How to apply

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MBA Prerequisites for Admission

Before applying for admission to the MBA Program at Hitotsubashi ICS, you'll need to make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • At least 16 years of education. For specifics, see "Admission Requirements" in the Hitotsubashi ICS MBA Application Package
  • A bachelor's degree that evidences a sound academic record
  • Full-time post-graduate work experience of 2 years or more (may include the time period up to MBA program entrance in September)

What We Look For

We take a holistic approach that considers every component of your application, evaluating three broad areas:

  • An employment history, essays and personal references that reflect clear purpose, high motivation, and well-developed interpersonal skills
  • General aptitude for business studies, as demonstrated by the GMAT or GRE score
  • Strong command of English

Admissions Schedule for 2022 intake

There are two application rounds for the entering Class of 2022.
Please note the following:

  • Applicants may apply for either the One-Year program (excluding YLP) OR the Two-Year program. Once accepted to one program, it is not possible to switch to the other program.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.
  • Scholarship decisions for candidates are made only after a candidate has been admitted. Since scholarships are limited in number, applying in the first round confers an advantage with respect to securing a scholarship.
Round Applications period Interview Decision Notification Date
One August 2, 2021 to
October 20, 2021, 14:59 JST
November 25, 2021 December 9, 2021
Two November 15, 2021 to
February 16, 2022, 14:59 JST
March 24, 2022 Aplil 7, 2022

If you have any questions, please check FAQ or contact us here.

APPLICATION PROCESS for each application round


Step 1

Online only, with payment of the application fee of JPY 30,000 during the application period.
We do not review applications received via post or email.


Step 2

If selected in the round's initial screening. Online format.


Step 3

2-3 weeks after interview. By email and post.


Step 4

Payment of the matriculation fee is required for enrollment to become official.

Completing your application

Hitotsubashi ICS MBA admissions check  Application Package


Please see the Application package for the detailed information before you start your application. If you have any questions, please see FAQ or contact us here.
Hitotsubashi ICS MBA admissions Registering to the online application system


Please make sure to register with the Online Applications System as early as possible, as this will ensure that you have enough time if a technical issue occurs.
Hitotsubashi ICS MBA admissions Registering to the online application system


Submit ALL required documents. The application must be filled out in English. If your original documents or certificates are written in a language other than English, please attach a certified English translation. Please note that you are able to change uploaded documents as much as you like prior to pressing the ‘submit' bottom.

Required documents

Application Form A Your personal details
Degree certificates and official transcript Submit a certificate AND transcript for all earned degrees, including any earned master's and doctoral degrees. Certificates and transcripts must be issued by the registrar of the university or college.
Application Form B Essays
Official GMAT or GRE score report Scores must be no more than 5 years old.
Will accept the online versions of GMAT & GRE exams, cognizant that the writing assessment will not be available.
University Code No.
GMAT: F6R-Q5-29
GRE: 4454
Official TOEFL or IELTS score reportOptional
TOEFL: University Code No.: 8682
IELTS: Department: ICS Admissions Office
University: Hitotsubashi University
Address: National Center of Sciences, 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8439, Japan
Proof of paid application feeA non-refundable application fee of JPY 30,000 is payable during the application period, via credit card or bank transfer. We strongly recommend payment via credit card; however, if a bank transfer is necessary, please contact
Application Form CTwo Letters of Reference. At least one letter and preferably both letters should come from supervisors within your current or previous company.
The Online Application System will send emails to referees immediately after your online registration has been completed.
Copy of passport page(s)A photocopy of the details page(s) of your passport, including your name, photo, passport number, date of birth and dates of issuance and expiry.
For company-sponsored applicantsAn official letter from your employer stating that the employer will sponsor you. (In Japanese, Haken shodakusho)

If you plan to apply for a Young Leaders' Program scholarship, please note that the application details (application period, etc.) differ from those for the standard application process and requirements detailed here.


Applicants who have disabilities or special needs that require accommodating in the application process and/or once they start their program of study at Hitotsubashi ICS should notify the Hitotsubashi ICS Admissions Office by email at two months prior to the starting date of an application period. (If you do not know the application period, please contact us as well. Although the Hitotsubashi ICS Admissions Office will accept such notifications after this date, it may not be able to make arrangements necessary to accommodate disabilities/special needs in time for the screening and/or the program starting date.) Requesting such type of accommodation in the application process does not obligate you to apply to Hitotsubashi ICS. Even if you are undecided about whether or not to apply to Hitotsubashi ICS, you may still make such requests.
NB: Depending on the nature of the accommodation requested, it may take some time for the Hitotsubashi ICS Admissions Office to respond.