MBA in Global Management
One and a half years (2 years: with an optional second 6-month industry training period)
This offer is available to all potential students holding a recognised Bachelor’s degree.
The revised MBA program in Global Management is a truly international program, managed by BHMS and awarded by City University (CityU) of Seattle, USA. Thus, the award is fully subject to CityU quality assurance procedures and policies.
The program comprises 3 stages: the first is an intensive study period of 6 months at the BHMS campus in Lucerne, Switzerland; this is followed by one period of 6 months spent in industry training during which time students should complete 2 project-based online courses. In the third stage and final stage, students return to the BHMS campus for a second 6 month study period and completion of all MBA courses. A second industry training period may be taken on completion of this third stage but is entirely optional.
Students learn from a dedicated faculty, who in addition to their academic credentials, bring along knowhow and vast experience in the business field. This ensures that what is learnt in class is contemporary and can be applied in a daily business environment in real-world situations. BHMS is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide adult education for people with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private education organizations and is teaching each year more than 15,000 full and part-time students.
Aim of the Program
An MBA degree combined with vocational skills carries considerable value and prestige with employers worldwide. It can benefit people who are already holding an executive position in management, or who as the next step in their careers, are looking to enter into an executive management position in the industry. Further, it is an ideal education for degree holders from a variety of backgrounds looking to gain some experience in the service sector, or for entrepreneurs looking to obtain the necessary specialised knowledge when contemplating opening their own business.
Switzerland is world-famous for its service industries, thus students gain an insight into the facets of international hospitality management and food service operations alongside the introductory MBA courses in Global Business Communications and Business Management during the first 3 months of the program. During this time students are also supported in ensuring they meet the CityU English proficiency requirements. The proceeding 3 months of study then focus on the core business skills of marketing, management, project planning and systems to provide students with a balanced managerial skill set, suited to both the hospitality and broader business sectors, before progressing to their first internship.
During the 2nd stage of the program (industry placement), students undertake two online courses from the series of their global management specialization courses. These courses are fully supported by an online tutor and an online learning platform – the Blackboard. Students earn 6 credits of specialisation at this stage.
In the final, 3rd stage of the program, students build on their core managerial knowledge and skill set developed over the last 12 months and focus on financial, human resource and strategic competencies as a capstone to the program. The final academic stage also concludes with 2 further specialisation courses in the global management pathway.
Paid Industry Placement in Switzerland
Depending on students’ prior experience, language skills and professionalism, a variety of placements across the core functional areas of the hospitality industry may be undertaken during stage 2 of the program. This will provide students with invaluable service industry experience and transferable skills, vital to so many industry sectors.
The industry training salary in Switzerland, negotiated between the employers’ association and the Employee Union is presently set at minimum CHF 2’168 per month gross. From this salary, students have to pay for room, board, and taxes. The average net income per month varies from CHF 1’200 to 1’400.
Note: An integral goal of the MBA is to enhance student’s work experience, international industry exposure and transferable skills through Industry Placement. However, students with extensive prior experience on the Global Management pathway only may opt to undertake stages 1 and 2 consecutively in 12 months and complete 2 further CityU Global Management courses online in their home country.
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited University (the final decision for admission will be made by the CityU)
- English language skills at a level equal to IELTS 6.0 for entry to the Language Assisted MBA OR IELTS 6.5 for exemption from support English classes and to meet CityU language proficiency requirements.
Academic courses are held:
Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00, Saturday courses may be offered in some terms from 8:00 to 15:00.
Vocational courses are held:
Monday to Friday from 09:0-14:30 or 15:30 to 20:30.
Each student is assured a minimum of 3 days per week for self-study.
Stage 2: Industry Placement
* For the Language Assisted MBA program; ² Global Management courses offered on availability basis
Please note that CityU applies a different credit system than BHMS
A selection of revised courses may substitute or amend the above courses. Please ask for the detailed course program at the time of application.
BHMS, Business and Hotel Management School, Lucerne
April, July and October. Please contact the BHMS admission office for the next intake opportunity.
Are scheduled according to the holiday plan of BHMS, and can be downloaded from the BHMS website under ‘School Calendars’.
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Last updated January 10, 2018