University of St. Gallen EMBA FSI


An Introduction to the University of St.Gallen

As one of Europe’s leading business universities in Switzerland, we offer degrees and executive education at the highest international level. A practical approach and an integrative view characterise our education and support the HSG’s unique concept.

The business university with more than 100 years of experience

We are delighted that you are considering a degree course at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). As one of Europe’s leading business universities with 7,666 students and over 100 years of experience, we offer degrees in Business Administration, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs as well as well-established executive education programmes.

We take a practical approach and an integrative view

Our faculty members’ key focus is to systematically impart the necessary fundamental knowledge to you for your Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree or Ph.D. In doing so, we place particular importance on a consistent practical approach and integrative view. We provide you with the ability to think and act with a focus on networking.

Personal responsibility

We also hope to assist you in developing a sense of initiative and responsibility. Our students appreciate this approach. They show a high degree of personal responsibility and involvement in the community as well as in their studies. Students design their degree courses as entrepreneurs, so to speak.

Internationality is a uniting factor

Our integrative degree courses have been awarded two international seals of quality with the EQUIS and AACSB accreditations. And thanks to programmes held in English, the HSG is also very popular with students from other countries – we unite 80 nationalities under our roof. Reach your educational goal together with us.

MBA-FSI: 15 years of excellence in developing financial services executives

The MBA-FSI started its first edition in January 1999. Twenty-two participants, coming from six different countries, enrolled for this edition, which clearly had a European focus. In the meantime, 6 more groups completed the programme, which over the years adopted an increasingly global approach by adding modules in North America and China. Currently, the eighth MBA-FSI edition is running. Twenty-four participants from ten different countries worldwide started their journey in November 2012 and will graduate in October 2014.

Within its 15 years of existence, the MBA-FSI programme has developed from a European entrepreneurial initiative into a global, international executive education programme. The joining of HEC Montréal as an organising partner and the collaboration with BiMBA in Beijing and ITAM in Mexico, are excellent examples of how this programme has established collaborations with highly regarded international institutions and faculty improve the programme and increase its scope world-wide..

Being in business for 15 years now, the MBA-FSI offers you all the advantages of an established executive MBA programme through its globally established network and its experienced faculty and staff which guarantee a unique learning experience which you will cherish forever!

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EMBA in Financial Services and Insurance

Campus Full time 22 months November 2017 Belgium Ghent Switzerland St.Gallen Canada Toronto + 4 more

The MBA in Financial Services and Insurance (MBA-FSI) is an executive MBA programme, designed for high potentials working in the financial services industry. [+]

EMBA in Financial Services and Insurance An International Executive MBA, for you? The MBA in Financial Services and Insurance (MBA-FSI) is an executive MBA programme, designed for high potentials working in the financial services industry. Organised by three top business schools with excellent reputations in the field of management of financial institutions, the MBA-FSI delivers unique insights into the three subsectors of the financial services industry (banking, insurance, investment). Its modular setup with international modules spread over a period of 18 months, allows for a convenient combination of working and studying in a truly international environment, delivering an unmatched added value for a financial services executive! Why take an Executive MBA in Financial Services and Insurance? The MBA in Financial Services and Insurance (MBA-FSI) is an international, executive MBA programme, designed for participants with high potential to achieve top executive functions in financial services firms. No other established programme at an executive MBA level can claim to address the banking, as well as the (re)insurance, and the investment industry from an international and holistic perspective. The MBA-FSI provides a tremendous added value for you, as a financial services professional, because of its: Innovative programme, focusing on topics with high strategic value We deal with the latest developments in management and apply them to the financial services industry. Besides this, we also tackle topics specific to the industry such as the impact of new regulations in banking and insurance and the impact of the financial crisis. Unique pooling of excellence, available throughout the world This programme is the result of a long-term collaboration between three universities with an excellent reputation in the management of financial services firms – each with their own area of expertise, complemented by renowned academic and business specialists from around the world. Truly international profile in all its aspects Participants, course locations, core faculty and guest speakers all have an international dimension, which guarantees a broadening of your personal horizon. Modern learning approach We provide an optimal mixture between teaching of theoretical frameworks, case studies, guest speakers, company visits, business simulations and practical projects and assignments. On top of that, our courses are entirely ran on iPad. This means that no more paper and binders need to be carried along. Digital delivery of course materials enables participants to carry all their course materials with them to have them available when they need them. Finally the iPad delivery also enables extra and richer interactivity, both in class and afterwards. Combination of learning and working The MBA-FSI covers a period of 22 months (including graduation), in which two-week residential modules of classes, group work, etc. are followed by self-study periods during which assignments (e.g. literature, case-preparation, thesis, etc.) have to be completed while you continue working. In this way, the theory learned is applied immediately into your own working environment. Programme Approach During the programme, general management knowledge and skills are combined with in-depth insights into the business economics of the financial sector. In order to achieve this goal, each module is structured on the basis of two perspectives. Academic Perspective The academic perspective offers participants the necessary frameworks and tools to tackle the challenges of a modern organisation. In each module participants acquire a firm understanding of relevant management skills in different domains, including strategic management, marketing, human resources and organizational behaviour, accounting and finance, operations and technology, corporate governance, risk management and other issues. Business Perspective Secondly, the MBA-FSI provides participants with insights into the financial services industry. The focus is on the different sub-sectors of the financial services sector: banking, insurance and investment. We discuss the main trends taking place in the different industries and translate the academic and theoretical frameworks to the financial services industry. Taking these two perspectives into account, this programme provides high potentials with the necessary training to pursue a successful career in today’s fast changing financial services sector. Curriculum During the six residential modules of the programme, participants acquire a firm understanding of the most recent developments in the different management disciplines. At the same time, participants learn to apply the management frameworks to their own financial institution. It’s this application of general concepts to the financial services industry that sets the MBA-FSI apart from general MBA programmes. Module 1 - Ghent/Brussels (Belgium) Date: 26 October - 7 November 2014 Getting plugged in Understanding the economic context Crafting the right strategy Creating value in the insurance industry Self-awareness: You as a leader Module 2 - Öhningen/St. Gallen/Zurich (Switzerland-Germany) Date: 22 February - 6 March 2015 Creating and communicating customer value Reaching out to the customer Managing financial services in a digital world Module 3 - London (United Kingdom) Date: 24 May - 5 June 2015 Winning through employees Being a responsible leader Understanding global financial systems and financial instruments Creating value in asset management How to create value with finance related decisions? Module 4 - Beijing/Shanghai (China) Date: 13 - 25 September 2015 Managing risk from a holistic perspective Creating value with financial and risk management Managing a bank Managing in a cross-cultural environment Module 5 - Singapore Date: 10 - 22 January 2016 Exploiting the full potential of IT - How to achieve process excellence? Managing and assessing the performance of the organisation Module 6 - Boston/New York (US) Date: 24 April - 6 May 2016 Being an ethical and sustainable financial institution Building an agile organisation Challenging the status quo Graduation Graduation of MBA FSI Admission We have specific admission criteria for the MBA-FSI. As its international character and focus on the integration of banking, insurance, and investment are the unique features of this programme, the MBA-FSI programme management strives to maximise the geographical and professional spread of participants. This adds to the learning experience of the participants and it is something we regard as a critical element in selection procedures. Our highly selective admissions process is designed to build a diverse and ambitious group. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. As the number of places in the MBA-FSI group is limited, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible! 3 Steps to admission: 1. Check your eligibility: To be accepted as a participant in the MBA-FSI programme, you must: hold an academic degree (at least 3 years normal study duration, minimum 180 ECTS credits) from an academic institution recognised by the relevant authorities of the institution's home country. have an outstanding professional history with at least 8 years of full-time, business-related working experience since graduation. have relevant management experience in the area of financial services. have a mature personality. be identified as a ‘high potential’ within your organisation. Not sure about your eligibility? Contact us! 2. Send in your MBA-FSI application package The application package includes: application from current CV recommendation letter in which your company explicitly supports your candidature and identifies you as a 'high potential' a solid academic record at university level, proven by a copy of the university diploma and transcripts. 3. Take the MBA-FSI admissions interview During this face-to face, or remote (via Skype, phone,etc..) interview, we assess your personality, professional and managerial experience, English language skills and motivation. Upon successful completion of the admissions process, the final decisions regarding acceptance are made jointly by the MBA-FSI admissions board with representatives from the organising partners. The application deadline for applying for the next edition of MBA-FSI is 30 September 2014. Tuition Fee The tuition fee for the next edition of the MBA-FSI (2014-2016) amounts to €48.000. This tuition fee includes the teaching fees, fees for classrooms, and course materials. Catering, travelling, and lodging costs are not included in this fee. The average cost for catering and lodging is €3.000 per module. This tuition fee includes Teaching fees Fees for classrooms Course material Additional Costs You will have to take additional costs into account when taking this MBA: Catering Accommodation Travel Expenses The average cost for catering and lodging is €3.000 per module. The payment of the tuition fee is required one month before the start of the programme [-]