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College of International Management (APM)

A Breakdown of the College of International Management (APM)

At APM, you will study business in an environment of unparalleled diversity that offers unique opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Well-rounded and specialized knowledge in business is only the tip of the iceberg—APM students cultivate leadership, entrepreneurship, and global skills while developing appreciation for diversity and inclusion by tackling business, environmental, and societal challenges together with people across the globe.

APU’s College and Graduate School of International Management have earned AACSB and AMBA 'Double Crown' accreditation. This puts APU among the top management schools in not only Japan but the world. APU’s School of Management is also one of three schools in Japan to join the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) global movement.

Areas of Study

Based on a foundation of wide-ranging understanding of the diverse societies, cultures and traditions of the Asia Pacific region, APM has established 4 areas of study in order to develop students with values and social awareness geared toward creating new businesses and cultivate human resources with the drive and creativity to succeed in the dynamic world of business in Asia.


Strategic Management and Leadership

Learn how to strategize and lead business with impact. This area of study trains students in strategic management competencies and the skills and values needed for leadership. It is geared toward students who aim to be at the forefront of an organization’s success, are prepared to take on leadership positions, or plan to take over a family business.


Know how to build brands, develop products and services, set pricing and promotion strategies, develop digital business expertise and marketing skills, and manage customer relationships and distribution systems. This area of study is geared toward students who want to learn how to keep business relevant and are proactive in their pursuit to generate business success locally and globally.

Accounting and Finance

Get trained to understand the ebb and flow of money and manage the financial situation of companies and other organizations responsibly. This area of study is for students who wish to pursue careers in fields such as investment management, banking, auditing, and consulting.

Entrepreneurship and Operations Management

Cultivate your creativity and initiative in business ownership and management. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and mindset needed to start and operate new ventures and organizations. This area of study is for students who aspire to start their own businesses or contribute to the growth and operational effectiveness of existing organizations.

*Curriculum for transfer-students:
2nd-year transfer students who enrolled from AY 2018 to AY 2023 or 3rd-year transfer students who enrolled from AY 2019 to AY 2024 should follow the 2017 curriculum. For more information on the curriculum and courses, visit the Academic Office website.

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Subject List

In your first year, you will start out taking liberal arts courses regardless of whether you are an APS or APM major. These interdisciplinary classes are designed to give you a foundation to build upon for when you start your major-specific courses in your second year. You also have the opportunity to personalize your study pathway and take a number of courses both within and outside your major throughout your studies at APU.