Waseda Business School
(Graduate School of Business and Finance)

Prospective Students

MSc in Finance

Program Outline

What is the MSc in Finance Program?

  • Full-Time, Two-Year Program conducted in English

MSc in Finance program is a full-time, two-year program conducted in English. It is designed to cultivate human resources with financial knowledge and technical know-how needed for entrepreneurial activities.

  • Fundamental education for essential knowledge and skills

This program does not require professional work experience at the time of admission. Students will systematically receive fundamental education to acquire the knowledge and skills required to work as financial professionals in the future.

  • Advanced education for specialists and practical knowledge and skills

WBS faculty members are a dedicated team of excellent researchers and business professionals in the field. Faculty members provide high-quality classes full of practical knowledge and skills.

  • Related knowledge to support core theory of finance

The well-balanced curriculum enables students to learn comprehensively, obtaining a wide range of knowledge in economics, accounting, and other relevant areas.

  • Global business skills and experience

All academic work is conducted in English in a global setting with students from across the globe. Japanese language classes are also available for interested students (additional fees apply).


Waseda Business School has designed a flexible curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation in business fundamentals while allowing them the freedom to pursue courses that align with their career strategies.

The core curriculum currently consists of the two categories:

Compulsory Core Course

The Compulsory Core Course consists of seven courses, all of which are required.

Compulsory Elective Core Course

The Compulsory Elective Core Course consists of thirteen courses. Students must take at least eight courses.

*All of these are two-credit courses.
**A course summary can be seen from each link.

Students must fulfill the following requirements in order to earn a degree of Master of Science in Finance from Waseda University.

  • Be enrolled in the MSc in Finance Program (full-time) for two years
  • Complete and obtain 50 (or more) credits
  • Complete the Degree Thesis and pass the evaluation screening
  • Pass the final examination (oral defense)

Web Syllabus Search

Course syllabi can be found on the web syllabus search system.

Degree Requirement (Unit: Credit)

Specialized Research Total
Seminars Research
14 16 ~ Optional 6 Pass* 4 50

(*) The credits of research guidance will be given on pass or fail basis.

List of Seminar (Zemi)

After enrollment, students have to choose Seminar called “Zemi“. The list of seminars for 2020 is below.

Seminar Title Lecturer
 Economics ARIKAWA Yasuhiro
Financing of Innovation IKEDA Masayuki
 Market Microstructure UNO Jun
 Real Estate/Finance/Data Science KAWAGUCHI Yuichiro
Corporate Governance KAWAMOTO Yuko
 Empirical Analysis of Corporate Finance SUZUKI Kazunori
 Portfolio Management TAKEHARA Hitoshi
 Risk Management CHEUNG, Ming Yan William
 Credit Modeling and Incomplete Markets NAKAZATO Daisuke
The Role and Challenges of Financial Services NEMOTO Naoko
 Fixed Income Strategies YOTSUZUKA Toshiki
Accounting Information and Capital Markets LAU, David

*This list is subject to change.
**A course summary can be seen from each link.

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar of Waseda Business School


April Spring Semester 15 weeks
August Spring Intensive 3 weeks
September Summer Vacation 3 weeks
Fall Semester 15 weeks
Winter Vacation
Fall Intensive 3 weeks
March Spring Vacation 4 weeks

Class Period

1st. 09:00~10:30
2nd. 10:40~12:10
3rd. 13:00~14:30
4th. 14:45~16:15
5th. 16:30~18:00
6th. 18:15~19:45

Message from Program Coordinator

Master of Science in Finance at Waseda Business School (WBS) is an English-based program to develop successful financial professionals. Building upon the long history of Waseda University’s business education, dating back to the early 1900s, our two-year program provides graduates with a solid understanding of the quantitative methods and analysis which are vital in the financial industry.
Why learn finance in Japan? Post-war Japan has seen intense ups and downs, such as the rapid economic growth, the collapse of the economic bubble and a long economic slump. This history has produced lessons of unique value. Learning these experiences in the context of modern finance theory encompasses a unique perspective, and this provides students with the successful learning experiences that we aim to achieve.
We truly look forward to welcoming students from all over the world. We are confident that our graduates will develop successful careers and make a difference in the world of finance.

Student's Voice

Admission Information

For those who want to apply for the MSc in Finance program, please refer to Admission page below.

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