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Campuses in All Three Major Global Business Districts

NUCB Business School is proud to provide a prime environment for working professionals to further their studies. Students have the opportunity to attend top business schools worldwide through our vast network of partner schools and a variety of programs ranging in length, including short-term exchange programs at prestigious business schools such as Harvard, MIT Sloan, and IMD.

Our school is widely recognized domestically and internationally by business schools and the industrial sector alike for its campuses, which are located for convenient access by working professionals in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. Our EMBA program was honored as Japan's #1 in the Financial Times (FT) "2018 Asia-Pacific Top 25 Business School Ranking," and all of our programs continue to rate at the top in the world-renowned QS rankings for Asia and Japan.


Programs


Our school offers internationally accredited MBA, Msc, and EMBA programs through its campuses in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Our MBA program was the first program for working professionals to be established domestically. This program, known as the Weekend MBA, was established in 2003 and is the longest running program for professionals in Japan. The program is the largest in scale amongst MBA programs in Japan, and boasts over 95% of its enrollment from working professionals representing a vast range of industries.


Programs


Accreditations & Networks

When researching business schools, one of the first steps is understanding which institutions have international accreditation. Accreditation means that our institution has surpassed and maintained the highest standards in higher education business school quality and performance, and that we are committed to offering the best in business education. It means that your degree is worth more as you enter the marketplace.



International Accreditations


Case Method


All classes are taught through the Case Method, using the latest business cases. These business cases paint a vivid picture of the management issues faced by real companies on a daily basis. Course participants vicariously experience the situation from a manager’s perspective as they read the case and participate in a series of class discussions. Through the wide scale of experiences represented by several hundred cases, students are given first hand experience in decision making from a manager’s standpoint, allowing them to further advance their practical management skills.

Analytical skills, theoretical thinking, presentation skills, and leadership are only a handful of the extensive range of skills required in management. At our school, students cultivate these abilities through repetition of the 3-step process: self-study, group discussion, and class discussion.


Case Method


Faculty

More than 90% of our faculty members are practitioners who have been active on the front lines of business. They have passed a number of strict international standards such as academic and practical experience related to their teaching fields. Unlike unidirectional academic lectures for training researchers, we provide practical learning directly related to business for working professionals, reflecting the experience and knowledge gained from international business through participant-centered case method learning.


Faculty


Students


  • The reason I chose the NUCB Business School is to experience a cultural shock in a place that is as different as possible from Norway.

    Alexander Kristiansen, Norway
    April 2017 Exchange Student
    Norwegian School of Economics

  • My choice of NUCB Business School as my exchange destination was driven mainly by my longstanding fascination for the Japanese culture and way of life. And the Global Leader Program combines that exposure with a great mix of students from across the world.

    Kruti Kharod,India
    Fall 2017 Exchange Student
    IIM Calcutta

  • I am from the Czech Republic and Japan has a very different culture than my home country. The NUCB Business School has great diversity of students and that is very important for me.

    Tomas Hovorka, Czech Republic
    April 2017 Exchange Student
    University of Economics, Prague

  • Christian Parraga

    When deciding on a Master's degree program, it was important that the professors have practical experience. Through the program here, I hope to gain curated insights from experts in their respective fields.

    Christian Parraga, Ecuador
    Spring 2021 MBA

  • At the NUCB Business School, I met some of the people who influenced me the most in my life, forming bonds that will last for a lifetime. Overcoming the challenges posed by the different culture and a new learning approach was much easier with the support of my fellow classmates.

    Stefano Puma, Italy
    Spring 2018 Exchange Student
    Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal

  • Youjun Wang

    I want to learn how to run a company and be an innovative global leader through the program. I've been fortunate to meet and study with talents from many different countries. Student diversity opens the mind and encourages deeper consideration of case studies.

    Youjun Wang, China
    Fall 2020 MBA
    Suzuki Motor Corporation

  • The quality of professors and peers is difficult to overstate. I feel both informed and challenged in every class I attend. This couples well with the lessons my fellow students provide. My time here is a challenge I welcome and feel confident I will grow from.

    William R. Stull, USA
    Spring 2020 MBA
    Paddock Realty and Property Development
    Co Owner

  • Since I was a child I always wanted to come to Japan. I think it is a country you need to visit for more than a few weeks. This exchange program was the best opportunity to experience the culture, try new food, and get to know the Asian mindset.

    Johanna Borne, France
    April 2017 Exchange Student
    NEOMA Business School

  • Claire, France

    This school's greatest strengths are its case method and global presence.

    Claire, France

  • Atsuya Shimizu

    You can engage with a group aiming to be tax accountants working on the front line of society - not just a simple tax accountant. This is very exciting.

    Atsuya Shimizu
    Graduate, March 2016
    Yamada & Partners Tax Accounting Firm

  • Alan Lapira

    Apart from learning more about marketing and international business strategies, the diversity of students enrolled in my program allows me to discover others' points of view and open my mind.

    Alan Lapira, France
    Fall 2020 MSc

  • When I was looking for exchange opportunities, my heart went directly to Japan because of its rich and different culture from Europe. The NUCB Business School was my best opportunity in Japan to enhance my leadership and business skills thanks to a great variety of courses and top class professors.

    Quentin Baert, France
    Spring 2018 Exchange Student
    Burgundy School of Business

  • Yukiko Kitajima

    What I felt when I enrolled in the NUCB Business School was that I could not only acquire knowledge of frameworks, finance, and accounting through classes given by excellent professors, but also receive tremendous input from my classmates who are active in various fields. I believe that I have found a place where I can truly grow.

    Yukiko Kitajima
    Enrolled September 2019
    Taisho Pharmaceutical Co.

  • The School conveys great international and Japanese business knowledge with professors from all over the world. They do not only bring in practical experiences, but also come with a connection to Japan to give the students insights from different angles. Mixing with students from various countries has really helped me to get a global perspective.

    Sven Jensen, Germany
    Spring 2019 MBA
    NRW Japan

  • Simon Peter Cook

    I sought the opportunity to participate in courses taught using the case method, which is not available at other Japanese graduate schools. I am already outside of my comfort zone and having to re-assess the previous mindset that I brought to work. I believe my new, broader approach will bring benefits to any organization I work with in the future.

    Simon Peter Cook, UK
    Spring 2021 MBA
    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation


International Programs


Support for Learning at Top Business Schools

There is a prevailing misconception that working professionals can't study abroad while fulfilling their professional duties. However, our school has made this possible by establishing its “Support System for the Overseas Training of Working Professionals." Our school created the system in 2005 in cooperation with Harvard Business School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, IMD Business School, and the Kellogg School of Management to provide short-term study abroad opportunities, ranging from 3 to 7 days in length, enabling an enriching learning experience with a minimum time commitment. There are also options for participants, such as student grants and credit recognition applicable toward NUCB Business School programs.


Overseas Partner School Programs Included in Tuition

Our school has partnerships with over 120 prestigious business schools worldwide, giving students the opportunity to participate in exchange programs starting at a length of 60 days. All of our partner institutions are not only highly reputed in their respective regions, but also rank at the top of world MBA rankings and hold international accreditation. No additional tuition fee is required for participation in partner school programs, and scholarships are granted to nominees meeting qualification requirements. A total of up to 10 credits can be recognized and transferred toward the completion of your program at NUCB Business School.


Double Degree Program

The Double Degree Program is an advanced degree program in which students study for a year each at both NUCB Business School and a partner business school. Graduates obtain master’s degrees from both business schools in a period of two years. Students participating in this program are only required to pay the tuition fee for the two-year program at our school.


Learn about our international programs


  • Enrollment Guidance

    A selection of entrance exams for the MBA/MiM are available. For further details, please see the admission selection, application method, scholarships and the tuition fees table.

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Access

All of our campuses are conveniently located within a ten-minute walk of major transportation terminals. The option of transferring from one campus to another is available for those being relocated due to a corporate transfer, or a moving to a different city for any other reason. Our main campus lecture auditoriums have a "horseshoe" layout, the international business school standard providing an ideal space for case discussion. Furthermore, all of our campuses are equipped with wireless internet access, group study rooms, and CISCO teleconferencing systems, constituting a learning environment designed to meet the needs of executive students.



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