Waseda Business School
(Graduate School of Business and Finance)

Prospective Students

Admissions

Waseda Business School conducts several kinds of screening methods, depending on the program. Information is listed below on each of the screening methods and how to apply for our school.

Change of Application Rules

Application rules for Enrollment in AY2019 and after will be changed. Please find the new rules below.

Application GuideFor September 2019 Enrollment

Application and Screening Methods

Application and Screening Methods for the International MBA Program

  • Application with GMAT or GRE

This category is for applicants holding GMAT or GRE (General Test) scores. The admission screening will be based on overall performance of GMAT or GRE scores, as well as a comprehensive evaluation of educational background, academic record, work experience, extracurricular activities, essays, recommendation letters (applicant evaluation forms), language proficiency scores, etc. A high GMAT or GRE score does not necessarily guarantee enrollment. For some applicants, telephone interviews will be required. Such candidates will be contacted individually by the WBS Admissions Office.

Some applicants may receive a conditional offer at the time of result announcement. This should not be interpreted as a guaranteed admittance.  Such applicants are required to meet the conditions (e.g. GMAT score) stated in the conditional offer letter and submit any required documentation as indicated to the WBS Admissions Office by the due date listed in the letter. Note that if applicants fail to submit the required documentation by the deadline, the conditional offer will be revoked.

  • Application for Family Business Successors
    *Application rules for this method will be changed starting from AY2019 Enrollment. Please find the details here.

This category is for applicants whose family members run their own business* and are scheduled to succeed it in the future. The admission screening will be based on overall performance on the required written exams, and in on-campus interviews, as well as evaluation of all application documents (GMAT and GRE scores are optional). In addition, potential quality as a company successor will be evaluated based on the Application Form for Family Business Successors [Form 5] and the recommendation letter from the current representative of the company.
*must be a listed company on the stock exchange or of similar standing and scale

  • Application for Graduating Waseda University Students with GMAT or GRE

This category is for applicants who are graduating from a Waseda University undergraduate school in March or September 2019. Admission selection will be based on the application documents, including GMAT or GRE (General Test) scores. An on-campus interview might be required for some applicants. Such candidates will be contacted individually by the WBS Admissions Office.

Application and Screening Methods for the MSc in Finance Program

  • Application with GMAT or GRE

This category is for applicants holding GMAT or GRE (General Test) scores. The admission screening will be based on overall performance of GMAT or GRE scores, as well as a comprehensive evaluation of educational background, academic record, extracurricular activities, essays, recommendation letters (applicant evaluation forms), language proficiency scores, etc. A high GMAT or GRE score does not necessarily guarantee enrollment. For some applicants, telephone interviews will be required. Such candidates will be contacted individually by the WBS Admissions Office.

Some applicants may receive a conditional offer at the time of result announcement. This should not be interpreted as a guaranteed admittance.  Such applicants are required to meet the conditions (e.g. GMAT score) stated in the conditional offer letter and submit any required documentation as indicated to the WBS Admissions Office by the due date listed in the letter. Note that if applicants fail to submit the required documentation by the deadline, the conditional offer will be revoked.

  • Application for Graduating Waseda University Students with GMAT or GRE

This category is for applicants who are graduating from a Waseda University undergraduate school in March or September 2019. Admission selection will be based on the application documents, including GMAT or GRE (General Test) scores. An on-campus interview might be required for some applicants. Such candidates will be contacted individually by the WBS Admissions Office.

  • Application for Company-Sponsored Applicants

This application category is designated for applicants (i.e., employees) who have been offered financial sponsorship by their employer who will bear the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of enrollment at WBS.  To be eligible, the employer must be a listed company on the stock exchange (or a company of similar standing and scale) or a public institution.  Applicants in this category may qualify for an exemption from the written examination depending on their GMAT/GRE scores.  For eligibility details, please contact WBS by email (wbs-admissions@list.waseda.jp).
[Note] There will be a change in the application rounds and screening methods for this channel, starting from AY2020 enrollment. Find the details here.

Applicant Qualifications

<For Applicants of International MBA program>

1) Qualifications for “Application with GMAT or GRE” and “Application for Family Business Successors”

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements. Three years of work experience is preferable but not required. If you apply for International MBA program with less than three years of work experience, you need to fill in the designated essay (Form1-7, Essay1).”

1.    Those who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university in Japan by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.
2.   Those who have received a Bachelor’s Degree from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation of Japan or are scheduled to receive such degree by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.
3.   Those who have completed 16 years of standard school education outside Japan or are scheduled to complete such education by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.
4.    Those designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
5.    Those who have been enrolled at a university for more than three years (or have completed 15 years of school education overseas or are scheduled to complete such education by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate) and have been recognized by WBS as having earned a specified number of credits with an excellent academic record*.
(Chinese three-year university(専科)graduates excluded)
6.    Those who have been recognized by WBS as possessing academic credentials superior to those of university graduates through an individual entrance requirements screening process and are scheduled to reach 22 years of age by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.*

*Any applicant who wishes to apply under Qualifications 5 or 6 above should contact the WBS Admission Office via e-mail prior to application for an individual qualification screening.
(Individual Eligibility Review Form)

[Attention]
Applicants for Family Business Successors’ channel need to fulfill the requirement that their family members run their own business* and they are scheduled to succeed it in the future.
*must be a listed company on the stock exchange or of similar standing and scale

2) Qualifications for “Application for Graduating Waseda University Students”

Applicants must fulfill ALL of the following requirements. If you apply for IMBA program with less than three years of work experience, you need to fill in the designated essay (Form1-7, Essay1).”

1.   Those who are scheduled to graduate from an undergraduate school at Waseda University in March or September 2019. Applicants whose home universities are overseas partner universities of Waseda University and who are currently enrolled in the undergraduate school at Waseda University through the Double Degree Program are eligible to apply to ‘Application for graduating Waseda University Students’ if they are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ by their respective undergraduate schools at Waseda University and are scheduled to earn a bachelor’s degree conferred by Waseda University.
2.    Those who have 600 points or above on the GMAT at the time of application.
Refer to the website (http://www.mba.com/the-gmat) for the details of GMAT test.
Those who wish to apply with GRE must send their score to the WBS Admissions Office in advance.
3.    Those who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application, or who are scheduled to obtain two degrees through the Double Degree Program.

<For Applicants of MSc in Finance program>

1) Qualifications for “Application with GMAT or GRE” and “Application for Company Sponsored Applicants”

Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following requirements.

1.    Those who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university in Japan by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.
2.    Those who have received a Bachelor’s Degree from the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation of Japan or are scheduled to receive such degree by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.
3.    Those who have completed 16 years of standard school education outside Japan or are scheduled to complete such education by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.
4.    Those designated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
5.    Those who have been enrolled at a university for more than three years (or have completed 15 years of school education overseas or are scheduled to complete such education by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate) and have been recognized by WBS as having earned a specified number of credits with an excellent academic record*.
(Chinese three-year university(専科)graduates excluded)
6.    Those who have been recognized by WBS as possessing academic credentials superior to those of university graduates through an individual entrance requirements screening process and are scheduled to reach 22 years of age by the enrollment date that applicants wish to matriculate.*

*Any applicant who wishes to apply under Qualifications 5 or 6 above should contact the WBS Admission Office via e-mail prior to application for an individual qualification screening.
(Individual Eligibility Review Form)

2) Qualifications for “Application for Graduating Waseda University Students”

Applicants must fulfill ALL of the following requirements.

1.    Those who are scheduled to graduate from an undergraduate school at Waseda University in March or September 2019.
Applicants whose home universities are overseas partner universities of Waseda University and who are currently enrolled in the undergraduate school at Waseda University through the Double Degree Program are eligible to apply to ‘Application for graduating Waseda University Students’ if they are to be certified ‘to be able to graduate’ by their respective undergraduate schools at Waseda University and are scheduled to earn a bachelor’s degree conferred by Waseda University.
2.    Those who have 580 points or above, and have 70% of the percentile rank in the Quantitative part or above on the GMAT at the time of application.
Refer to the website (http://www.mba.com/the-gmat) for the details of GMAT test.
Those who wish to apply with GRE must send their score to the WBS Admissions Office in advance.
3.    Those who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application, or who are scheduled to obtain two degrees through the Double Degree Program.

How to Apply through the Online System

(1) Create a Login ID

Access the URL below and input your personal information to acquire a login ID.

(2) Enter application information through the Online System and download the PDF file

Login to the Online System with your login ID and enter the information through the Online System.

[Note]
Institution code of GMAT : 3TX-GK
Institution code of GRE : 2463

(3) Documents to be prepared by applicants themselves

Prepare and assemble all necessary documents, including any required certificates and recommendation letters.
You can also download the Form4 to Form 10 from below.

Form4: Letter of Consent from Employer

Form5: Family Business Successor Form

Form6: Request for Submitted Documents Return

Form7: Application for Screening Fee Waiver

Form8: Statement of Fund Resource

Form9: Application for Scholarship Offered Prior to Matriculation

Form10: Applicant Evaluation (Recommendation) Form

(4) Pay the screening fee

Pay the screening fee by Credit Card, Union Pay, Alipay, or Convenience Store in Japan.

(5) Mail the application documents

Send all specified documents to the WBS Admissions Office by postal mail.
Your application will be considered complete when all required documents are received by the WBS Admissions Office no later than the deadline for each application round.

A rolling admissions process is operated for “Application with GMAT or GRE” and “Application for Graduating Waseda University Students” with the five key deadlines below. Regarding the screening schedule of other screening methods, see the Application Guide, which you can download above.

Application Round Application Deadline Result Announcement
1st Round Sep. 10 (Mon), 2018 Oct. 4 (Thu), 2018
2nd Round Nov. 5 (Mon), 2018 Dec. 6 (Thu), 2018
3rd Round Jan. 9 (Wed), 2019 Feb. 7 (Thu), 2019
4th Round Apr. 1 (Mon), 2019 May 16 (Thu), 2019
5th Round May 17 (Fri), 2019 Jun. 13 (Thu), 2019

*Note that each “round” represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. Repeat applications for later rounds are accepted.

>> For residents of Japan
Enclose all the required application documents in an envelope (square-sized #2 type) and paste the designated address label* for application on the recipient address side. Send it to the WBS Admissions Office stated below by registered mail (簡易書留郵便).
*The address label for application can be downloaded from the Online Application System.

 >> For residents of countries other than Japan
Enclose all the required application documents in an envelope and send it to the following address by an international courier service for which you can track the delivery status such as EMS.
Please send all application documents to the following address:

Waseda Business School Admissions Office

Please indicate the type of the admission here:
Application with GMAT or GRE
or
Application for Business Successors
or
Application for Graduating Waseda University Students

3rd Floor, Bldg.11, Waseda Campus, Waseda University,
1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050 JAPAN

Tel: +81-(0)3-5286-8719

Admission Inquiry

If you have any questions about admission, please contact us by e-mail.

  • E-mail: wbs-admissions@list.waseda.jp

Additionally, you can see frequently asked questions (FAQ) from the page below.

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Prospective students who are interested in WBS and would like to meet with our admissions officers and the alumni in person are all welcome to join this tour.

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