Core Courses

  • Provide a comprehensive knowledge base in eight functional areas of business needed for general business administration capability, centered around the practical case method approach
  • Develop core management skills and fundamental knowledge in all relevant fields, including those already familiar from professional experiences

Accounting and Control
Develop analytical skills for accounting information through learning fundamentals of bookkeeping, financial statements, financial ratios and management accounting necessary for quantitative management methods
Management Science
Develop analytical skills for effective problem solving and opportunity identification for rational decision making which involves the application of mathematical modeling
Organization and Human
Organization management with focus on human behavior in organizations (micro-level organizational behavior) along with organization and strategy in management (macro-level organizational behavior)
Learn effective market strategies for creating products and services that appeal to customers and effective expression and communication of product value to customers
Business, Economy and Society
Foster sound decision making ability in changing external environments by understanding external factors connected with people and organizations
Financial Management
Fundamentals of general and management finance, business valuation, capital cost calculation, financial strategy for managerial purposes, M&A, and corporate revitalization
Production Policy
Learn production and supply chain functions of business and how to identify and analyze problems to deal with the issues in order to gain competitive advantage through operations
Business Policy
Learn methodology to successfully formulate and implement the strategic plan and lead the organization from top decision makers' viewpoint in the context of management policy and solving strategy-related problems

Field courses

The purpose of Field Courses are to learn logical decision making process through analyses of actual management practices and their backgrounds, as a practical application of the fundamental management theories.
Students will address a strategic issues being faced by client companies through field researches on, and discussions with, the executives and key players of the companies.

STEP1 ▶︎ Preparations for Field Research
STEP2 ▶︎ Field Research & Field Camp
STEP3 ▶︎ Management Proposals

Partner Companies in the Academic Year 2023
(to be confirmed)

Tajima Co., Ltd.

Tajima Co., Ltd.

With the full cooperation of Tajima Co., Ltd., a metal precision processing manufacturer located in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, whose president is an alumnus of the KBS full-time MBA program, EMBA students analyze the corporate performance, competitive market situation, past strategic actions, in the form of field study, examination of sales and production records, intensive interviews, and discussion with management and employer of the company. The students then propose strategic and operational improvement plans for future growth, in each field of marketing/sales, production management, technology and skill management, organization and human resources development, and finance and accounting management. Through in-depth analysis, group discussions, and field study at the company, students learn that each and every core Functional area covered in the first year of the EMBA program is internally related to the growth of the company, and the mission plus vision envisioned by the top management serves as the fundamentals for strategic planning, innovative actions, as well as daily operational management.



With the full support from the regional city government in Kumamoto Prefecture, as Kami-Amakusa, Kumamoto, Koshi, Hitoyoshi, as well as ., EMBA students propose action plans to resolve societal issues of the region, which often suffers from natural disasters as earthquakes and regional economic recovery and economic revitalization call for big attention in Japan. The field study along the region this year is the third time. The students are divided into each city, visit the region several times, and discuss issues and future plans with regional governments, local companies, and organizations which support the region. That year the teams focused on tourism support conceptualization by digital platforms, control of traffic congestion, improvement of health management of local citizens, and local human resource development at high schools in the area of digitalization, and finally developed strategic action plans for each city in the region.Higo Bank Ltd


Short-term field studies organized in cooperation with partner schools mainly in North America, Asia and Africa

Discussion with Leaders Courses

In this course, students meet business leaders, cabinet members, artists and other key figures who are at the forefront of respective fields.
The discussions aim to create an active learning environment through three steps: preparatory research before meetings, interactive lectures, and review of what was learned.

Global Management Seminar Coursess

KBS welcomes visiting lecturers from leading business schools abroad to provide opportunities for learning about the diversity of mindsets in the world and reconsidering one's own set of values against this global backdrop. In contrast to merely gaining new knowledge about the world, the Global Management Seminar Courses aim at stimulating the students to extend their own perception through discussions with the visiting lecturers.

Elective Courses

For professional success, business leaders must gain both general and specialized skills. Elective Courses cover each core field of business management and are taught by instructors who also have extensive academic research backgrounds in their respective fields.

List of Courses (to be confirmed)

  • Global Innovation Management
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Market Strategy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Corporate Strategy

Individual Research Courses

The classes aim at providing an opportunity for deeper study into issues that cannot be covered in other courses. Based on the students' awareness of today's business world and problem consciousness, they attempt to create a solution for an issue they are facing either in their private or professional lives. In their research project, MBA candidates receive guidance from faculty members with expertise related to their research topics.

Visionary Project Courses

"The aim of this course is for executive students to envision a desirable future with a cause in 30 to 40 years ahead, back-cast the future to the present to figure out the gap, and construct social/business strategies to fill the gap from the global viewpoint. Business managers often focus on mid to short term strategy plans based on the “forecasting method.” Executive students in this course are expected to nurture long term views instead.
Students are also expected to combine their learnings and knowledge they earned during the field course and the overseas field course into this project.
The outcome of this project is publicly released every year to disseminate the idea of the cohort.

Global Executive

The Graduate School of Business Administration at Keio University is a member of the EMBA Consortium, an educational partnership organization of 10 business schools from around the world, and has been active since 2019. The main pillar of Consortium activities is the week-long International Week (Summer Program), which is held simultaneously around the world each September by each member school.

EMBA students from each school are to be spread across the 10 member schools, with the majority of participants in one program consisting of EMBA students from the other nine schools and a small number of EMBA students from their own school. Each program, which substantially lasts five days, combines company visits, country visits, case discussions and lectures in each school's campus. Participants will have the opportunity to understand the business environment and opportunities in the country's economy, society, culture, etc.

Most valuable of all is the truly global perspective that is to be inspired by interacting with executives with the extremely diverse national and cultural backgrounds who come together as if it were a mini-UN. International Week is conducted as a regular course for current students of member schools, and alumni are also welcome to participate when programs have room for more participants.

List of member schools (alphabetical order, as of June 2022)

  • Bologna Business School (Bologna, Italy)
  • COPPEAD Graduate School of Business (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Cranfield School of Management (Cranfield, UK)
  • ESAN Business School (Lima, Peru)
  • Chapman Graduate School of Business (Miami, USA)
  • Keio Business School (Yokohama, Japan)
  • Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Munich Business School (Munich, Germany)
  • The Lucas Graduate School of Business (California, USA)
  • University of Stellenbosch Business School (Cape Town, South Africa)

International Exchange Program

For MBA candidates whose professional life makes it possible, KBS offers a chance to apply for student exchange in one of the 50 partner schools around the world. The International Exchange Program takes place for one term during the second term of the second year and offers an additional opportunity for learning about management in the international context.

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