Applications are accepted twice a year, Round1 (from September to October) and Round2 (from March to April).
There are two phases to the admissions process. The first phase is the evaluation of application forms. Hitotsubashi ICS evaluates the applicants on a variety of criteria, including the most recent TOEFL or IELTS scores, and GMAT or GRE scores. In addition, the DBA program requires two or more years of work experience, a statement of purpose and a research proposal, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Applicants who are selected in the first phase then proceed to the in-person interview in the second phase. The DBA Admissions Committee consisting of full-time Hitotsubashi ICS faculty members will make the admissions decisions and notify the applicants.
As described above, applicants are expected to have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience and an MBA (or an equivalent graduate degree) to enroll in the program. An applicant who does not fulfill this requirement may request a waiver. In such a case, the DBA Admissions Committee will take into consideration both academic and professional qualifications of the applicant. The Committee will then determine whether the applicant has the potential to enroll in the DBA program, and to apply to the program.