The Full Time MBA International program starts in September of every year and is offered in the time zone 9.00 am – 6.00 pm, with electives running until 9.30 pm. Preparatory courses are offered starting late August, for the 2 weeks prior to the normal program. Students who have to take the preparatory courses are notified upon admission. All coursework for the program is normally completed by mid-July of next year. The program is divided in 5 academic periods, each period consisting of 7 weeks of classes, followed by 1 week of exams. At the end of their coursework, students undertake their Immersion Project, which normally lasts 3-4 months, and addresses a real business problem. For the exact dates for the coming year, please see the academic calendar.
The curriculum consists of:
- Core courses common for all participants
- Required and elective major courses that “count” towards their major
- Elective courses
- An Immersion Project
- A Personal Development Program, parallel to the coursework
During the first 2 periods students undertake mostly core courses, while in the last 2 periods they take mostly elective courses. Note that some of the elective courses may not be offered during one year, depending on student demand or availability of the instructor. The core and the elective courses are distinguished in:
- Full-courses, which include 28 hours of teaching and count for 2 academic credits
- Mini-courses, which include 15 hours of teaching and count for 1 academic credit.
To complete the program, a student has to obtain 42 academic credits:
- Core courses: 24 credits
- Elective courses: 12 credits (of which 8 can qualify for a specific major)
- Personal Skills Development courses: 2 credits
- Immersion Project: 4 credits
The Field Study Program (FSP) is the capstone requirement of the MBA program. It aims at bringing together teams of participants with companies and organizations, in order to address real problems in a corporate environment. The sponsor company representatives, the graduate students and the program faculty collaborate in selecting, formulating, structuring, executing and reporting on field study projects for mutual benefit and enrichment. The projects emanate from real business problems that companies face. The studies are executed utilizing the latest tools and methodologies, and their results are reported through the master’s thesis of the students and professionally written managerial reports. More than 200 such projects have been successfully completed, with excellent feedback both from company sponsors and program participants.
Students might also undertake an international internship, an entrepreneurial project or a corporate social responsibility action.
Personal Skills Development Program (PSD)
Throughout the academic year, every participant undergoes a Personal Skills Development (PSD) Program. This personalized coaching and development program assists the participant to develop and improve his/her personal skills, such as communications, teamwork, stress management, negotiations etc. This course includes a number of activities, such as lectures, assignments, cases, role playing, presentations, coaching, etc. In the program, the participant is also assisted in developing his/her personal career plans.
Full time participants can participate in an international exchange program during the last 2 periods of the program, with one of the Business Schools that participate in our exchange program. For the academic year 2015-6 there are exchange agreements with schools in France, Spain, China, India, South America, North America, Thailand and Singapore. A participant interested in participating in an international visit has to indicate his/her preference by the end of the first academic period (November).