Doshisha University - Doshisha Business School
Doshisha University is located in the
heart of Kyoto
The Business School
The business school offers
Our goal is to establish Doshisha Business School as a center of excellence for business education and research in three areas that are especially relevant to the needs and business environment of the 21st century: Business in Asia, Green Business, and Culture and Creativity. Consistent with our university's long tradition of "education guided by conscience," we also aim to make DBS Japan's leading business school in emphasis on corporate social responsibility. By producing socially responsible business leaders, we seek to contribute to the socio-economic development of 21st-century Asia.
Our location in Kansai places us in one of Japan's two major business regions and gives us access to companies in both traditional industries (including Kyoto culture-related businesses) and modern ones (including Panasonic, Nintendo, Kyocera, Omron, P&G Japan).
A contemporary and cosmopolitan
- Build your own program in general Business Management or one of our innovative focus areas: Business in Asia, Green Business, and Culture and Creativity
- An international student body
- An emphasis on social responsibility
- Preparation for career opportunities in Japan and abroad
- Tuition scholarship available to all international students
- A fantastic location
Entry is in September with applications accepted between December and May. Full details about the application process can be found here: gmba.doshisha.ac.jp/admissions-and-scholarships/ho…
The FacultyDoshisha's Global MBA Program faculty is made up of active researchers with extensive experience in both business and the classroom. Visiting professors from top international business schools offer specialized courses and provide a global perspective. Small class size encourages close interaction between faculty and students, creating a unique and friendly learning environment.
We also boast a capable and hard-working office staff who are dedicated to helping students smoothly deal with administrative matters. Learn more about our faculty here: gmba.doshisha.ac.jp/about-us/people
Entry RequirementsTo join our program, applicants should have:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university
- A satisfactory GMAT score
- Certificate of proficiency in the English language (where necessary), e.g.: TOEIC - 760 or above, TOEFL - 83 or above (internet), 560 or above (paper), 220 or above (computer), IELTS - 6.0 or above, Cambridge Examination - FCE or above.
- A minimum of two years' full-time work experience
(Please contact us directly if you do not satisfy these requirements.)
Full details are available in our applications pack available here: gmba.doshisha.ac.jp/admissions-and-scholarships/re…
Application ProcedurePreliminary application
If you are interested in applying for the program but would like to consult with us first, we invite you to submit a preliminary application. Our admissions team will put you in touch with one of our professors who will review your application and get back to you within five working days. Simply complete the Preliminary Application form and return it to
No fee is required for the preliminary application.
We also ask that you submit a GMAT score (if you have already taken the test) and evidence of English language ability (for non-native speakers).
Please complete the application form and return it to us via email. Supporting documentation should be sent by post along with the application fee. Please make sure to get all documentation to us by the advertised dates. Full details about the application process can be found in the 2012 applications guide available here: gmba.doshisha.ac.jp/admissions-and-scholarships/ho…
The non-refundable application fee is 15,000 yen (approx. US$200) for non-Japanese applicants and 35,000 yen for Japanese applicants.
Screening of documents
Our admissions committee will fully review your application form and supporting documentation on receipt. Applicants who successfully pass this screening stage will be called for interview.
Interviews are an important part of the applications process and an opportunity for us to assess your motivation, communication skills, and suitability for the Global MBA. Applicants residing in Japan will be invited to a face-to-face interview while overseas applicants will be interviewed via Skype.
Following the interview, a final decision will be made on your application by the GMBA Admissions Committee and you will be notified of our decision shortly thereafter.
Offer and enrollment
Successful applicants will receive an offer letter and are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 280,000 yen. Once you have accepted your place and paid the deposit, you will then need to complete registration procedures (including immigration procedures for overseas applicants) to secure your place.
Tuition and FeesThe total fee for the Global MBA is 2,928,000 yen, but Reduced-tuition Scholarships available to all international students reduce the tution fees by:
- 30% (for 40% of 2012 entering students),
- 50% (for 30% of 2012 entering students), or
- 100% (for 30% of 2012 entering students)
Full details of tuition and living costs can be found here: gmba.doshisha.ac.jp/admissions-and-scholarships/ed…
Recipients of the Konica Minolta
All 2012 entry international students are eligible for a discount of between 30% and 100% on their tuition fees.
- A 100% tuition fee reduction (available to 30% of international applicants) means that the total fees payable for the two-year degree are 720,000 yen.
- A 50% tuition fee reduction (available to 30% of international applicants) means that the total fees payable for the two-year degree are 1,824,000 yen.
- A 30% tuition fee reduction (available to 40% of international applicants) means that the total fees payable for the two-year degree are 2,265,000 yen.
In addition, we are pleased to be able to offer several scholarship and funding opportunities to promising Global MBA applicants, including the prestigious MEXT scholarship funded by the Japanese government.
Scholarships are allocated to each round of applications. If you are seeking financial support we advise you to apply early, as some funding opportunities may not be available later in the application period. Assessment and selection is based on past academic and professional performance and/or on financial need. For full details and the latest news on scholarships please visit gmba.doshisha.ac.jp/admissions-and-scholarships/sc…
Live in the dynamic Kansai region
Kyoto - ancient capital and modern city
Home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto is the city of choice for innovators, academics, and all those wishing to surround themselves with a fascinating balance of the past, present, and future. While traditional Kyoto draws tourists from all over the globe to its temples and gardens, modern Kyoto offers everything that the resident or visitor could desire: exciting shopping districts, a safe and fun night life, a variety of natural and spiritual pursuits and institutions, and access to Japan's international hub cities of Osaka and Kobe. The "Kansai" region of Japan (centered around Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) offers a multicultural environment with China-towns, Korea-towns, and a huge range of cultural and entertainment events.
Kansai - a global business hub
With the largest number of manufacturers in the country, Kansai is regarded as the industrial heart of Japan and is deeply connected with the broader Asian economy. Many leading Japanese companies, including Nintendo, Panasonic, Kawasaki, Itochu, Sharp, Daihatsu, Daikin, Kyocera and Omron, were established or are headquartered in the region, and Doshisha Business School maintains strong relationships with local industry. With cutting-edge research institutes and dozens of universities, Kansai is a major R&D center, boasting a large number of high-tech science parks and next-generation industrial clusters. One third of global lithium-ion battery production, for instance, is based in Kansai, and the region's firms hold a 70% share of the domestic market for solar cells. Many leading multinationals, including AstraZeneca, Bayer Healthcare, P&G, Haier, Recaro and Nestle, have also chosen Kansai as their Japan headquarters.
AccommodationAt Doshisha, you will find that the university provides a wide range of student support to help you settle into your new life in Japan. Finding the right place to live is essential for making the most of your time studying and living in Kyoto. We will be happy to introduce you to housing agencies who can provide you with a list of accommodation options to match your budget and lifestyle.
A diverse and global
Global MBA student comments
Kat Toussaint, USA:
Having already lived and worked in Japan for several years, I wanted to continue to build on that foundation in a graduate program that understood that international means more than abroad. Doshisha has proved to be the perfect school for gaining a truly international education. With a student body representing 20 countries from 6 continents and professors from all over the geographic and academic world, DBS has afforded me opportunities to learn more than I ever dreamed.
Tirelo Moepswa, Botswana:
The diverse nationalities at DBS make studying here an intriguing and unique experience. One gets views from multiple perspectives. The program has a rich global approach, but it also enlightens one on the pitfalls of unsustainable business practices a good learning experience for aspiring global managers. My first year here has equipped me with the ability to look at international business more critically and be more analytical in my views on global issues. The constant interaction with both students and faculty makes the learning process a very enjoyable one.
Eddy Joe Reber, Peru/Switzerland:
I chose DBS for its location, comfortable atmosphere, and special programs. Having lived in Osaka and Tokyo, I thought that Kyoto would be an excellent place to combine studies and experience a new city. Lectures in the Global MBA program are held in small groups, which encourages students to participate and interact with others from different countries. The world is changing, and we have to learn how to do business without damaging our environment. The Global MBA offers a Green Certificate, where we learn green technologies and methods to bring sustainability back to our planet.
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