MBA Japan Program Admission

The McGill MBA Japan is designed for high-achieving, ambitious students interested in making a positive impact in their organizations, and in developing themselves into responsible leaders. MBA Japan candidates all have a number of years of employment experience, which allows them to participate fully in classroom discussion, group work, and to make a strong contribution to the learning of their peers.

The best way to find out more about our admissions process is to attend an Open House Session. Register for an upcoming Open House Session by clicking here

Admission Requirements
McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management seeks applicants with strong managerial potential. Admission to the McGill MBA Japan program is competitive and is based on a combination of work experience, academic background, recommendations, standardized tests, and the results of an interview.

Work Experience:
The McGill MBA Japan program is aimed at mid-career executives who have substantive work experience. The average number of years of work experience is 10 years and students usually have at least five years of work experience before joining the McGill MBA Japan program. Applicants must have at a minimum, two years of relevant full-time work experience after their undergraduate degree before submitting an application.

Academic Achievement:
Your undergraduate degree and any further academic qualifications are important indicators of intellectual ability and likelihood of success in our program.

Candidates take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). At present, McGill requires a minimum of 570 on the GMAT test with a 30 on the Quantitative Section. High achievement on the GMAT does not guarantee admission.

GMAT Waivers:
 Candidates with extensive employment experience and/or advanced academic credentials may have certain criteria waived.

GMAT Waivers can be considered for applicants who demonstrate significant academic achievement and or substantial quantitative ability. Waivers are not automatic and will only be considered upon request from the candidate after his or her application and supporting documents, including letters of reference, have been received in Montreal.

English Proficiency:
The McGill MBA Japan program is conducted in English and MBA Japan students must have solid English skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to participate in our program. Candidates who do not meet the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies criteria for English proficiency must demonstrate achievement on the TOEFL, or the IELTS. For the TOEFL test, candidates must achieve at least 86, with a 20 on each of the four sections. Please contact our office if you have questions regarding this.

Extracurricular Activities and Community Involvement:
The admissions committee is also interested in your extracurricular activities and community involvement. These can be noted in your application essay.

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview with an alumni or staff member. Interviews take place at our office in Tokyo.

Company Support:
While not mandatory, we urge candidates to seek the commitment and support of their employer in their application to and funding for the McGill MBA Japan program. This can be demonstrated by written recommendations from the candidate’s supervisor, or senior management at his or her organization.

Contact Us:

The best way to find out about applying to the McGill MBA Japan program is to call us at our office, or attend one of our Open House Sessions in Tokyo.

Application Period:

The next academic year starts April 2015.

UPDATE: Between January 15th and February 15th, Applications will be accepted from qualified candidates. Candidates should first contact our office at 81-3-3342-3430 or contact our Director at in order to start the application.

Documents, references, and scores (if necessary) can be uploaded after the initial application has been submitted on-line and the application fee has been paid.

Please attend an Open House Session in January to find out more about our program and why McGill MBA Japan could be right for you.