Admission and Application Info

Applications for Admission in April 2020 are now open!

Candidates should start their preparations by visiting the GMAT website, and preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

TOEFL and GMAT tests can be taken after you have started your application if necessary.

Documentation, scores, and transcripts can be uploaded after you have started your application, if necessary.

Candidates residing outside of Japan who need a Student Visa should read this:
IMPORTANT: International students, please click here and read the other information prior to processing with your application. Application deadline for students residing outside of Japan and who need a Student Visa is December 15th.

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, as well as the results of standardized tests, and an interview.

Work Experience

The McGill MBA Japan program is aimed at mid-career executives who have substantive work experience. MBA Japan 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.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

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

Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

Candidates may alternately provide Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores towards their application, in place of the GMAT.

GMAT Waivers

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

GMAT waivers are rare and 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 only 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 a score of 86, with 20 marks on each of the four sections.

McGill does not accept the TOEIC Test as proof of English proficiency.

Please contact our office in the case of any questions.

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, at 81-3-6279-0412, send our Director an email at or attend one of our Open House Sessions in Tokyo.

Application Period

The next academic year starts in April 2019.

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

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