What is MBA (Master of Business Administration)

MBA stands for Master of Business Administration. In Japan, he is called Master of Business Administration and is awarded for completing a postgraduate master’s degree in Business Administration. On this “About MBA” page, we provide information on the current position of MBA in Japan, features of overseas and domestic MBA programs, points of choosing management school (business school).

※ Graduation ceremony of Graduate School of Business Administration Tokyo

MBA stands for Master of Business Administration. In Japanese it is a master degree in business administration, or a master’s degree in business administration and is awarded upon completion of master’s degree in business administration graduate school. MBA often is confused with qualification (national qualification or business monopoly qualification etc.), but MBA is not “qualification” but “degree”. Graduate schools offering MBA programs are commonly referred to as business schools, and are primarily targeted at society. The Wharton School in the United States of America in 1881 is the world’s first business school and the Harvard Business School founded in 1908 is said to have formulated the basis of the current MBA course.

Since the social recognition of the MBA increased due to the increase in the number of students accompanying the individual development of each school, international organizations that certify the MBA program appeared about 35 years after the Wharton school opened, leading to the current development It was. This has many similarities with the history that certification of ISO9001 etc. became popular after the quality management method was sufficiently established at the site of manufacturing in Japan. However, evaluation by a business professional is done by the result (output) as a senior executive or manager, it is common in all countries and the fact that MBA was acquired itself is not evaluated. Likewise for the evaluation of the MBA program, social evaluation will be done by “how active the MBA program graduates are active”.

The purpose of the MBA program is to nurture business managers and business professionals who support management in a short period of time, and it is common for curriculums to acquire knowledge of human beings, goods and money, which are three elements of management, It is. In addition, there are schools that offer curriculums that match the curriculum, such as technology, at overseas business schools including the United States. The average age is mainly in the late 20s overseas although there is a difference, while in Japan it is mainly in the 30s to the latter half. Domestic MBA schools have various features ranging from ‘practicality-oriented MBA’ to ‘MBA offering a program with strong academic color in view of management as academics’.

2. MBA that is required to change according to the times
MBA required to change according to the times
It is common that the traditional MBA curriculum offers only three areas of management: human, mono, and money. Meanwhile, the evolution of technologies such as artificial intelligence, IoT, Industry 4.0, AR / VR, and robot, the structure of the business itself has changed and the society is changing drastically. Lifespan has also entered the era of 100 years, the manner of work, career, life is beginning to change. While keeping the traditional management theory as basic, MBA programs that incorporate curriculums such as technology and design are emerging. In addition, there is a demand for a place to face individuals’ career and way of life, aspirations. The MBA schools feature distinctive features, such as offering a unique curriculum tailored to the changing times and acquiring international certification. The MBA certified by the International Certification Body is certified by the traditional MBA framework and it does not guarantee that it is content according to the change of the times. In the future MBA selection, whether it is a conventional MBA or a new era corresponding to changes in the times will be an important decision axis.

3. It is indispensable to the criteria for choosing MBA because of the success of graduates
The key to MBA selection criteria is the success of graduates
There are various criteria for MBA selection, such as training policy, class quality, curriculum, convenience, personal network formation, amount to acquire. Especially in Japan, compared with Europe and the United States, we do not link much with MBA acquisition and corporate recruitment and evaluation. Regardless of the

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