Full-time MBA Programme

An MBA is a carefully designed experience that encompasses academic curriculum, career services and personal growth experiences. Here you will find an overview of our MBA experience, and see how the highlights fit together in sequence. We have grouped our highlights into three types:

Key Skills:

These highlights show how the academic curriculum can help you develop the full range of skills required in top management

Career Development:

These highlights show how our Career Services team can work with you to accelerate your career in the direction you want to go

Personal Growth:

These highlights show how our MBA experience can create ways for you to challenge and enrich yourself beyond academics

September

Core Phase

This month sets the tone for your year. The programme begins at a high pace with the Core Phase and many Career Services activities. You are based in St.Gallen daily.

International Management
4 weeks
Understand the issues that Multinational Corporations face in both mature and emerging markets
Company Presentations
12+ weeks
From mid-September to December, companies present on campus weekly, followed by networking events
Team Dynamics
1 day
Leadership excercises are conducted during an interactive day spent in the Swiss Alps
Toolkit: Networking
1 day
Learn appropriate ways to reach out to new and existing contacts, and build a lasting network
Personal Branding
1 day
Develop and communicate your personal brand, to be successful in your job search
Self-Assessment Tool
1 day
Learn about your own preferred leadership style and build self-awareness in relation to the styles of others
Visions and Values
1 day
Distill your career and life aspirations, to be used as a reference point throughout the MBA

October

Core Phase

The Core Phase continues and Career Services intensifies.

International Management
Ongoing
Continuation of course started in September
Global Business Environment
4 weeks
Acquire new tools to analyse market opportunities and threats, and identify all relevant stakeholders at play
Accounting
4 weeks
Become literate in financial accounting and how it allows you to make better strategic management decisions regarding operations
Company Presentations
Ongoing
Continuation of company presentations started in September
Individual Coaching
3 days
Be professionally challenged on your career and life plans in one-on-one sessions, helping shape your post-MBA career strategy
Peer-to-Peer Coaching
1 day
Moderated by a coach, learn to give and receive candid feedback in constructive ways
Cover Letter Bootcamp
1 day
Understand how to craft a winning cover letter
CV Workshop
5 weeks
With the help of workshops, counselling and IT we create an effective CV
CV Counselling
Ongoing
Personalised guidance on the content of your CV, helping you convey your past experience in the most effective way possible
Team Dynamics
1 day
A continuation of the leadership development exercises introduced in September

November

Core Phase

The programme maintains its fast rhythm in St.Gallen.

Corporate Strategy
4 weeks
Grounding in the tools used in the design and execution of corporate strategy and in the change management techniques that often arise when an organisation changes strategy
Capital Markets
4 weeks
Know how the price of stocks and bonds are computed, and investigate topics on investment decisions and performance measurement
Corporate Finance
4 weeks
Execute and discuss financial calculations and understand how the results can inform corporate strategy
Company Presentations
Ongoing
Continuation of company presentations started in September
Communication and Presentation Skills
2 days
Lola Martinez, a CNN reporter, will work on your public speaking and presentation skills, including body language and voice
Luxembourg Day
1 day
Luxembourg-based multinationals come to campus to introduce themselves and recruit
CV Counselling
Ongoing
Continuation of counselling started in October
Individual Coaching
Ongoing
Continuation of coaching started in October
Peer-to-Peer Coaching
Ongoing
Continuation of coaching started in October

December

Core Phase

There is a festive Winter Dinner in late December for Full-time MBAs, Part-time MBAs, faculty and the MBA team. It marks the start of a short break in the programme.

Corporate Finance
Ongoing
Continuation of course started in November
Marketing and Communications
4 weeks
Use concepts and frameworks to better define your organisation’s market positioning and segmentation
Company Presentations
Ongoing
Continuation of company presentations started in September
Job Search Strategy
1 day
Career Services assists you in an organised and targeted approach to securing your next role
Individual Coaching
Ongoing
Continuation of coaching started in October
CV Counselling
Ongoing
Continuation of counselling started in October
Peer-to-Peer Coaching
Ongoing
Continuation of coaching started in October

January

Core Phase & Integration Phase

Return from winter break to complete the Core Phase and begin the Integration Phase.

Organisational Behaviour
4 weeks
Have a multitude of approaches to managing oneself, teams and organisations, and know which ones are appropriate or inappropriate for a given individual or group
Global Supply Chain
4 weeks
Make management decisions founded in a familiarity with current manufacturing and supply chain best practices
Case Solving
4 weeks
Analyse and solve cases with a consulting-level competency
Value Creation in a Digital Economy
4 weeks
Stay updated on the range of digital tools and platforms used in business today
Applied Value-based Management
4 weeks
Apply numeric and financial problem solving tools in practice
Company Presentation
Ongoing
Continuation of company presentations started in September
ABCD Counselling
Ongoing
Develop four distinct career plans and put them into action
Interview Skills
1 day
Become confident in communicating your key messages during interviews
Corporate Leadership Trainings
4 days
Four prominent Swiss companies run you through some of their in-house leadership trainings
Basel Day
1 day
Travel to Basel to meet with multinationals, learning about their businesses and establishing contacts

February

The Integration Phase finishes with the Learning Assessment Week (LAW).

Learning Assessment Week (LAW)
2 weeks
Present a case solution, followed by open topic Q&A, testing all Core Phase material over one hour
Industry Insights
2 weeks
Senior level speakers discuss their industry trends and corporate challenges in detail
German Language
Ongoing
Compulsory for all non-German speakers, this accounts for one of your 5 electives and will enhance career prospects in the region
ABCD Counselling
Ongoing
Continuation of counselling started in January
Toolkit: Mock Interview
1 day
Undertake a full mock interview and receive feedback on areas of competence and improvement

March

Elective Phase

Upon successful completion of LAW, students begin the Elective Phase. Our partner schools for exchanges and electives are: Copenhagen Business School, Imperial College London, Nanyang Technological University and Macquarie University.

Electives
Ongoing
Choose 5 electives, including courses at partner schools in Copenhagen, London, Singapore and Sydney; international exchanges also possible
German Language
12+ weeks
Continuation of compulsory course for non-German speakers started in February
ABCD Counselling
Ongoing
Continuation of counselling started in January
Take-Off Day
1 day
Annual recruitment event where companies interview our MBAs
Focus Mondays
Ongoing
Career-relevant topics are covered interactively in regular sessions
Munich Day
1 day
Visit companies in nearby Munich, Germany to explore career opportunities in the wider region
Cover Letter Refresh
1 day
Refresh your cover letter if you want to target additional industries, companies or countries
MBA Project Applications
8 weeks
Actively apply to project opportunities offered by corporate partners or find your own MBA Project to work on

April

Elective Phase

Students are responsible for securing their own Corporate Strategy Projects. During the Elective Phase, you must apply for your project. If you are opting for a Business Plan or Research Paper, you must plan the scope during this time.

Electives
Ongoing
Continuation of electives started in February
ABCD Counselling
Ongoing
Continuation of counselling started in January
Focus Mondays
Ongoing
Continuation of sessions started in March

May

Elective Phase

Many students participate in extracurricular activities alongside electives. These include case competitions and the annual MBA Tournament in Paris.

Electives
Ongoing
Continuation of electives started in February
Guidance on Job Search, Interviews and Contracts
Ongoing
Our Career Service team can provide tailored assistance as needed

June

Project Phase

The Corporate Strategy Project begins, taking many students away from St. Gallen to be immersed on-site at a wide range of companies. Entrepreneurially-minded students will write a business plan. Students who want to deeply explore a specific industry or management issue can write a research paper.

Option 1: Corporate Strategy Project
10 weeks
Spend 10-12 weeks dedicated to a strategic issue in a company; MBAs receive a small fee, usually around CHF 3,000 per month
Option 2: Business Plan
10 weeks
Have the option of writing a business plan instead of undertaking a project, if this better aligns with your post-MBA career goals
Option 3: Research Paper
10 weeks
Have the option of writing a research paper instead of undertaking a project, if this better aligns with your post-MBA career goals
Guidance on Job Search, Interviews and Contracts
Ongoing
Continuation of guidance started in May
Berlin Day
1 day
Travel to Berlin to visit companies, with a focus on startups, and make contacts

July

Project Phase

Your post-MBA job search happens in parallel to the Corporate Project, Business Plan or Research Paper.

Strategy Project, Business Plan or Research Paper
10 weeks
Continuation of your strategy project, business plan or research paper started in June
Guidance on Job Search, Interviews and Contracts
Ongoing
Continuation of guidance started in May

August

Project Phase

A fulfilling year comes to a close.

Submit Strategy Project, Business Plan or Research Paper
1 day
Defend your final academic submission in front of an academic panel
Guidance on Job Search, Interviews and Contracts
Ongoing
Continuation of guidance started in May
Graduation
1 day
Graduate alongside your classmates and Part-time MBAs in late August