Department of Business Administration

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Students in the Department of Business Administration study the three areas of business administration, commerce, and accounting in a well-balanced and systematic manner with the future aim of involvement in corporate management. In order to cultivate the ability to identify and solve problems, the Department’s classes emphasize building bridges between academic theory and corporate practice, and engaging in small-group discussions. The Department welcomes motivated students who desire to become discerning businesspeople.

Business Administration

What the Department offers

The Department of Business Administration has a long history and tradition, extending from the establishment of the Meiji Gakuin Senior High School Commerce Course in 1918. Based on Meiji Gakuin’s educational philosophy of “Do for Others,” the Department strives to realize business administration that works to balance business activities with contribution to others.

An excellent balance between business administration, commerce (marketing), and accounting

Students of the Department of Business Administration are not only prepared to take administrative and management positions, but also acquire knowledge and skills in a range of areas that are essential to the ability to flourish in the world of business in a systematic and well-balanced manner.

Educators with actual corporate experience offer practical classes

Many of the Department of Business Administration’s full-time staff members earned their PhDs after working as Certified Public Accountants or experiencing the corporate world as employees of financial institutions or manufacturers, and classes offer the benefit of this practical experience.

Students gain an on-the-ground, factual perspective on the business world from the standpoint of the interested parties

In order to help our students understand the realities of the business front line, the Department of Business Administration invites a wide range of experts and business practitioners to give lectures.

  • The manager’s perspective
    We invite the managers of local medium-sized companies (a different manager each time) to offer presentations concerning balancing contributions to society with business and to engage in discussions with students.
  • The accountant’s perspective
    We invite Certified Public Accountants working on the business front line to discuss the role played by accounting and auditing in business administration, based on their own experiences.
  • The investor’s perspective
    We invite the executives of security firms and investors to discuss matters that include the principles of investment with a focus on the stock market and the standpoints adopted by investors in evaluating corporate activities.
  • The practitioner’s perspective
    We invite management personnel from advertising agencies and think tanks to discuss the creative work process used in their organizations and the knowledge and skills that these require.
  • The NPO’s perspective
    We invite employees of non-profit organizations and international organizations, such as the Japanese Red Cross Society, to discuss the practical issues and the significance of jobs with organizations other than for-profit companies.
Following the classes that offer the manager’s perspective, students are able to question the external lecturers and discuss their impressions via online message boards.

Polishing practical abilities through workshops

In the first and second years, students of the Department of Business Administration participate in workshops that are small-group classes functioning as an introduction to seminars. While developing academic literacy, students work in groups of around five to plan the development of new products and offer presentations, developing practical abilities in analysis and expression.

Realizing a high rate of graduate employment and a diverse range of career options

The rate of employment of graduates of the Department of Business Administration has recently exceeded 92%, with many students receiving offers of employment from companies in a range of industries, in particular finance and manufacturing. In addition, students who take advantage of our early entry system to proceed to graduate school are able to complete a Master’s degree in five years, expanding the range of career options.

Cultivating businesspeople able to identify and solve problems for themselves

The Department of Business Administration emphasizes the importance of two-way learning in small groups over the course of its four-year program. We offer a large number of classes providing students with the opportunity for small groups of 10-20 students to engage in participatory, discussion-based and problem-solving learning under the guidance of one of our full-time staff members. In the case of classes such as management organization theory, marketing, and theory of financial accounting, we conduct multiple classes simultaneously in order to keep class sizes small, ensuring that students are able to absorb knowledge and have more opportunity for discussion with their teachers.

Four-year Program Flow

First year: Students take introductory courses in small groups

The first year is the stage of approach to specialized learning. Students take a cluster of introductory courses in business administration, marketing, and accounting, and acquire a foundation in economics and company law. Workshops that accustom students to discussion and presentations, classes in the theory of data processing that enable students to master spreadsheet software, and classes in business English taught by native speakers are taken in small groups. Students are also able to attend lecture series that assist in the acquisition of bookkeeping and other qualifications.

Second year: Students study the core areas of business administration, commerce, and accounting

Study in the second year focuses primarily on a cluster of core subjects, including the principles of business administration, management organization theory, marketing, and financial accounting theory, which form the core of later specialized study. The Department offers multiple classes in the same subjects in order to keep class sizes small and make the classes more participatory. This enables students to engage in active dialogue with instructors and in group discussions. During the fall semester, students are invited to join seminars, and internships (and lectures) oriented towards job-seeking commence.

Third and fourth years: Students join seminar groups and pursue a deeper study of their area of specialization

In addition to taking seminars in specialized fields held in groups of about 10 students under an individual instructor for intensive study and work towards the completion of graduate theses, students also study highly specialized applied subject clusters, such as management theory and consumer behavior. During the summer of the third year, students have the opportunity to participate in internships in Japan and overseas. Making use of the systematic knowledge, ability to identify and analyze problems, and powers of expression that they have developed, many students determine their post-graduation career path early in their fourth year.

Career Options following Graduation

Corporate demand is high for students who have a well-balanced education in business administration, marketing, and accounting with a foundation in the basics, and graduates of the Department of Business Administration find employment in a wide variety of industries every year. A comparatively high proportion enter companies in the finance, services, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Today, the number of students even in liberal arts subjects who are well-versed in computers is increasing, and we are seeing an increasing number of Business Administration graduates moving into the ICT and computer industries. Other graduates become national or regional government employees, or find employment with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department or similar organizations.

Ratio of candidates for employment by industry (Fiscal 2013-2015)