We Produce Not Only
Professionals but Also
Leaders Of Society


Program Advantages

  • Two-year Part-Time MBA Program

    Courses run continuously over two years starting on August 20th,2020.
    Each academic year consists of 2 terms: An autumn term (August to January) and a spring term (from January to August).
    Classes are generally held twice a week, on one weeknight and during an entire day on Saturday or Sunday. This allows students to work full-time while they are participating in the program.

  • Small Group, Multicultural Environment

    Up to 80 students will be accepted per academic year from the poll promising applicants worldwide. The cohort will be divided approximately in two halves, with about 40 students taking classes in Japanese and the other in English, to further help create a diverse multicultural environment. It is possible to graduate either in Japanese or English, not both.

Program Outline

Master of Business Administration in Design and Leadership for Societal Innovation
Enrollment per year
80 students
Duration of study
2 years
Academic year (term dates)
Academic year consists of Autumn and Spring terms
Autumn term
: 20 August~January 10
※Winter break: end of December –beginning of January
Spring term
: January 11~August 19
※Summer break:beginning of August~end of August
Class schedule
Weeknights (18:30-21:45) Saturday/Sunday (8:45-12:00/13:00-16:15/16:45-20:00)
(It is possible to graduate either in Japanese or English only.)
※Some courses are offered only in English, in a small number of classes, both languages are used.
Degree requirements
Total of 46 credit is required for graduation, as well as taking and passing all compulsory courses.

Curriculum Policy Outline

  • Through our original approach to liberal arts education, we strive to foster students’ outlook of the world, understanding of history and humanity, and cultivate the individual set of values, beliefs and philosophies to become the basis of holistic skills. Equally important is the development of the ability to understand the broad sweep of history as well as current issues and develop the sensibility to the signs of the future.
  • In order to cultivate a holistic and comprehensive perspective of a management professional, we teach our students to be continually aware of what is necessary in the course of the overall management process - instead of simply acquiring separate functional skills. At the same time, in order to break away from the traditional management education paradigm, we aim to bestow on the student flexible thinking and the sensitivity required for entrepreneurship and innovation, therefore we incorporate the essential ideas of design schools and innovation schools into our program.
  • Our goal is that Shizenkan students are able to actively use the acquired skills and knowledge throughout their lifelong careers. We perceive the leader’s “ability to actualize” his/her vision as the most important skill. In order to realize some idea, it is necessary to gain the understanding and trust of those who surround you, for your idea to have a cascading or ripple effect on people and organizations. In order to cultivate that ability in our students, the Shizenkan program actively incorporates self-reflection, observation and feedback from classmates regarding their actions and contributions to teamwork. All that allows students to assess their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders, and learn how to confront and collaborate with people.
  • Needless to say, leadership requires spirit, ambition and passion. It is impossible to confront uncertainty and risk, endure adversity and keep on challenging the situation being only motivated by orders and subject to the evaluation of others. Unfortunately, the inner personality drivers: spirit, ambition, and passion are not something that can be learned. Who am I? What am I living for? What do I want to accomplish in life? By asking such questions repeatedly, students can see clearer their personal will power, free from the restrictions of social position and role. To realize this idea, Shizenkan actively employs psychological and coaching techniques in its program and conducts workshops that encourage dialogue and introspection.

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