Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Graduate School of Management

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Graduate School Seminar

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

MBA Student

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Graduate Students

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IN JAPAN Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) first opened its doors in 2000. What emerged was an entirely new multicultural learning environment with the aim of creating global leaders across all fields and industries. The mission of APU's Graduate School of Management is to cultivate creative, well-rounded professionals and leaders who will play a central role in resolving management issues at globalizing enterprises. Our MBA program will enable you to explore your potential, build a strong international network and establish yourself in the world of international business. Your path to shape your own world and the world around you starts at APU!

Create a Future Beyond Borders

With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into fully English-based curriculum within a uniquely multicultural environment. APU’s Graduate Schools are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The MBA Program has earned both AACSB and AMBA accreditations ("double crown"), recognizing APU as a provides of world-class MBA education.

A Truly International Environment

APU’s campus is a unique doorway to the world, attracting students and faculty from all over the globe. Our Japanese faculty members also come to use with diverse international careers and academic experiences. This extremely rich mixture of language and culture has earned APU the reputation of being Japan’s ‘global village’. Our aim is to bring together talented individuals to study and live within this unique environment. APU encourages all students to bring and share their own unique thoughts and ideas. In this one of a kind environment, students naturally acquire intercultural communication skills. 

As APU’s graduate programs are offered entirely in English, students are not required to know any Japanese to gain admission. English speaking students come to APU and study their degree in English, are taught by international professors and lecturers, and study alongside English speaking classmates from around the world. Our system has made it possible for outstanding scholars to study in Japan in an unprecedented international learning environment.

The Japanese Experience

Japan has a long and rich history and is a diverse cultural mix of East and West, old and new, and natural and highly engineered. Having gone through various stages of development, the nation’s rich and unique culture is what led it to emerge as a world leader in terms of economy and technology. Its strong economy, combined with a culture that places a great deal of importance on respect for others, also make it one of the safest countries in the world. For international students, it is an ideal environment in which to live and study.


APU's campus is located on Japan's southernmost major island of Kyushu in the city of Beppu (bayside city home of 120,000 people and 2,000 hot springs). Enclosed by beautiful mountains and the sparkling Beppu Bay, the abundance of hot spring baths make it popular with Japanese and international tourists alike. Beppu is an ideal location to study as it has a low cost of living, safe environment and welcoming local community.

Graduate School of Management (MBA)

The MBA program at APU is conducted entirely in English in a culturally diverse learning environment. If offers a strong foundation in established international and Japanese management techniques, interactive classes with faculty, and students from around the world, as well as opportunities for independent research and internships in the university's extensive Japanese business network. 
Students will benefit from an AACSB and AMBA accredited, international standard business management curriculum grounded in a Japanese focus on business sustainability, management quality control, and customer service excellence.


  • Accounting and Finance (AF)

  • Marketing and Management (MM)

  • Innovation and Operations Management (IOM)

  • Japanese Management (JM)


Enrollment Semesters: April, September

Program Duration: 2 years

Yearly Intake: 40 students 

Total Tuition: 3,800,000 JPY (Approx  34,545 USD)


Curriculum and Credit Requirements:

The curriculum consists of four components: required subjects (analytical foundations, core business fundamentals, and capstone courses); elective subjects (specialization courses); core-related subjects (courses related to the core business fundamentals and Japanese language courses); and management seminars.

In addition to fulfilling the credit requirements (44 credits), students will conduct a research project and complete an extended piece of writing in the form of a master's thesis, independent final report, or internship-based case study. Students will also have the option to take basic Japanese language courses. Japanese language knowledge has aided many of our GSM graduates in seeking employment at Japanese companies. 

Student Body / Facts and Figures

  • 28 Countries and Regions Represented by MBA Students
  • Average Age: 28
  • 3:1 Student-Faculty Ratio 
  • 48% International Faculty
  • 23 Countries and Regions represented by APU Faculty
  • 40 students enrolled every year
  • 98% Scholarships Recipients 
  • 500+ Alumni


Admissions Eligibility:

  • Bachelor's degree 
  • Three years of full-time work experience (or equivalent)
  • English proficiency test score or graduated from an undergraduate program with a medium of English
  • References: two 

Minimum English proficiency requirements: 

  • TOEFL iBT®  Test - 80 points
  • IELTS - 6.0
  • TOEIC®  Test - 780 points
  • PTE Academic - 50 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment - FCE Grade B

Application Deadlines for International Applicants:

- April 2023 Enrollment: Oct 19, 2022 (Result Notification on Dec 7, 2022)

- September 2023 Enrollment: March 29, 2022 (Result Notification on May 17, 2022)


Your path to shape your own world and the world around you starts at APU!

Application Fee: 5,500 JPY (Credit card payment)

Admission Fee: 200,000 JPY

Total Tuition Fee: 3,800,000 JPY 

Student Housing, Living Costs, Student Insurance: https://admissions.apu.ac.jp/graduate/student_life/money_matters/

Scholarship: The APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship is offered to support outstanding students and are awarded in percentages of 30%, 50%, 65%, 80% and 100%. All applicants are eligible to apply. For further information, please visit: https://admissions.apu.ac.jp/graduate/cost/tuition_reduction_scholarship/

Taurai Chinyamakobvu (Zimbabwe)

"From APU's MBA program, I learned about Japanese culture and how business is conducted in Japan. I am now a consultant to Japanese companies conducting business in Africa, and I also work closely with the Embassy of Japan as Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe-Japan Alumni Association. The African continent is growing rapidly, and thanks to the skills I acquired at APU, I am one of the active members of this new development."


Feng Xiaoyu (China)

"I am extremely proud to be part of the Bandai Namco Group today. It has always been one of my dreams to work at this company. To help me achieve this dream, I chose to get my MBA at APU, as the program mainly focuses on the study of Japanese corporations and business companies. The unique international aspect of APU also greatly helped me, as I developed multicultural communication skills. These skills are put to use in my daily work as I am required to conduct negotiations successfully and lead problem-solving initiatives. The MBA program not only helped me gain confidence, but gave me the ability to develop the necessary business skills for our dynamic global society."


Anod Kumar Rai (India)

"The MBA program teaching style is interactive with weekly discussions, presentations, and reports. Also, the optional Japanese language classes helped me adapt to a new environment. Overall, this knowledge helped me to quickly transition to my current role in the IT services sector in Tokyo. I am sure APU will continue to provide its students with the tools they need to create a brighter future for years to come."


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