Ph.D Program

Program Overview

The Researcher Training Program has a very small number of students at both Master’s and PhD level, and those students are able to receive close and careful supervision and guidance from faculty members. Research projects for Master’s theses and Doctoral dissertations are discussed in detail at seminars held once a week. Students also have many opportunities to consult with faculty outside of seminars during office hours or through e-mail.

Students are also given the opportunity to become research assistants working with faculty on their research projects. This provides students with basic training as researchers. Students may also gain experience as educators by participating in classes taught by their faculty members as teaching assistants. These assistant roles are paid positions.

Financial support is also provided to graduate students for attending academic conferences and submitting articles to academic journals (through FCM/GSCM’s Graduate Student International Academic Conference Presentation Subsidy Program). Transportation and lodging expenses are provided for students participating in international conferences. These programs are in place so that graduate students can participate in international research networking and further their own high-quality research.

Curriculum Policy

The curriculum of the Researcher Training Program in the Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Management is designed to foster broad-based, profound scholarly insight, foster high ethical standards, and cultivate specialized research and educational abilities, with the ultimate objective of obtaining a doctoral degree. In pursuit of this aim the program offers coursework and seminar components that expose students to a broad range of material in the fields of commerce and management, from the classics right through to the latest scholarly outputs.

The coursework component comprises basic-level courses with 400-series course codes, 500-series courses in applied fields, and 600-series courses designed solely for students undertaking a PhD. These courses provide comprehensive coverage of the fields of commerce and management, and are organized systematically in order for students to elevate their research capabilities steadily from a solid foundation of knowledge. In particular, Master’s students reliably develop fundamental knowledge for research practice through a selection of mandatory courses in foundational areas such as research methods and microeconomics. Meanwhile, the small-group seminar classes provide opportunities for students to receive attentive research guidance from faculty members fully conversant in their fields of specialization.

Through this guidance, the Researcher Training Program seeks to produce fully-fledged researchers with mastery of existing knowledge and tools of analysis, an ability to formulate pertinent questions and identify answers independently, and a capacity to offer persuasive accounts of their own findings to other researchers, to the wider society, and to future generations.

In order to ascertain learning progress in the structured curricular programs outlined above, the Graduate School of Commerce and Management implements AoL (Assurance of Learning) surveys compliant with international accreditation standards on an ongoing basis. The results of these surveys are used to enhance the content of individual courses and the curriculum as a whole. Moreover, the Graduate School conducts its own Faculty Development (FD) activities periodically. Through FD, our faculty members share experiences and extend their common understanding of teaching and evaluation methods.