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By taking a strategic perspective on the shipping industry, the MBA in Shipping Program prepares aspiring and seasoned shipping professionals for a future full of challenges in the shipping industry. The program, designed in collaboration with the Greek shipping community (the Business Advisory Committee for the Shipping programs of ALBA), provides significant networking opportunities along with a challenging and unique educational experience delivered by world-renowned academics and distinguished industry practitioners in the field. Apart from specialized shipping courses and workshops, the MBA in Shipping program invests heavily in leadership and strategic management competencies, which are particularly relevant both as personal advantages and as essential resources for companies in this sector.

Key features of the program

  • Weekday classes between 18:00 – 22:00 (occasionally weekends), twice a week on average for part time mode. 
  • A 12-month program (24-month program for part-time mode).
  • 20 core modules and 3 workshops
  • Assessment: group reports/presentations, case study analysis, mid-term tests, final exams (18 – 21:00)
  • Capstone course: International Field Consulting Project in Shipping Industry.

The MBA in Shipping is designed particularly for: 

  • Highly motivated professionals with at least 3 years of solid working experience and a clear aim to advance their career in management positions in the broader maritime industry.
  • Members of family shipping businesses with at least 3 years of solid working experience preparing to take on increasing responsibility in their companies.
  • Officers of the Merchant Marine (Master or Chief Engineer) serving both at sea & onshore.


Ideal Location: Offered in Greece, a country with long-standing tradition in shipping.

Highly-Accessible World-Renowned Faculty : Teaching combines research-lead and technically advanced methods and is delivered by world renowned academics providing a challenging and eye-opening educational experience.

Leadership Development: Through classroom teaching and personal coaching, students embark on a journey of self-awareness and personal development, identifying strengths and areas of improvement and putting their aspirations into a coherent and dynamic learning plan for the future.

Specialized Shipping Workshops: Delivered by distinguished industry speakers in conjunction with professional bodies/institutions.

International Recognition: Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), and the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association (HSA).

Links to the Industry: Strongly supported by the Greek shipping community: significant networking opportunities and participation in activities such as educational field trips abroad/cruise trips, visits to shipping companies, ports and commercial vessels. ALBA is a not-for-profit educational association of 89 Greek corporations including leading shipping companies like, Arcadia, Navios, Paragon, Star Bulk, Thenamaris and Top Ships . Moreover ALBA shipping programs are supported by WISTA Hellas, The Hellenic Seabroker Association, The International Propeller Club (Piraeus), the Master's and Mates Union of the Greek Merchant Marine and the Green Award, offering several partial scholarships and financial aid.


Through the MBA in Shipping programm you will:

  • Have a deep understanding of the international business environment of shipping, as well as its rules and regulations.
  • Exhibit leadership and provide solutions to complex problems and issues faced by the maritime industry.
  • Empirically apply tools and methods in commercial decisions of shipping companies.
  • Be able to apply an all-around academic knowledge into business practice.

Visit the MBA in Shipping page on the ALBA Graduate Business School website for more details!




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