The MBA program at APU is conducted entirely in English in a culturally diverse learning environment. It offers a strong foundation in established international and Japanese management techniques, interactive classes with faculty, and students from around the world, as well as opportunities for independent research and internships in the university’s extensive Japanese business network. Students will benefit from an AACSB-accredited, international standard business management curriculum grounded in a Japanese focus on business sustainability, management quality control, and customer service excellence.
Upon joining the program, students can specialize in one of four areas of study:
The Accounting and Finance specialization discusses theories and concepts of corporate finance, financial engineering, financial institutions, financial accounting, and managerial accounting, providing students with the skills to understand and interpret financial and accounting information. The aim of the specialization is to provide students with tools in the areas of accounting and finance to formulate strategies, design control systems, and evaluate the impact of corporate strategies on various stakeholders.
The Management and Marketing specialization focuses on understanding and managing the human dimensions of organizations. For business organizations, some of the most important stakeholders are managers, employees, and customers. Their decisions and actions are guided by a whole range of factors, from very objective aspects to subjective perceptions, emotions, and moral values. Thus, market conditions are in a constant flux which necessitates adaptation as well as provides opportunities for creating new market and social values. Consequently, this specialization emphasizes the need of organizations to develop multi-dimensional and differentiated strategies, as well as sustainable competences and capabilities, not only to cope with the changing business environment but also to lead innovatively and responsibly.
The Innovation and Operations Management specialization focuses on production planning, flexibility in production management, inventory management, quality management, management of supply chain, and the impact of information technology on the whole process of production. Another focus of this specialization is on the management of product development and the role of entrepreneurship from a technology-based perspective. This specialization also addresses the question as to why some countries are more innovative than others.
Supported by its world-class corporations, Japan is the first Asian country to have successfully industrialized. The Japanese Management specialization focuses on the philosophy and practices that are key to such enterprises. With their emphases on quality, innovation, and customer service and with their unique style of human resource management and stakeholder model of governance, companies in Japan provide an alternative to that of the shareholder model practiced mostly in the English-speaking countries-including the USA. This specialization focuses on the successes and failures of Japanese corporations and provides a model of corporate management in the Asia Pacific Region.
The MBA curriculum at APU consists of four components: required subjects (analytical foundations, core business fundamentals, and capstone courses); elective subjects (specialization courses); core-related subjects (courses related to the core business fundamentals and Japanese language courses); and management seminars.
In addition to fulfilling the credit requirements, students will conduct a research project and complete an extended piece of writing in the form of a master’s thesis, independent final report, or internship-based case study. Students will also have the option to take basic Japanese language courses, credits from which will count towards program completion requirements. Japanese language knowledge has aided many of our GSM graduates in seeking employment at Japanese companies.
More details regarding the course structure is available on the program website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
1. Applicants must have graduated or be scheduled to graduate from a university.
2. Applicants must possess the following minimum English language proficiency:
All applicants can apply for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship when they submit their application to APU, and they will be notified whether they can receive any tuition reduction with their final results. Tuition Reductions range from 30%, 50%, 65%, 80%, and 100%. Please note that scholarship awards cannot be guaranteed before applying.
Other external scholarships are also available to applicants:
Please visit our website for more details regarding scholarship opportunities.
Currently the ADB and World Bank scholarships are open. The applications will close on February 27th 2019.
The MEXT scholarship applications are already closed for 2019 enrollment but will be available again from August 2019 for 2020 enrollment.
For more information, visit the Scholarships tabs under "Relevant links".
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