Admissions Process

Admissions Process Overview

Process:

The application process has been designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential, and give the Admissions Team a good understanding of you capabilities, skills and potential to become a successful MBA. Please note that not all applicants will progress beyond Step 2.

Deadlines:

Round 1 - 01 December 2016
Round 2 - 01 April 2017
Round 3 - 15 August 2017

We accept applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible given the limited number of places in the programme. Additionally, it will also allow you to prepare yourself adequately prior the start of the programme, with regards to moving to St.Gallen or negotiating a sponsorship from your current employer. 

Step 1: Create and Submit Application

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Time it takes to complete step:

Completion time is variable for each applicant

Applications for Part-time MBA accepted until:

July 15, 2017

Applications for Full-time MBA accepted until:

August 15, 2017

Task:

Submit application and references via our online application tool

Process:

Create a profile with our online application software provided by Full Fabric. The application is done entirely online. Once you have created a profile, you will be able to log in/out of the application as you progress towards completion. There are detailed instructions provided within Full Fabric once you create a profile, but expect to provide personal data, a current CV, one career plan essay, a copy of your passport, a digital passport photo and digital copies of all academic transcripts and diplomas. For references, please nominate two people to receive an email by providing their contact information. Your references will be sent a link. They will be asked to answer a series of questions and submit their responses online. These responses become your references. When all information is complete, you must pay CHF 180 via credit card to submit your application.

Step 2: Record Video Q&A Responses

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Time it takes to complete step:

Estimated 30 minutes

Deadline to complete step:

8 days after submitting application

Task:

Respond to 6 questions via our online video interview tool

Process:

You will need a computer with a microphone and webcam to complete this step. You may also use a smartphone. Once your application is submitted electronically via Full Fabric, you will be automatically forwarded to our online video interview software, Kira. Create a profile on Kira and read the detailed instructions within the software. You will be asked a series of questions, to which you will have 60 seconds to respond. Please ensure you select a time and place to record your responses where you will not be distracted or disturbed.  We realise our applicants like busy lives, so you will have 8 days from the time of submitting you application to complete your video responses on Kira. The faster you complete your Kira responses, the faster you will receive a response from us on whether you progress to the interview step.

Step 3: Receive Interview Invitation

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Our response time:

Within 7 days after submission of video essays

What:

Receive an email regarding your application and video essays

Details:

After evaluating all the information submitted with your application and assessing your video essay responses, one of our Recruitment Managers will contact you regarding the status of your application. For those who are invited to progress to an interview, details will be provided regarding how to schedule a time and place. It is possible to conduct your interview in-person in St. Gallen, in-person in a city one of our Recruitment Managers are traveling to, or online via video. For those who do not progress to the next step, please note we do not provide feedback on why your application was unsuccessful. More information on our admissions policy can be downloaded from our website.

Step 4: Have Interview & Solve Business Case

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Time it takes to complete step:

Estimated 90 minutes

Deadline to complete step:

Scheduled according to availability of the applicant

What:

Be interviewed by one of our Recruitment Managers, which includes a discussion of your solution to a business case

Details:

Interviews are an opportunity for us to learn more about your professional life, as well as your personal goals and motivations. If you are based near St. Gallen, we request you to travel to St. Gallen to be interviewed in person. If you are based near a city we are traveling to in the near future, or are able to travel to one of these cities, we would be happy to interview you in person there. Please refer to the Events section of our website to see a current list of cities we plan to visit. The interview will also involve targeted questions related to the business case you are required to solve. You will receive your business case via email 3 days before the interview takes place. Further details on how to prepare your solution will be included in this email. You are asked to present in a 5 minute presentation during the interview. You will be expected to discuss how you perceived and prioritised the main issues in the case, and how you arrived at the solution. It is a chance to demonstrate your business acumen, ethics and creativity.

Step 5: Receive Decision + Guidance on Loans & Scholarships

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Our response time:

Within 2 weeks after completion of interview

What:

One of our Recruitment Managers will contact you via telephone to communicate the final decision of our Admissions Committee

Details:

Our Admissions Committee will meet to review your entire application and make a decision on whether to extend an offer of enrolment to you. Once a decision is made, one of our Recruitment Managers will contact you via telephone to communicate the decision. It is possible to receive a full offer of admission or a conditional offer of admission. If your offer is conditional, the specific conditions you are required to fulfill will be explained to you during the phone call. For those who receive an offer, you will receive information on how to contact our Finance department to pay your enrolment fee. If you have applied for a loan or scholarship, Finance will also communicate information at this time regarding these topics. For those who do not receive an offer, please note we do not provide feedback on why your application was unsuccessful.

Step 6: Sign Offer & Pay Enrolment Fee

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Deadline to complete step:

14 days after receiving an offer of enrolment

What:

Secure your place in the next class at the University of St.Gallen MBA

Details:

For those who have received a full or conditional offer of enrolment, you will have two weeks to secure your place in the programme. To accept your offer, you are required to sign our enrolment form and pay the enrolment fee, followed by submitting proof of payment to us. If you are a non-EU or EEA citizen enrolling in the programme, we will contact you to commence your student visa application. Visa processing times and requirements vary from case-to-case. Our Recruitment Managers can also provide you with details about housing, health insurance and other matters pertaining to the commencement of your MBA.