Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Welcome to SBS MBA
Business has changed - radically so! We exist in a business environment of limitless borders, breakneck technological innovation, incredibly smart and socially collaborative customers, enhanced security concerns, increasingly complex government regulations, and economic uncertainty. In addition, as a current or future leader in a complex world, you want to engage your employees, positively surprise your customers, restore and sustain the environment, and lead with integrity. It won’t take two generations; we can and will re-invent the world in this generation!
Now is a great time for you to prepare, re-tool, and aggressively launch forward. The SBS MBA will equip you for tomorrow’s business opportunities while keeping you grounded in today’s business reality. Our program is IACBE accredited, cutting-edge, and well-respected in the Zurich region and across the globe.
Our curriculum is designed to develop leaders for the current and emerging business environment. Faculty dynamically conducts class sessions that are responsive to current business situations. The students in the program know that when they graduate they will have a new knowledge base and set of skills that make them attractive to employers. Our students know that now is the time to take command of their careers.
Face it. You are busy. You have work obligations, family commitments, and a life to live. We understand that. That’s why our program provides the ultimate in flexibility and convenience. Our MBA fits your life; not the other way around.
Wishing you much success in a great future!
Bert Wolfs, Ph.D.
Strengths of the SBS MBA Programs
From the very beginning of SBS in the late 1990s, the MBA programs have been steadily growing. Most participants are in the 24-46 age brackets. They come from a wide variety of organizations and have very diverse educational backgrounds. Women account for approximately 40% of the total student body. Foreign student enrolment amounts to over 60%. A considerable effort is made to constantly attract highly qualified students.
SBS is known for passionate teaching and academic excellence, and we have assembled a faculty that is superbly skilled in teaching and professional practice.They are experts in their fields who are up-to-speed with the latest trends in management, entrepreneurship, international business, financial markets, marketing, and technology.
Our lecturers teach a curriculum that facilitates hands-on learning opportunities: entrepreneurial projects, total quality management improvements, international studies courses, and internships. Teaching is valued highly. The curriculum includes case method and instructor-directed courses and emphasizes classroom interaction. Classes are kept relatively small to keep an optimized student-lecturer ratio. Student evaluations average above 4 on a 1-5 scale. Our lecturers are challenging, but succeed by bringing difficult topics to life through discussions and concrete examples.
We are truly focused on the world. The SBS student body and faculty are highly international hailing from all around the world. We offer our participants an experience that prepares them to operate with ease across borders and cultures – in an environment that prizes diversity and the ability to bring a worldwide perspective to the business study.
Zurich is situated in the heart of Europe. Although not a big metropolis (380’000 in the city proper and ca. 2 million in the metropolitan area) Zurich is a Global Alpha City and one of the most international places worldwide. Its wellpreservedOld Town is to be found on both banks of the river Limmat, attracting tourists from all around the world.International banking and insurance companies are located in the region. Zurich is an economic and industrial center, hosting many international shows and fairs throughout the year and is also home of the Swiss Stock Exchange, the third biggest in Europe.
The cosmopolitan, cultural and economic flair of the city, home to nearly 200 nations makes it an ideal location for international management studies. Zurich has a rich cultural life with numerous festivals, theatres, cinemas and fashion shows. The city is also a center for international sports events and offers a great number of outdoor and indoor sporting facilities. The Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most famous and exclusive shopping destinations in the world, the location of many prestigious fashion houses, jewelry makers and international restaurants.
The reputation of SBS within the industry has grown throughout the years. We have had companies sponsor employees for their studies. SBS had reputed domestic and international companies employ its students after graduation or during their studies. The students and graduates of SBS have become reputed members of the society and industry through their ability to apply instantly what they have learned.
SBS MBA Programs
An MBA is sought after by ambitious individuals and in many organizations, it is rewarded by an increase in salary and promotion. One of the most common reasons students mention for pursuing an MBA is a career change. The programs are based on a common curriculum with extensive attention placed on the fields of specialization. At SBS Swiss Business School, you will find a supportive community where each person’s interests and ideas make a difference. With a limited class size, you’re assured of receiving individual attention from our faculty and staff.
We offer an academically challenging curriculum, tailored to your career goals, and numerous opportunities for learning. These attributes set our MBA program apart from others. You can design a program of study that enables you to build on your strengths and interests. The program broadens your knowledge; sharpens your business skills; and incorporates your personal, professional, and extracurricular experiences.
The Full-Time MBA at SBS is divided into the following Four Terms and can be completed within 50 effective school weeks:
- Term 1 - Core Subjects
- Term 2 - 3 core subjects and 2 specialization courses
- Term 3 - 2 core subjects and 3 specialization courses based on individual student’s major
- Term 4 - Independent research and study
Students can start at any Term. Term 1 end of September, Term 2 beginning of January and Term 3 in mid-March.
Flex MBA: In today’s dynamic marketplace, successful managers must be innovative and entrepreneurial, combining a general knowledge of business functions with specific skills in their area of responsibility. The Flex MBA program (modular Master of Business Administration) is designed for professionals who are not able to follow the full-time MBA. It is a blended learning format, where students prepare for a three-day on-site seminar, in their own time, wherever they are. The courses are held once a month on campus from Friday to Sunday. This gives the participants to meet with the lecturer and the peer students. The Flex MBA Program can be completed within 15 months.
Online MBA: In the SBS Online Learning MBA, students have the flexibility as to when and where they participate. It is required to complete projects, assignments, and exams, as assigned by the appointed professors. Each program consists of 15 courses, 10 general and 5 specialized.
Furthermore, SBS is offering a modular Executive MBA in International Management.
The Full-Time and Online MBA at SBS offers the following specialization courses:
- International Management
- Global Finance and Banking
- Human Resource Management
Candidates seeking admission to the MBA program hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized educational institution. All MBA candidates must have a sound command of the English language, spoken and written. The final decision concerning the acceptance into the MBA program rests with SBS Swiss Business School.
How to Apply?
Applicants must provide the following documentation:
- Completed and duly signed application form
- Complete Curriculum Vitae indicating professional experiences
- Certified copy of bachelor’s degree
- Official academic transcripts
- A GMAT score of minimum 550, or SBS admission exam
- TOEFL test results higher than 90 (if applicable)
- Two reference letters (professional or academic)
- Non-refundable application fee of CHF. 150.-
- One passport-sized photograph
APPLY ONLINE @ www.sbs.edu
Please note that applicants to the Executive MBA program must have a minimum of five years’ professional experience. Applicants to the MBA and Flex MBA programs must have a minimum of two years’ professional experience.
Places are offered on a continuing basis. The evaluation process requires about two weeks. We use five main points of reference:
- the conclusion reached by the interviewer,
- reasons for wanting to attend the MBA/EMBA course,
- academic and professional qualifications,
- exam scores,
- business career to date and comments from references