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program structure & curriculum

program overview

The MiB is one of three graduate programs offered by the College of Business Graduate School of Business at Rikkyo. On the masters level there are two programs, an MA degree based on course work and a research thesis conducted in Japanese, the MiB programme, and on the Doctoral level, a PhD by research where candidates are supervised in either English or Japanese. This website is dedicated to the MiB, however information on the other two programs can be found on the Rikkyo University homepage in Japanese.

program structure

The MiB is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a number of areas of critical importance to people involved in creating and developing dynamic and competitive business models in global markets. Our program concentrates upon Japan and Asia, but we deal with these markets and their unique characteristics within the wide context of global markets and relationships.

The MIB programme consists of three components: an intensive series of workshops known as the Business Proposal Core Curriculum (BPC) which give students without first hand knowledge of business the opportunity to gain an experience of management firsthand, a series of elective courses which students select in accordance with their own interests and needs, and a group work exercise, known as the Final Research Project (FPR), lasting for an entire semester at the conclusion of the program. This capstone project is an opportunity for students to both apply and consolidate the knowledge of management they have gained in the electives.

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business proposal core curriculum

If you enter the program in September, your study at the MiB will commence with the Business Proposal Core (BPC).
The BPC is specifically designed to provide necessary skills for developing and implementing an original business initiative. The BPC will give you an understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur, either one operating within the context of a large, developed business, or starting up a venture.


The BPC involves a set of integrated and functional skill modules that students take in sequence.


Introduce students to creation and innovation processes within business, and the roles and competencies of the entrepreneur. This module is comprised of seven sessions (one class per session for a total of seven classes) and introduces a range of approaches used in the conceptualization of business ideas. These approaches include ideation, value creation, mission design, competitive context mapping, business model design and scenario planning.


To acquire familiarity with the principal concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic management. To gain expertise in applying these concepts, frameworks and techniques in order to understand the reasons for good or bad performance by an MNC.

Strategic management is concerned with the study of an organization. Strategy is “the determination of the long term goals and objectives of an enterprise, and the adoption of courses of action and the allocation of resources necessary for carrying out these goals” (A. Chandler, Strategy and Structure, 1962). The assumption underlying this module is that the primary goal of the enterprise is to be profitable over the long term. Because competition is the dominant feature of the modern business environment, this course will be in the first part concerned with business strategy – with determining how a company within a particular industry can establish a sustainable competitive advantage over its rivals; and in the second part it will address corporate-level strategy.


Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to successfully demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of advanced marketing principles as applied to the real world settings. Based entirely upon a discussion/experiential learning process format, participants in this module will use case studies and actual data to formulate analytical decisions, plan strategies and make qualitative presentations.


The ability to thoroughly comprehend and draw strategic implications from statistical analysis is an essential part of every manager’s skill set. In this module students get a hands on introduction to the fundamentals of survey techniques and statistical analysis necessary to make sense of complex and dynamically changing business contexts. The module prepares students to critically assess surveys and perform statistical analysis of survey data.

Financial Analysis

This module provides participants with all the skills and knowledge needed to perform the financial valuation necessary for a business project by Introducing a wide range of financial decision making tools at the project level.

Strategic Communication

Major areas of presentational competence this course will cover include, the organization of presentations, strategies for audience engagement and the strategic layout of supplemental material. Participants will be expected to design and development a series of discrete presentational materials in an iterative, peer reviewed, and interactive learning environment.

Each module is approximately four weeks in duration and each is interlinked with the others in order to enhance a multi-disciplinary and coordinated learning experience. The modules are carefully integrated in order to provide a controlled, yet team-driven, iterative learning experience.

business proposal

Concurrent to working through the six modules, students are required to develop an original business proposal by applying the models and frameworks taught in the modules.
Working in teams students, take the skills they have learned from each module and apply it directly to generating a create and competitive business proposal which is then evaluated based upon its originality and feasibility.
Each team makes a final presentation at the end of the semester where they explain their business proposals and receive feedback and evaluation from a panel of faculty and industry practitioners.

Photo: MIB Cases and Course Orientation Material

elective courses

Toward the end of your first quarter, in consultation with your academic advisor, you will develop a personalized study plan to guide you through the elective courses.

The electives will expose you to a wide range of advanced management and related disciplines in order to hone your abilities to analyze, evaluate, plan and implement business models in dynamic and international contexts.

Students are required to take a minimum of 8 electives in order to ensure a solid depth and breadth in their knowledge of critical specialist fields. Because these electives are rigorous and involve a wide range of activities, student are advised to take only four in each semester. This will enable adequate time to complete fieldwork, team projects, readings and other exercises involved in each course.


The MIB provides students with a carefully selected range of elective courses. All electives are worth 2 credits each and involve approximately 21 hours of contact time spread out over 14 sessions. Sessions may be held in a sequence or on a weekly basis depending upon the nature of the material and the necessary learning environment.

Students will be required to do a considerable amount of preparation for each elective session. Forming your own study groups and case study reading and preliminary analysis meetings is highly recommended.  All of the electives will involve intense debate and discussion, presentations and feedback in an ongoing process.

The campus is designed and equipped to support student study groups. The Ikebukuro library is equipped with an extensive range of online databases, journals and data sets in English all of which can be accessed online anywhere on campus using the mobile network. Laptops can be freely borrowed from any of the media center desks on campus and used in group work sessions in the MiB Student’s Offices, the Mather Learning Center, or specially reserved group discussion rooms in the Library.

electives offered in 2017

New electives are constantly being added and existing offerings are assessed and revised on a regular basis in order to ensure that students have access to areas of study that match their fields of interest, that the electives are relevant in terms of content, and that they are in sync with the changing context of the business environment.

We concentrate upon quality, not simply quantity, in the design of our elective courses.

Strategy & Economy

Strategic Management (KN201)

Investments: Industry Practice and Management (KN211)

Policy Formation, Globalization and Long-Term Sustainable Investments (KN221)

Innovation and Knowledge Management in Multinational Corporations (KN261)

Strategic Technological Innovation in Asia (KN131)

International Sports Business (KN194)

Development Planning (KT411)

Japanese Economy (KT461)

Business Environment: Political Economy of Asia (KN141)

Development Economics (KT471)

Agricultural Economics and Policy Analysis (KT421)

Public Management (KT261)

Public Private Partnership (KT321)

Project Cycle Management (KT311)

Human Resource Management & Leadership

Human Resource Management (KT371)

Human Resource Management in Japan (KN111)

Cultural Dimensions in International Business (KN291)

Cross-cultural management and international HR management (KN271)

Finance & Accounting

Strategic Financial Management (KN171)

International Financial Management (KN305)

Advanced Topics in Accounting (KN193)

International Finance (KT441)

International Sports Finance (KN196)

Marketing & Communication

Marketing in Japan (KN162)

International Sports Marketing (KN195)

Team Sports Marketing (KN251)

Strategic Communication in Global Business (KN191)

Negotiations (KN281)

Research & Analysis

Research Methodology (KT201)

Applied Econometrics (KT231)

Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis (KT301)

CSR, Governance & Law

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Japanese Perspective (KN151)

Sustainability: From Sustainability to Rejuvenation (KN186)

International Law for Japanese Corporations (KN231)

Dispute Resolution in Business Corporations (KN241)

Japanese Politics (KT351)

Security Sector Analysis and Management (KT361)

Many of these electives are taught by renowned experts in their specialist areas from our partner institutions from around the world including visiting professors from leading schools in Canada, the USA, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

Electives are only offered in the afternoons of weekdays and Saturdays during semester. This is in order to give students time to prepare before class or, alternately,  to take the optional Japanese Language courses which are offered in the mornings.

final research project

The final research assignment is a unique feature of the program. It is the capstone component of the course wherein students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skills which they have gained in the program by completing a business project on a set issue.

A faculty team assigns the project’s theme, introduces the client corporation for the project and provides students with a package of readings and data resources.

A final presentation in front of a panel of faculty and industry practitioners is required.

graduation requirements

Graduation requirements for the Rikkyo MiB degree include 30 semester credit hours, two years of full time residence, and the successful completion of the Final Business Project.

Students enrolled in the MiB-Only track are expected to earn 10 credits from the Business Proposal Core, 16 credits from electives at MiB at Rikkyo, and 4 credits from the Final Project.

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