Program structure and curriculum

Hands-on & Experiential learning

Hitotsubashi ICS offers both one and two-year MBA programs, with prospective students choosing between these in their applications. About half of the incoming class enters each program. Admission criteria are identical for both programs, since all students take the same required courses together in the first year, follow the same academic calendar, and must meet the same earned credit requirements for graduation.

Which MBA is right for you?

In either program, you’ll have full access to all on-campus academics and intensive courses both on and off-campus. These include Global Network for Advanced Management activities, except exchange or double degree programs occurring in the second year.

1-Year if you’re

  • Not planning a career change post-MBA
  • Company-sponsored or will apply for a Young Leaders' Program (YLP) scholarship
  • Not interested in term-long exchange programs or company internship programs

2-Year if you’re

  • Seeking a career change or to relocate in Japan
  • Self-sponsored, wishing to broaden career interests
  • Interested in exchange or double degree programs, non-remunerated company internships in Japan or abroad, and job search


Our academic year is divided into four terms, with a few days’ break between each. No required courses take place during the breaks, but elective courses and non-compulsory activities may be offered.

Hitotsubashi ICS MBA program structure schedule curriculum 1 year and 2 year

Academic calendar by term

  • Each year brings slight programming changes; this chart offers general guidance only.
  • For One-year Program and the first year of Two-year Program
Arrival in TokyoAround Sep 10
Foundation WeekMid to late Sep
Term 1Late Sep – late Dec
Term 2Early Jan – late Feb
Term 3Early Apr – late May
Term 4Early June – late July
Doing Business in AsiaAugust
GraduationLate August

For the detailed course calendar, please click here *Information is a reference only.