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  • An MBA is sought after by ambitious individuals and in many organizations it is rewarded by an increase in salary and promotion. One of the most common reasons students mention for pursuing an MBA is a career change. The programs are based on a common curriculum with extensive attention placed on the fields of specialization. At SBS Swiss Business School, you will find a supportive community where each person’s interests and ideas make a difference. With a limited class size, you’re assured of receiving individual attention from our faculty and staff. We offer an academically challenging curriculum, tailored to your career goals, and numerous opportunities form learning. These attributes set our MBA program apart from others. You can design a program of study that enables you to build on your strengths and interests. The program broadens your knowledge; sharpens your business skills; and incorporates your personal, professional, and extracurricular experiences.

    Success Stories

    • Rogerio Batista On the SBS MBA program I developed a solid understanding for international finance, marketing, economics among others subjects which contributed immensely to my career development at Infrassure and to being considered for more complex roles within the organization. Rogerio Batista MBA
    • Maria Cecilia MarizSBS was a must to my career development. After 7 years working in the banking industry in a managerial position I started a MBA at SBS and it was definitely the right choice. The knowledge and skills I got there, the multi cultural approaches of negotiation, the global view of the market, not to mention the great friends I got there were only few of the reasons why SBS was essential to my professional and personal life. I just got the best job I could imagine in the financial markets and this course was mandatory to get this position. I strongly recommend this course to all of them who are willing to grow professionally. Maria Cecilia Mariz MBA
    • Santiago Albo Having gone through SBS's full-time MBA, has helped me to understand how the global economy and its companies work. Now I'm helping local SME's to become global and more innovative. SBS has provided me with the tools, knowledge and vision to do it successfully. Santiago Albo MBA
    • Christiana Borjia The experience of doing a Marketing MBA at SBS Swiss Business School was excellent.  The program and assignments contributed largely to my understanding of strategies and their implementation.  It was a challenging and stimulating experience.

      Christiana Borjia MBA
    • Ingi PalssonThe MBA program in European Finance and Banking at SBS Swiss Business School has given me the opportunity to pursue my career objectives within the finance and banking The courses at SBS have given me the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills experience and confidence I need as a future businessperson. I would recommend highly the MBA program in European Finance and Banking offered at SBS.

      Ingi Palsson MBA
    • In order to get business people attention, you need to be different. And I got credibility of being "different" by completing MBA studies at SBS Swiss Business School, without changing myself, just adding value from this highly international institution. But this is only the form, the "packaging". What really matters is the enriched substance one gets from colleagues, lecturers and cases and someone else's experiences...  ...and I consider myself a very rich man in that aspect. Dragan Petrovic MBA
    • From the administrative staff, to the multi-cultured students, to the teachers to the dean, all contributed to my success by bringing out the best in me and by continuously infusing me with the right motivation techniques to never give up no matter how hard it got at times. They all made sure you sat in those classes to succeed. The sessions were insightful, interactive, and practical. With classes ranging anywhere between human resources and international strategic management, SBS never stopped amazing me with its fully loaded educational program. Alexia Iskenderian-Alex MBA
    • Rodolfo Mendez Studying at SBS has been the most unique academic experience I’ve ever had. Through SBS I had the opportunity to share and learn from senior executives coming from a diverse range of international backgrounds. SBS strives to develop global business and social capabilities. Groups are keen to broaden their experience by learning from both their colleagues as well as the faculty. The MBA program prepared me to advance my career within the international arena and to approach business problems with a mix of practical as well as theoretical knowledge. It has been definitely a great experience. Rodolfo Mendez MBA
    • Christine Rehfeldt After working at Cargolux for three years, I felt that I needed to go back to school and get my Master degree and enhance my knowledge about business and entrepreneurship. Coincidentally, thanks to my business associates, I found SBS Swiss Business School. Thereafter, I had my first interview with the Academic Dean Dr. Bert Wolfs, who told me that SBS would change my life. At first I was astonished by this comment, but now, as I am finished with my Master degrees, it has indeed changed my life. I not only expanded my knowledge in business but also learning about people, culture, openness in society and mostly my own confidence in progress in my future career. Therefore, I thank SBS and the staff for giving me this opportunity as well as encouraging me, and always being supportive in accomplishing my goals. Christine Rehfeldt MBA
    • MBA program with three majors:

      • Global Finance and Banking
      • International Management
      • Marketing

      Four Terms

      • Term 1 - Core courses
      • Term 2 - 3 core courses and 2 major specialization courses
      • Term 3 - 2 core courses and 3 major specialization courses based on individual student’s major
      • Term 4 - Independent research and study


      The full time MBA Program can be completed within 4 academic terms (50 effective school weeks).

      Start Dates

      Start in Term 1 (see the Academic Calendar for exact dates).

      *The final degree will be awarded by SBS Swiss Business School upon completion of the MBA program.

    • Admission Requirements

      • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor) from a recognized university or equivalent
      • Successful completion of SBS Admissions Exam
      • GMAT score 550 or higher for applicants with an undergraduate degree from the USA (SBS Admissions Exam waived if applicable)
      • Fluency in English at a TOEFL IBT level of minimum 90 or IELTS of minimum 6.5 band score (if English is not native language)
      • Applicants who meet the English level requirement are exempted from the English skills part in the SBS Admissions Exam
      • Minimum of two years‘ work experience
      • Successful completion of a personal interview with our Academic Dean, either in person or by phone/Skype

      How to Apply?


      Applicants must provide the following documentation:

      Completed and duly signed application form
      Complete Curriculum Vitae indicating professional experiences
      Certified copy of bachelor’s degree
      Official academic transcripts
      A GMAT score of minimum 550(if applicable)
      Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or take the SBS Admissions Exam)
      Two reference letters (professional or academic)
      Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.-
      One High-resolution picture (passport photo style) in .JPG, .PNG or .GIF format


      SBS Swiss Business School welcomes students who want to transfer from recognized educational institutions around the world. It is the responsibility of the student to have all official transcripts sent to the Admissions Office at SBS Swiss Business School. The admissions officer will decide on the transfer of credits based on the results of each subject. Credits can only be transferred for courses completed with grades of “B” or higher.

    • Term 1 (2017)

      Registration Day - Friday, 22 September 2017, 10:00-11:30

      Week 1 25 – 29 September  
      Week 2 02 – 06 October  
      Week 3 09 – 13 October  
      Week 4 16 – 20 October  
      Week 5 23 – 27 October  
      Week 6 30 Oct. – 3 Nov.  
      Week 7 13 – 17 November  
      Week 8 20 – 24 November  
      Week 9 27 Nov. – 01 Dec.  
      Week 10 04 – 08 December Study/Make-up Week
      Week 11 11 – 15 December Final Exams
      • Fall Break: 06 – 10 November 2017
      • Winter/Christmas Break: 18 December 2017 – 5 January 2018
      • Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, 19 January 2018 until 17:00
      • Thesis Defense Day: Friday, 02 February 2018

      Term 2 (2018)

      Registration Day – Friday, 22 December 2017, 10:00-11:30

      Week 1 08 – 12 January  
      Week 2 15 – 19 January  
      Week 3 22 – 26 January  
      Week 4 29 Jan. – 02 Feb.  
      Week 5 05 – 09 February  
      Week 6 12 – 16 February  
      Week 7 19 – 23 February  
      Week 8 26 Feb. – 02 March  
      Week 9 05 – 09 March  
      Week 10 12 – 16 March Study/Make-up Week
      Week 11 19 – 23 March Final Exams
      • Spring Break: 26 March – 6 April 2018

      Term 3 (2018)

      Registration Day – Friday, 23 March 2018, 10:00-11:30

      Week 1 09 – 13 April  
      Week 2 16 – 20 April  
      Week 3 23 – 27 April  
      Week 4 30 Apr. – 04 May*  
      Week 5 07 – 11 May*  
      Week 6 14 – 18 May  
      Week 7 21 – 25 May*  
      Week 8 28 May – 1 June  
      Week 9 04 – 08 June  
      Week 10 11 – 15 June Study/Make-up Week
      Week 11 18 – 22 June Final Exams
      • MINT Forum: Thursday, 19 April 2018
      • *Public Holidays: Tuesday, 1 May 2018; Thursday, 10 May 2018; Monday, 21 May 2018

      Term 4 (2018)

      • June 23 – August 24, 2018 – Independent Research Project
      • Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, 24 August 2018 until 17:00
      • Thesis Defense Days: 6 and 7 September 2018
      • Graduation Day: Saturday, 15 September 2018

      Download Academic Calendar 2017-2018

      Term 1 (2018)

      Registration Day - Friday, 21 September 2018, 10:00-11:30

      Week 1 24 – 28 September  
      Week 2 01 – 05 October  
      Week 3 08 – 12 October  
      Week 4 15 – 19 October  
      Week 5 22 – 26 October  
      Week 6 29 Oct. – 2 Nov.  
      Week 7 12 – 16 November  
      Week 8 19 – 23 November  
      Week 9 26 – 30 November  
      Week 10 03 – 07 December Study/Make-up Week
      Week 11 10 – 14 December Final Exams
      • Fall Break: 5 – 9 Nov. 2018
      • Winter/Christmas Break: 17 Dec. 2018 – 4 Jan. 2019
      • Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, 11 Jan. 2019, until 17:00
      • Thesis Defense Day: Friday, 25 Jan. 2019

      Term 2 (2019)

      Registration Day – Friday, 14 December 2018, 10:00-11:30

      Week 1 07 – 11 January  
      Week 2 14 – 18 January  
      Week 3 21 – 25 January  
      Week 4 28 Jan. – 01 Feb  
      Week 5 04 – 08 February  
      Week 6 11 – 15 February  
      Week 7 18 – 22 February  
      Week 8 25 Feb. – 01 Mar.  
      Week 9 04 – 08 March  
      Week 10 11 – 15 March Study/Make-up Week
      Week 11 18 – 22 March Final Exams

      Term 3 (2019)

      Registration Day – Friday, 22 March 2019, 10:00-11:30

      Week 1 25 – 29 March  
      Week 2 01 – 05 April  
      Week 3 08 – 12 April  
      Week 4 29 Apr. – 03 May*  
      Week 5 06 – 10 May  
      Week 6 13 – 17 May  
      Week 7 20 – 24 May  
      Week 8 27 – 31 May*  
      Week 9 03 – 07 June  
      Week 10 10 – 14 June* Study/Make-up Week
      Week 11 17 – 21 June Final Exams
      • Spring Break: 15 – 26 April 2019
      • MINT Forum: Thursday, 28 March 2019
      • *Public Holidays: 1 May 2019, 30 May 2019, 10 June 2019

      Term 4 (2019)

      • June 23 – August 23, 2019 Independent Research Project
      • Thesis Submission Deadline: Friday, 23 August 2019 until 17:00
      • Thesis Defense Days: 5 and 6 September 2019
      • Graduation Day: Saturday, 14 September 2019

      Download Academic Calendar 2018-2019

    • The full time MBA Program can be completed in various majors. Please select your prefered major below to see the corresponding curriculum:

      International Management

      Term 1

      Course ID Course Title
      MKT 501Marketing Management
      FIN 510Financial Management
      MGT 535Organizational Behavior and Leadership
      ACC 501Financial Accounting and Theory
      MGT 501Operations and Project Management

      Term 2

      Course ID Course Title
      ENT 502New Venture Creation
      ECO 502Managerial Economics
      COM 507Communication and Negotiation Skills
      ACC 505Accounting Skills*
      FIN 506International Business Finance*

      Term 3

      Course ID Course Title
      MGT 631Human Resource Management
      MIS 501Management Information Systems
      MKT 605International Marketing*
      MGT 505Business Policy and Strategy*
      BUS 705International Business Competitiveness*

      Term 4

      Course ID Course Title
      THE 755Independent Research Project

      *specialized courses


      Term 1

      Course IDCourse Title
      MKT 501Marketing Management
      FIN 510Financial Management
      MGT 535Organizational Behavior and Leadership
      ACC 501Financial Accounting and Theory
      MGT 501Operations and Project Management

      Term 2

      Course IDCourse Title
      ENT 502New Venture Creation
      ECO 502Managerial Economics
      COM 507Communication and Negotiation Skills
      MKT 510Marketing Research and Analysis*
      MKT 512Retailing Strategy*

      Term 3

      Course IDCourse Title
      MIS 501Management Information Systems
      MGT 631Human Resource Management
      MKT 605International Marketing*
      MKT 515Buyer Behavior*
      MKT 705Services Marketing*

      Term 4

      Course IDCourse Title
      THE 755Independent Research Project

      *specialized courses

      Global Finance and Banking

      Term 1

      Course IDCourse Title
      MKT 501Marketing Management
      FIN 510Financial Management
      MGT 535Organizational Behavior and Leadership
      ACC 501Financial Accounting and Theory
      MGT 501Operations and Project Management

      Term 2

      Course IDCourse Title
      ENT 502New Venture Creation
      ECO 502Managerial Economics
      COM 507Communication and Negotiation Skills
      FIN 512Global Financial Management*
      FIN 513Security Investment Analysis*

      Term 3

      Course IDCourse Title
      MIS 501Management Information Systems
      MGT 631Human Resource Management
      FIN 520Global Financial Institutions and Markets*
      FIN 522Portfolio Theory*
      FIN 527Futures and Options*

      Term 4

      Course IDCourse Title
      THE 755Independent Research Project

      *specialized courses

    • Core Foundation Courses

      SBS Swiss Business School believes that graduate study should focus on both breadth of professional understanding and depth of knowledge. The core courses are required to assure an understanding of theory and research in the general areas of business administration.

      Click on a course title to see the course description:

      Fundamentals of Marketing

      The course is built around those aspects of marketing which most frequently demand strategic attention in any business. Particular em-phasis is placed upon the role of marketing in building long-term relationships with customers. As a result of the studying, the student will be able to understand what marketing colleagues within an organization are trying to achieve. The student will also gain insights into how effective marketing action can be planned, implemented and controlled.

      Financial Management

      The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough survey of the principles of finance. The first half of the course focuses on tools and techniques, including Net Present Value Analysis, Financial Asset (Bonds and Stocks) Valuation, Risk and return and Option Pricing. The second half of the course focuses on applications of these tools and techniques on common, important issues in corporate finance, including capital budgeting, determining appropriate capital allocation, dividend policy and share repurchases. Underpinning this entire course is the concept of creating shareholder wealth.

      Organizational Behavior and Leadership

      The purpose of the course is to create a knowledge base from which the student can develop organizational competence. It examines the relationships between organizational performance and the behavior of individuals, groups, and overall organizations. In the process, emphasis is given to the importance of interpersonal issues and to issues arising from technological change, workplace diversity, leadership styles, and globalization.

      Human Resources Management

      This course focuses on the importance of managing human resources with an awareness of the needs of the business and of the legal and regulatory environment. Attention is given to the increasing organizational need to have greater cooperation among top management HR managers, line managers, and employees. Students will become familiar with the functions of staffing, appraising, and compensating employee performance, training, and organizational development and establishing and maintaining effective work relationships.

      Managerial Economics

      This course focuses on the fundamental economic theories most useful for the management of the firm. Applications drawn from cur-rent economic events are utilized to better understand the internal and external environments of the firm and to help managers formulate effective business strategies and policies. Although no prior knowledge of economics is required, this is more than just a survey or principles course.

      Financial Accounting and Theory

      This course is an introduction to the external accounting systems used by firms to measure and report their economic performance and financial position to external users such as stockholders, debt holders, and potential investors. We shall develop the basic accounting model and then examine it for its strengths and shortcomings. We shall learn how we can use the information provided in the annual reports to make decisions about the firm. By the end of the quarter, you should be able to read and interpret financial accounting re-ports.

      Management Information Systems

      This course presents concepts that all managers need for effective use and management of information technology in a business environment. Topics include basic technology concepts, data communications and networking, role of information in organizations, strategic uses of information technology, acquisitions of technology, implications of end-user computing, and management and control of information systems.

      Operations Management and Computing

      This course provides the student with the basic vocabulary, key conceptual frameworks and analytical tools essential to understanding operations in manufacturing, distribution and service businesses. The course materials and assignment questions are designed to develop the capability required to formulate and evaluate alternative operating systems to enhance the performance of a business. The student will discover how the resources within the operation area can be utilized to meet business objectives relative to product quality, customer service, time, costs, and return on investment. The learning objectives for the course include:

      • Understand the relationship between cost, quality, flexibility, and service and how the operations can support the strategy.
      • Learn approaches to designing and improving processes.
      • Be able to critically evaluate and apply important new operations management philosophies such as JIT, re-engineering, and mass customization.
      • Understand the relationships between the operations function and other functional areas of business, such as marketing, finance, and human resource management, and learn how they can work together to achieve the business strategy.

      Communication and Negotiation Skills

      This course explores formal and informal ways that mangers negotiate differences. It treats negotiation with peers, supervisors, subordinates, suppliers, customers, outside agencies, and others as a core managerial process. The course examines research and concepts developed in a number of academic fields.

      New Venture Creation

      This course explains what is required to start a business and will provide a framework for building up a business plan. The student will become familiar small business techniques and sources of help in developing a business. The course will cover:

      • commercial, legal and financial considerations
      • the business plan
      • market research
      • the marketing plan
      • the financial plan
      • obtaining funds
      • selecting premises
      • help for new ventures
      • Exit routes

      Major Specific Courses

      The curriculum for each field of study is composed of core and major specific courses which are designed to help students acquire and demonstrate proficiency in the field. The specialized courses listed below are courses relevant to the students’ major of study.

      MBA with a Major in International Management

      International Marketing

      This course investigates marketing techniques and programs as developed and implemented on an international scale. It evaluates inter-national marketing strategies, special goals, and decision-making processes that are part of marketing internationally. It emphasizes extent of standardization of marketing programs across several countries and the selection of appropriate entry strategies for foreign markets.

      Accounting Skills

      The purpose of this course is to equip participants with sufficient knowledge and skills to evaluate accounting reports in different settings. The course also focuses on the international accounting practices, the use of accounting information in functions as planning, and implementation & control of costing systems.

      International Business Finance

      This course is concerned with the monetary aspects of international economic relations. It deals with the following topics: the balance of payments, foreign exchange rates and markets, plant location, capital asset allocation, flexible exchange rates system, international capital movements, exchange, restrictions, and international monetary experience.

      Business Policy and Strategy

      After completing the course, the student will have a deeper appreciation of the complexity and sophistication of management issues raised by the growth in international competition, and the ways in which multinational corporations are evolving to try to cope. Another important benefit should be an appreciation of the limits to understanding competition in purely domestic market terms.

      International Business Competitiveness

      The purpose of this course is to understand and appreciate the differences that make international management the challenge that it is. To assess the degree of geographic interdependence that characterizes an industry at a point in time, and the underlying evolution in the factors that determine this global interdependence so as to proscribe action and not just reaction. To help define and put in place struc-tural, administrative and human resource systems that fit the strategic imperative of global operations while retaining the necessary flexibility for dealing with diversity and change. This course deals with understanding, developing, and implementing international business strategy.

      MBA with a Major in Marketing

      Marketing Research and Analysis

      This course studies the theory and practice of marketing research as an aid to marketing decision-making. It explores problem defini-tion and selection of research techniques for solution of marketing problems, with emphasis on design of a complete research project, administration of research, and special problems encountered in research. It studies each phase of the marketing process and the role of information in marketing. It applies marketing research methods and techniques to actual marketing problems.

      International Marketing

      This course investigates marketing techniques and programs as developed and implemented on an international scale. It evaluates international marketing strategies, special goals, and decision-making processes that are part of marketing internationally. It emphasizes extent of standardization of marketing programs across several countries and the selection of appropriate entry strategies for foreign markets.

      Retailing Strategy

      This course provides a strategic decision-making perspective on retailing management. It focuses on the evolving structure of the retail environment in Europe and North America, major emerging trends in retailing enterprises, and the nature of strategic planning in retail-ing. Key topics include market structure analysis, financial analysis and productivity, market research, strategic positioning, assortment planning, and management systems.

      Buyer Behavior

      In-depth analysis of factors affecting purchase decisions in the marketplace. Applies behavioral and social science concepts to the study of buyer behavior. Focuses on the use of knowledge of buyer behavior in marketing decisions. Emphasizes theory, application, and ultimate consumer and organizational buying behavior. Special attention given to exploration and evaluation of buyer behavior research, and the role of models in explaining behavior.

      Services Marketing

      This course investigates marketing techniques and programs related to the services industry. It evaluates services marketing strategies on local and international scales. The course does not only cover standard topics found in traditional goods marketing, but also dis-cusses latest trends observing rapid growth in the services sector, its reasons, and impact to economies.

      MBA with a Major in Global Finance and Banking

      International Financial Management

      This course covers the financial environments in which multinational organizations operate, and its impact on financial management decisions. The policies and strategies of international finance are examined, with an emphasis on the issues that multinational corporations face. Topics include balance of payments and foreign exchange concerns, the portfolio effects of capital budgets for multinationals, and international capital markets.

      Security and Investment Analysis

      This course covers the study of securities and other investment media and their markets. It focuses on the analysis of investment values based on fundamental analytic procedures, technical analytic procedures, and the impact that modern portfolio theory has on the value of financial assets. Topics include return, growth, risk, accounting procedures, tax considerations, and the impact of various institutional arrangements on value determination.

      Financial Institutions and Markets

      This course deals with depository financial intermediaries (dfi's) or "banks", which includes commercial banks, savings and loan insti-tutions, mutual savings banks and credit unions. It attempts to combine institutional and descriptive materials with the modern theories of financial intermediation. The focus of the course is on two significant aspects of banking: the major risks faced by dfi's and the financial services provided by them. Management of such risks is crucial to the economic contribution of dfi's. I believe an understanding of these firms is valuable - whether you plan to participate as a banker or as a corporate manager who, of necessity, must deal with bankers.

      Portfolio Theory

      This course extends the knowledge of risk and return in a portfolio context to active portfolio management. The measurement and evaluation of portfolio performance are analyzed. The importance of asset allocations, international diversification and pension fund management, and the use of a wide range of derivative securities to manage risk are explored.

      Futures and Options

      This course focuses on financial derivative securities. Their role in financial management is becoming increasingly important, especially in portfolio management. This course covers valuation of various options and futures as well as their use in risk management. Specific topics include options and futures pricing models, option strategies and contemporary topics such as index arbitraging.

      Master Thesis

      The overall expectation that must be met in the Master Thesis is the demonstration of independent scholarship relating to a problem of relevance to the learner’s profession. The Thesis will be evaluated on several factors. These factors include:

      1. contribution of knowledge and usefulness to the field,
      2. logical conclusions and recommendations,
      3. depth of analysis, and
      4. knowledge and use of related literature.

      A topic may be chosen by the student but needs to be approved by the Academic Committee.

    • Tuition Fees Full-Time MBA

      Tuition fees at SBS Swiss Business School can be paid in full or in installments according to the payment plans below.

      We offer a 5% discount on full payment at the start of the program.

      Application fee (non-refundable) CHF 150.-
      Payment upon acceptance* CHF 3'500.-
      First term  CHF 9'500.-
      Second term CHF 9'500.-
      Third term CHF 9'500.-

      *Part of the program tuition fees. Only refundable in case of Student Visa rejection by the Swiss Immigration Authorities.

      • All fees include material and VAT, amounts are stated in the local currency of Swiss Francs (CHF).

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