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Why Study Online?The growth of online learning as a successful education delivery method for professionals has been profound in the last 15 - 20 years. If traditional face to face programs require you to attend classes on fixed locations at fixed dates, online learning programs do not place such demands. If you are often on-the-go, travel frequently or face constantly changing work commitments you may find the rigors of class work impossible to manage. You can travel freely, relocate or live in remote areas without interrupting your MBA studies. The online learning format suits students ‘ability to juggle the competing demands of work, family and study. Ultimately, this depends on the type of person you are, your lifestyle and how you prefer to learn. Our online education model provides you with true flexibility in your learning options. Not only is the SBS Online MBA truly portable, it also provides you with greater flexibility that traditional MBA programs.
How Online Learning WorksThe SBS Online MBA is conducted exclusively via online lecturing. In conjunction with industry experts and academics, our team of instructors ensures that course contents ensure outstanding learning outcomes. You receive a comprehensive Study Guide for each unit which contains full course work, workplace activities, readings and references to further resources for each topic. Your assigned Professor is responsible for setting and marking the assignments and exams, providing commentary on the topics throughout the study period and academic guidance for any questions and issues you have during your study.
Online MBA key features:SBS iLearn Portal – user friendly web-platform Flexible method of learning - you fit in your studies when and where it suits you Truly portable MBA – all you need is an internet connected device Take your class into the office, apply the learning to workplace situations immediately OMBA transforms concepts and issues in a workplace context Study materials always in your pocket (accessible with any device, any time you like) Follow courses from where ever you are on the planet
Online MBA at a glance
- 15 Modules
- 8 weeks per module
- OMBA can be completed within 2 years
- MBA lectured fully online
- Live webinar sessions
- Online assignment submission
- Online exams
- Discussion boards and forums
Online ResourcesThe SBS E-Learning portal allows you to access a range of online services to support your enrolment and study needs the online communication services are designed to enhance your participation in the SBS Online MBA. As an online student, you have access to the following services:
Easy collaboration with faculty and fellow students
Download and share documents
Supplemental educational material provided as appropriate
Case studies and additional course materials
Collaborate with other students
Course News & information
Relevant websites and reading
SBS, using the very valuable and nicely organized Online MBA program, provides the opportunity to meet and learn from excellent professors and academic team. Thanks to the quality of the courses and the professors, the MBA gave me the opportunity to put myself at the forefront in dealing with different management issues. I really enjoyed the teacher-student feedback, the contents of the courses and the framing offered. Moreover, I have an excellent memory of the professors who were always there to answer and to help. Clinical Researcher, University Hospital of Bern, Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Oncology
Coming from a technical background in the automotive field, the Online MBA program at SBS has provided me with critical new knowledge and practical experiences thereby contributing to grow my capabilities in the business acumen. The learning experience, with leading professors from around the globe, seamlessly communicated via a great digital e-learning platform has allowed to combine my full time job with global mobility and my learning experience.
The modules, tools and structure of the program has also given me enough flexibility to do all the extra professional activities I wanted to achieve throughout the program, thereby, enjoying a valuable work, study and social life balance in a connected environment.
The balance of the course between theory and practice in either case studies, teamwork activities and challenging entrepreneurship oriented projects translate into a valuable and distinguished learning experience.
As a student and as a marketing professional, I can only recommend the learning experience at SBS Swiss Business School for any professional that’s is looking to take their career and experience into a new dimension, better prepared.
As Benjamin Franklin said: “Failing to prepare, is preparing to fail” with the Online MBA from SBS you will be fully prepared to face the professional challenges ahead. Training Development Specialist at John Deere
In our Online MBA program, each course is credited with 5 ECTS; the Master Thesis is credited with 15 ECTS. The Online MBA is a 90 ECTS program.
Each course has duration of 8 weeks.* During the 8 weeks, students need to complete projects, analyze case studies, submit assignments and exams, as assigned by the lecturer. The Online Master of Business Administration (Online MBA) program requires completion of 15 courses, plus a Master thesis. Applicants can transfer credits from another higher learning institution, if for the course they have earned a grade ‘B’ or higher.
Completion time for the program is expected to be in the range of 24 months on average. However, students may take up to 5 years for completion of the program. Our SBS Online MBA is a modular program, consisting of 3 stages:
- Core course (10 courses)
- Major specific courses (5 courses)
- Master Thesis
*For more details of the course schedules, please see the academic calendars.
Online MBA program with five majors:
- Global Finance and Banking
- Human Resource Management
- International Management
How to Apply?APPLY ONLINE
Applicants must provide the following documentation:1Completed and duly signed application form2Complete Curriculum Vitae indicating professional experiences3Certified copy of bachelor’s degree4Official academic transcripts5A GMAT score of minimum 550(if applicable)6Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or take the SBS Admissions Exam)7Two reference letters (professional or academic)8Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.-9One High-resolution picture (passport photo style) in .JPG, .PNG or .GIF format
TransfersSBS Swiss Business School welcomes students who want to transfer from recognized educational institutions around the world. It is the responsibility of the student to have all official transcripts sent to the Admissions Office at SBS Swiss Business School. The admissions officer will decide on the transfer of credits based on the results of each subject. Credits can only be transferred for courses completed with grades of “B” or higher.
Core Modules Online MBA 2017 – 2019
Date Course May 22 – July 14 2017 Operations & Project Management July 17 – Sept. 08 2017 Human Resource Management Sept. 11 – Nov. 03 2017 Managerial Economics Nov. 06 – Dec. 29 2017 Management Information Systems Jan. 01 – Feb. 23 2018 Communication and Negotiation Skills Feb. 26 – Apr 20 2018 New Venture Creation Apr. 23 – June 15 2018 Financial Accounting June 18 – Aug. 10 2018 Financial Management Aug. 13 – Oct. 05 2018 Marketing Management Oct. 08 – Nov. 30 2018 Organizational Behavior and Leadership Dec. 03 – Jan. 25 2019 Operations & Project Management Jan 28 – Mar. 22 2019 Human Resource Management Mar. 15 – May 17 2019 Managerial Economics
Academic Calendars of Specialization ModulesEntrepreneurship
Global Finance & Banking
Human Resource Management
Thesis Submission Deadlines & Defense Days
- Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, August 25th at 17:00
- Thesis Defense Days: Thursday and Friday, September 7th and 8th
- Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, January 12th at 17:00
- Thesis Defense Day: Friday, January 26th
Core Foundation Courses
Course ID Course Title MKT 501 Marketing Management FIN 510 Financial Management MGT 535 Organizational Behavior and Leadership ACC 501 Financial Accounting and Theory MGT 501 Operations and Project Management ENT 502 New Venture Creation ECO 502 Managerial Economics COM 507 Communication and Negotiation Skills MIS 501 Management Information Systems MGT 631 Human Resources Management
Course ID Course Title ACC 505 Accounting Skills FIN 506 International Business Finance MKT 506 Digital Marketing MGT 505 Business Policy and Strategy BUS 705 International Business Competitiveness
Course ID Course Title MKT 510 Marketing Research and Analysis MKT 512 Retailing Strategy MKT 506 Digital Marketing MKT 515 Buyer Behavior MKT 705 Services Marketing
Global Finance and Banking
Course ID Course Title FIN 512 Global Financial Management FIN 513 Security Investment Analysis FIN 520 Global Financial Institutions and Markets FIN 522 Portfolio Theory FIN 527 Futures and Options
Course ID Course Title ENT 510 Introduction to Entrepreneurship ENT 512 Financing the Entrepreneurial Venture ENT 515 Family Business Management ENT 520 Distributorship and Growth ENT 530 Management Buy-Outs and Buy-Ins
Human Resource Management
Course ID Course Title HRM 506 Performance Management HRM 508 Compensation Management HRM 510 Training and Development HRM 512 Organizational Culture and Change HRM 514 Employee Relations Management
Core Foundation Courses
SBS Swiss Business School believes that graduate study should focus on both breadth of professional understanding and depth of knowledge. The core courses are required to assure an understanding of theory and research in the general areas of business administration.
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Fundamentals of Marketing
The course is built around those aspects of marketing which most frequently demand strategic attention in any business. Particular em-phasis is placed upon the role of marketing in building long-term relationships with customers. As a result of the studying, the student will be able to understand what marketing colleagues within an organization are trying to achieve. The student will also gain insights into how effective marketing action can be planned, implemented and controlled.
The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough survey of the principles of finance. The first half of the course focuses on tools and techniques, including Net Present Value Analysis, Financial Asset (Bonds and Stocks) Valuation, Risk and return and Option Pricing. The second half of the course focuses on applications of these tools and techniques on common, important issues in corporate finance, including capital budgeting, determining appropriate capital allocation, dividend policy and share repurchases. Underpinning this entire course is the concept of creating shareholder wealth.
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
The purpose of the course is to create a knowledge base from which the student can develop organizational competence. It examines the relationships between organizational performance and the behavior of individuals, groups, and overall organizations. In the process, emphasis is given to the importance of interpersonal issues and to issues arising from technological change, workplace diversity, leadership styles, and globalization.
Human Resources Management
This course focuses on the importance of managing human resources with an awareness of the needs of the business and of the legal and regulatory environment. Attention is given to the increasing organizational need to have greater cooperation among top management HR managers, line managers, and employees. Students will become familiar with the functions of staffing, appraising, and compensating employee performance, training, and organizational development and establishing and maintaining effective work relationships.
This course focuses on the fundamental economic theories most useful for the management of the firm. Applications drawn from cur-rent economic events are utilized to better understand the internal and external environments of the firm and to help managers formulate effective business strategies and policies. Although no prior knowledge of economics is required, this is more than just a survey or principles course.
Financial Accounting and Theory
This course is an introduction to the external accounting systems used by firms to measure and report their economic performance and financial position to external users such as stockholders, debt holders, and potential investors. We shall develop the basic accounting model and then examine it for its strengths and shortcomings. We shall learn how we can use the information provided in the annual reports to make decisions about the firm. By the end of the quarter, you should be able to read and interpret financial accounting re-ports.
Management Information Systems
This course presents concepts that all managers need for effective use and management of information technology in a business environment. Topics include basic technology concepts, data communications and networking, role of information in organizations, strategic uses of information technology, acquisitions of technology, implications of end-user computing, and management and control of information systems.
Operations Management and Computing
This course provides the student with the basic vocabulary, key conceptual frameworks and analytical tools essential to understanding operations in manufacturing, distribution and service businesses. The course materials and assignment questions are designed to develop the capability required to formulate and evaluate alternative operating systems to enhance the performance of a business. The student will discover how the resources within the operation area can be utilized to meet business objectives relative to product quality, customer service, time, costs, and return on investment. The learning objectives for the course include:
- Understand the relationship between cost, quality, flexibility, and service and how the operations can support the strategy.
- Learn approaches to designing and improving processes.
- Be able to critically evaluate and apply important new operations management philosophies such as JIT, re-engineering, and mass customization.
- Understand the relationships between the operations function and other functional areas of business, such as marketing, finance, and human resource management, and learn how they can work together to achieve the business strategy.
Communication and Negotiation Skills
This course explores formal and informal ways that mangers negotiate differences. It treats negotiation with peers, supervisors, subordinates, suppliers, customers, outside agencies, and others as a core managerial process. The course examines research and concepts developed in a number of academic fields.
New Venture Creation
This course explains what is required to start a business and will provide a framework for building up a business plan. The student will become familiar small business techniques and sources of help in developing a business. The course will cover:
- commercial, legal and financial considerations
- the business plan
- market research
- the marketing plan
- the financial plan
- obtaining funds
- selecting premises
- help for new ventures
- Exit routes
Major Specific Courses
The curriculum for each field of study is composed of core and major specific courses which are designed to help students acquire and demonstrate proficiency in the field. The specialized courses listed below are courses relevant to the students’ major of study.
MBA with a Major in International Management
This course investigates marketing techniques and programs as developed and implemented on an international scale. It evaluates inter-national marketing strategies, special goals, and decision-making processes that are part of marketing internationally. It emphasizes extent of standardization of marketing programs across several countries and the selection of appropriate entry strategies for foreign markets.
The purpose of this course is to equip participants with sufficient knowledge and skills to evaluate accounting reports in different settings. The course also focuses on the international accounting practices, the use of accounting information in functions as planning, and implementation & control of costing systems.
International Business Finance
This course is concerned with the monetary aspects of international economic relations. It deals with the following topics: the balance of payments, foreign exchange rates and markets, plant location, capital asset allocation, flexible exchange rates system, international capital movements, exchange, restrictions, and international monetary experience.
Business Policy and Strategy
After completing the course, the student will have a deeper appreciation of the complexity and sophistication of management issues raised by the growth in international competition, and the ways in which multinational corporations are evolving to try to cope. Another important benefit should be an appreciation of the limits to understanding competition in purely domestic market terms.
International Business Competitiveness
The purpose of this course is to understand and appreciate the differences that make international management the challenge that it is. To assess the degree of geographic interdependence that characterizes an industry at a point in time, and the underlying evolution in the factors that determine this global interdependence so as to proscribe action and not just reaction. To help define and put in place struc-tural, administrative and human resource systems that fit the strategic imperative of global operations while retaining the necessary flexibility for dealing with diversity and change. This course deals with understanding, developing, and implementing international business strategy.
MBA with a Major in Marketing
Marketing Research and Analysis
This course studies the theory and practice of marketing research as an aid to marketing decision-making. It explores problem defini-tion and selection of research techniques for solution of marketing problems, with emphasis on design of a complete research project, administration of research, and special problems encountered in research. It studies each phase of the marketing process and the role of information in marketing. It applies marketing research methods and techniques to actual marketing problems.
This course investigates marketing techniques and programs as developed and implemented on an international scale. It evaluates international marketing strategies, special goals, and decision-making processes that are part of marketing internationally. It emphasizes extent of standardization of marketing programs across several countries and the selection of appropriate entry strategies for foreign markets.
This course provides a strategic decision-making perspective on retailing management. It focuses on the evolving structure of the retail environment in Europe and North America, major emerging trends in retailing enterprises, and the nature of strategic planning in retail-ing. Key topics include market structure analysis, financial analysis and productivity, market research, strategic positioning, assortment planning, and management systems.
In-depth analysis of factors affecting purchase decisions in the marketplace. Applies behavioral and social science concepts to the study of buyer behavior. Focuses on the use of knowledge of buyer behavior in marketing decisions. Emphasizes theory, application, and ultimate consumer and organizational buying behavior. Special attention given to exploration and evaluation of buyer behavior research, and the role of models in explaining behavior.
This course investigates marketing techniques and programs related to the services industry. It evaluates services marketing strategies on local and international scales. The course does not only cover standard topics found in traditional goods marketing, but also dis-cusses latest trends observing rapid growth in the services sector, its reasons, and impact to economies.
MBA with a Major in Global Finance and Banking
International Financial Management
This course covers the financial environments in which multinational organizations operate, and its impact on financial management decisions. The policies and strategies of international finance are examined, with an emphasis on the issues that multinational corporations face. Topics include balance of payments and foreign exchange concerns, the portfolio effects of capital budgets for multinationals, and international capital markets.
Security and Investment Analysis
This course covers the study of securities and other investment media and their markets. It focuses on the analysis of investment values based on fundamental analytic procedures, technical analytic procedures, and the impact that modern portfolio theory has on the value of financial assets. Topics include return, growth, risk, accounting procedures, tax considerations, and the impact of various institutional arrangements on value determination.
Financial Institutions and Markets
This course deals with depository financial intermediaries (dfi's) or "banks", which includes commercial banks, savings and loan insti-tutions, mutual savings banks and credit unions. It attempts to combine institutional and descriptive materials with the modern theories of financial intermediation. The focus of the course is on two significant aspects of banking: the major risks faced by dfi's and the financial services provided by them. Management of such risks is crucial to the economic contribution of dfi's. I believe an understanding of these firms is valuable - whether you plan to participate as a banker or as a corporate manager who, of necessity, must deal with bankers.
This course extends the knowledge of risk and return in a portfolio context to active portfolio management. The measurement and evaluation of portfolio performance are analyzed. The importance of asset allocations, international diversification and pension fund management, and the use of a wide range of derivative securities to manage risk are explored.
Futures and Options
This course focuses on financial derivative securities. Their role in financial management is becoming increasingly important, especially in portfolio management. This course covers valuation of various options and futures as well as their use in risk management. Specific topics include options and futures pricing models, option strategies and contemporary topics such as index arbitraging.
MBA with a Major in Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This course is focusing on all aspects of starting a new business, with emphasis on the critical role of recognizing and creating opportu-nities. Topics include attributes of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial careers, evaluating opportunities, writing business plans, and financing.
Financing the Entrepreneurial Venture
This course focuses on the development of business plans; raising seed and growth capital from venture capital, investment banking, and commercial banking sources; and financial problems unique to the small- and medium- sized firm undergoing rapid growth. It examines actual proposals made to venture capital firms, particularly in terms of their financial viability. The course also examines financial management for entrepreneurs over the life of a business project. Topics include financing start-ups, financial planning for the nonpublic smaller enterprise, going public, selling out, bankruptcy, sources of capital, and other related topics. A term project involves the developing of a professional business plan.
Family Business Management
Intended for those who are affiliated with family firms, who have participated in a family business, or who plan to join or start a family venture in the future. The course is organized around the following themes: understanding the culture, systems theory and stages of evolution of a family business, individual career planning, management of the family, succession, professionalizing the organization, strategic planning, and managing growth.
Distributorship and Growth
This course focuses on “business format” franchising, a highly effective interorganizational business form that encourages entrepreneu-rial activity at all levels of investment. The course also explores product franchising, distributorships, and licensing.
Management Buy-outs and Management Buy-ins
This course focuses on the long-term plans of managers, equity owners, financiers, and other stakeholders of a corporate entity. It examines how all parties attempt to optimize their investments and explores competing situations in which one party gains at the expense of another.
MBA with a Major in Human Resource Management
Performance Management presents managers and supervisors with a clear model they can follow to plan, monitor, analyze, and main-tain a satisfying process of performance improvement for their staff. Designed to encourage students to apply what they are learning to their current job responsibilities, this self-study course offers exercises and assessments to determine their own readiness to implement performance management. It also illustrates strategies for developing the crucial communication skills of coaching, problem solving ,and giving feedback while teaching methods for linking organizational and personal goals.
Compensation Management is an integral part of the management of the organization. Compensation Management contributes to the overall success of the organization in several ways. To be effective, the managers must appreciate the value of competitive pay, their human resources, and have an investment view of payroll costs. We want to maintain pay levels that attract and retain quality employees while recognizing the need to manage payroll costs.
Training and Development
This course explores part of the major components in the training cycle—needs assessment, instructional design, and principles of adult learning. It offers techniques and tools for performing needs analysis that will help identify what individuals need to learn, and prepares students to select effective learning strategy and design instructional material that address identified learning needs. This course also provides a foundation of knowledge about adult education on which to build your learning and training activities. For those who seek to do the other two training sequences - Training Implementation and Evaluation—you will be able to demonstrate it by arrangement with the Professor.
Organizational Culture and Change
One of the primary responsibilities of strategic leaders is to create and maintain the organizational characteristics that reward and en-courage collective effort. Perhaps the most fundamental of these is organizational culture. But what do we really mean by organizational culture? What influence does it have on an organization? How does one go about building, influencing or changing an organization's culture?
Employee Relations Management
The need for an employee relationship management system within the enterprise is critical today. ERM is not a technology, or a product or an application but a strategy that aims to bring conversation into newer avenues within an organization. Bridging the gap between strategy and execution is the key to ERM solutions. This is dependent upon organizational alignment and the productivity, agility, and commitment of a loyal and high-performing workforce.
The overall expectation that must be met in the Master Thesis is the demonstration of independent scholarship relating to a problem of relevance to the learner’s profession. The Thesis will be evaluated on several factors. These factors include:
- contribution of knowledge and usefulness to the field,
- logical conclusions and recommendations,
- depth of analysis, and
- knowledge and use of related literature.
A topic may be chosen by the student but needs to be approved by the Academic Committee.
Application fee (non-refundable): CHF 150.- Payment upon acceptance (non-refundable)*: CHF 2’250.- 15 courses: CHF 1'000.- per course
*Part of the program tuition fees.