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General FAQs

How much do companies in Japan value an MBA ?
Japanese companies value and need employees with the skills that are learned in an MBA program, especially those that can be gained at a graduate school with a strong reputation like Hitotsubashi ICS. Companies tell us that they need employees who are skilled at thinking strategically, who can see the big picture of where a company fits in local and global markets, who work well in diverse global teams, who understand how to manage and motivate people, and who are familiar with the basics of finance and accounting.
However, we make it clear to companies who hire our students that they are not simply hiring an MBA degree holder; they are hiring a package of valuable skills.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of going to ICS versus going to a bigger U.S. or European MBA school ?
Hitotsubashi ICS has a small student body. Students receive much more individual attention from faculty than they would at a bigger MBA school. Our seminar (“zemi”) system further enables students to get to know one faculty member and a small group of fellow classmates very well, both socially and intellectually. At Hitotsubashi ICS, everyone participates – in classes, in social activities, and in all of the experiences of an MBA program. However, our school is not for everyone. If you prefer to sit back quietly, we are not the right school for you. Another difference at Hitotsubashi ICS is that business is studied from both Eastern and Western perspectives. We are in Japan and close to the rest of Asia, so our perspective is truly a global view, not simply a U.S-centric or Euro-centric view. The ‘Best of Two Worlds’ is the unique mission of ICS. We want to welcome those students who want to be a bridge between East and West, Large and Small, Global and Local, Old and New, Practice and Theory, Cooperation and Competition, and Business and Society.
Why do your students choose Hitotsubashi ICS over other Japanese business schools ?
Students tell us that they choose ICS over other Japanese business schools for several reasons. Hitotsubashi ICS is truly global. The language for our entire program is English only. We are a part of one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in Japan. We have an outstanding faculty that mixes top academics with highly success practitioners. We are located in central Tokyo next to the Imperial Palace and very close to the central business district. Our students do very well in the job market. And, we have a very distinctive culture that combines hard work with lots of fun, and competition with cooperation. In one or two years at ICS, our students develop business and social networks that will last a lifetime.
What is the difference between the 1-year MBA and the 2-year MBA programs ?
Students in both programs take the same courses together in the first year. All required coursework must be completed in the first year (with certain exceptions such as students who are accepted into summer MBA internship programs by leading companies).
Students in the second year of a 2-year program must either have a company internship or attend an exchange program for a term at one of our global partner schools. Some students do both. 2-year program students work closely with the Career Development Office in their second year. The 2-year program is recommended for students who are self-sponsored, and are not planning to return to their current companies after graduation.
1-year program students are typically company-sponsored or students with Young Leaders’ Program scholarships, a Japanese government-sponsored program that requires a separate application process. 1-year program students usually have a committed position to return to after graduation since they have little opportunity to conduct a job search before graduation.
Can I be a part-time student ? Do you offer any courses by correspondence ?
Unfortunately, the answer to both questions is “NO”. We are a full-time day MBA program.
Can I transfer credits from another MBA program to ICS in order to accelerate my graduation from ICS ?
Unfortunately, the answer here is also “NO”. However, if you are in the 2-year program and participate in a student exchange program with one of our partner schools, credits earned during your student exchange can be used toward graduation from ICS (with limits).
What kinds of careers do Hitotsubashi ICS graduates enter upon graduation ?
Our graduates have a wide range of careers, in many different types of industries. The careers of our graduates might be in areas that require strategic thinking with a global perspective. We find some graduates transferring to an overseas subsidiary of their company immediately upon graduation, or joining the strategic planning department of their company for overseas M&A. An increasingly common career path for our non-Japanese graduates is joining a Japanese company to help expand business in their home countries or joining the Japanese subsidiary of a global company. We also have numerous graduates in classic post-MBA professions, such as management consulting, investment banking and IT business. Please refer to the Career Services section of our website for more information.
Is there a system in place that enables networking among ICS alumni ?
ICS has over 600 alumni who work and live in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. The Hitotsubashi ICS Alumni Association encourages networking among ICS alumni through various alumni events and social media. The ICS Alumni Association has its own Facebook page, as do some local chapters of the Alumni Association.

Admissions FAQs

General FAQs

How many positions does ICS offer ?
Positions for 28 students (excluding Young Leaders Program) are on offer
What is the student acceptance rate at ICS ?
For the 2015 academic year, ICS accepted slightly less than 50% of the total number of applications received.
Who determines whether or not I am accepted ?
All full-time faculty members are members of the admissions committee members and read the applications and conduct the interviews (face to face, via Skype, or by telephone). Faculty members determine which applicants are accepted into ICS’s MBA program.
How old is the average age of current students ?
Generally, the average age of ICS students is around 30.
For more detailed information, please refer to the following webpage.
Facts and Figures
What is the timeline for ICS Admissions ?
The application period for Round 1 is from early December to early January and for Round 2 is from early February to early March.
For more detailed information, please refer to the following webpage.
Overview
Can I send application documents by post ?
No. Application documentation is accepted only via the ICS Online Application System.
Does ICS have rolling admissions ?
No. Applicants must apply during the specified application period(s).
Can I apply in both application rounds ?
Yes.
Can I start studying in the ICS from April ?
No.
Is Japanese language ability required for ICS admissions ?
As the MBA program is entirely conducted in English, ICS does not require applicants to have Japanese language ability. However, applicants interested in getting a job in Japan should note that many Japanese companies require international students to have business-level Japanese language ability.
How do I apply for the Young Leaders Program ?
Admissions for the Young Leaders Program are conducted via the Japanese Embassy in target countries. Applicants should direct further enquiries to the Japanese Embassy in their home country.
How much should I budget financially to attend ICS ?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the annual tuition fee is ¥535,800 per year. A matriculation fee payment of ¥282,000 is due at the time of enrollment. While these costs are very reasonable since ICS is a national university, there are other expenses, including case materials and books, that need to be factored in which will require an additional ¥120,000 to ¥230,000. Please see the application form for more details on fees and expenses. Also, please keep in mind that Tokyo is not an inexpensive city, although rent and food can vary substantially depending on life style.
What kind of financial aid is available to students ?
There are several scholarships available to students. The granting of scholarships is based on merit not financial need. These include company as well as faculty scholarships. The number of scholarships varies year to year. Please refer to the Student Financial Aid section of the ICS website for further information.
When can I apply for scholarships ?
Applicants are notified in regard to available scholarships following acceptance to ICS.
Can ICS help me to get a Visa ?
ICS provides assistance to successful applicants who have completed entrance formalities to secure a student Visa (留学).

Qualifications

Can I apply for admission to ICS on the basis of graduation from Junior college with an associate degree and 14 years of education in total ?
The ICS Admissions Committee judges such eligibility separately. Please contact the ICS Admissions Committee ( ics-info@ics.hit-u.ac.jp ) prior to seeking admission.

Working experience

My working experience is less than 3 years. Can I apply for ICS ?
Full-time post-graduate work experience of 3 years or longer (as at entrance day) is mandatory for all applicants.
Can I count internship while a student or part-time work towards the required working experience ?
No. Only full-time post-graduate working experience may be counted towards the minimum working experience required of all applicants.

Degree certificate/Official transcript

Can I submit degree certificate/official transcript written in other languages ?
Documentation in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.

Essay

How important are the essays in the application form ?
Essays are critical elements of the application. Essays are read carefully in order to gain insights into the applicant’s background, ability to contribute to other classmates’ learning, ability to handle the academic workload, and ability to socialize comfortably in a highly personalized environment. Applicants should therefore take care in writing admissions essays.

GMAT score

How important are GMAT scores ?
GMAT scores are an important indicator of ability to handle the course content and academic workload at ICS. The ICS guideline is a score of 600 or above. Other indicators include undergraduate academic record and English language capability. This is not a minimum requirement but applicants with a lower score will need to support their application with other evidence of sufficient aptitude - for example, in their essay, at interview and so on.
Can I submit a GRE score instead of GMAT scores ?
No.
Can I be exempted from submitting my GMAT score on the basis of my working experience ?
ICS requires all applicants to submit a valid GMAT score, without exception.
How long are GMAT scores valid ?
ICS does not accept scores that are more than five years old as of the interview day of each round.
When is the deadline for advising official GMAT scores ?
Applicants must upload the Test Taker Copy by the application deadline. ICS conducts the 1st screening based on documents uploaded by the application deadline. In addition, official scores sent directly to ICS by official test personnel must arrive by the date of the interview.
Can I update my GMAT scores between the application deadline and the interview ?
The first screening is done on the basis of the scores submitted by the application deadline. Applicants wishing to update their scores prior to interview may do so by sending the Test Taker Copy to: mailto:ibs-admission@ics.hit-u.ac.jp and highlighting the new scores at the interview.

TOEFL/IELTS score

How high should TOEFL/IELTS scores be for ICS admission ?
While ICS does not set a minimum required score for TOEFL/IELTS, scores of 100 (TOEFL iBT), 600 (PBT), 250 (CBT) or 7.0 (IELTS academic) are expected.
Can I submit TOEIC scores instead of TOEFL/IELTS scores ?
No.
Can I be exempted from submitting TOEFL/IELTS scores?
The following applicants are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.
・Applicants whose native language is English
・Applicants who graduated with a Bachelor’s or higher degree from a program that was conducted entirely in English
When is the deadline for advising official TOEFL/IELTS scores ?
Applicants must upload the Test Taker Copy by the application deadline. ICS conducts the 1st screening based on documents uploaded by the application deadline. In addition, official scores sent directly to ICS by official test personnel must arrive by the date of the interview.
How long are TOEFL/IELTS scores valid ?
ICS does not accept scores that are more than two years old as of the interview day of each round.
Can I update my TOEFL/IELTS scores between the application deadline and the interview ?
The first screening is done on the basis of the scores submitted by the application deadline. Applicants wishing to update their scores prior to interview may do so by sending the Test Taker Copy to: mailto:ibs-admission@ics.hit-u.ac.jp and highlighting the new scores at the interview.

Health Certificate

Can I submit health check results other than Form (C) ?
If health check results covers all items in Form (C), they may be submitted in place of Form (C). In the case of health check results in a language other than English, please attach an English translation.

Application Fee

Why can't I pay application fee by credit card ?
ICS’s credit card payment system accepts only Visa or Mastercard. Applicants who do not hold either of these kinds of credit card should pay the application fee by bank transfer.

Letters of reference

What kind of persons are suitable as referees ?
References should come from persons who have been directly responsible for assessing the applicant’s work and/or academic performance. At least one, and preferably both, references should come from supervisors within the applicant’s current company.
I am an owner of independent business. Can I designate my business connection or customer as a referee for my letter of recommendation ?
Yes.
Is it okay if I translate the letter of recommendation because my recommender does not speak English ?
No, ICS does not allow an applicant to translate the letter of recommendation; either an official translator or the recommender must do the translation.