International MBA

 

About Program

The International MBA – European Multicultural Integrated Management Program, is a specialist, managerial program designed especially for the managers working in an international environment.

The goal of the program is to provide knowledge leading to the continuous development of managerial skills in a constantly changing international environment through the acquisition of the concepts of global management, investment and finance, controlling, change management, leadership and multicultural team management as well as global organisations.

International MBA studies, based on the unique concept of integrated management, created and developed by the partner of the Program – StGallen Integrated imt Business School, as a response to the challenges of today's international environment.

 

What makes the program unique?

  • Combination of reliable knowledge with the development of soft skills,
  • configuration of classes based on the concept of integrated management,
  • Swiss partner school and Swiss quality of classes,
  • European faculty of lecturers with proven business and scientific achievements.

The program is designed in such a way that students develop both knowledge of economic and business processes. We discuss and analyze specific aspects of company management together. This structure is appreciated by the audience and guarantees that each participant will translate the acquired knowledge into practical action. The individual courses are interrelated and form a unique combination that helps our graduates succeed and become more effective and efficient leaders.

Networking

The CSB Alumni MBA Club operates at the School. Moreover, Cracow School of Business is the only school in Poland that organizes the International MBA Congress every year. The Congress gathers people related to MBA studies, academia and business, who actively participate in these events, create a scientific and business platform, enabling the exchange of experiences. Knowledge about the latest trends in the economy, passed on during meetings, allows students and graduates to follow changes in the field of management.

Diploma prestige

Graduates receive a joint diploma issued by renowned educational institutions educating at the world level - the Cracow School of Business of the Crakow University of Economics and StGallen Integrated imt Business School.

 

Student Profile

  • The International MBA Program is designed for middle and senior managers, who want to acquire competencies in Integrated Management. The program is also addressed to entrepreneurs and startuppers who want to develop their knowledge and competencies in various management functions. 
  • From candidates we require a university degree diploma, very good command of English and at least three years of managerial experience. We also ask to provide two reference letters from business partners.  
  • We seek candidates with a good orientation in the business environment, with knowledge and experience, as well as flexibility, open-minded attitude and readiness to share their experience with other program participants. 
  • MBA studies are demanding and are meant to deliver top quality learning experience, hence the recruitement process is carefully designed and multi-staged. It is our responsibility to optimize the selection of candidates based on their education profile, length of professional experience, positions held, areas and scope of responsibilities. 
 

Study Program

Subjects are scheduled in the most efficient way to give students maximum benefit from the educational process. Each module in IMBA consists of up to 6 courses. The content of the modules may change in different years as we want the program to address the contemporary situation. Each semester offers core module courses and elective courses. Electives are a flexible part of the curriculum and allow personalization and adaptation to students’ expectations and needs. As a result, students of each edition receive an exceptional program adapted to their needs.

 

Get to know us

 

Partner School

StGallen Integrated imt Business School


Management Valley St. Gallen of St. Gallen city, nestled between the two hill ranges of Rosenberg and Freudenberg, was the center of the global embroidery industry until the WW I and in the course of the growth of the economy and the city due to the embroidery boom, on May 25, 1898 the Great Council of the Canton of St. Gallen decided to found what was then the Commercial Academy (later Commercial College, Hochschule St. Gallen and today's University of St. Gallen).

StGallen Integrated imt Business School is proud to be part of continuing the so-called approaches of the St. Gallen School, initiated by the work of Prof. Dr Hans Ulrich and Prof. Dr. Knut Bleicher called The “St. Gallen Management Model”, aka "St. Gallen Management Concept".

Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich, the founder of the St. Gallen Institute of Business Administration (IfB) and the driving force behind the transformation of the former "Hochschule St. Gallen (HSG)" into a university and later called "University of St. Gallen", dealt intensively with the requirements of modern management theory in his research.  The “St. Gallen Management Model”, first described in 1968 in his work “The company as a productive social system”, offered a frame of reference, which focuses on multidimensional leadership and an integrated approach to management. The key element of the approach is perceiving organizations from a systems perspective, where company elements and economic objects are interacting dynamically in complex and constantly changing environments. 

The model was constantly developed and updated considering changing world environments and technologies during the last 50 years. Ulrich's successor in St. Gallen, Professor Knut Bleicher, continued his work and focused on practical implementation, moreover he deepened the St. Gallen approach in 1991 in his standard work "The Concept of Integrated Management". Knut Bleicher's goal was to go beyond Ulrich's St. Gallen Management Model to provide today's executives with a concept as a guiding principle for their continuous reflections to be able to think through essential management problems in a structured holistic way.

In his “Integrated Management Concept”, Bleicher shows which adjustments allow at least to unravel the interdependencies of the social system “company”. In doing so he refers to the insights of Hans Ulrich and develops a timeless, flexible model to respond to a world that is becoming more and more complex. The 8th edition of his work, published in 2011, which is referring to that and includes an additional new chapter on the practical implementation by Christian Abegglen, co-founder and Managing Director of the St. Gallen Business School at this time.

In the 9th edition, published in July 2017 under the editorship of Christian Abegglen, particular attention was paid to the topic of putting the concept into practice and questions modern leadership in digital times. The so-called knowledge navigator, developed by Christian Abegglen, helps supports the application, reference, cross-reading and implementation from theory to practice. In the 10th edition, again under the authorship of Prof. Dr. Christian Abegglen (published in 2021), the St. Gallen Management HAUS was introduced as a more practical structure for the successful application of integrated corporate management. Moreover, a completely additional new chapter about operational management helps to support the implementation of new strategies.

Nowadays, in an increasing dynamic complexity of business environments, especially linked to global supply chains, big data management, further business digitalization, artificial intelligence, machine learning, etc., the St. Gallen Management Concept is becoming even more relevant, but also requires a more dynamic further development. Therefore, 50 years after the “St. Gallen Management Model” has been introduced, and after 30 years since the St. Gallen Business School has been established, in order to elevate the model to the next level by stressing the importance of interconnecting management and technology, there is a need to rebuild a more information and technology driven St. Gallen School and put it into new frames. So StGallen Integrated imt Business School is the institution to follow the heritage of the so-called “St. Gallen Management Approaches" and bring it to a next level.

The rebuilding and rebranding also require institutional change to enable the school to serve as an integration platform for coexisting private business schools, technical colleges, consulting companies, management centers and other institutions associated around St Gallen University - the vision of Hans Ulrich of building a "Management Valley” became reality.

 

Program organization

  • The International MBA Program lasts 2 years, 4 semesters. In each semester the students attend classes providing knowledge and developing certain skills and attitudes. Last 2 semesters involve seminars on written final dissertation. The Program also covers two Study Trips: one in Poland and the other one to Switzerland.
  • Number of hours: IMBA consist of 510 hours of classes.
  • ​Applied language: English 100%
  • Forms of classes include: lectures, exercises, workshops, business case studies, presentations, team and individual projects, decision games and simulation activities, study trips, company visits.
  • Courses are led by one or more instructors, depending on the subject and its requirements. Emphasis is put on critical, analytical and reflective thinking, both individual and team work.
  • Every subject involves progress evaluation. It is conducted in multiple forms and depends on the knowledge or skills assessed. Those methods include tests, presentations, team work, individual written papers or discussion and solving case studies during class.
  • Weekend classes are held on: Friday (between 3.00 p.m.–9.00 pm), Saturday and Sunday between 9.00 a.m.–4.00 p.m. The meetings are held approximately once or twice a month.
 

Recruitment

A candidate for the MBA studies must meet the following formal requirements:

  • have a university degree diploma confirming completion of I or II cycle degree studies
  • have a good command of English
  • have minimum 3 years of professional experience of holding a managerial position

 

Enrolment steps:



1. REGISTRATION

Registration via the website and completion of the questionnaire by the MBA candidate.

2. CANDIDATE VERIFICATION

Verification of the candidate online application by the Study Coordinator who confirms the acceptance of the application by e-mail.

3. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SUBMISSION

  • application/cover letter
  • copy of a higher education diploma (original must be provided for verification)
  • questionnaire signed by the candidate
  • current CV
  • certificates of completion of additional courses, trainings
  • confirmation of payment of the enrolment fee of 200 EUR or 850 PLN
  • 1 passport format photograph
  • application form for the MBA studies – in the case of financing or co-financing the studies by the employer or in the case of self-employment

4. DOCUMENTS VERIFICATION

Verification of the provided documents and the consent to the continuation of the recruitment process.

5. REFERENCE LETTERS

Providing 2 reference letters from business partners.

6. ADMISSION TEST

The Admission Test, which is a logical and analytical English test (modelled on the US GMAT test) as well as psychological test, must be taken. It is organized by CSB CUE. The Admission Test is divided into 3 parts covering English proficiency level, logical thinking skills and the ability to work under the time pressure. Possessing certificates confirming the level of English proficiency does not exempt the Admission Test.

Admission Test sample

7. PERSONAL INTERVIEW

Admissions Committee CSB CUE conducts the interview to obtain an insight into the professional profiles of the candidates, their motivations and the goals they want to achieve in the future.

The Committee consists of CSB and CUE authorities (Vice-Rector for Education and Student Affairs, The Chancellor, CSB Director), business partners, representatives of MBA alumni (The

President of the CSB Alumni MBA Club), Member of Educational Quality Team CSB CUE, Program Supervisor and Study Coordinator of the MBA Program.

8. DECISION

Decision by the Admissions Committee CSB CUE whether or not to accept the candidate for the MBA studies

9. RECRUITMENT PROCESS RESULT

Informing the candidate of the recruitment process result and sending a letter confirming admission to the MBA studies

 

Costs and Fees

The cost of full International MBA Program is 12 500 € or 57 000 PLN

Program price includes:

  • Study Trip Poland*,
  • Study Trip to a foreign Partner*,
  • printed teaching materials for each course,
  • textbooks,
  • exams,
  • defense of the MBA thesis,
  • Learning Management System,
  • WiFi internet access,
  • access to Cracow University of Economics library,
  • meetings with business leaders within the CSB Alumni MBA Club,
  • coffee breaks during classes,
  • free parking at the campus.

* The main costs of participation in the trip are covered by CSB CUE (travel costs not included).


 

  • Student covers the studies costs him/herself or they are covered by a company/institution. 
  • Individual payment in EUR or in PLN.
  • Company payment (employer or other entity) in PLN (after receiving pro-forma invoice).
  • The condition of receiving the pro-forma invoice is prior submission of the application form.
  • There is a possibility to pay in installments as below:
    1st installment – 30% of the fee
    2nd installment – 25% of the fee
    3rd installment – 25% of the fee
    4th installment – 20% of the fee

Installment must be paid until the beginning of each semester.



Financial Aid

All candidates can:

  • seek funding or co-funding from their employer,
  • seek funding or co-funding from Krajowy Fundusz Szkoleniowy www.kfs.pl.


MBA funding - Click to see more details



Enrolment fee

  • Before the admission test candidate should provide the confirmation of non-refundable payment of the recruitment fee of 200,00 EUR or 850 PLN
  • Individual payment in EUR or in PLN.
  • Company payment (employer or other entity) in PLN (after receiving pro-forma invoice).
  • The condition of receiving the pro-forma invoice is prior submission of the application form.


Account number

  • in PLN to the following account:
    Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
    Krakowska Szkoła Biznesu
    Alior Bank SA
    Account number: PL 04 2490 0005 0000 4600 6249 3380
    SWIFT/BIC: ALBPPLPW

  • in EUR to the following account:
    Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
    Krakowska Szkoła Biznesu
    Alior Bank SA
    Account number: PL 59 2490 0005 0000 4600 1886 2857
    SWIFT/BIC: ALBPPLPW

The payment title: candidate full name, program.

 

Diploma

After the defense of the MBA dissertation student receives:

  • a joint MBA diploma granted by Cracow School of Business at Cracow University of Economics and StGallen Integrated imt Business School, Switzerland,
  • certificate of completion of postgraduate studies International MBA,
  • transcript of academic records.
 

Faculty

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Rankings

International MBA Rankings:

  • In the MBA Perspektywy® 2021 Ranking, the International MBA Program took:
    - 2nd place in the Participants category (the ranking considers i.a.: multiculturalism, managerial and professional experience),
    - 4th place in the Program Content category (the ranking considers i.a.: requirements, study program, foreign sessions),
    - 8th place among the best MBA Studies in Poland.
  • The International MBA program Was awardes "Masterclass" in SEM Forum 2020 MBA Programs Rating.
 

Contact us!

HEAD OF MBA OFFICE

Monika Bulsza, MSc.
E-mail: mba@uek.krakow.pl

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Monika Sady, Ph.D.
E-mail: imbadirector@uek.krakow.pl

STUDY MANAGER

Łucja Homa, MA
E-mail: imba@uek.krakow.pl
Tel. +48 12 293 55 68

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