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The PgDip in Business Administration
A flexible Diploma route to MBA and MSc programs

The PgDip in Business Administration program provides a thorough grounding in functional issues in management. It also empowers those who seek to gain entry to our MSc and MBA programs. Participants can take courses delivered in an interactive live virtual format over a short period according to their schedule and goals. By preparing a flexible learning environment without compromising the quality of our practical MBA pedagogy that we have developed over time, the School provides ambitious students representing the next generation of leaders the opportunity to cultivate knowledge of business and skills through discussion of a wide range of topics.

What is the PreMBA?

Commissioned by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as part of the “Development of Highly Skilled Human Resources in Industry-Academia Cooperation” initiative, the PgDip in Business Administration program delivers concentrated MBA “essence” courses covering management subjects systematically throughout the year, thus allowing participants to obtain highly specialized fundamental knowledge and skill necessary for business. Upon completion of the program, participants receive certification based on the School Education Act, for inclusion in a CV and effective for career progression.

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  • Length of weekend courses

    2 days

  • Number of courses available across 3 campuses


  • Students enrolling annually


  • Amount able to be granted to qualifying students

    JPY 420,000

  • Get the foundation of management knowledge, awaken your potential

    In the PreMBA program, participants learn the basic knowledge and skills required for the MBA throughout the year. There are nine themes in the annual curriculum to cover the knowledge and skills necessary for business: finance, accounting, marketing, leadership, management, creative thinking, innovation, and global communication. A theme consists of 2 - 4 subjects, and participants can build knowledge efficiently by learning them in order. By establishing a firm foundation of management knowledge through the PreMBA, those who have not graduated from a bachelor’s program can proceed into a master’s degree program at the NUCB Business School, towards an MBA or a degree in tax accountancy.

  • Flexible learning environment enables learning while working

    PreMBA has classes in 30 subjects following 9 themes open throughout a year. There are classes for obtaining basic theories and knowledge, and classes conducted entirely in English, for gaining knowledge of how business is conducted at the international level. Participants can choose from a wide variety of subjects according to their purpose and schedule. As the program is delivered in an interactive live online format, those who live abroad or far from campuses can take these courses. Working adults are busy, and need to make an effort to learn at business school. We provide a flexible environment for those students to allow them to optimize their efficiency, regardless of temporal and spatial limitations.

Open Programs for the PgDip in Business Administration

  • What are open programs?

    If you look at the websites of business schools around the world, you will notice frequent mentions of the MBA, Executive Education, and Open Enrollment programs. Executive Education programs offer lifelong education for professionals of all stripes. The goal of this program is not to obtain an MBA, but rather to provide non-degree management education that focuses on areas of interest and strengthens one's own objectives. The popularity of such programs around the world is attributable to their flexibility, allowing students to control their level of commitment while benefiting from ongoing MBA education developed by leading business schools.

  • Benefits of open programs

    The advantage of such non-degree open programs is that the conditions for participation make them widely open to the public, and students can take classes on topics of interest from MBA professors without having to go through an admissions process. Participants in open programs include those who are already in corporate management roles, planning to take over a family business, or are taking courses as part of their corporate training. The program is geared towards professionals such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants who do not necessarily require degrees, those who are unable to commit to the two years of study required to obtain an MBA, and those who prefer the convenience of study online.




In the PgDip in Business Administration program, students systematically learn basic MBA knowledge and business skills by following a curriculum consisting of three main pillars: MBA fundamentals, logical thinking, and creative thinking. MBA fundamentals courses cover critical thinking, business presentations, and organization leadership; logical thinking courses teach finance, marketing, management; and creative thinking courses teach innovation strategies essential for creating new businesses.

Through these courses, students will acquire basic management knowledge and key practical skills necessary for navigating the business world and develop advanced communication skills through discussion and presentation. Each short-term intensive course can be completed in two days over one weekend, and can be taken online in an interactive live format while working. In addition, you can freely choose the classes you want to take from a diverse selection of 80 course, making it ideal for those who want to learn at their own pace.

  1. MBA Foundation

    In a business environment where there are no right answers and an infinite number of options, students will learn to think logically and communicate their ideas to others in an easy-to-understand manner.

  2. Finance

    By learning about the structure of the economy, interest rate policies and investment strategies, students will develop the insight to analyze business from a financial perspective.

  3. Accounting

    This course fosters the ability to accurately read information such as a company's strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to be taken from financial information.

  4. Marketing

    Students will learn a wide range of traditional basic theories as well as cutting-edge theories that respond to recent changes in industrial structure, strengthening their ability to strategically analyze customer needs.

  5. Leadership

    Focusing on the organization and people, the course fosters a management structure for lasting growth and leadership and communication skills for building a strong organization.

  6. Management

    In this course, students will learn how to formulate management strategies backed by theories in a business environment where information technology and globalization are rapidly advancing.

  7. Creative Thinking

    Students will hone their ability to think creatively without being bound by preconceptions and to discover problems in order to create innovative products and services.

  8. Innovative Thinking

    Students will develop the ability to discover problems and opportunities for change through observation and imagination, and to build new business models and innovate existing ones.

  9. Communications

    The course focuses on logical structure and communication methods to foster persuasive communication skills in English.




  • MBA Infosessions

    NUCB Business School offers info sessions and individual consultations in Nagoya and online. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

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  1. Designated by the “education and training grant system” of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

    The PreMBA has been chosen as one of the designated courses for the “education and training grant system.” This system aims to support the developing careers of mid- to long-term employees, to stabilize employment, and encourage job-seeking. Those who meet the conditions can receive grants for education and training of up to JPY 840,000 (JPY 420,000 for a 1-year course) from HelloWork.