Students and Alumni

Students in the McGill MBA Japan program are a highly motivated group and come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, thus providing a unique backdrop to the classroom experience. A profile of the McGill MBA Japan students is presented below (based on data when entering the Program.)

Student and Alumni

  • Average age: 34
  • Work experience: 4-10 years
  • Class size: up to 45 per class
  • Male/Female ratio: Male 65% / Female 35%
  • Undergraduate degrees:
    • Bachelor of Arts/Literature 38%
    • Bachelor of Science 9%
    • Bachelor of Engineering 15%
    • Music, Medicine, Law, Agriculture, Pharmacy, etc. 38%
  • Nationalities:
    • Japanese 55%
    • Rest of the world 45%

McGill MBA Japan Program students and alumni come from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, South Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and more.


“[My classmates] are an amazing group, with very diverse backgrounds and experiences. Having worked for a relatively long time in the same industry, it was enjoyable to work with people with other backgrounds, and who possess different ways of thinking.”
—Noriko Maruoka, Class of 2002

“I’ve really appreciated how the many facets of the courses kind of meld into one another, making it very difficult to separate out any one topic in isolation. I guess what I have found most interesting is the interconnections, the ‘oneness’ of it all.”
—David Hackett, Class of 2002

“I see the benefits of the program as: 1) being able to work and get your MBA at the same time, and 2) being unnecessary to go to North America for a North American MBA. I’m happy with my decision to join the program, due to the quality of the professors and classmates, the reputation of McGill, and the fact that there is no compromise in the content, versus what I would find in North America.”
—Takashi Tsutsumi, Class of 2003

“The McGill Japan MBA Program offers a strong analytical business and strategy framework, and makes students ‘grow’ a true business mind; it further has made me feel at par with business counterparts who have MBAs and the knowledge that comes with it. This has enhanced my leverage in business negotiations.”
—Ruth Rooyackers, Class of 2000

“It is not possible for me to single out a particular [most valuable] experience as it is really the accumulation of experiences throughout the program that counts. It is really a two-year transformation process.”
—Clinton Gass, Class of 2000

“My classmates were a good mix of people, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Classmates had significant real-world experience and a high level of maturity. This was reflected many times in class discussions and project work, in which classmates were willing to discuss concepts rigorously, and able to disagree constructively.”
—Takashi Tsutsumi, Class of 2003

“[Prospective students should] understand the requirements of the program — it is challenging, demanding, and fast-paced. Apply what you learn; put your learning into practice right away. Be open minded; keep your eyes and ears open. There is no limit to learning from the McGill environment, inside and outside the classroom.”
—Ram Ottikkutti, Class of 2001

“The most interesting thing I learned was that many classmates have been thinking about their career path very seriously, and they were considering the McGill MBA Japan Program not as career goal, but as a critical experience to move up to their next career stage.”
—Shunicho Matsumoto, Class of 2004

“[The] program not only met most of my expectations, it brought out an appreciation of the efforts of everyone involved — professors were very hands on and accessible, classmates were generous with time/effort in group work, and the administration helped make things happen.”
—James Heine, Class of 2004