24 months
17738 USD/year
17738 USD/year
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The Master of Business Administration program at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) is conducted entirely in English in a culturally diverse learning environment.

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The Master of Business Administration program at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) offers a strong foundation in established management techniques, interactive classes with faculty and fellow students from around the world as well as opportunities for independent research and internships in the university’s extended network with Japanese companies and organizations. 

In addition to providing a standard curriculum for international business management, this program also offers students a chance to explore the Japanese style of management, which was built on the three pillars of long-lasting management, quality control and customer service excellence. Japanese management has emerged as an alternative management practice, serving as the new model for corporate management in the Asia Pacific region. 

The program not only opens up business opportunities in Japan—the world’s third largest economy—but also various career options all over the world.


Students need to complete forty-four academic credits of which twenty-two credits will be from required subjects, eight or more from specialization subjects, and six credits from management seminars. In addition to fulfilling the credit requirements, students must also 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. The research project must be approved by the university. 

Students will also have the option to take basic Japanese language courses, credits from which will count towards the program completion requirements. Japanese language knowledge has aided many of our GSM graduates in seeking employment at Japanese companies. No extra fees will be charged for earning more than forty-four credits.

Programme Structure

Areas of specialization:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing and Management
  • Innovation and Operations Management
  • Japanese Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It 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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must fulfill one of the following conditions at the time of application.

  • Have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a bachelor's program with a standard period of completion of at least 3 years.
  • Have completed or are scheduled to complete a 16-year standard education curriculum outside Japan.
  • Have completed a 15-year standard education curriculum outside Japan and have academic achievements determined to be outstanding by the university.
  • Be at least 22 years of age and have been individually screened by the graduate school to have the academic ability of a university graduate or higher.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35476 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    17738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35476 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
Total tuition: 3,800,000 JPY


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: 

  • MEXT Scholarship (Top Global University Project)
  • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
  • Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program

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". 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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