Ph.D. Application


Our Ph.D. program is designed to help students build a strong foundation in his/her chosen major and minor fields for further academic and research specialization. We are deeply committed to our position as the innovator and leader in developing educators and researchers in business administration, and in continuously monitoring changes in social needs and direction.

Most of the classes for the Ph.D. Program, as well as the MBA Program and EMBA Program, are conducted in the Japanese language. Students will engage in extensive discussions in class as well as undertake preparatory reading and writing assignments. The entrance examination is also held in Japanese. Therefore a good command of Japanese is indispensable for foreign students to study at KBS.

Guidelines for Applicants

The entrance examination for the Ph.D. course is held annually in February. Of the applicants who satisfy the set criteria, a maximum of eight will be admitted. A Japanese language application form is available on our Japanese website.

Prerequisites for admission

Applicants wishing to take the entrance examination must satisfy one of the following criteria

  1. Completed a master's degree course, or expected to complete a master's course from a graduate school.
  2. Awarded a degree equivalent to a master's degree from an overseas educational institution.
  3. Recognized by KBS as having academic capabilities equal or superior to graduates of a master's course.

* Please refer to Admissions Guide for more details.

Selection Process

The examination consists of a written test, an English test, and an interview. Admissions information written in Japanese is available on our Japanese website.


General Admission

Application Period December 22 - January 18, 2021
Announcement of the results of the 1st Screening January 27, 2021
2nd Screening January 31, 2021
Announcement of the results of the 2nd Screening February 3, 2021
Registration Period February 3 - 15, 2021