To earn an MBA degree at Hitotsubashi ICS, students are required to take a minimum of 66 credits during the first year. This requirement applies to students in both the 1-year Program and 2-year Program.
Course work consists of two-credit or four-credit courses. Individual classes are 120 minutes in duration. Therefore, typically, a two-credit course is a two-month-long course that meets twice a week for 4 hours per week, or a three-month-long course that meets once a week for 2 hours per week. A four-credit course is typically a three-month-long course that meets twice a week for 4 hours per week, or an intensive field study course and an independent research course. Classes are scheduled in three or four time slots: once in the morning (from 9:45 a.m.) during Term 1, twice in the morning (from 8:30 a.m.) during Term 2 (Winter), Term 3 (Spring), and Term 4 (Summer), and twice in the afternoon in all the terms.
Students in the 2-year Program have the option of custom-building their second year curriculum, that is mostly comprised of activities in which they can apply what they have learned in the first year to the real world. 2-year students consult with faculty members in choosing from a wide array of options, such as participating in a company internship program, spending a semester overseas in a student exchange program, developing a business plan for starting up a new venture, conducting an individual research project, or searching for post-MBA job opportunities.