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Developing Leaders for Digital Transformation:
Data science expertise to expand your MBA

Our commitment to equipping future leaders of the business community through the era of digital transformation and beyond has led to the establishment of a program designed to break down the barriers between general management education and advanced knowledge for human resources that will lead society into the future. Possessing not only advanced management skills, but also skills in mathematics, data science, and AI applied by a global mindset, successful candidates of this program will be key to the realization of 4IR, the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2022, the X-Program establishes a double degree system bringing participants from a master's program at our school to an overseas partner university with a master's program in data science.

Upon completion of the program, both an MBA from NUCB Business School and a master's degree in data science (awarded by the partner university) will be granted simultaneously.

Introducing the "Data Science MBA" double degree program

This is a system that enables students studying at our school to acquire not only advanced knowledge, skills, and practical abilities in the field of management, but also knowledge and skills in mathematics, data science, and AI through a double degree arrangement with a selection of overseas partner schools. We are excited to announce that our school is developing new partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and John Hopkins University's Carey Business School to offer their programs in addition to those of five of our partner schools in Europe already offering master's degree programs in the fields of data science and AI to eligible participants.

Graduate School of Management Degree Programs Country
Audencia Nantes School of Management MSc in Data Management for Finance France
EDHEC Business School MSc in Data Analytics &
Artificial Intelligence
ESC Rennes School of Business MSc in Data and Business Analytics France
NEOMA Business School MSc in Business Analytics France
Aston Business School MSc in Business Analytics UK
Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University (in development) MSc in Business Analytics and
Risk Management
Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University MSc in Business Analytics US

The double degree program offered in cooperation with our overseas partner institutions allows students to earn degrees from both our school and the partner institution after a minimum of two years of face-to-face study at each campus (one year at NUCB Business School and one year at the partner institution). Several of our partners offer flexible program options, which allow working students to participate in the program without having to leave their jobs and family responsibilities behind.

Program Timetable

Course Schedule (Example: September enrollment)
In the case of April enrollment, students will study abroad from the second semester of their first year (September) to the end of May of their second year, and complete their studies in March of their second year after returning to their home country.


Students who enroll in September can use the double degree system with overseas partner schools from September of their second year to June of the following year, and students who enroll in April can take advantage of the double degree system from September of their first year to June of their second year. We will conduct an admission screening for those who wish to study abroad from the time they enroll at our university. Successful applicants in this selection category will be able to secure a seat for double degree study abroad at the time of admission, and will be exempt from internal selection after admission. (Study destination: Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University, etc.)


  • After enrolling, you will be required to submit your GMAT or GRE score when you submit your application to your study abroad destination (depending on your desired study abroad destination, there may be conditions that will exempt you from submitting your scores).
  • It is possible to cancel the double degree program after enrollment due to various circumstances.
  • Depending on your academic status at our university after admission, if you do not meet the conditions for acceptance from an affiliated school, you will lose your study abroad eligibility.

In addition to the application requirements for working adults in the master's program, one of the following English proficiency test scores are required.

*For those who wish to study abroad at Tepper School of Business or Carey Business School, in addition to the above application requirements, an understanding of the concepts and methods of general mathematics and basic statistics, including calculus and linear algebra, is required. A bachelor's degree or equivalent in basic programming experience is recommended.

  • TOEFL iBT: 80 (100 recommended for those wishing to study abroad at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University or Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University)
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Duolingo: 120 (recommended for those wishing to study at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University)

General application documents to be submitted are as follows:

  • 3 assigned essays
  • Work history
  • Graduation (completion/expected) certificate
  • Academic transcript
  • ID photo
  • Entrance examination fee transfer certificate


Please read the "Admissions Information" page below before completing the online application procedure. Applicants wishing to apply under the Double Degree Program should select "Double Degree" as the selection category.

Admissions Information


We have more than a dozen different double degree partners offering tuition-free opportunities to earn a second degree. To learn more about those opportunities, please review those partners on the main page for double degree programs. For those seeking a second degree from one of the two schools below, the tuition fees will be paid to the host institution. Please see below for details.

DDP Host Institution (Tuition-paying basis) 2023 Tuition Rate Other Fees Total
Tepper School of Business,Carnegie Mellon University $72,252 $450 $72,702
Carey Business School,Johns Hopkins University $75,375 $900 $76,275

Example: Two-year tuition fees with subsidies

EMBA ¥3,370,000 ¥12,500,000 ¥13,000,000
MBA / MSc ¥3,130,000 ¥12,300,000 ¥12,600,000

Those who enroll at our school by way of company dispatch and are receiving governmental human resources development support subsidies can receive a subsidy of about half of the above amount (6.5 million yen).

When employees undergo structured training programs to enhance their specialized knowledge and skills relevant to their roles, they may apply to subsidize a portion of their training expenses. The 'Investment Promotion Course in Human Resources' initiative encompasses standard programs offered by international management institutions under the umbrella of 'Human Resource Development in Growth Sectors.'

Additionally, there are various subsidy options available, such as the 'Voluntary Vocational Skills Development Training,' tailored to different training objectives and content. We encourage you to leverage these resources for the advancement of your company's human capital and employee career progression. Depending on the duration and nature of the training, financial aid of up to 5 million yen (for international graduate programs) per participant per course may be available. For further information, please visit the link below and consult your local office of employment (Hello Work).

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