About the School

Q&A

General Topics

Q1. I would like to contact a faculty member.
A1. Some faculty members publish e-mail addresses on the Faculty Members page of the website. If the address of the faculty member you are looking for is not published, you can write to the faculty member by postal mail at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University, 2-1 Naka, Kunitachi, Tokyo 186-8601.
Q2. Are you currently recruiting faculty members, researchers, or assistants?
A2. We are not recruiting at this time.
Q3. I would like to inquire about something not covered in the FAQs.
A3.Please send a detailed inquiry to info@cm.hit-u.ac.jp.

For Detailed Information About the Graduate School of Commerce and Management

Graduate School Curriculum

Q1. I would like detailed information on lecture contents.
A1. Please refer to the Course Introduction (Researcher Training Program (Ph.D Program), Master of Business Administration Program) section of the website. You can also read course descriptions on the Web Syllabus at Mercas
Q2. I would like an introduction to faculty members conducting research in the field of XXX.
A2. We do not provide introductions to individual faculty members. You can check the faculty members’ research fields and areas of specialization on the following websites:
Faculty Members: http://eng.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/faculty/00.html
Web Syllabus: Mercas
Research map (external link): http://researchmap.jp/?lang=english
Q3. I would like information about universities where I can study the field of XXX in detail.
A3. We do not make recommendations about other universities.
Q4. What is the difference between the Researcher Training Program (Ph.D Program) and the MBA Program?
A4. For an overview of the programs, see http://www.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/faculty/04.html (in Japanese).
Q5. Is it possible to take courses offered by graduate schools other than the Graduate School of Commerce and Management?
A5. It is possible to take courses not subject to enrollment restrictions. It is also possible to take advanced undergraduate courses (mainly courses for third and fourth year students).
Q6. Are Japanese language classes offered for international students?
A6. Intensive Japanese language classes are available to international students in the MBA Program.
Q7. Is there an English-language program for obtaining an MBA degree?
A7. Not at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, but the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy offers such a program. For details, see http://www.ics.hit-u.ac.jp/.
Q8. I have heard that a multilevel marketing (MLM) program is offered?
A8. We do not offer courses specifically about MLM.
Q9. I have heard that a tourism MBA program is offered.
A9. There is no tourism MBA program as such, but there are opportunities for students to study tourism. From 2009 academic year we established two courses within the Master of Business Administration Program: Service Management and Hospitality Management (special lectures supported by the East Japan Railway Company and JTB Corporation).
Q10. Do you have a specialized program for obtaining qualifications of tax accountant and CPA?
A10. Sorry, but we don’t offer such a program.

Graduate School Academic Year and Course Schedules

Q1. When is admission?
A1. Admission is in April of each academic year only. There is no October admission.
Q2. What are the course schedules?
A2. Classes are held on weekdays (Monday to Friday) only. There are five class periods per day (8:50-10:20, 10:35-12:05, 12:55-14:25, 14:40-16:10, and 16:20-17:50).
Q3. Is there an MBA program offered at night or on Saturdays?
A3. Not at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, but the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy offers such a program. For details, see http://www.ics.hit-u.ac.jp/.
Q4. Is there a short-term program of a few months or a system for auditing some classes?
A4. There is no such program or system for graduate school courses. The university accepts applications for auditors for undergraduate courses. See http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/kyomu/entry_guide/auditor.html.
Q5. I would like information about university life in general (dormitories, scholarships, tuition, and other matters).
A5. Please see http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/information/prospective.html. International students should also refer to http://international.hit-u.ac.jp/en/pros/index.html.

The Graduate School Entrance Examination

For Persons Considering Applying (Japanese Nationals and International Students)

Q1. Is it possible to apply to both the Graduate School of Commerce and Management and another Hitotsubashi University graduate school?
A1. Yes, it is possible.
Q2. Is it possible to apply to both the Researcher Training Program (Ph.D Program) and the Master of Business Administration Program?
A2. Yes, it is available to apply both if the dates of examinations are different. Please refer to the site. http://www.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/faculty/04.html (Japanese only)
Q3. I am neither enrolled in nor have I graduated from a university of commerce. Am I qualified to apply for admission to the Master’s Program?
A3. You are qualified to apply if you have obtained a university bachelor’s degree.
Q4. I graduated from university outside Japan. Am I qualified to apply for admission to the Master’s Program?
A4. You are qualified to apply if you have obtained a university bachelor’s degree.
Q5. I attended an evening undergraduate degree program and did not write a graduation thesis. Am I qualified to apply for admission to the Master’s Program?
A5. You are qualified to apply if you have obtained a university bachelor’s degree.
Q6.Are there entrance examinations for adult students?
A6. Yes. There are special entrance examinations for adult students in the MBA Program.
Q7. Is there an entrance examination specifically for students enrolled in Hitotsubashi University?
A7. No. However, a five-year accelerated program is available for third-year undergraduate students. For details, see http://www.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/undergrad/learning/c05.html (in Japanese).
Q8. Is it necessary to have passed a qualification examination to apply for admission?
A8. In the case of the Master of Business Administration Program there is a space for this on the application form and a qualification examination, although not mandatory, is one of the factors considered. However, the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (N1) certification is required for international students who wish to enroll in the MBA Program.
Q9. If I decide I want to become a researcher after enrolling in the Master of Business Administration Program, is it possible to advance to the Doctoral Program?
A9. Yes. Please take the Doctoral Program entrance examination conducted in September or February.
Q10. Can I purchase the past exam questions?
A10. We don’t sell the past exams, but the questions are listed at http://www.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/faculty/05.html.
Some questions are not open on the website due to a copyright issue. All the questions can be viewed at our Educational Affairs Office.
Q11. Is a Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (N1) certificate required?
A11. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (N1) certification is not required for the international students except those who wish to enroll in the MBA Program. However, most classes and tests are given in Japanese, students are strongly encouraged to have adequate Japanese language skills after the enrollment.
Q12. How many places are available in the Master’s Program special entrance examination for international students?
A12. There is no fixed admissions quota for overseas nationals.
Q13. What is the difference between the Master’s Program special entrance examination for international students and the general Master’s Program entrance examination?
A13. In regards to the entrance examination of the MBA Program for international students, the length of applicant’s stay in Japan should not exceed 4 years at the first day of application period. The selection process will be based on the application documents and the results of oral examination.
For the entrance examination of the PhD Program for international students, the length of applicant’s stay in Japan should not exceed 2 years at the first day of application period. Also the number of exam questions is less than the general entrance examination.
Q14. I am a fourth-year international student who studied at a university outside Japan until my second year and transferred to a Japanese university in my third year. Am I eligible to take the Master’s Program special entrance examination for international students?
A14.You can apply if the length of your stay in Japan satisfies the requirements established by each selection process.
For more detail, please refer Q13 or the entrance requirement lists of each selection process.
Q15. Is there special admission for international students for the Doctoral Program?
A15. Yes, there is. The process started in 2015.
Q16. I want to become a foreign research student.
A16. Please see http://international.hit-u.ac.jp/en/pros/pr/rs.html.
Q17. If I become a foreign research student, can I enroll in the Graduate School with no other eligibility requirements?
A17. You cannot enroll in the Graduate School without passing the entrance examination for your desired program or course.
Q18. I would like you to introduce me to an international student enrolled in the Graduate School.
A18. We do not provide introductions to international students.
Q19. Could you tell me about faculty members who are specializing in my major?
A19. Please refer to the following URL. http://eng.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/faculty/00.html

Application Documents

Q1. After reading the application guide, I understand that I have to undergo an individual eligibility screening. What specific procedures should I follow?
A1. We will provide specific guidance. Please send an e-mail (info@cm.hit-u.ac.jp) or letter containing the necessary information outlined in the application guide. Please be noted that the due date is earlier than the application period.
Q2. Is it necessary to contact my desired academic advisor before applying?
A2. No, it is not necessary.
Q3. Could tell me how to fill in the application form?
A3. Please refer to the entry example.
Q4. I have been informed by my university that a graduation certificate and academic transcript cannot be issued in either Japanese or English. What should I do?
A4. Translations by the applicant are acceptable. Please attach complete translations to the original documents.
Q5. Are there prescribed forms for a graduation certificate and academic transcript?
A5. The University has no prescribed forms. Please submit the documents in the format used by the university from which you graduated or are graduating.
Q6. Who shall I have prepare the Academic Advisor Remarks and Recommendation Form?
A6. The forms may be prepared by anyone who can evaluate your character and abilities, even someone who is not a university faculty member.
Q7. I understand that submission of the Academic Advisor Remarks and Recommendation Form is voluntary, but will I be at a disadvantage if I don’t submit them?
A7. The Academic Advisor Remarks and Recommendation Form are used for reference when making admission decisions, but applicants will not be rejected simply because of not submitting them.
Q8. Please provide detailed information on the formats for the Academic Advisor Remarks and Recommendation Form.
A8. Documents that satisfy all of the conditions below are considered valid Academic Advisor Remarks and Recommendation Forms.
– Filled in the official form provided by the Hitotsubashi University. Or, application on a separate sheet with all the items listed on the official form (a memo of “see attached” should be written on the official form).
– Signed and stamped by the applicant’s seal (if the applicant is Japanese)
– An envelope in which the application documents are enclosed is tightly sealed.
– Both typed and written documents are acceptable.
– Any types of envelop is acceptable.
Q9. Is it possible to submit documents directly from outside Japan?
A9. The other programs accept domestic applications only. If you wish to apply from abroad, please send your application through someone who lives in Japan on your behalf. (In such case, your examination admission card will be sent to the person.)
Q10. I would like to take the Master’s Program special entrance examination for international students. When I accessed the credit card payment screen, “Applications have closed” appeared on the screen.
A10. You will be able to make payment once the application period begins.(You must be a Japan resident in order to make payment with a credit card.)

From Application Submission Until the Announcement of Results

Q1. I want to revise the application documents I submitted.
A1. No revision of application documents after submission is permitted.
Q2. Will I be contacted if any of the necessary application documents are missing?
A2. The Graduate School of Commerce and Management Administration Office will contact you by telephone or other means and request submission of the missing documents. If you cannot be contacted and/or are unable to prepare the documents during the application period, you will not be permitted to take the entrance examination.
Q3. Will I be contacted once my application has been accepted?
A3. Normally the only contact made with applicants is the sending of an examination admission card to those whose applications have been formally accepted. If a message is included with the examination admission card, please follow the instructions in the message.
Q4. I have not received an examination admission card, nor have I been contacted by the Graduate School of Commerce and Management Office.
A4. If you have not received an examination admission card by two days before the examination, please send an e-mail (info@cm.hit-u.ac.jp) by the next day (one day before the examination) containing the necessary information.
Q5. I would like to request a change in my oral examination time.
A5. The time cannot be changed under any circumstances.
Q6. Will I receive a notice of acceptance?
A6. A Notice of Acceptance is sent to successful applicants. Unsuccessful applicants are not contacted.
Q7. I am a Doctoral Program examinee. I expect to complete a Master’s Program by the end of September. Do I qualify as a “graduate”? Or am I a “prospective graduate” who must undergo a final screening?
A7. Since this is determined according to the applicant’s status on the date of the announcement of examination results, you are treated as a graduate.

From Acceptance Until Enrollment

Q1. My address has changed since I applied. What procedure should I follow?
A1. Please send an e-mail (info@cm.hit-u.ac.jp) or letter containing the necessary information to the Graduate School of Commerce and Management Administration Office.
Q2. What is the procedure for declining admission?
A2. Please sign and seal a letter simply indicating your reason for declining admission and any other necessary information and send it to the Graduate School of Commerce and Management Administration Office. ・Notice of Declining Admission (sample form)
Q3. I’m an international student. I have been informed that a certificate of acceptance is necessary for issuance of a visa. How can I obtain one?
A3. Please send an e-mail (info@cm.hit-u.ac.jp) or letter containing the necessary information to the Graduate School of Commerce and Management Administration Office. We will provide specific guidance.
Q4. When will I receive the enrollment procedure documents?
A4. They will be sent out in early March. From the time the examination results are posted until early March there will be no contact from the Graduate School of Commerce and Management Administration Office.
Q5. Is it necessary to visit the school to complete the enrollment procedures?
A5. It is possible to complete the procedures by postal mail.
Q6. I plan to be overseas during the enrollment procedure period. Is there anything I can prepare in advance?
A6. Please prepare 2 student ID photograph (4 cm high by 3 cm wide and an original copy of the certificate of residence). It is acceptable for a proxy to complete and submit the documents.
Q7. My address after enrollment hasn’t been decided yet. What should I write in the address space in the enrollment procedure documents?
A7. Please write your current address and notify us later of your new address, even if you can do so only after enrollment.

Undergraduate Entrance Examination

In this section we answer the questions most frequently asked by examinees at the Open Campus.

Q1. How do students of the Faculty of Commerce and Management approach four-year course selection?
A1. Course selection varies according to the interests of the individual student. As a rule, however, first-year students take foreign language and general education courses or the more basic of the specialized courses. The seminar is an important consideration for third-year and fourth-year students, and many students select advanced courses related to their intended seminar topics. Second-year students, who are in between those stages, tend to take a mixture of basic and more advanced courses. It is important to maintain a good balance of courses throughout the four years.
Q2. Is a degree from the Faculty of Commerce and Management advantageous for acquiring certified tax accountant or certified public accountant qualifications?
A2. Since we offer lecture courses that provide knowledge related to these qualifications, a degree from the Faculty of Commerce and Management is certainly advantageous. However, these courses have not been prepared specifically for the purpose of passing qualification examinations.
Q3. Is it necessary to attend not only university lectures and seminars, but also another school to acquire a certified public accountant qualification?
A3. Students seem have various opinions on the matter. Some students pass the examination by attending two schools. Some pass attending only one, and there will be some in both groups that will not pass. The decision whether to attend two schools is largely a matter of the individual’s own study approach and style.
Q4. What kinds of seminars are offered? How many seminars are there and what are their features?
A4. Please refer to the Faculty of Commerce and Management seminar introduction webpages: http://www.cm.hit-u.ac.jp/undergrad/learning/c03.html (in Japanese). Detailed information is provided on all seminars offered in the current academic year, the areas of specialization of faculty members conducting the seminars, and seminar objectives and texts used, as well as messages from the faculty members.
Q5. Can I study mathematics even if I enroll in the Faculty of Commerce and Management?
A5. It is possible to study mathematics at the Faculty of Commerce and Management. Since at Hitotsubashi University we want students to study various fields without being restricted to their own faculties, we recommend that students actively take courses in other fields. By all means, study mathematics to your heart’s content. And don’t forget that knowledge of mathematics and statistics is essential, whatever field of study in the Faculty of Commerce and Management you choose as your major. This is another reason we actively encourage you to study mathematics.
Q6. What is difference between the Faculty of Commerce and Management and the Faculty of Economics?
A6. Since both faculties offer study and research with the aim of understanding society, there is no great difference. However, there are several areas that distinguish the two.  First, there is a difference in approach. In the Faculty of Commerce and Management, the tendency is to seek to understand society principally through consideration of issues related to companies. In the Faculty of Economics, social understanding is often attained through consideration not only of companies, but also of various other entities and systems.  Second, there is a difference in the fundamental principles used in analysis. Although this is a difference of degree, in the Faculty of Economics the tendency is to seek to understand society based on knowledge of macroeconomics and microeconomics. In the Faculty of Commerce and Management, the tendency is to seek to understand society on the basis of broad-based knowledge not only in economics, but also in management, social science, and psychology.  Third, there is a difference in practical orientation. Broadly speaking, there is perhaps a stronger tendency in the Faculty of Commerce and Management than in the Faculty of Economics to put theories into practice and apply knowledge and understanding.
Q7. What are some specific differences between high school and university classes?
A7. In high school the emphasis is on the study of basic courses, while university courses cover a much wider range of specialized fields. The Faculty of Commerce and Management alone offers approximately 100 advanced courses. Moreover, individual course content is much deeper than that of high school classes. (For information on the content of advanced courses offered by the Faculty of Commerce and Management. Also, whereas high school classes follow textbooks, in university courses the instructors decide what is studied and how it is taught. Frequently no textbook is used, and the class content varies greatly, not only according to the course name and description, but also depending on which instructor is teaching. There are also many different teaching methods, such as lectures for purely imparting knowledge, teaching centered on dialogue and discussion with students, and experimentation and practice. Since many university courses are electives, it is important for students to carefully consider what they wish to study and why.
Q8. I would like to inquire about the entrance examination of another faculty.
A8. Please see http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/about/contact.html.