Program structure and curriculum policy

ICS offers both one and two-year MBA programs, with prospective students choosing between these in their applications. Admission criteria are identical for both programs, since all students take the same required courses together and follow the same academic calendar in the first year.

Which MBA is right for you?

In either program, you’ll have full access to all academic courses both on- and off-campus. These include Global Network for Advanced Management activities, except for 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, company internships in Japan or abroad, and job search

Program structure

Hitotsubashi ICS MBA program structure schedule curriculum 1 year and 2 year
Foundation WeekMid to late Sep
Term 1Late Sep – late Dec
Term 2Early Jan – late Mar
Term 3Late Mar – late May
Term 4Late May – late July
Doing Business in AsiaAugust
GraduationLate August

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

Curriculum policy

The case method (a discussion format class focusing on real-world case studies) is at the heart of pedagogical method at ICS. Courses also employ a combination of a broad range of teaching methods and activities best suited for each subject, and they include lectures, simulation, role playing, company visits, and field projects. The emphasis on interactive and participant-centered learning is a feature consistent across all courses.

All classes at ICS are conducted in English, and students are instructed to switch to English even in daily conversations to accommodate peers who may not speak the same language. This policy provides daily opportunities for non-native speakers of English to actively communicate in English, hone their leadership skills in group discussions, and improve language proficiency crucial for global communication.

To meet the post-graduation needs of the many students wishing to find employment with Japanese companies or businesses related to Japan, the school offers a Japanese language program. The course is divided into three levels – introductory, intermediate, and advanced – to suit student proficiency levels, and lessons are designed with the goal for the participants to develop the language skills needed to conduct business in Japanese.