In association with Sophia University, a Canadian university will launch the first foreign graduate degree program in Japan in July of next year, officials announced May 23.

The two-year MBA program will be offered by Montreal-based McGill University, established in 1821 and one of Canada’s foremost universities. “The creation of the program is a vital and exciting extension of our expanding relationship with Japan,” said vice principal T.H. Chan. The course, consisting of 60 credits and 780 hours of instruction in international business management, will be conducted in English at Sophia’s Yotsuya campus.

Officials said the academic content and standards of the program will be identical to those of the school’s home campus in Canada. Designed for working people to acquire a degree without leaving the workforce, classes will be offered on two weekends each month. Two full one-week intensive periods are also scheduled for the Golden Week and Bon holidays. Tuition will be 2 million yen a year.

The university, boasting to be one of the most international universities in North America, offers executive training classes in countries including China, Cuba, Indonesia and Pakistan. However, this will mark the first MBA program the school offers abroad, officials said.

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