The mission of the Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management (SIM) is to provide students with the advanced knowledge of general management necessary for a successful career as respected and responsible managers. The SIM offers an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, because only an approach of this nature is capable of conveying the ability to cope with the complex management challenges of our time. The aspiration to act independently of all interests and the commitment to upholding high ethical and academic standards serve as the basis of the SIM. This approach earned the SIM 1st place in the Financial Times Rankings 2011–2017.
The SIM curriculum combines the Research-based, academic rigour of a Master of Arts with the interactive nature and practice-oriented approach present in leading MBA programmes. Students are thus offered the best of two learning worlds.
Advanced Management Courses
The compulsory courses advance students’ knowledge of the functional areas of management. Students explore advanced theories and concepts, examine managerial practice, and engage in scientific discussion.
The core electives consist of another Advanced Management Course, in SIM Integratives and in SIM in Practice:
SIM Integratives focus on subjects of widespread and current interest in the field of management. Multidisciplinary perspectives are needed in order to embrace these subjects and explore ways to cope successfully with the major management challenges of our time.
SIM in Practice
Apart from attending these courses, a SIM student is required to find, plan, execute, and reflect on projects as part of SIM in Practice, which is made up of two innovative courses that are important components of the SIM programme: the SIM International Project and The SIMagination Challenge.
• SIM students have to initiate and complete an international internship, called SIM International Project (SIM-IP). The purpose of the SIM-IP is for students to engage in challenging and practice-oriented work outside the classroom, yet topically related to their studies.
• The SIMagination Challenge requires students to embark on a compulsory international social project which aims to create enriching and meaningful learning experiences for the managerial profession, to provide networking opportunities and to enhance career prospects. It encourages our students to be responsible global corporate citizens, not just competent managers. This course helps students develop entrepreneurial, interpersonal, team and leadership skills as well as cross-cultural competencies.
By fostering academic excellence, intercultural and language skills, as well as an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach, the SIM programme optimally equips students for top positions in key business arenas such as international management, business
consulting or entrepreneurship. Most SIM students sign professional contracts before completing their studies. They receive challenging and attractive job offers from highly respected companies in various business sectors throughout the world. The SIM Master’s degree also provides access to Ph.D. programmes.
The SIM is taught in English.
The University of St.Gallen is a leading European business school located in Switzerland. Founded in 1898, today it has the leading business school in the German-speaking area, with more than 7,000 enrolled full-time students.
St.Gallen offers a full range of undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and doctoral Programmes, and is accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB. It benefits from a strong reputation for quality, particularly in the German-speaking countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is also recognized in major rankings, both at the MBA-level and the university as a whole. Students benefit from the University's close ties to leading international companies and 20,000 strong alumni network. The MBA programmes are part of the Executive School within the University of St.Gallen.
St.Gallen is located in Eastern Switzerland, one hour from Zurich city centre and 45 minutes from Zurich International Airport. It is at the heart of Europe, well-served by rail links to Paris, Geneva, Milan and Munich all a few hours away. St.Gallen lies near the shores of Lake Constance, and the borders to Germany and Austria. To the south of the city lie the Alps.
Core courses provide the broad range of skills that MBAs seek. Integration courses tie together the functional skills encountered in the Core phase. They are strategic and practical. Electives enable MBAs to narrow their focus and drill deeper into subject matter of personal or professional interest. MBAs work in-house with companies for 10-12 weeks. Students also have the option to write a business plan or a research paper, if this better aligns with pursuing their post-MBA career goals. Interaction with Career Services happens throughout the entire programme. The purpose is to deliver soft skill training and clarify post-MBA goals. Ongoing 1-to-1 support.
The 24-month Part-Time MBA programme is taught in English and has a monthly modular structure with students attending class 4 days per month. Classes are delivered in Zurich and St.Gallen, with additional modules in Copenhagen and Oxford. The programme starts in August each year. The programme is designed with working professionals in mind to allow participants to remain in full-time employment while benefiting from the merits of an MBA education. Part-time MBAs can also take electives at Copenhagen Business School, Imperial College London, Macquarie University and Nanyang Technological University.
The following fees are for the 2018 intake.
Part-time MBA tuition: 70,000 CHF
1. Early Enrolment Discount
The early enrolment discount of CHF 5,000 is available to students who enrolled and paid the enrolment fee before 31 December 2017.
2. Early Payment Discount
Any fee payment, in excess of the application and enrolment fee, paid by 31 March 2018 prior to the start of the programme, will be eligible for a 5% early payment discount. Any remaining fee must be paid according to the payment schedule.
Scholarships and loans may be awarded. Please contact our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers for more details.
1. Bachelor's Degree
You are required to hold a degree from a recognised university or accepted institution of higher education. Please contact one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers for more information on whether your degree is from a recognised university.
2. GMAT, GRE, Admissions Test and Test Waivers
Applicants for the MBA programme are required to demonstrate their numerical, grammatical and critical thinking abilities. This can be done in one of the following three ways:
a. Submit a competitive GMAT or GRE score no older than five years (no minimum score)
b. Complete our MBA admissions test with a minimum score of 80%
c. Hold one or more of the following qualifications: PhD, CFA Level 2, CPA, or a similar qualification assessed on a case-by-case basis
Please feel free to contact one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers to learn more about your options. If you plan to take the GMAT, but haven't yet, you can also contact them for more information about our GMAT preparation courses in Zurich.
To submit a GMAT or GRE score, please use the following school codes for the University of St.Gallen MBA:
3. Fluency in English
Evidence of English fluency must be provided in order to gain acceptance to our programmes, as all coursework, lectures, guest speaking events and academic material is conducted in English. If you have completed another degree in English, this would be considered. For evidence via language proficiency testing, we accept TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate and PTE Academic.
Institution Code TOEFL: 0198
4. Work Experience
A minimum of two years full-time post-Bachelor degree work experience is required, with at least four years of work experience recommended.
5. Speak with our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers
Before submitting your application, we strongly encourage you to contact one of our Senior Talent Acquisition Managers to learn more about whether our programme matches your MBA goals.
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