV 3-4 ★ virtual classes
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC CC
    16:00-18:00
  • NOV 17-18
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC MFu
    16:00-18:00
  • NOV 24-25 ★ virtual classes
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC
    16:00-18:00
  • DEC 8-9
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 CC CC
    10:45-12:45 CC CC
    13:45-15:45 CC MFu
    16:00-18:00
* EXAM WEEK (take home):
  • Phase 1 = Oct 22 - Oct 25
  • Phase 2 = Phase 2 = Dec 10 - Dec 15

EMBA | Mastery Stage | Schedule

This sample schedule is based on our best possible foresight for the 2018-19 EMBA program.Sessions and dates may be subject to change.

NOTE
MLPMastery Launch Pad
LCLeadership Circles
MFMastery Forum (Project & Session)
SSession

Mastery Launch Pad | Jan 7-12 2019

Week 1 (SEP 1-6) in Tokyo
M T W R F S
08:30-10:30 MLP MLP MLP MLP MLP MLP
10:45-12:45 MLP MLP MLP MLP MLP MLP
13:45-15:45 MLP MF MF MF MF MF

Mastery Forums | Jan – Aug 2019

  • JAN 26-27
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 MF MF
    10:45-12:45 MF MF
    13:45-15:45 MF MF
  • MAR 23-24
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 MF MF
    10:45-12:45 MF MF
    13:45-15:45 MF MF
  • MAY 17-19
    FRI SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 MF MF MF
    10:45-12:45 MF MF MF
    13:45-15:45 MF MF MF
  • JUL 27-28
    SAT SUN
    08:30-10:30 P FINAL P FINAL
    10:45-12:45 P FINAL P FINAL
    13:45-15:45 P FINAL P FINAL

Mastery Immersions Activities | Feb – Jun 2019

  • GIE #1 | FEB 2-8
    S M T W R F
    08:30-10:30 S S S S S S
    10:45-12:45 S S S S S S
    13:45-15:45 S S S S S S
    16:00-18:00 S S S S S S
  • GIE #2 | APR 6-14
    S M T W R F
    08:30-10:30 S S S S S S
    10:45-12:45 S S S S S S
    13:45-15:45 S S S S S S
    16:00-18:00 S S S S S S
  • GNW | JUN 9-15
    M T W R F
    08:30-10:30 S S S S S
    10:45-12:45 S S S S S
    13:45-15:45 S S S S S
    16:00-18:00 S S S S S

EMBA core courses

In the Mastery Stage, a well-rounded set of 10 core courses led by ICS faculty fortify your understanding of fundamental management theories. Each class offers a basis in theory before relating it to current global management practices. Classes combine lectures with lively, interactive sessions linking participants with corporate executives as guest speakers who share their perspectives.

Course details