The Part Time MBA International program starts in September of every year and is offered in the time zone 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm, with lectures starting at 6.00 pm and ending either at 9.00 pm or at 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. The duration of the studies of the Part Time students is 22-26 months. All coursework for the program is normally completed by mid-July of the second year. The program is divided in 10 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 Integrated Impact Project, which is compulsory and counts for 2 academic credits. It is executed in teams of 3-4 students and it takes place at the 5th period of the 2nd year of studies.
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 Integrated Impact Project undertaken within a group
- A Personal Development Program, parallel to the coursework
During the first 2 periods of each year 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: 14 credits (of which 8 can qualify for a specific major)
- Personal Skills Development courses: 2 credits
- Integrated Impact Project: 2 credits
Integrated Impact Project
The Integrated Impact Project (IIP) is a capstone requirement of the MBA program. It aims at bringing together teams of participants with companies and organizations, in order to specify an impact beyond business or organizational objectives, e.g., contributing to a social problem (exclusion, unemployment, immigration…), enhancing sustainability of the business (reducing environmental impact, greening the supply chain, redesigning products/services…), creating a greater good in a local community, addressing minority / discrimination issues, etc.
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.
Students 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 2015-16 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).