A Graduate Institute to Train Management Specialists

Ⅰ.Overview of the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

  • (1)Field of study: Management (This Institute is a business school where students can gain a wide range of basic to specialized knowledge pertaining to management and management know-how)
  • (2)Graduate Course Name of Major: Graduate Course of Entrepreneurship・Professional Degree Program
  • (3)Program: Professional Degree Program
  • (4)Degree granted: MBA/Master of Business Administration (Professional career)
  • (5)Location: 3-1-46 Yoneyama, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata, Japan
  • (6)Standard years required for completion: 2
  • (7)Student capacity: 80

Ⅱ.The Types of People that we are Looking to Cultivate

  • (1)Entrepreneurs
  • (2)Those belonging to a company aiming to start new ventures/make a change
  • (3)Corporate managers/those with corporate managing positions
  • (4)Business successors of companies
  • (5)Successful future global business leaders

1. What You Learn

The Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is an institute which offers practical knowledge and professional expertise in business administration. Students learn comprehensive theories about "management strategies”, “marketing", "financing”, “organizational management" etc., while also studying topics that are actually emerging in today's business world, directly from professors with business backgrounds.

2. Methods of Learning (Courses and Grading)

Courses will be conducted through lectures, question-and-answer sessions, discussions, presentations, etc., and vary depending on the nature of each course. Grading is based on daily participation in the classroom, assigned reports, and the student's performance in the final exam.

3. Drafting of a Business Plan

One of the merits of enrolling in our Institute is the drafting of a business plan. The truly distinctive feature of this Institute is that students get to produce not only a Master's thesis but also a Business Plan in the course of their studies in management knowhow. The knowledge gained while planning and drawing up a business plan can be utilized in the future when starting up one's own business as an entrepreneur, or when making new business expansion proposals at the company one belongs to. All instructions toward these goals are conducted in a small-classroom seminar format, and are headed by experienced business practitioners who will teach students practical skills.

4. Globalizing Human Networks (Japanese students x international students)

At our Institute, besides our Japanese students, we also welcome international students from all over the world. Many of our Japanese students are at the forefront of business, working with various companies and industries while attending our Institute. Through Japanese students and international students learning together, a mutual learning process is created that involves the exchange of information and experiences—one that will, in the future, create a global network and become a valuable asset.

5. Enrollment: Twice a Year-Spring (April) and Fall (October)

Depending on the students' country of origin, graduation dates for universities vary. At our Institute, we have set up two different enrollment opportunities (spring enrollment or fall enrollment) in order to adjust the application process with respect to international students' graduation times.

6. Free Introductory Education Provided

  • PC literacy

    Learn the basics of Excel, as well as the concepts necessary to handle major functions, analytical tools, and statistics

  • Basics of bookkeeping/accounting

    Learn about sales cost calculation and how to evaluate inventories, the contents of which are equivalent to the Official Business Skill Test in Bookkeeping 3rd Grade

  • Japanese language class

    To help you pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). level N1 or higher, and to help you master conversational skills, enabling you to follow lectures

  • Special lectures

    Well-known academics and managers from diverse industries deliver special lectures as guest lecturers

  • Career Support Office / free employment service

    We collect recruitment information from across Japan, and introduce you to employment or internship opportunities

Expertise and Skills Earned by Getting an MBA

MBA is an acronym for 'Master of Business Administration' and through its courses students will systematically learn themes pertaining to management for organizations such as people resources, products/services, money, and information technology

Course Subjects and Requirements for Completion

MBA curriculum

At the Institute, MBA (Professional career) will be awarded to students who have earned both the 34 or more credits from designated subjects necessary for completion and created a feasible business plan approved by internal review.

Field Course Name
Basic Subjects Survey of Business Administration
Corporate and Business Strategy
Financial Accounting
Analysis of Financial Statements
Corporate Finance
Organization Theory/Organizational Behavior
Human Resource Management/Leadership
Field Course Name
Basic Subjects Management of Technology
Basic Technology of Information Systems
Supply Chain Management
Business Ethics
The Method of Business Planning * 1
Statistical Data Analysis
Managerial Accounting
Field Course Name
Advanced Subjects Management
Special Course in Management Strategy
SME Growth Strategy
Service Management
Strategy Case Study * 2
Global Marketing
Management Science * 2
Marketing Research
Business Model Innovation
Risk Management
Tax Law I
Tax Law II
Special Course in Tax Law
IT Solutions
Strategy of ICT Management
Artificial intelligence (AI) and its Application

* 1 Students must take this course within the first year.
* 2 The start of this year's course is undecided.
* 3 It is a condition of taking the course that you have completed the credits of "Practice I".

Field Course Name
Advanced Subjects Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Finance
Corporate Venture Strategies
Entrepreneurial of Ventures
Advancement of Succession in SMEs.
Business in Global Economy
Corporation law
Regional Innovation
Business Field Research
Tourism Management
Welfare Business
Sport Business
Emerging Markets and Japanese Local Companies
Field Course Name
Seminars Seminar I * 1
Seminar II * 3


President, Professor

Soutome Masayoshi

  • ●Corporate and Business Strategy
  • ●Business Model Innovation
  • ●Seminar I, II


Karaki Kouichi

  • ●Corporate Finance
  • ●Entrepreneur Finance
  • ●Seminar I. II

Vice President in Charge of Regional/International Affairs, Professor

Tomiyama Eiko

  • ●Marketing
  • ●Global Marketing
  • ●Seminar I. II

Vice President in Charge of Industry-University Collaboration, Professor

Kuroda Tatsuya


Hiromi Asano

  • ●Human Resource Management/Leadership
  • ●Market Research
  • ●Seminar I


Yasushi Ichimori

  • ●Business Field Research
  • ●Organization Theory/Organizational Behavior
  • ●Seminar I


Otsuka Akira

  • ●IT Solutions
  • ●Strategy of ICT Management
  • ●AI and its Application
  • ●Seminar I, II


Kishida Nobuyuki

  • ●Entrepreneurship
  • ●Corporate Venture Strategies
  • ●Seminar I, II


Komamiya Fumihiro

  • ●Seminar I,II


Satomi Yasuhiro

  • ●Business in Global Economy
  • ●Advancement of Succession in SMEs
  • ●Seminar I, II


Sugimoto Hitoshi

  • ●The Method of Business Planning
  • ●Seminar I, II


Suzuki Hiroki

  • ●Financial Accounting
  • ●Business Ethics
  • ●Seminar I, II


Hata Nobuyuki

  • ●Regional Innovation


Watanabe Tomoaki

Associate Professor

Suzuki Yuya

  • ●Tax Law I
  • ●Tax Law II
  • ●Seminar I. II


Jin Honghua

  • ●Managerial Accounting
  • ●Analysis of Financial Statements
  • ●Seminar I, II

Our Expanding International Partner Universities

The number of Universities that enter into a partnership with our Institute is growing every year. Aside from regions in Asia such as China and the ASEAN members, we have developed partnerships with locations in European countries including Italy and Hungary, as well as locations in Russia's Far East. Our plans are to accept outstanding students from more and more new locations around the globe.

45 universities in 16 countries around the world

Italy University of Turin
India Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
Indonesia Darma Presada University / Udayana University Mahasaraswati University of Denpasar
Ukraine National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kiev Polytechnic Institute” / University < Kyiv School of Economics >
Uzbekistan Samarkand State Institute Of Foreign Language / University of World Economy and Diplomacy
Kazakhstan Al-Farabi Kazakh National University / Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages
Korea Woosuk University
Cambodia Royal University of Phnom Penh / Cambodian Mekong University
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz National University Named After Jusup Balasagyn
Slovakia Faculty of Arts, Comenius University / Pan-European University
Thailand University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce / Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology
China Yanbian University / Dalian University Yancheng Teachers University / Jilin Business and Technology College
Hungary Budapest Business School / Dharma Gate Buddhist College Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary Davos Lorand University
Vietnam Foreign Trade University / Foreign Trade University, Ho Chi Minh City Campus Hanoi University / University of Languages and International Studies, VNU Hue University College of Foreign Languages / The University of Da Nang , University of Foreign Language Studies / Thang Long University / Dong A University
Mongolia National University of Mongolia Business school /school of Arts and Sciences Mongolian University of Science and Technology University of Finance and Economics,Mongolia / Graduate University of Mongolia
Russia Saint-Petersburg Institute of International Trade, Economics and Law / Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service / Far-Eastern State University of the Humanities Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law / Maritime State University Named After Admiral.G.I. Nevelskoy / Far Eastern Federal University

Messages from International Students

Want to start a privately-run home for the elderly in Bali based on a Japanese business model

Ni Luh Putu Miraheni

From Mahasaraswati University of Denpasar, Indonesia (Enrolled in October 2018)

As the Balinese lifestyle has started to change in response to modernization and globalization, more and more families cannot afford to take care of their elderly parents. In this context, I believe the Japanese business model of a small-scale, multi-functional in-home care service will be useful in the future aging society. One of my dreams is to open a privately-run nursing home as a new form of a home for the elderly in Bali, drawing on the Japanese style business model so that both parents and children can be happy as their parents enjoy the rest of their life in comfort.

I would like to make the most of the knowledge I have gained here in business and for diplomatic relations between Japan and Hungary

Nemeth Vivien

From Eatvos Lorand University, Hungary (Enrolled in October 2018)

As I have always been interested in medicine due to my family background, I would like to conduct a comparative analysis of national health insurance in the welfare systems of Hungary and that of Japan to produce a research article focusing on the reform of the medical system in Hungary, which I would like to submit as a proposal. Furthermore, I would like to use the knowledge I have gained at the Institute to improve not only the business relationship, but also the diplomatic relationship, between Japan and Hungary but also the diplomatic one.

Aiming to act as a liaison in business between Mongolia and Japan

Zagdkhorol Tsembeldulam

From National University of Mongolia, Mongolia (Enrolled in October 2018)

In the present situation, where it is clear that conventional forms of business can no longer provide an adequate response amid the rapid momentum of progress in technological innovations and globalization, not only in IT but in a wide range of fields, I would like to be a leader who can carry out analysis and evaluation of the current situation and determine new values. I would like to understand diverse values in business, to be sensitive to needs, and to act as a liaison in business between Mongolia and Japan.

Wanting to set up a unique Japanese Business Training school to develop human resources that meets the needs of Cambodian students.

Prum Thear

From Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Enrolled in October 2018)

In the future, I want to open "Japanese Business Human Resource Training School." to develop human resources. To work toward this goal, at present, I am not only gaining a basic knowledge of business at the Institute but also attending special lectures that equip me with the knowledge necessary for my goal of establishing a unique school that meets the needs of Cambodian students. I am also developing a business plan in consultation with my seminar tutor.

Working on a project to develop human resources in welfare in China, making the most of the knowledge and connections I have gained here

Wang Chenhuan

From Yanbian University, China (Enrolled in October 2018)

In the future, I would like to find a job in Japan to carry out the business plan I developed in the Institute. While Chinese society is also aging fast, it lags behind Japan in developing human resources in welfare. Upon graduation, I would first like to find a job in a company providing care to learn about the realities of the job. Then, I would like to work on a project to develop human resources in collaboration with specialized welfare schools in China, making the most of knowledge and connections I will have gained while studying in Japan.

Actively participating in entrepreneurship seminars and lectures

Suppawit Paisitannan

From Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology, Thailand (Enrolled in April 2019)

When I was in my fourth year at the university, I decided to study further to expand my learning about business so that I could one day begin my own business. My goals are to interact with as diverse a range of people as possible, to learn more about management, and to actively participate in entrepreneurship seminars and lectures. I also aim to pass the Official Business Skill Test in Bookkeeping, 3rd Grade, and find employment with a Japanese company.

I am convinced that the knowledge of management strategy and service management I will learn at the Institute will help me realize my future dreams.

Anvarov Zafar

From Jizzakh Polytechnical Institute, Uzbekistan (Enrolled in April 2019)

There is no one who does not have a dream in the world. I have many dreams. One of them is to set up my own business dealing with trade in the future. This is because I am very interested in trade. Knowledge about management strategy, marketing, risk management, and service management will certainly help me realize my dreams in the future. Upon graduation, I would like to find a job with a company dealing with international trade in Japan to develop my capacity further.

By accumulating knowledge of management and learning about Japan's unique management style and etiquette, I want to introduce best practices into solving water problems in India in the future.

Todkari Srushti Shrikant

From Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India (Enrolled in October 2019)

Since up to now I have never studied management or had any experience of it, I want to take courses in business strategy and risk management at the Institute in order to gain knowledge about management and discover Japan' s unique management style and etiquette. Also, I would like to learn about maintenance and expertise in Japanese water utilities. Then, I hope to get a job with a Japanese company. I would like to compare the strategies of local authorities with the strategies of private companies involved in the water business in order to analyze and study them. In the future I would like to introduce best practice into solving water problems in India.

My ambition is to establish a Japanese language center in Vietnam in order not only to develop highly-skilled human resources but also to match highly-skilled Vietnamese professionals with Japanese businesses.

Doan Thi Hong Tham

From Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Enrolled in April 2019)

I want to be in a position in the future to contribute to both Vietnam and Japan. I intend to establish an online Japanese language center in Vietnam utilizing the Internet. My ambition is not only to develop highly-skilled human resources fluent in Japanese but also to match highly-skilled Vietnamese professionals with Japanese enterprises via the Internet. I will use the management strategies, and marketing and service management know-how acquired at the Institute in order to compile a brilliant business plan, acquire adequate knowledge and skills, and fulfill my dreams.

I would like to know more about management and economics and acquire the abilities needed for problem-solving so that in the future I can create a production factory in Myanmar.

Nyi Ye Htet

From Mandalay University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar (Enrolled in October 2019)

After graduating, I worked in a local Japanese enterprise in Myanmar. I realised that in an actual business situation, not only knowledge of languages, but also knowledge of economics, the power to innovate and the ability to grasp contemporary trends are also important. Human resources capable of responding to the changing world economy are also needed. For this reason, I decided to enroll at this Institute to know more about management and economics and acquire the abilities needed for problem-solving. That was why I enrolled at the Institute. In the future I hope to create a production factory in Myanmar.

Wide-range Support for International Students

Introducing Safe and Convenient Housing and Apartments

For international students who are coming to Japan for the first time, or for students who are moving to Niigata from different prefectures in Japan, we helps them find suitable apartments at an affordable cost. We have many property suggestions from real estate agents working with our Institute, who can provide safe and reliable housing options.

<1-person Residence>[Rent] 34,000 yen/month per person About 20 minutes on foot to the Institute/ About 10 minutes by bicycle to the Institute

Nadia Dyah Prawita

From Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia (Enrolled in April 2019)

<2-person Residence>[Rent] 28,000 yen/month per person About 15 minutes on foot to the Institute/ About 7 minutes by bicycle to the Institute

Chen Chang

From Zhejiang Yuexiu Foreign Language College, China (Enrolling in April 2019)

Chen Ziying

From Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University, China (Enrolling in April 2019)

Regarding Part-time Jobs

As the Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is a seven-minute walk from Niigata Station, in the center of the city, our students can easily find part-time work. Most of our students are engaged in restaurant service/ office work, among others, alongside their studies.

Living Cost Guidelines (1 month)

Example of average income
Monetary Support from Home 10,000 yen
Part-time job 60,000 yen
Total 70,000 yen
Example of average expenses
Rent 35,000 yen
Heat,light,and water 5,000 yen
Mobile phone,other 10,000 yen
Food 20,000 yen
Total 70,000 yen
  • Spring in Niigata is blessed not only with cherry blossoms, which are a symbol of the season, but with beautiful tulips. Niigata boasts the number one shipping volume of tulips in Japan.

  • Enjoy the ocean view in Niigata, Japan’s biggest city on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The grace of the sun will shine upon you, along with the refreshing summer breeze.

  • Autumn in Niigata is heralded by the breathtaking fall colors in countless shades of red and yellow.

  • Autumn in Niigata is heralded by the breathtaking fall colors in countless shades of red and yellow.

Tuition: Our Institute' s Tuition Exemption/Reduction System

Our Institute offers a tuition exemption/reduction system to give financial aid for international students who have educational goals that are in line with our founding principles, and who have shown themselves to have outstanding character and dear goals after attaining of their MBAs.

Regular fees
(including entrance fee)
●Tuition fee : 3,000,000 yen
※When tuition fee reduction is applied ※When tuition fee reduction is applied
International students' fees (including entrance fee)
●Tuition up to 1.4 million yen reduction

Scholarships: From Application to Attainment, We Provide Thorough Support

Major Scholarships ( Examples )

Organization Name Name of Scholarship Amount * Terms *
JASSO Japan Student Services Organization Overseas Students Enrollment Promotion Program 48,000 yen/month 1 year
Heiwa Nakajima Foundation Scholarship for Foreign Students 100,000 yen/month 1 year
Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Scholarship 140,000 yen/month 2 years
SGH Foundation Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students 100,000 yen/month 2 years
Kyoritsu International Foundation Kyoritsu Foundation Scholarship 100,000 yen/month 2 years

※Scholarship amounts and terms may vary by year and enrollment semester.

Granted the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Nay New Nyein Thu

From Yangon University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar (Enrolled in April 2019)

Granted the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Vann Chanthy

From Royal University of Phnom Penn, Cambodia (Enrolled in April 2020)

Granted Hashiya Foundation Scholarship

Maulida Purwanti

From Mahasaraswati University of Denpasar, Indonesia (Enrolled in April 2019)

Achieving Results in Business and Employment

The Institute actively supports students to set up businesses through such facilities as special courses for entrepreneurs and an entrepreneurial preparation office on campus. Our Institute offers a "Career Support Office" and a "free Career Recommendation Center" to support our international students who wish to be employed and actively look for work in Japan. We are also strengthening our employment guidance efforts by collecting information not only in Niigata but also throughout Japan, and promoting the introduction of employment opportunities and internships through individual interviews with international students. We have been developing on job offers from Japanese companies that have made business expansion into the country of the students' origin.

President and CEO, ACE Co. Ltd.

Nguyen Duy Tuan

From Foreign Trade University, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in March 2012)


Dody Afrizal

From Mahasaraswati University of Denpasar, Indonesia (Acquired MBA in March 2019)

Cam Realty Service

Oeurn Theara

From Cambodian Mekong University, Cambodia (Acquired MBA in March 2019)

Tele Park Co., Ltd.

Luvsanjav Naranzul

From Soyol Erdem University, Mongolia (Acquired MBA in September 2019)

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.

Zhang Xin

From Hainan University, China (Acquired MBA in March 2020)

Niigata Kubota Co., Ltd.

Baubekkyzy Zhansaya

From Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Graduate School, Kazakhstan (Acquired MBA in March 2020)

Konoike Transportation Co., Ltd.

Hoang Thi Hanh Le

From Hanoi University Graduate School, Vietnam (Acquired MBA in September 2019)

Barilla Japan Co., Ltd.

Rotini Fe deric a

From University of Turin Graduate School, Italy (Acquired MBA in September 2019)

HIS Co., Ltd.

Rajadhyaksha Shalmali Shailesh

From Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India (Acquired MBA in September 2019)

BOT Lease Co., Ltd (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group)

Hoàng Thế Hưng

From Foreign Trade University, Vietnam(Acquired MBA in March 2017)

Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Niigata

Han Jisoo

From Wonkwang University, Republic of Korea(Acquired MBA in March 2015)

Hoshino Resorts

Duong Thu Hae

From Hanoi University, Vietnam(Acquired MBA in March 2019)

Applying to Our Institute

Application Eligibility

Applicants who meet all the following qualifications under (1) and (2) are eligible to apply.

  • (1) Obtained Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N2 or above, or equivalent to 220+ points in the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), Japanese as a Foreign Language subject test (excluding the writing test)
  • (2) Fall under either of the following:
    • ① Must have graduated and received a bachelor's degree or other equivalent degree (recipients of a 3-year university degree from China, a specialized course, are not eligible).
    • ② Must be at least 22 years of age, and at the time of application have at least 2 years of practical experience at companies/organizations, etc.

Outline and Eligibility Requirements for Entrance Exams

Exam categories Exam types Test method ※ Eligible Individuals
Entrance exam of exchange agreement schools Entrance exam with recommendation of exchange agreement schools     Applicants who graduated within the last five years (or will graduate) from a university with an exchange agreement with the Institute, and have been nominated by the university
Entrance exam of designated schools Entrance exam with recommendation of designated schools     Applicants who graduated within the last five years (or will graduate) from a university designated by the Institute, and have been nominated by the university
Entrance exam for working adult Entrance exam with recommendation of company     Applicants who have over two years of practical business experience, and have been nominated by their current company, corporation, government office, etc.
Entrance exam for working adult Applicants who have over two years of practical business experience
General entrance exam General entrance exam Applicants who have less than two years of practical business experience, and do not qualify for admission via recommendation.

※Graduates from schools with an exchange agreement or designated schools, who do not or cannot receive a recommendation for examination as a selected candidate, will take a Task-based test instead of a Written exam.

Exam Fee


Exam Locations

  • 1)Overseas entrance exams: At locations designated by the institute (partner universities, or public facilities, hotels or convention centers at its country of origin) , or directly by Internet link with the Institute.
  • 2)Entrance exams in Japan: Take place at the Institute or location designated by the Institute.

Access to Niigata

There is easy access to Niigata city where the Institute is located, by using the airport or the Shinkansen from Tokyo or other metropolitan areas.