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#39 Waseda MBA Admissions Q&A with Professor Reiji Ohtaki

Waseda MBA Professor Reiji Ohtaki

“As many Japanese companies are going global, developing markets overseas – not just exporting and manufacturing goods overseas – is becoming the biggest challenge. Many companies started realizing the importance of talent with an MBA education. Particularly in the past 3-4 years, Japanese companies have focused on mid-career hires as well as MBA hires. Non-Japanese hires with MBAs have become very popular.”

Professor Reiji Ohtaki, Program Director of the Nanyang-Waseda Double MBA, joined the show to talk about Waseda’s International MBA Program located in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Ohtaki runs the career management center and has held many senior leadership positions for Hay and Mercer Consulting in Asia Pacific, so he’s a great person to talk to about MBAs and careers in Japan.

Listen on for the insider’s scoop…

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Program Highlights (1:29)

  • Waseda founded in 1882, Graduate School of Commerce established in 1951, Waseda Business School formally established in 1998
  • Campus in Tokyo, Japan
  • International MBA
  • 1 intake / year in Sep
  • Length: 2 years
  • 70 participants/intake, ~10-15 nationalities/intake, class is ~75% int’l
  • 30 full-time faculty members
  • Taught entirely in English, Japanese language courses available
  • Students must complete a degree thesis
  • Partnership with 25 exchange schools
  • Rankings: Not Ranked by Financial Times 2013 or Economist 2012
  • Accredited by ABEST21 (MBA accreditation group in Japan)
  • Waseda-Nanyang Double MBA Program
  • Dual focus on global business and management of technology
  • 1 intake/year in July
  • Length: 12 months
  • 10-15 participants/intake, ~5 nationalities/intake, class is ~85% int’l
  • Core courses offered at NTU (8 months), elective courses offered through WBS (4 months),
  • 63,000 SGD, 8,000 SGD study grant given to all admits

Admissions (11:25)

  • 5 Rounds from Sep 20, 2013 – May 27, 2014
  • 3 years of experience is recommended
  • Avg GMAT: 550
  • Avg age: 40% of class 25-29, 25% of class 20-24, 25% of class 30-34

Financing (17:40)

  • Tuition
  • Full-time MBA Tuition: 3,626,000 JPY, roughly $35,000 USD
  • Recommended budget: 6,000,000 JPY, roughly $58,000 USD
  • Scholarships
  • 50% of international participants awarded scholarships
  • 2-3 students are awarded full-scholarships with 3,000,000 JPY cash
  • International candidates receive 65,000 JPY/month stipend

Career (20:35)

  • See career opportunities available at Waseda Business School’s Career Management Center Facebook Page
  • 50% of international students looking for career opportunities with Japanese companies
  • 1,500 MBA alumni, 500,000 university alumni
  • Student visa allows students to stay in Japan for 2 years after graduation
  • Japanese language skills very important to finding great jobs in Japan

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