Master’s (Doctoral) Program in Management

Working on the Theory and Practice of Business Management and Strategy, Accounting, and Marketing

In the Master’s (Doctoral) Program in Management, students will research previous studies and related literature on themes in the fields of accounting, distribution and marketing, and business strategy and management, conduct market surveys, questionnaires, and other social surveys as necessary, and through the findings from detailed analysis of reference materials and data, aim to create original and advanced studies that will help improve the lives of people and contribute to the further prosperity of businesses around the world by adding insight from a global perspective.

Curriculum

In the Master’s Program, individual course guidance is provided according to each student’s research theme. Interactive guidance is given via small-group education based on Sophia University’s educational philosophy, aiming at growth in accordance with each student’s ability and individuality through interaction between faculty members and students, and through specialized knowledge. In the Doctoral Program, students focus on their dissertation under the research guidance of their supervisors, aiming to cultivate advanced research skills to bridge the gap between management theory and real-world applications. We encouraged to students to refine their knowledge through presentations at domestic and international conferences and the submission of papers.

Granted Degree

  • Master’s Program: MASTER OF ARTS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  • Doctoral Program: DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MANAGEMENT

Available Teaching Licenses and Subjects

  • High School Specialized Teacher (Commercial)

*Only Master’s degree programs are eligible for a teacher’s license. If you wish to obtain a teacher’s license, a Type 1 license should already have been obtained, or the requirements for obtaining a Type 1 license should have been fulfilled in advance for the subjects you wish to be licensed in. Otherwise, it is not possible.

Program Features

Balanced Curriculum

Lecture content ranges from survey research methodology (statistics and social research techniques), which is the foundation for theory building, to basic theory and its application to actual management phenomena, thus creating a curriculum with a healthy balance between basic and applied research.

Various Lecture Formats

Lecture formats include not only traditional literature reading, but also case discussions based on real-life cases, practical training in data analysis, and various other formats to stimulate inquiry about problems, analytical skills, applied and practical skills, and communication skills.

Guidance by Multiple Staff Members

Students apply the theoretical foundations they have acquired to real-life situations and prepare a master’s thesis. During the writing process, students receive interdisciplinary and multifaceted guidance from several professional staff members.

Selected Thesis Topics

  • An Empirical Study on the Relationship between Global Cities and the Location Choices of Multinational Corporations
  • Impact of Return Type on Fundraising Success Rate in Crowdfunding
  • Factors for Achieving Competitive Advantage in the CMOS Image Sensor Industry – Learning from Sony’s Case Study
  • Entrepreneurial Activities and Business Succession in Family Businesses – A Comparative Analysis from the Perspective of Social Circumstantial Asset Theory.
  • Workplace Loneliness and Job Satisfaction – Impact of Telework -.
  • Research on the Effect of Acceptance of Recommendation Systems on Willingness to Purchase
  • Impact of Brand Attachment on Service Recovery Efficiency
  • A Study of the Influence of Transparency of Fashion Brands on Consumers’ Attitudes Toward Brands
  • Impact of Negative Feelings toward Social Media Influencers on Evaluation of Recommended Products.
  • Decisions to Use Consumer Access-based Consumption

Educational Policies

Master’s Program

The Master’s Program in Management sets standards for the skills and knowledge students should acquire before graduation as described below: Those who fulfill the graduation requirements and pass their thesis defense shall be deemed to have acquired these qualities and will be awarded a diploma.

  1. The ability to deeply understand at least one professional field selected from business management, marketing, accounting and associated discipline
  2. The ability to pursue, based on Sophia’s philosophy, unique cutting-edge research that will contribute to improving the living standards of the world’s people and to the further prosperity of global companies
  3. The ability to properly conduct research and complete academic papers based on the results

Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program in Management sets standards for the skills and knowledge students should acquire before graduation as described below: Those who fulfill the graduation requirements and pass their dissertation defense shall be deemed to have acquired these qualities and will be awarded a diploma.

  1. The ability to set up highly academic research themes and conduct observations and analyses using appropriate frameworks of business management, marketing and accounting studies
  2. The ability to pursue unique research as an independent researcher and to contribute to global and social development using the expertise and insight acquired in one’s research
  3. The ability to properly conduct research, complete academic papers based on the results, and communicate them

Master’s Program

In accordance with the diploma policy, with an aim to respect individual abilities based on Sophia’s educational spirit and build on each student’s individuality, the Master’s Program in Management constructs its curriculum with courses aligned to the following purposes:

  1. Offer basic courses in the areas of Management, Marketing Theory, and Accounting.
  2. Deliver lectures in small-group classes, considering students’ research themes and level of understanding.
  3. Maintain a balance between the basics and application. Lecture contents may widely range from survey and research methodologies (statistics and social survey techniques) that serve as a basis of theoretical construction to basic theory and application to management realities.
  4. Offer various types of courses, including not only conventional and standard Literature Reading, but also case discussions based on real cases and data analysis training in accordance with the character of the course and lecture contents.
  5. A group of three advisors and evaluators including the research advisor provides guidance at the different stages of setting the thesis theme, selecting the analytical framework, performing analysis and observations, and writing the thesis.

Doctoral Program

In accordance with the diploma policy, with an aim to deepen students’ knowledge of the research theme that they have selected from the fields of Business Management, Marketing, Accounting or other related disciplines and enhance associated analytic skills, the Doctoral Program in Management constructs its curriculum with courses aligned to the following purposes:

  1. Nurture sophisticated research abilities that will enable theory-based analysis of the status quo and application of theory on the current status through research guidance provided by the research advisor.
  2. Offer courses in the areas of Accounting, Marketing Theory, and Business Management.
  3. Encourage students to present their research at domestic and overseas academic meetings and to submit papers to academic journals.

Master’s Program

The Master’s Program in Management seeks students with the following qualities:

  1. Students who have acquired basic undergraduate-level knowledge of at least one of the following subjects: Management, Marketing, Accounting
  2. Students with basic undergraduate-level English skills
  3. Students who have practical work experience in a private company, have a research plan supported by their background and are motivated to study

Doctoral Program

The Doctoral Program in Management seeks students with the following qualities:

  1. Students who have acquired basic Master’s-level knowledge of at least one of the following subjects: Management, marketing, accounting
  2. Students who can analyze their research theme within an appropriate economic framework and write logically while clarifying the academic significance of the research

Faculty Members

Hisanaga AMIKURA Professor

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Noriko ARAI Professor

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Nobuko HOSOGAYA Professor

Masahiro ISHII Professor

Adam JOHNS Professor

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Genjiro KOSAKA Professor

Yoko SUGITANI Professor

Hideyuki TAKENOUCHI Professor

Shigeru NISHIZAWA Professor

Taku TOGAWA Associate Professor

Toshiaki WAKABAYASHI Associate Professor

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Agata KAPTURKIEWICZ Assistant Professor

Atsuko TAKINISHI Assistant Professor

Mariko NAKAGAWA Assistant Professor

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