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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


When can I apply?

The application period for each year is generally held from December until June in following year and is divided into multiple rounds. Please see How to Apply for deadlines and more information.
After the current year’s application period ends in June, applications and details for the upcoming academic year will be provided online in November. If you are visiting our site before the materials for your desired entry year are available, please keep in mind that there may be some differences in application materials depending on the year.
How to Apply

When does the program start?

The Doshisha Global MBA starts from fall semester. New students are expected to participate in orientation and complete course registration in person on campus in early September. Classes begin in late September or October.

When should successful applicants plan to arrive in Kyoto (/Japan)?

We recommend arriving in Kyoto in early September well in advance of the start of orientation events.
All new students are expected to participate in orientation and complete course registration in person on campus in September. The office will contact successful applicants with a detailed orientation schedule in August.

Can I start in spring?

We only accept students for fall intake.

Can I defer my enrollment after I'm accepted?

We do not offer deferred or postponed enrollment.

Can I apply without full-time work experience?

At least two years of full-time work experience is preferred. However, in the event that an applicant does not have full-time work experience, internships and other work experience may be substituted for full-time work experience. Submit a preliminary application detailing your experience and interest in the program and we will help you decide if our program is right for you. (*Work experience is not necessary for those applying through Doshisha University Undergraduate Recommendation.)
Admission Requirements

Are there any written exams?

We do not have a written exam for admission; however, either GMAT® or GRE® test score is required to apply to our program. Please refer to our website for the application process, but briefly, first, there is a screening of you application documents, followed by a formal interview. Admission is based on our assessment of your application, professional experience, academic performance, references, and interview.
The submission of a GMAT® or GRE® score can be waived if the applicant has full time work experience of at least three years.

What tests are required for admission?

To join our Global MBA (Global Business and Management Studies program), you should have:
•Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
•GMAT® or GRE® score *1
•Work experience (at least 2 years' full-time work experience is preferred.)*2
•English Proficiency Test*3, *4 (for non-native English speakers)
Any of the following are acceptable:*5, *6, *7
TOEIC® Listening and Reading Test (TOEIC® Test) score of 760 or above
TOEFL® Test score of 83 or above (iBT)
IELTS™ (Academic Module) score of 6.0 or above
Cambridge Examination score of FCE (Pass)

*1 The submission of a GMAT® or GRE® score can be waived if the applicant has full-time work experience of at least three years.
*2 The work experience requirement is waived if you are applying through Doshisha University Undergraduate Recommendation. Please refer to the University Recommendation Admissions Guide for details.
*3 The English proficiency test requirement is waived for candidates who are native English speakers, those who have received a bachelor's or master's degree from a university where the medium of instruction was English, or those who are recognized by Doshisha Business School as possessing an equivalent qualification.
*4 Those who can demonstrate their English language proficiency by providing an official test score dated on or after November 1, 2019, for one of the tests listed above.
*5 TOEFL-CBT®, TOEFL PBT®, TOEFL ITP®, TOEIC Bridge® test, TOEIC® IP test and IELTS™ (General Training Module) scores are NOT acceptable.
*6 Students who wish to be considered for the “Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship [University Recommendation]” should apply with TOEFL iBT® or IELTS™.
Download the Admissions Guide
Admission Requirements
*7 TOEFL iBT® Home Edition (TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition) can be accepted.

Can I apply without a GMAT® or GRE® score?

A GMAT® or GRE® test score is one of the admissions requirements.
All candidates are requested to submit either official GMAT® or GRE® test score report.
The submission of a GMAT® or GRE® score can be waived if the applicant has full time work experience of at least three years.
Designation codes:
  • GMAT® Program Code: QJK-PK-35
  • GRE® Designated Institution Code: 3575

What can I do if GMAT® is not offered in my country?

If GMAT® is not offered in your country, please try taking the GRE® instead. If both GMAT® and GRE® test are not offered, please submit a preliminary application and consult the admissions team.

What is the average GMAT® score for successful applicants?

The average GMAT® score varies depending on application rounds or admission year. Please note that our admissions process is designed to evaluate the whole person and to establish a good ‘fit’ with our program.

How is the formal interview conducted for applicants who live far from Kyoto?

The formal interview is an important part of the applications process and an opportunity for us to assess applicants’ motivation, communication skills, and suitability for our program. Applicants residing in Japan will be invited to a face-to-face interview. Overseas applicants will be interviewed using video-call such as ZOOM or Skype™. We also conduct interviews online via video-call for applicants who live in outside of the Kansai area in Japan. Please ensure your video-call ID is included on your application form.

If my application is unsuccessful can I apply again in a later round?

Applicants who do not receive an offer of admission may reapply in a later round within the same admissions cycle if they meet the eligibility requirements for that round*. Applicants are required to pay the application fee (15,000 yen) each time they submit a formal application.
*Please note that only those who are residents or citizens of Japan are eligible to apply in the final application round.

Scholarships & Costs

How much is tuition? What is the total cost of the program?

Please see Scholarships & Costs for a detailed breakdown of the tuition and other fees associated with the program.
You can also see an estimate for living expenses in Kyoto here:
Student Life: Living in Kyoto

How can I get a scholarship to study at DBS?

All successful privately-funded international applicants to our program are eligible for Doshisha University Merit Scholarships for Self-Funded International Students, scholarships that reduce tuition fees by 30% to 100%. Please refer to our website for further information:
Scholarships & Costs

How does DBS award scholarships to successful applicants?

Scholarship allocation is discussed based on each student’s overall application and interview results and is approved by the university. Successful applicants will be contacted regarding final scholarship allocation in July.

Curriculum & Academics

Do you offer distance learning courses?

We do not offer distance learning or online courses. All enrolled students must physically attend classes at Doshisha Business School.

Life in Japan

Are there any internship opportunities for international students at DBS?

Please see Careers: Internships

What are the job opportunities while studying?

Individuals studying in Japan on student visas must apply for permission to work part-time at an immigration office in order to work. There are some constraints on the amount of hours and industry in which international students may work. Please make sure to contact the nearest Consulate or Embassy of Japan for the most updated information before arriving in Japan. Also, you might find the following website useful: Study Japan
There will be some in-school part-time work such as working as a teaching assistant or internship opportunities available for certain number of international students. Further information will be available for new students after enrollment. Please refer to our website below for more information:
Careers: Internships
Living in Kyoto: Part-time Work

How expensive is it to live in Kyoto?

Actual expenses will vary from student to student, but you can find an estimate here:
Student Life: Living in Kyoto

After graduation I hope to get a job in a specific industry, what guidance can you offer me?

Please submit a preliminary application to tell us more about your career goals. We will then do our best to schedule your preliminary interview with a member of our faculty who is familiar with your desired industry and can offer insight into working in that field.