• RMBS MBA/Hitotsubashi ICS IMBA Double Degree Program

RMBS has established a partnership with the School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS), Graduate School of Business Administration HITOTSUBASHI UNIVERSITY (Hitotsubashi ICS in short) in Tokyo, Japan to provide MBA students with a new dual degree opportunity. Full-time MBA Students will spend the first year at RMBS and spend the second the year at ICS. Part-time MBA students can apply for the DDP at the third semester.

The Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS) is a graduate school of business administration within Hitotsubashi University. In 2009, Hitotsubashi ICS received accreditation from ABEST21. It was one of four schools to be accredited, and the only one to receive the designation 'Excellence in Accreditation', for its world-class curriculum.

Hitotsubashi ICS's full-time MBA program has already established a strong global reputation. Its Full-time MBA program has been ranked as the No.1 MBA in Japan (No. 18 in Asia) in the 2023 QS Global MBA Rankings. The program is an International MBA degree and Hitotsubashi ICS prides itself on its high ratio of faculty to students thereby creating a high level of interaction with some of the brightest and most recognized business researchers in the world. All classes are conducted in English and the program is very international. Japanese students occupy fewer than 20% of the annual intake.

  • Curriculum

    Signature Courses
    Get leading:The Wise Leadership Capstone Arching over the first year of study, the Wise Leadership Capstone develops your understanding and practice of leadership, in line with ICS' intellectual tradition in knowledge creation. Each of five modules add dimensions and depth to your own personal approach to leadership, through self-reflective, consultative, small-group, full classroom, and experiential learning.
    Get innovating:Knowledge Management From the theory of knowledge creation, you'll learn how the process of making tacit knowledge explicit can be applied to drive innovation. As the 21st century further advances the knowledge society, knowledge creation is ever more critical to the success and sustainability of firms, NPO/NGOs, and governments. We offer a focal point for research and dissemination in knowledge creation.
    Get strategic:Strategy Simulation Week In this fast-paced exercise, student teams role-play as a top management team running a company in StratSim, a web-based, interactive simulation program that extends across multiple business functions, ranging from strategy, to marketing, to operations and human resources, to accounting and finance.
    Get connected:The Seminar System Every MBA candidate joins a small (3-4 person) Seminar offered by a faculty member. Throughout the program, Seminars meet to discuss academics, career goals, life stages and more. Seminar faculty are not only academic advisors; they are coaches, mentors, and wellsprings of information about careers in Japanese and global business. And after graduation, Seminars remain a growing group of uniquely connected alumni.
  • ICS Class of 2023 at a Glance

    Cohort Size: 51

    Avg. Age: 30

    International: 90% from 21 countries

    Female: 59%

    Avg. Work Experience: 7 yrs.

    GMAT: 640 (Avg.)

  • Requirements

    All documents must be submitted via the Hitotsubashi ICS Online Application System. Please also check the ICS website http://www.ics.hub.hit-u.ac.jp/ for the latest Application Package

    1. Mandatory: A competitive GMAT or GRE score (requirement in accordance with ICS Application Package, GMAT 600, no more than 5 yrs. old is recommended)

    2. Optional: strong command of English shown by the TOEFL or IELTS score (as specified in ICS Application Package, TOEFL iBT 100, PBT 600, CBT 250 or IELTS 7.0, no more than 2 yrs. old, is recommended)

    3. Solid academic results at home institution (At least 3.5 GPA at RMBS MBA Program is recommended)

    4. Min. 2 years of work experience

    5. One recommendation letter (References should be from persons who have been directly responsible for assessing the applicant’s work and/or academic performance.)

    6. Successfully pass admissions interview

  • Program Cost

    Tuitions: RMBS tuition + ISC one-year program tuition (Please refer to the table below-Single Student Budget AY2024-2025)

    ICS Tuition Application + Matricualtion Fee Estimated Living Expenses
    642,960 JP¥ 30,000 + 282,000 JPy (free of charge) 1,630,000 JP¥
  • Application

    Students are pre-selected by RMBS.

    Applications & Pre-selections:November – January. Please provide the following materials (send PDF documents to imba@rmbs.ruc.edu.cn) for pre-selection:

    1. Official GMAT Score (a minimum score of 600 is recommended)

    2. Undergraduate Transcripts (translated to English, 3.0 GPA or 70% Avg.)

    3. IETLS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (optional)

    4. RMBS English Transcript

    5. English CV (one-page) & Motivational Letter

    For more information, please contact imba@rmbs.ruc.edu.cn or 010-62514665 .