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Admissions Policy

Faculty of Commerce and Management

The mission of Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Commerce and Management is to foster individuals who have a keen interest in phenomena relating to business and markets and a capacity to explore such phenomena in depth in order to identify problems that need to be solved, to arrive at creative solutions to those problems through an ongoing process of reciprocal interaction between social scientific ideas/theories and real-life phenomena, and to provide leadership in advancing those solutions in practice. Students entering the Faculty of Commerce and Management will therefore study the applied social sciences of business and markets focusing on such disciplinary areas as management, accounting, finance, and marketing in small-group seminar courses that offer attentive guidance and a sequentially organized curriculum that effectively progresses from the basic to the applied.

In order to pursue their studies effectively after admission, students must have a keen interest in the betterment of society at large. Such an interest in a variety of social problems, not limited to business and markets, is a wellspring of motivation to identify challenges independently, learn in a self-directed manner, and arrive at one’s own conclusions. In addition, advanced mathematical and logical skills are essential for the purposes of developing an in-depth theoretical understanding of the applied social sciences related to business organizations and markets and undertaking empirical analysis of social phenomena. Furthermore, our students must develop the foreign language communicative skills and general linguistic proficiencies they will need to succeed in the global arena. By developing a fundamental grounding in these areas in their learning up to the senior high school level, our students can expect a more enriching learning experience in the Faculty of Commerce and Management. Our entrance examinations are conducted in line with the policies described above.

The Faculty of Commerce and Management also operates a recommendations-based admissions system to provide a path to entrance for students with outstanding abilities in specific fields. Recommendations-based admission entails a multi-faceted evaluation that requires applicants to attain a certain level of results in the standardized university entrance examinations, as well as undergo a short essay examination and interview in the second round. The school also conducts admissions selection for privately-financed international students and actively welcomes students from around the world.

Faculty of Economics

Hitotsubashi University is widely known as one of Japan's most respected universities. We have been active in academic research and education in a liberal tradition since the university's establishment. The Faculty of Economics is one of the pillars of the institution. Economics graduates receive excellent preparation for making meaningful contributions to society, for which they have been widely commended. Graduates of the Faculty of Economics are therefore highly sought after by discerning national and international institutions. 

The field of Economics analyzes the cyclic processes of production, exchange, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.  As a social science, Economics is expected to address the human condition, including contemporary problems such as unemployment, poverty, social welfare, aging society, and environmental change. Also, the rapid progress of economic internationalization and technological development raise new issues for economists. Interdisciplinary efforts with such fields as history and geography contribute greatly to such efforts. These complex activities are necessarily addressed with logically rigorous theories and explicit methods such as the principled use of mathematics. Our intellectual toolkits of economic theories and methods must be continuously updated in order for us to carry out our mandate of contributing to society.

The range of courses offered by the Faculty of Economics and our first-rate faculty accommodate a variety of interests. Furthermore, the depth of the faculty allows for well supported disciplinary development from the level of novice to that of expert. Another distinguishing feature of our curriculum is the seminar system, which provides students with opportunities for small-group study and discussion with peer and professors. This allows for a more focused, interactive, problem-solving education, generating the kinds of skills and knowledge that are highly valued in society.

Contemporary society faces challenges and opportunities that Hitotsubashi University's Faculty of Economics addresses with academic vigor. If you are curious about economic phenomena, we invite you to Hitotsubashi University to help transform this curiosity into principled propositions in Economics and meaningful contributions to society

Faculty of Law

As a comprehensive university for the social sciences representing the learning of civil society, Hitotsubashi University has contributed to the development of Japan's political and economic society and the nurturing of its creative driving force through its liberal academic traditions.  Based on this history and record of achievement, the University aims to create intellectual and cultural property which will contribute to the building of free and peaceful political and economic societies in Japan and the world and to nurture those who will assume positions of leadership.

With this mission in mind, the Faculty of Law has striven to nurture human resources combining a sound knowledge of law with internationalism through the twin pillars of our courses in Law and International Relations.  To this end, we have made the nurturing of cultured persons who will be rich in humanity and international sense through a sound training in the fundamentals of law and international relations, based on the University's traditional system of seminars comprising small numbers of students, the goal of the education we provide.

Our graduates have benefited from this education and gone on to assume positions of leadership in the world of business and diverse fields such as the legal profession, civil service, and international society.  The Faculty of Law is committed to building on these traditions, and seeks through our multiple selection processes students from around the country who possess knowledge of various fields and outstanding academic ability and students who possess excellent logical thinking, language, and communication skills and are eager to learn

Faculty of Social Sciences

As a university dedicated to a wide rage of social sciences for the analysis of civil society, Hitotsubashi University, with its uniquely liberal tradition, has been contributing to the political, economic, and social development of Japan as well as to the education of creative social leaders. Based upon this history and experience, Hitotsubashi's objective is to create intellectual and cultural resources that promote the construction of a free and peaceful society as well as to educate its leaders.

Within these university-wide goals, the Faculty of Social Studies is dedicated to enhancing students' critical thinking, future vision, and ability to analyze and solve problems. The Faculty provides a wide range of programs that equip students with a strong intellectual foundation, including the capacity to see issues as a whole, an appreciation of the diversity of human experience, and an international perspective. At the same time, we aim to impart professional knowledge that students can apply in their later careers. Our alumni are active in journalism, private corporations, national and local government, NGOs and NPOs, as well as in research and educational institutions. We welcome applications by students with excellent analytical, language, communication skills as well as strong interests in a variety of social issues.

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