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Lead your company to industry-defining success

As your career progress, it becomes apparent that the skills required to be successful in business are very different from the skills required to be a successful leader. The reason is that leadership demands more than management knowledge or skills; it demands a will to evolve. In business, leaders must transform their companies or organizations in order to redefine how success can be achieved.

Our EMBA program, led by experienced practitioner faculty members, has nurtured more than 1,000 next-generation leaders through intensive lectures that make the most of their weekends. These lectures hone leadership sensitivity by simulating management decisions through case studies of as many as 200 companies in an academic year. In addition, through participant-centered class discussions in the case method, course participants learn the business ethics required of leaders in order to maintain trust, loyalty, and drive towards a unifying vision.

  • Average age

    30 years old

  • Program

    2 years

  • Degree



  • Ranking

    1 st

    QS Business Master's Rankings

  • Language


  • Nationality

    50 countries

About the Executive MBA

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business was the first school in the world to introduce the Executive MBA (EMBA), which was launched in 1943 as an MBA program for professionals with extensive work experience. Since then, the EMBA is often used in the U.S. and Europe to distinguish programs for seasoned veterans of business from standard MBA programs. While admission to MBA programs does not necessarily require working experience at some institutions, the EMBA, by definition, must.

Following the lead of other top business schools around the world, we debuted our own EMBA program in 2003: the first of its kind in Japan. The program is designed for professionals who aim to become core members of their companies and who have at least 8 years of work experience (recommended 15 years). Since our school is a weekend graduate school for professionals, even the busiest of C-suite level executives and managers are able to participate in this program.

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A path to further growth

In the EMBA program, students will acquire management/administrative skills based on a company-wide perspective. Students will improve their leadership skills by acquiring the ability to logically analyze the current situation, identify problems, provide solutions and formulate management strategies. As a result, businesspeople who have studied in our EMBA program have not only been promoted to management positions, but have also grown to play a central role in their companies by changing their careers from sales to marketing. In addition, the leaders who are currently working in management positions have become true general managers who can lead not only their companies, but also entire industries.

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Executive MBA Ranking

  • FT EMBA Ranking

    # 1 in Japan

  • QS EMBA Ranking

    # 1 in Japan

  • QS EMBA Ranking

    # 15 in Asia

Our school is the first in Japan to be ranked (1st in Japan, 18th in Asia Pacific) in the Financial Times Business School Rankings (commonly known as "FT Rankings"), the most trusted and influential business school rankings in the world. The FT ranking is characterized by the fact that 70% of the total evaluations are related to post-graduation outcomes and internationalization. In the world of business schools, the FT Ranking is considered as a "cost-benefit ranking" of MBAs as an educational investment, so to speak, where the increase in salary after graduation is questioned. With this prestigious recognition, we are committed to international education and research activities in order to further improve the quality of our programs.


Expanding business networks

The importance of global management and diversity management give new value to exposure to new perspectives. The opening of channels for the exchange of information and the strong human network that results are enduring benefits of study at our school. The bonds forged through rigorous discussions and collaborative learning have developed into new businesses that transcend the boundaries between cultures, generations, and industries.

The majority of our EMBA students are in their late 30s or early 40s, and half of them have 10 to 20 years of work experience. The collection of individuals from various backgrounds strengthens discussion through examination from all angles. The classroom is an environment where frank exchanges can take place on a level field, and the viewpoints of peers with extensive experience will convey valuable lessons that cannot be learned from textbooks.

Industries represented by current students

Age distribution of current students


  • Hiroko Matsuzaki

    Practical lectures delivered through various kinds of business cases with excellent classmates have driven me to reach new levels.

    Hiroko Matsuzaki
    Graduate, March 2016
    Koji System Solutions Co.

  • Izen Toyota

    I look forward to lectures as I prepare for them, wondering what new perspectives the professor and classmates will have. It's hard to balance work and study, but I can feel myself growing with each subject, and it's a meaningful time that leads to a brighter future.

    Izen Toyota
    Enrolled April 2020
    Microsoft Japan Co.
    Account Technology Strategist

  • Mr. Soutaro Takahashi

    Through case studies, in addition to the knowledge of frameworks, I am able to gain new perspectives and awareness.

    Sotaro Takahashi
    Spring 2020 MBA
    Pharmaceutical company

  • Chie Ando

    I enrolled at the NUCB Business School, and I keep asking myself, "What would I do if I were a manager?" I ask myself every day. Through discussions with many different people, I learned to accept different standards of judgment and values, and gained life experience at a very fast pace. It's been the most fulfilling experience I have ever had.

    Chie Ando
    Enrolled September 2019
    Major automotive parts manufacturer

  • Takeshi Tsuzaki

    Most of my career so far has been in the medical and nursing care industries, but being able to discuss common topics with people from various industries has broadened my perspective. I have also been able to evaluate my company objectively, and its actual performance has been improving.

    Takeshi Tsuzaki
    Graduated March 2017
    Sanctity Inc.
    Representative Director

  • Hiroya Mizuta

    It's a natural environment to think with everything that you do and create an atmosphere for discovery. The faculty inspires students' ambition with knowledge and skills.

    Hiroya Mizuta
    Graduate, March 2016
    Toyota Motor Corporation

  • Mikiho Kaneto

    In the lectures given by professors with a wealth of knowledge and experience, students are able to learn not only general management knowledge but also management philosophy, providing an environment in which they can grow as human beings. Discussions among students with diverse values and backgrounds helped me to broaden my thinking and to develop friendships that will last even after graduation.

    Mikiho Kaneto
    September 2018 Enrollment
    Recruit Marketing Partners Co.

  • Keisuke Hiraiwa

    I feel that the elements of behavioral economics have elements that can be adopted little-by-little in business.

    Keisuke Hiraiwa
    Enrolled April 2015
    Pfizer, Inc.

  • Mr. Kazushige Sakai

    In the age of VUCA, the ability to come up with the best answer within a limited time and many constraints is required, and the NUCB Business School fosters this ability. Being able to learn how to think in a way that can be applied to any situation, rather than the only answer based on knowledge, has been a great asset for me.

    Kazushige Sakai
    Enrolled April 2019
    Toyota Motor Corporation
    Chief Accountant / U.S. Certified Public Accountant

  • Aiko Enda

    My classmates and professors are full of enthusiasm and this pushes my motivation beyond imagination. This has been the most interesting experience in my life!

    Aiko Enda
    Enrolled September 2016
    NTT Business Assoc. Co., Ltd.

  • Reiichi Murakami

    As a working doctor with only a monthly salary, I was tormented by a sense of crisis when I realistically thought about taking over my family's medical corporation. In an age when users choose medical institutions, an MBA can be a great weapon.

    Dr. Reiichi Murakami
    Graduated March 2016
    Murakami Shinmachi Hospital 
    Vice President

  • Yoko Fujimoto

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that what I had intuitively felt in practice was systematized and established through the co-creation that took place in the classroom, and I was captivated by the courses at the NUCB Business School.

    Yoko Fujimoto
    Enrolled April 2019
    Pfizer Japan Inc.
    Executive Officer



MBA Japan

About MBA

MBA stands for Master of Business Administration, and three organizations accredit MBA programs internationally (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS). The standard MBA program in Japan and the U.S. requires one to two years of study. The MBA is a degree in business administration, not a proprietary qualification like those for accountants and lawyers.

In the U.S., the home of the MBA, 100,000 MBAs graduate per year. In addition, it has been reported that 60% of general managers in listed companies hold an MBA degree or higher. The two major industries in which demand for MBAs is high worldwide are finance and securities and healthcare and pharmaceuticals. This is because industries that barriers to entry have traditionally protected are undergoing restructuring on a global scale.

Accreditation AACSB・AMBA・EQUIS
Degree Executive MBA・MBA・MSc
Language English・Japanese
Duration 2years・1Year

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  • Extend your reach to global lengths

    With forward-thinking programs taught in auditoriums ideal for case method style courses by faculty renowned for their experience in both business and academics, there's no question as to why our school has consistently been ranked amongst and above Asia's top business schools (1st in Japan) in the QS/FT rankings.

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