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General Criteria for Admission to Programs & Courses

MDI.TOKYO seeks to admit a diverse group of talented Learners who have

  1. a passion for lifelong learning;
  2. a deep interest in adding to their leadership toolkit; and
  3. a desire to expand their network, so they can
  4. leverage new knowledge and networks to create new value for their organization and for society, and
  5. advance in their careers.

Applicants who possess the following qualities are likely to get the most benefit from our Programs & Courses:

+ a willingness to prepare for and attend each Learning Session;

+ a willingness to participate enthusiastically in English during each Learning Session; and

+ a willingness to commit to the success of their Learning Team and their Section Cohort.

MDI.TOKYO does not require GMAT scores.

MDI.TOKYO does not require you to submit academic transcripts.

Key Program & Course Application Periods & Deadlines

LNV

Application Period & Deadline for Launching New Ventures:

April Starts:
Sept. 1st – Feb. 28th

September Starts:
April 1st – July 31st

YLDP

Application Period & Deadline for Young Leaders Development Program:

April 1st – August 15th

Offers of Admission:
Made in August

BSOP

Application Period & Deadline for Building Successful Organizations Program:

Oct. 1st – Jan. 31st

Offers of Admission:
Made in February

INNO

Primary Application Period for Innovation Course:

Oct. 1st – Jan 31st

 Offers of Admission:

Made In February.

NEGO

Primary Application Period for Negotiation Course:

Oct. 1st – Jan. 31st

Rolling Application period (if seats are available):
Feb. 1st – April 30th

ENTP

Primary Application Period for Entrepreneurship Course:

Oct. 1st – Jan. 31st

Rolling Application period (if seats are available):
Feb. 1st – June 30th

Two Admissions Pathways

Many of our offerings have two admissions pathways:

GROUP – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO refers to tracks (time slots) and cohorts (batches of learners) that are organized by prospective Participants (or their Employers) or by Community Organizers. Corporate Partners or Community Organizers interested in reserving a track should contact us to get started.

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When corporate partners or community organizers contract with MDI.TOKYO to have Programs or Courses delivered face-to-face at a time and place that are mutually convenient, we call this Powered by MDI.TOKYO. In these cases the companies, groups and other organizations play the role of “Admissions Office” (with support and guidance provided by MDI.TOKYO).

If you work in a company with employees who can benefit from Learning & Development – or if you are a Community Organizer – and you would like to reserve a Group Track, please contact us.

Once we agree on a track, MDI.TOKYO will create a landing page and application form for you to use in recruiting (if necessary) and registering members of your group.

OPEN ENROLLMENT refers to several tracks (time slots) and cohorts (batches of learners) to which any qualified individual can apply using our online application forms. Our open enrollment applications do not require transcripts or standardized test scores.

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The purpose of the Open Enrollment Admissions Process is to select qualified individuals who are sincerely committed to creating value for themselves and their fellow participants throughout the learning journey and the alumni journey.

At MDI.TOKYO, selection is based on a combination of an individual’s professional and academic experience, personal characteristics and motivation, and willingness to learn and contribute to the exchange of ideas inside and outside of class. In certain cases, you may be invited to participate in a brief interview before a decision is made regarding your application.

Program Admissions Pathways and Criteria

Launching New Ventures (LNV) Program 

GROUP  POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO refers to tracks (time slots) and cohorts (batches of learners) that are organized by prospective Participants (or their Employers) or by Community Organizers. Corporate Partners or Community Organizers interested in reserving a track should contact us.

OPEN ENROLLMENT refers to several tracks (time slots) and cohorts (batch of learners) to which any qualified individual can apply using our LNV application form.

LNV

Key Criteria for Admissions (Open Enrollment)

  • LNV welcomes enthusiastic Learners from around the world.
  • Application deadline for April Start is February 28th.
  • Application deadline for September Start is July 31st.

LNV Admissions Decision Process

01. Choose your admissions path → Decide whether you are going to apply as a GROUP - POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO or via OPEN ENROLLMENT.

At MDI.TOKYO, learning is social, transformative, and fun!

Path 1. GROUP – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO: These are cohorts that are organized by prospective Participants themselves.

MDI.TOKYO is happy to work with corporate partners and/or community organizers to deliver MDI.TOKYO offerings at a time and place that are mutually convenient. In these cases the companies, groups and other organizations play the role of “Admissions Office” (with support and guidance provided by MDI.TOKYO). We describe our offerings delivered to groups via this approach as Powered by MDI.TOKYO.

If you work in a company with employees who can benefit from Learning & Development – or if you are a Community Organizer – and you would like to reserve a track, please contact us.

Once we agree on a track, MDI.TOKYO will create a landing page and application form for you to use in recruiting (if necessary) and registering members of your group.

Path 2. OPEN ENROLLMENT: MDI.TOKYO offers several tracks (time slots) and cohorts (batch of learners) to which any qualified individual can apply using our LNV application form. MDI.TOKYO evaluates the applications and extends offers of admission based to applicants who best meet our criteria for success.

02. Frequency → Decide between Monthly and Weekly Learning Sessions.

All LNV cohorts have 10 Learning Sessions.

However, some Learners prefer to meet monthly (to preserve their work-life balance) while others prefer to meet weekly (for a more intensive, time-compressed learning experience).

Please choose the Program track with the Learning Session meeting frequency (i.e. monthly or weekly) that best meets your needs.

03. Decision Period.

For GROUPS – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO
  • Your Program will typically start in April or September.
  • Your designated Group Leader is responsible for admissions decisions.
  • Please Contact Us if you have any questions.
For OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICANTS
  • April Start. Offers of Admission to qualified applicants who pass the screening process will be made in March.
  • September Start. Offers of Admission to qualified applicants who pass the screening process will be made in August.
  • Interviews. In certain cases, an interview may be required before a final admission decision is made.

04. Questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

This is the link to the online application form for LNV.

(Open Enrollment)

Please click on the button to begin your application.

Young Leaders Development Program (YLDP)

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR YLDP: There is just one track for YLDP: Monday nights. The online application form is here. After you apply, a link to the nomination form (i.e. recommendation form) will be emailed to you.

YLDP

Admissions Decision Process

01. Complete the online Application form for YLDP.

  • Apply as an Individual. Learning Teams will be formed after the Program begins. If you already know who you want to be on your Learning Team, that is great!
  • Time Required. The application form takes about 45 minutes – 1 hour to complete. You cannot save your work and resume later, so please begin the application when you have enough time to complete it in one sitting.
  • Essay Questions. The essay questions for YLDP are as follows:
  • 01. What is your top choice business school and MBA Program? Why?*
    (Please let us know the global top 30 business school that you are targeting and the MBA Program which you hope to gain admission. And, please let us know WHY you want to enter that program).
  • 02. Please write a paragraph or two about why you are applying to YLDP.
    (We are interested in understanding how YLDP can help you to achieve your goals).

02. Nomination Form.

  • Ask an alumni of your target Business School (or MBA Program) to submit an online recommendation in support of your application to YLDP.
  • Alternatively, you may ask one of MDI.TOKYO’s industry partners to nominate you.
    • (We are happy to partner with TOEFL Prep Schools/Coaches, GMAT Prep Schools/Coaches, Admissions Counselors, and — when employers are sponsoring YLDP Participants — Human Resources Departments).
  • Why? YLDP is tailored for individuals who are planning on applying to top 30 MBA Programs. Meeting with an alumnus or alumna from your target MBA Program will help you to learn more about that program and whether you are a good fit.  Alternatively, working with a professional who is helping you to prepare for a competitive admissions process will also help you to determine whether you are a good fit. Finally, if your company is willing to sponsor your MBA studies, then it is already clear that you have been positively evaluated by the HR Department).
  • Note: You will receive a link to the Nomination Form and instructions after you submit your application.

03. Decision Period.

  • August. Offers of Admission to qualified applicants who pass the screening process will be made in August.
  • Interviews. In certain cases, an interview may be required.

04. Questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

YLDP

Key Criteria for Admissions

  • Minimum 3 years of experience.
  • Must be able to meet the criteria for admission at a global top 30 MBA program conducted in English.
  • Nomination form is required as part of the application.
  • Application Deadline: August 15th.

This is the link to the online application form for YLDP.

 Please click on the button to begin your application.

Building Successful Organizations Program (BSOP)

Path 1 GROUP  POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO refers to cohorts that are organized by prospective Participants themselves. Corporate Partners or community organizers interested in reserving a track should contact us.

Path 2 PRE-DEFINED GROUP  POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO refers to three pre-defined cohorts – Disruptors: Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Business Owners; Women in Business; and Diversity & Inclusion. If you are a good fit for one of these cohorts, please apply using the online application form.

Path 3 PROFESSIONALS COHORT – OPEN ENROLLMENT refers to a single track (time slot) and cohort (batch of learners) to which any qualified individual can apply using the online BSOP application form (link below).

BSOP

Key Criteria for Admissions

  • Minimum 5 years of experience.
  • Must apply as a member of a prospective Learning Team.
  • Application deadline is January 31st.

BSOP

Admissions Decision Process

01. Choose your admissions path.

At MDI.TOKYO, learning is social, transformative, and fun!

Path 1. GROUP – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO: These are cohorts that are organized by prospective Participants themselves.

MDI.TOKYO is happy to work with corporate partners and/or community organizers to deliver MDI.TOKYO offerings at a time and place that are mutually convenient. In these cases the companies, groups and other organizations play the role of “Admissions Office” (with support and guidance provided by MDI.TOKYO). We describe our offerings delivered to groups via this approach as Powered by MDI.TOKYO.

If you work in a company with employees who can benefit from Learning & Development – or if you are a Community Organizer – and you would like to reserve a track, please contact us.

Once we agree on a track, MDI.TOKYO will create a landing page and application form for you to use in recruiting (if necessary) and registering members of your group.

Path 2. Pre-Defined GROUPS – POWERED BY MDI.TOKYO: Choose this path if you are a good fit for one of our pre-defined groups: Disruptors (Innovators, Entrepreneurs, & Business Owners), Women in Business, or Diversity & Inclusion. You can apply using our BSOP application form.

If you choose this path, you are responsible for recruiting the members of your Learning Team. Every prospective member of your team must submit an application.

Path 3. OPEN ENROLLMENT: MDI.TOKYO offers a single track (time slot) and cohort (batch of learners) to which any qualified individual can apply using our BSOP application form.

If you choose this path, you are responsible for recruiting the members of your Learning Team. Every prospective member of your team must submit an application.

MDI.TOKYO evaluates the applications and extends offers of admission based to applicants who best meet our criteria for success.

02. Decide who is going to be on your Learning Team and give your team a name.

At MDI.TOKYO, learning is social, transformative, and fun!

1. You need to think about your goals for participating in Building Successful Organizations Program (BSOP).

2. Next assemble a Learning Team of 5 people (including yourself) who

  • meet the general criteria for admission;
  • are going be able to work collaboratively together toward achieving your goal; and
  • who are going to work toward achieving the best version of their professional selves.

3. Decide on a name for your Prospective Learning Team and tell everyone to use the same Team Name when they apply.

(When we review the applications, we will look for five applicants that use the same prospective Learning Team name).

Note: It is human nature to want to spend time with people who are similar to ourselves. But, to achieve maximum learning benefits within your learning team, it is important to have team members who are not exactly like you. Diversity and Inclusion, when embraced thoughtfully, are an important part of your learning journey. Please try to assemble a diverse and inclusive Learning Team.

03. Prepare your answers to the Essay Questions in advance.

(1) JOB DESCRIPTION ESSAY

Please describe your current (or most recent) work responsibilities with an emphasis on how you create value.
(300 words maximum).

(2) GOAL ESSAY

Tell us what you hope to accomplish by participating in the Building Successful Organizations Program.
(300 – 500 words maximum).

04. Click on the MDI.TOKYO online Application form button below to go to the application.

  • 45 minutes – 1 hour. It should only take about 45 minutes to one hour to complete the application. If you have already written your essays, it may even take less time.
  • You Cannot Save Your Work. Our application system does not allow you to save your work and come back to it later, so please begin the application when you are ready to complete it in one sitting.

05. Complete and submit the online Application form.

  • Every Member of the Learning Team Must Apply Separately. Admissions are Team-Based, but we do evaluate every prospective member of the team. So, every person on your Learning Team needs to submit an application form.

06. Decision Period.

  • February. Offers of Admission to qualified applicants who pass the screening process will be made by February.
  • Interviews. In certain cases, an interview may be required before a final decision is made.

07. Questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

This is the link to the online application form for BSOP.

Please click on the button to begin your application.

How to Apply to Courses

MDI.TOKYO takes an innovative approach to admissions for open enrollment Courses: Prospective Participants can choose to apply as an Individual or as a member of a self-organized Learning Team.

Individual

The process for applying as an individual is very straightforward. Please remember to answer every required question in the online application form. If you are admitted and you enroll, you will be assigned to a Learning Team as long as sufficient demand from other individual applicants exists.

Learning Team

A Learning Team has 5 members. If you are applying as a member of a self-organized Learning Team, please include the names of your four other prospective teammates when you complete your online application.

MDI.TOKYO strongly encourages applicants to apply as a member of a self-organized Learning Team!

This is the link to the online application form for Open Enrollment Courses.

Please click on the button to begin your application.

FAQ | Open Enrollment Courses

When is the application deadline for open enrollment Courses?

The primary application period for all MDI.TOKYO open enrollment Courses is from October 1st through January 31st.

Accordingly, the best time to submit your application for any Course is between October 1st and January 31st.

However, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. When seats remain available after the Primary Application Period (10/1 ~ 1/31), Offers of Admission may be made to Applicants who submitted their application after our standard Offer Period (February) has closed and before a Course has begun.

Can I apply for admission to more than one Course?

Yes, you can. MDI.TOKYO uses one standard application form for all open enrollment Courses. If you would like to apply to more than one course, the online application form allows you to indicate which courses you would like to complete.

What are the essay questions on the application form?

(1) JOB DESCRIPTION ESSAY

Please describe your current (or most recent) work responsibilities with an emphasis on how you create value. (300 words maximum).

(2) PERSONAL ESSAY

Tell us about a time when you achieved a goal or a time when you experienced a failure. What happened? What did you do, feel, and learn? (300 – 500 words maximum).

Why would an applicant choose to apply as a member of a self-organized Learning Team?

The ability to work well on a team is a skill that employers and colleagues highly value.

Sometimes colleagues from work might decide that they want to learn together and learn how to work better together, so they decide to apply as a Learning Team.

Alternatively, sometimes friends want to learn and grow together, so they decide to apply as a Learning Team.

When will I learn whether I will be admitted?

In principle, an Offer of Admission will be extended in early February to selected Applicants.

Why doesn't MDI.TOKYO require standardized test scores like the GMAT?

Although we believe strongly in the importance of using standardized testing (such as the GMAT) and systematic interviewing at top business schools everywhere, at MDI.TOKYO we do not need to rely on standardized testing in order to fulfill our mission. Instead, we focus on admitting professionals who share our Values and who share the characteristics of personas that meet or exceed our criteria for success.

How many sections of each Course are offered?

In principle,

  • one section of an open enrollment Innovation course is offered beginning in April,
  • one section of an open enrollment Negotiation course is offerred beginning in July, and
  • one section of an open enrollment Entrepreneurship course is offered beginning in September.

In principle, open enrollment Courses are offered on Saturdays.

In principle, a Course section has a maximum of 45 Participants.

Why do the Courses end within 90 days?

As a practical matter, courses that complete within 90 days enable even Participants staying in Japan on a Visitor Visa (90 days) to participate in a course.

Additionally, our experience teaching in the semester system and the quarter system at various universities suggests that shorter courses enable learners to focus their attention which produces better learning outcomes.

MDI.TOKYO Programs & Courses are optimized for the lifelong learning needs of busy professionals; when we can do things differently AND better than traditional education services providers, we will.

Calendar

September Starts

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | 4th Tue Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is organized by groups, and meets on the 4th Tuesday evening of every month (excluding March and August; in December we meet on the first Tuesday in order to avoid complications with the year end holidays). If you are a community organizer or corporate partner representing a group and you would like to reserve this session, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in April or in September, depending on demand.

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | 4th Wed Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is organized by groups, and meets on the 4th Wednesday evening of every month (excluding March and August; in December we meet on the first Wednesday in order to avoid complications with the year-end holidays). If you are a community organizer or corporate partner representing a group and you would like to reserve this session, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in April or in September, depending on demand.

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | 4th Thu Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is organized by groups, and meets on the 4th Thursday evening of every month (excluding March and August; in December we meet on the first Thursday in order to avoid complications with the year-end holidays). If you are a community organizer or corporate partner representing a group and you would like to reserve this session, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in April or in September, depending on demand.

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | Sat Afternoons | 14:30 - 16:30 | Weekly Format

The afternoon track is organized by groups. If you are a community organizer or corporate partner representing a group of learners and you would like to reserve the morning track, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in September.

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | 3rd Thu Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

The evening track is open enrollment. Please use the online application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in April or in September, depending on demand.

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | Sat Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Weekly Format

The evening track is open enrollment. Please use the online application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in September.

Young Leaders Development Program (YLDP) | Mon Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Weekly Format

Please use the online application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in September.

Entrepreneurship Course (ENTP) | Sat Mornings | 10:00 - 12:00 | Weekly Format

The morning track for Entrepreneurship is open enrollment. Please use the online application form for Open Enrollment Courses.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Course starts in September.

April Starts

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | Sat Afternoons | 14:30 - 16:30 | Weekly Format

The afternoon track is organized by groups. If you are a community organizer or corporate partner representing a group of learners and you would like to reserve the morning track, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in September.

Building Successful Organizations (BSOP) | Women in Business | 2nd Tue Evenings | 18:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is a single sex cohort for female professionals. It meets on the 2nd Tuesday evening of every month (excluding March and August). If you are interested in applying to this pre-defined group, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Program starts in April.

Building Successful Organizations (BSOP) | Diversity & Inclusion | 2nd Wed Evenings | 18:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is for professionals responsible for Diversity & Inclusion programs, HR professionals, and LGBT professionals. It meets on the 2nd Wednesday evening of every month (excluding March and August). If you are interested in applying to this pre-defined group, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Program starts in April.

Building Successful Organizations (BSOP) | Disruptors: (I,E,O) | 3rd Tue Evenings | 18:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is for Disruptors (Innovators, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners). It meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening of every month (excluding March and August). If you are interested in applying to for admission to this cohort, please contact us.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Program starts in April.

Launching New Ventures (LNV) | Sat Evenings | 19:30 - 21:30 | Weekly Format

The evening track is open enrollment. Please use the online application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 60 Participants.
  • Program starts in September.

Building Successful Organizations (BSOP) | Open | 2nd Thu Evenings | 18:30 - 21:30 | Monthly Format

This track is open enrollment. It meets on the 2nd Thursday evening of every month (excluding March and August). If you are interested in applying to this track, please use the application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Program starts in April.

Innovation Course (INNO) | Sat Mornings | 10:00 - 12:00 | Weekly Format

The morning track for the Innovation Course is open enrollment. Please use the online application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Course starts in April.

July Starts

Negotiation Course (NEGO) | Sat Mornings | 10:00 - 12:00 | Weekly Format

The morning track for the Negotiation Course is open enrollment. Please use the online application form.

  • Minimum group size is 15 Participants.
  • Maximum group size is 45 Participants.
  • Course starts in July.