What is the Pre-MBA Program?
The Pre-MBA Program allows you to take actual MBA courses before becoming an MBA student. Over one year, you can take a limited number of courses, with all credits earned transferable to the MBA program. Most GLOBIS MBA students start with the Pre-MBA Program due to the benefits mentioned below.
You can see more information here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/pre-mba/
What are the benefits of this program?
Most GLOBIS MBA students start with the Pre-MBA, as it offers the following benefits:
- Experience GLOBIS MBA courses first-hand before deciding to enroll
- Start from any term (January, April, July, October)
- Earn credits that can be transfered to the MBA, to reduce your workload as an MBA student
- Gain practical skills that can be immediately applied at work
- Earn a certificate of completion for each course to add to your CV
- Pre-MBA tuition paid is later deducted from the MBA tuition, reducing the financial burden
Who should join this program?
Pre-MBA students usually fall into two categories: (1) those who are planning to do an MBA and would like to experience courses beforehand, and (2) those who would just like to gain some practical skills in a particular field that they can immediately apply at work.
How long can I be a Pre-MBA student?
Enrollment is limited to one year. Students who wish to continue taking courses after this will need to reapply or join the MBA.
How many courses can I take?
Students can take a maximum of 8 courses (12 credits).
What courses can I take?
Pre-MBA students can take most of GLOBIS' Fundamental MBA courses, a couple of Applied courses, and Technovate courses. You can see the next term's course schedule here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/pre-mba/curriculum/
Are classes different to the MBA classes?
No. The classes themselves are actual MBA classes from our part-time program. Your classmates will consist of MBA students and fellow Pre-MBA students.
What certification can I get from this program?
You can get a certificate of completion for each course you complete. Please note you need to request this.
Do I need to speak Japanese to join?
No. The program is conducted entirely in English.
Can I get a visa to study in this program?
No. To get a student visa you will need to be enrolled in the MBA program.
Are classes online or on campus?
Students have the option of taking courses both online and on-campus (in Tokyo or Osaka), in line with their needs.
You can see the schedule of on-campus and online courses here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/pre-mba/curriculum/
When are classes held?
As the program is designed for working professionals, classes are held on weekday evenings and weekends.
You can see the next term's class schedule here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/pre-mba/curriculum/
When does the program start?
Terms start in January, April, July and October. You can join from any term. Please see the application details and deadline here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/pre-mba/apply-now-details/
How long is a course?
One courses is three months, with classes held bi-weekly.
What is the typical workload like?
The course schedule is designed to suit those who are working full-time. Each course will require about 5-8 hours to prepare for classes, which are held bi-weekly. Students can start with just one or two courses to get used to the workload.
How are classes?
All GLOBIS classes are highly energetic and interactive. A typical class consists of a case study to be analyzed as preparation, followed by groupwork, student presentations, and discussions in class.
Rather than "lecture," GLOBIS lecturers focus on leading students to find their own solutions and deepen their understanding of a given learning point.
How many students are in a class?
A typical GLOBIS class has 20-30 students. The small size allows for increased interaction among students and with the lecturer.
How are students assessed?
For most courses, students are primarily graded on their participation in each class and a report to be submitted. There are no tests. In order to graduate, students simply need to pass all required courses and earn the minimum number of required credits.
What are the differences between on-campus and online classes?
GLOBIS strives to maintain the same high level of quality for both online and on-campus (Tokyo or Osaka). Course contents and expecations are identical for both formats. Both on-campus and online courses are highly interactive, revolving around groupwork and discussions facilitated by GLOBIS faculty, not one-way lectures or pre-recorded videos.
With that in mind, here are some of the differences that students can expect:
(1) Students taking courses online can watch recordings of classes they miss
(2) Participation for online courses is graded based on voice communication as well as using extended online features, including voting, chatting, and real-time collaboration tools
(3) Online courses are divided up into 12, 90-minute classes while on-campus courses are six, three-hour classes.
How are online courses delivered? What are the requirements?
GLOBIS utilizes WebEx web conferencing technology to deliver classes live to your computer. Students communicate via voice, video, chat, voting, and other online collaboration features.
Most modern computers are sufficient to join online courses. In addition, you will need a webcam, headset, and broadband internet connection. You can see more details here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/online-mba/studying-online/
Can I take courses in Japanese?
Yes, you can apply to take Japanese Pre-MBA courses here: http://mba.globis.ac.jp/entry/tanka.html
Please note the Pre-MBA course limit includes both English and Japanese courses.
What if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you can take a substitute class in the same term if it is offered, or a later term. For online courses, you can watch a recording of the class you missed. Although it is of course not ideal to miss classes, it is generally not a big problem if a student cannot make it to every class.
What are the requirements to join this program?
How do I apply?
When is the application deadline?
How often is the intake?
How long does it take to prepare an application?
What documents do I need to submit?
You can access the application form here: https://www.globis.ac.jp/programs/pre-mba/apply-now-details/