Part-time MBA Programme

The Part-time MBA requires students to commit 4 days on campus per month, plus 1-2 hours of additional work per day, to complete the programme. Most of the modules take place between Wednesday and Saturday. 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

August 2016 - November 2016

Modules 1-4

The first module commences in August, and the summer atmosphere provides a cheerful setting to meet your new classmates. Everyone will convene in St. Gallen for a mix of programme information, socialising and preparation for the MBA journey ahead. Your second module takes you to Oxford, UK. Modules three and four are held back in St. Gallen. Throughout this period you must quickly learn how to balance MBA life with your work and personal commitments. You immerse yourself in our career acceleration offerings straight away. One of the modules is entirely career focused, including a CV review and training on interviewing in both formal and informal settings. Time is allocated to the development of business skills like networking, negotiating, assessing potential and becoming a 'digital leader'. During this period you reflect on yourself by writing a Vision and Values paper. You will develop a heightened self-awareness and understanding of how our Career Services team can assist you throughout the rest of the MBA and beyond.

Introduction
1 day
Welcome to the MBA. The first week opens with expectation setting, curriculum orientation and meeting the team
Global Business Environment
4 days
Acquire new tools to analyse market opportunities and threats, and identify all relevant stakeholders at play
Accounting & Controlling
4 days
Become literate in financial accounting and how it allows you to make better strategic decisions regarding operations
Professional Development
4 days
Learn tools and techniques that will enable you to keep growing in your career
LIFO®-Method
1 day
Be assessed on your behavourial strengths to raise self-awareness in working with others
Outdoor Day
1 day
Leadership excercises are conducted during an interactive day spent in the Swiss Alps
Get To Know Your Peers
Ongoing
Your MBA peers will force you to challenge existing assumptions, see new perspectives and learn new things about yourself
Plan Year’s Initiatives
Ongoing
You and your classmates will have a diversity of objectives for your MBA experiences; see who you can collaborate with for mutual gains or help with certain goals
Expand Your Comfort Zone
Ongoing
Find your limits pushed intellectually, socially and time-wise; the MBA environment will let you build new capacities
Swiss Business Etiquette
1 day
Advice on topics such as dressing to impress, following business lunch formalities and conducting meetings in Switzerland

December 2016 to March 2017

Modules 5-7

During these modules you are in St.Gallen.  Courses are taught in a mix of pedagogical styles, including cases, academic lectures, guest speakers, group work and essay writing. There is a sizable amount of group work, which presents challenges for managing and executing projects, especially if group members are working remotely. This is one of the ways the MBA programme is designed to push you. In this block you have the more practical behavioural modules: Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. You will work with theatre actors on projecting your leadership and they will push you out of your comfort zone in new and exciting ways. You will work through a simulation and realise how decisions affect an individual, team or organisation. In the introduction you are asked to reflect on yourself through a Vision and Values Paper. This self-reflection will be the topic in your first discussion with your Executive Coach. Coming out of these sessions, you may also see some classmates make career changes, either internally at their company or to a new role elsewhere. This is natural in the MBA, as you begin to build new competencies or see your career path in a new way. To support these career moves we offer interview training during this period. We also encourage you to make an effort to continue building relationships with classmates.

International Management
4 days
Understand the issues that Multinational Corporations face in both mature and emerging markets
Leadership
4 days
Top companies train you in specific leadership skills, based on their best practices; choose 5 days, each with a different focus
Organisational Behaviour
4 days
Approaches to managing people and knowing which ones are appropriate or inappropriate for a given individual or group
Guest Speakers
Ongoing
Guest speakers from industry visit throughout the year, allowing you to learn best practices and up-to-date trends
Optional Company Presentations
12+ weeks
From September to December companies present on campus weekly, followed by networking events; you may join if a company interests you
Peer-to-Peer Coaching
2 days
Moderated by a coach, learn to give and receive candid feedback in constructive ways
Executive Coaching
3 days
Be professionally challenged on your career and life plans in one-on-one sessions; come away with valuable thoughts
Winter Dinner
1 day
After an intense few months, ease into the winter holiday break by celebrating with faculty, staff and the Full-time MBAs
Winter Break
2 weeks
From mid-December, a chance to reflect on your development progress so far and return motivated for more
Case Competitions
Ongoing
Case competitions occur throughout the year, represent St.Gallen and meet other MBAs from global business schools
Class Trip
2 days
We encourage the class to organise a trip to connect with classmates you haven’t chatted with much; travel is a great way to forge or strengthen class bonds

April 2017 - July 2017

Modules 8-10

This series of modules begins in Copenhagen, Denmark. The international modules are incorporated into the programme to give you a broader European perspective on management and provide you access to world class faculty and speakers in collaboration with our partner institutions. The purpose is to strengthen your ability to identify and act on business opportunities across the continent. You also feel a sense of pride when representing the University of St.Gallen abroad. There are times when the workload may be outside your comfort zone or doesn't align well with your personal and professional schedules, but this is how you stretch yourself to expand your limits.

Corporate Strategy
4 days
Know the important frameworks and theories of business strategy, and confidently apply them in practical contexts
Capital Markets
4 days
Understand how financial markets work, and what financial instruments are available to managers to steer trends
Marketing & Communication
4 days
Use concepts and frameworks to better define your organisation’s market positioning and segmentation
Business Analytics
4 days
Enhance your familiarity with big data, including how to make sense of it and take decisions based on it
Career Changes
Ongoing
On average, 50% of Part-time MBAs have made some sort of career-related progress by this point in their programme
Career Counselling
1 day
Discuss one-to-one with your career counsellor how to approach the next steps in applications or interviews

August 2017 - November 2017

Modules 11-14

Now that you have been in the MBA for one year, take a moment to reflect on the experience during August when there are no classes. The European summer period will give you a chance to take some rest and come back to the MBA refreshed in the autumn. Personal or professional goals you have set for yourself may have evolved during the first year of your MBA. Use Programme Management and Career Services as sounding boards for your ideas during the second year of the programme. One of the biggest benefits of doing an MBA is gaining access to a peer group that challenges you intellectually. You can learn a great deal from the minds and personalities around you in the MBA. It may even yield a new business. This forging of bonds is important, because strong MBA classes become stong alumni communities. This point in the MBA can often bring fatigue, as you will be tired from balancing your MBA, personal and professional lives but still have another year to go. The pressures of passing LAW are also demanding. 

Operations Management
4 days
Make management decisions founded in a familiarity with current manufacturing and supply chain best practices
Corporate Finance
4 days
Execute and discuss financial calculations and understand how the results can inform corporate strategy
Decision Making
4 days
Know how to approach business problems in a holistic way, solving cases and making decisions by considering multiple perspectives
LAW Exam
4 days
The written exam portion of Learning Assessment Week tests you on all course material to date
Visualisation Techniques
3 days
Learn a key leadership skill: how to use visuals and drawings to influence others and reach a common understanding
Executive Coaching
3 days
Building on your first session with an Executive Coach, continue to be challenged in one-to-one sessions
Communication Training
2 days
Lola Martinez, a CNN reporter, will work on your public speaking and presentation skills, including body language and voice
Mock Interviews
1 day
The Career Services team helps you identify effective stories and response structures, so you can present yourself the best way possible
Form Business Ideas
Ongoing
Entrepreneurs often cite business school as the place they met their co-founders or first employees, and you can find yourself formulating ideas based on interactions with your classmates

December 2017 - March 2018

Modules 15-17 & Electives

The core courses finish, followed by the Learning Assessment Week (LAW). This is a rigorous test that is unique to the University of St. Gallen. It was developed by Professor Simon Evenett as a way of ensuring our MBAs truly have gained the ability to view business strategically from multiple viewpoints. You take a deep dive into some of our strategic industries through Industry Insights, another signature part of our MBA programme. After this, you begin electives alongside the current Full-time MBAs. By uniting you with the Full-time MBAs, we give you the chance to expand your MBA network further. Additionally, we give you access to the entire University alumni platform for networking purposes. This is uncommon amongst MBA programmes, which usually stipulate that you must be a graduate before gaining this access. You may be contemplating a career move, internally or externally, so we offer a suite of support tools during this time. A natural reflection period occurs after LAW, as you feel the consolidation and interlinkages of the various material you have studied so far. A more holistic view on business starts to take shape.

Applied Value Management
4 days
Learn applied financial management by using all the financial tools you have learned to solve business issues
LAW Case Presentation
1 day
Present a case solution, followed by open topic Q&A, testing all material to date in one hour
Electives Begin
3 weeks
Select four electives:
Business Model Innovation, Business Plan Writing, Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship (note: electives continued in next section)
Industry Insights
2 weeks
Senior level speakers discuss their industry trends and corporate challenges in detail; choose 3 days to attend
Job Promotions or Applications
Ongoing
Apply for internal openings or contact companies you are interested in; keep your post-MBA career plan in mind
Mock Interviews
Ongoing
Ask the Career Services team for extra training if you feel you need more practice
Contacting Start-ups
Ongoing
Some of you will consider starting a company; we can assist with access to incubators or other people in entrepreneurship
Access to Alumni
Ongoing
We open access to all 20,000 alumni from the University of St.Gallen to help you network for post-MBA career purposes
Case Cracking Practice
Ongoing
Optional practice on your case cracking skills; you can solve up to 80 cases a year
Personal Challenge
Ongoing
As you enter the final stretch, you can take pride in how you have grown and developed, from stress management to time efficiency to quality of work
Mentoring
Ongoing
Meet on a monthly basis with your mentor - a senior alumnus - to discuss your career plans and current hurdles to overcome
Reflect on MBA Year
Ongoing
See how all the material integrates in a strategic and holistic way; appreciate a transformational two years

April 2018 - August 2018

Electives & MBA Project

Elective completing your choice of 3 electives, the remainder of your MBA is focused on a Research Project. This is often theoretical research in a topic you are passionate about. Alternatively, you might want to use this time to develop a business plan, for either an internal initiative at your current organisation, or to design a new organisation of your own. The research paper is submitted and defended in July. The period of personal research means you will not have regular contact with many of your classmates. This is a very personal part of the MBA. With your Research Projects successfully submitted, presented and defended, and the Capstone Day completed, it is time to graduate. The cap-and-gown graduation ceremony happens in late August, and gives you a chance to come together with your classmates again for one last day as you transition from students to alumni. You will graduate alongside the Full-time MBA cohort for that year, and the audience will be filled with friends, family and dignitaries. Graduation is a time to celebrate, so we also expect you will arrange some special dinners and revel in the moment of your achievement: getting an MBA! Career Services and Alumni Relations are available to assist you post-MBA. The support doesn't end with graduation. We are always happy to hear from you and put you in touch with other alumni, students or applicants whenever appropriate.

Electives Continued
3 weeks
Global Account Management, Global Supply Chain, Impact Investing, Leading for Sustainable Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Managing Across Borders, Managing Digital Economy, Private Equity, Project Management, Wealth Management
Study Mission
1 week
One elective is a week-long trip to Singapore to investigate cross-cultural management in an Asian context
MBA Project
12+ weeks
You are able to undertake either a Research Project or a Business Plan, to be completed during the final months of the MBA
Submit MBA Project
1 day
You submit a written report outlining your recommendations
Contract Negotiations
Ongoing
Some of you will have multiple offers. We can help guide you through a decision and contract negotiation process
Careers Advice
Ongoing
Career Services is there to help if you have new questions or ideas related to your career plan and post-MBA options
Alumni Relations
Ongoing
Wherever you work, we will connect you with other alumni internally; we want you to build upon established networks
Support After Graduation
Ongoing
We can continue to help you as you approach graduation, and even beyond if need be
Capstone Day
1 day
Spend the day solving Team Dynamics problems; see your classmates again after completing individual MBA Projects
Graduation Day
1 day
Celebrate your achievement alongside the friends and strong network of business contacts you will now have for life