MSc in International Business and Management

LAUNCH YOURSELF IN BUSINESS
Duration: 12 up to 14 months/evening classes
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions | 1st round: 31 January 2018
Start Date: September 2018
Fees: € 12,500

OVERVIEW

The MSc in International Business and Management will prepare young graduates (with business or non-business background) for an entry into the world of business. With a sharp focus on developing well-rounded professionals, this general management program will equip you with the knowledge, practical experience, and confidence to launch yourself in business. You will learn to apply skills in a variety of companies, whether in a large multinational or in an export-oriented, fast-growing, small company and variety of functions whether it is finance, supply chain, or marketing in Greece or abroad.

 

Key features of the program

  • Weekday classes between 18:00 – 22:00, three times per weeks on average
  • A 12-month program (working students can extend their studies to 14 months).
  • 9 core modules & 2 workshops
  • Assessment: group reports/presentations, case study analysis, mid-term tests, final exams
  • 4 elective courses or international component (studies abroad) or Field Consulting Project . Note that the number of the elective courses that a student may follow is not standard, since courses offered are either equivalent to 2 credits or 1 credit each
  • Dissertation or Career Development (Internship or Professional Development for working students).

 

The MSc in International Business and Management Is Designed for:

  • Recent graduates from any discipline who wish to work in business and management.
  • Recent graduates in business, management or economics seeking in-depth insight into the mechanisms of the global economy as well as the strategy and operations of the international corporation.
  • Young professionals with limited experience who want to enhance their employability in the local and the international labor market.

You may find here more information about the Program's Intended Learning Outcomes.

 

Current Student Profile

HIGHLIGHTS

Mandatory career development course (summer internship for those curently unemployed or professional development for those who already work is an integral part of our program of studies. Students will connect the knowledge, models and skills learnt in class with the everyday practice of business and management, improving significantly their employability after graduation.

Distinct focus on the architecture of the global trade and financial systems.

An applied perspective within every single course, culminating with the strategic business planning capstone course.

Extensive opportunities to take courses abroad through student exchange agreements with a large network of top Business Schools worldwide.

Exposure to real life business problems through the Field Consulting projects.

The optional research dissertation for those interested in pursuing a PhD and the elective courses help students become independent thinkers as they will critically assess and challenge the established models of management and propose innovative ways of addressing key challenges at work.

Graduates of the MSc in International Business and Management choosing to take The ALBA MBA after having acquired the necessary work experience, will have three courses waived, in addition to the ALBA Alumni discount*.

*Rules and conditions apply

CURRICULUM

MSc in International Business & Management Total Year Schedule 2017 – 2018

The school reserves the right to re-examine the structure of all academic programs and proceed to any necessary changes in the total year schedules.

5th Period: Dissertation or Career Development (Career Development: Internship or Professional Development)*

 

*Students who wish to attend the 14-month program, will attend the “Professional Development” or the “Dissertation” during September – October 2018.

* 1 credit = 3 ECTS

1st Period | September – October

Courses Hours | Credits
Quantitative Methods for Business
14 | 1 Credits
This course is preparatory; designed to help students familiarize themselves with aspects of mathematics necessary for the comprehension of modern MBA courses. It covers three main areas: Firstly, the basics of derivatives and optimization of differentiable functions, mainly with a view to assist the student with applications to follow in the economics courses. Secondly, the basics of probability, random variables, and their distributions in order to provide a working background for statistical and financial applications. Finally, the basics of descriptive statistics, that will assist the students in comprehending statistical reports. Inferential statistics will be mentioned, albeit briefly, in order for the student to connect the basic notions discussed in probability and descriptive statistics with quantitative research methods that will be covered later on in the programme.
Financial Accounting
28 | 2 Credits
The course explores the ‘art’ of financial accounting / financial reporting.  In particular, the goal of the course is to provide the knowledge and skills required for the understanding and use of financial accounting information for decision making.  Some of the topics covered during the course include: the role and importance of financial reporting, the role of the main players in the accounting communication process, including the management, auditors and stakeholders, the effects of the use of different accounting methods and estimates on the financial statements and the subsequent impact on decision making, ways of analysing, interpreting and evaluating financial statements.  During the course, extensive reference is made to the annual reports of various companies, as well as to accounting scandals (e.g. ENRON), for the facilitation of knowledge and understanding.
Business Economics
28 | 2 Credits
This course concentrates on the economic foundations of management by developing tools to analyze key issues of the industry (microeconomics) and general economic environment (macroeconomics) of a company. The course employs classical economic as well as game theoretic methodology to study the operation of markets in allocating resources as well as the markets’ impact on managerial decision making. Topics under consideration include the consumer and business behavior, their interacting in competitive and non-competitive markets and the impact of market structure in the company’s managerial decision making and strategies. Furthermore, the course develops thinking frameworks and methods to help participants to accurately assess the macroeconomic environment within which businesses operate and also to identify channels through which this environment influences their managerial decision making.

2nd Period | November – December

Courses Hours | Credits
Managing People & Organizations
28 | 2 Credits
The course provides an overview of the core areas of management theory and organizational behaviour with a special emphasis on issues of organizational structures, culture and values, employee motivation and job design, leadership and power, group processes as well as organizational learning and knowledge management. It will help participants understand the complex relation between individuals, groups and organizations and will introduce the concepts and the tools for effective management of the human capital. It will also help them understand how they can become change catalysts by performing their leadership role as managers; how they can manage knowledge; how they can inspire people to put extra effort for achieving the organizational vision and for outstanding performance and results. Through case studies, videos and discussion, students will have the opportunity to exercise their critical thinking and build people management skills by applying organizational theory to a broad range of organizational types, settings, and challenges.
Business Writing & Presentation Skills
14 | 1 Credits
Financial Management
28 | 2 Credits
This core course introduces the basic concepts and analytical tools used in analysing the major investing and financing decisions of a firm. Students are presented with the major tasks of a financial manager, whose decisions contribute toward the accomplishment of the firm’s objectives. The course introduces the major issues in the theory and policy of finance. Emphasis is given in the following areas: Objectives of the Financial Manager; Financial Statement Analysis; Financial Planning; Financial Markets; Valuation of Corporate Securities; Financing Decisions and Cost of Capital; Derivatives; Analysis of Financial Information for Management Decisions; Corporate Governance; Long term Investing Decisions.

3rd Period | January – February

Courses Hours | Credits
Production and Operations Management
28 | 2 Credits
Learn how the design of productive systems, strategic planning, and operations planning and control can help you increase productivity and customer service as a springboard for increased profitability.
Marketing Management
28 | 2 Credits
The main goal of this course is to provide students with a framework of the theoretical concepts and practical tools of modern marketing. Students will learn how to translate business level goals into marketing strategies. How to use the basic marketing levers (i.e. product/service, price, distribution, marketing communications, and marketing research) to accomplish such strategies. Moreover, they will develop a critical thinking of new trends in marketing management and how they transform established marketing practices. Ultimately they will develop a more concrete understanding of what marketing is and what are its capabilities and boundaries within the contemporary business practice.

4th Period | March – April

Courses Hours | Credits
International Experience
56 | 4 Credits
OR
Field Consulting Project
28 | 2 Credits
The Field/Consulting Project is a unique learning experience and a cornerstone of ALBA's educational philosophy. It is the culmination of a year's intensive learning, and the time to elaborate on and implement concepts and methods in a real, corporate environment. Teams of students have the unique opportunity to test "in the field" what they have learned in class.   Teams spend approximately three months working on a practical corporate project, supervised by a faculty member. They are required to systematically proceed to problem-solving, following the pattern analysis-diagnosis-proposal of solutions. The final report is presented to both company representatives who commissioned the project and the School's faculty.
AND
Elective/s course/s equivalent
28 | 2 Credits
OR
Elective courses equivalent
56 | 4 Credits
Marketing Research & Analysis
14 | 1 Credits
This course is about research methods in action where students will learn the basics of research methodology using examples and cases in the context of important strategic marketing phenomena. By putting together important business phenomena in the context of marketing cases, real datasets, analyses, and spreadsheet decision models students will learn to design and implement research projects in a hands-on practical way.
Entrepreneurial Strategy & International Growth
28 | 2 Credits
This course deals with the analysis and creation of business strategy within an entrepreneurial context as well as practices for international growth. Business strategy formulates the set of objectives and policies that define how a firm positions itself to gain competitive advantage and increase returns for its shareholders. Two questions are of importance, then: “Where should we compete in” and “How should we compete?” In answering these questions, we need to understand the external environment and the firm’s internal resources and capabilities. We also need to adopt an integrated view of the firm spanning functional areas such as finance or marketing. Finally, we look at issues of effective implementation as many strategies fail in execution. Further, this course focuses on the contextual, strategic and operational issues of an international expansion. We will examine the decisions and management processes of identifying international opportunities, locating foreign markets and developing export business. Key aspects of the course include overseas customer identification, product adaptation, logistics and transportation, product sale, and payment systems. Overall, it seeks to provide students an understanding of Export Management and a theoretical framework for making International Marketing decisions.
Road testing- Feasibility Analysis
14 | 1 Credits
The objective of this course is to teach student teams how to “road test” their Lean Start-up Models by carrying out a full feasibility analysis. Using the “Business Plan Road Test” model, teams will develop research plans to investigate industry and market domains, at both micro and macro levels. They will also engage firmly with the internal elements of their venture, considering formally the competences, social and human capital, and motivational aspirations of their entrepreneurial team. After carrying out detailed secondary and primary market research, student teams will assess the financial, strategic, operational and marketing feasibility of their concepts, enhancing still further their business models.
Managing the Family Enterprise
14 | 1 Credits
The aim of this course is to improve students’ skills in the management of family owned and run enterprises, paying special attention to critical processes in such ventures, such as succession, managing the family / business ownership / business management triangle, and dealing with in-family conflict. The course proposes specific, practical strategies and techniques for addressing the inherent disadvantages of family firms, whilst building on their special strengths. This course is of special value to students who are working in - or considering working in - their own family business. It is also helpful for the many students who work in or with one of Greece’s many family enterprises. Students who are considering entrepreneurship as a career option can also prepare themselves for family-related issues, by taking this course.

5th Period | May – July

Courses Hours | Credits
Management Accounting
14 | 1 Credits
This is a course on cost and management accounting. The course focuses on some of the technical aspects of management accounting as well as on management control issues (the use of accounting information for planning and control). Techniques and issues related to activity based costing, target costing, transfer pricing and strategic management accounting, in their organizational context, will be addressed. Students will be required to read published academic research as well as practice based material. Some of the topics covered during the course include: the meaning and role of management accounting, branches of management accounting, costing terms and purposes, cost-volume-profit analysis, cost allocation, job and product costing, budgeting, standard costing and variance analysis.
Global Business & Trade
14 | 1 Credits
This course examines the phenomenon of globalization, focusing on the business, economic and socio-cultural integration across traditional borders. It also studies the evolution and the changing structure of global markets and industries, the division and specialization of labor internationally and the differences between the business models adopted in developed and emerging regions of the world economy. The globalization process is examined in the light of various international trade agreements. The course examines the motivation for such agreements and the implications of them in consumption and market operations, highlighting the challenges for modern firms competing in a global environment.
AND
Dissertation
- | 4 Credits
The Dissertation is a research project of a student’s special interest in a faculty member’s area of expertise. The students will have the opportunity to construct a detailed plan of a research project; to review specific literature on the selected topic; to identify relevant research questions from the literature; to be able to turn general research questions into empirical ones; to select and justify an appropriate research design; to select and employ suitable methods or techniques to investigate the empirical questions; to analyze financial or social data and to write a report covering a review of the relevant literature, the research questions, an explanation and justification of the design, a description of the conduct and analysis of the research, and a discussion of the findings in relation to the literature and methodological issues.
OR
Career Development
- | 4 Credits
This course aims to provide students with information, knowledge and tools for their Career Development on a life-long process.  Key methods and tools used during the course include amongst others: Career Development workshops, the utilization and reflection on self-assessment Career Development tests, an internship and a final project.  Each of these tools and their combination enhance students’ understanding of employability, facilitate the provision and analysis of information and knowledge on market, employment and employability trends, and bring together the academic with the business world.  Further benefits for students include the opportunity for the blending of academic and on-the-job learning; the use of the explicit knowledge gained during the program in real work environments, the attainment of tacit knowledge, the development and diversification of skills, the acquisition of work experience, the identification and/or refinement of career goals, the creation and/or development of a professional network.

FACULTY

The Professors

Academic Director
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Stefanos Zarkos Associate Professor in the Practice of Finance

Dr. Zarkos has teaching and research interests in the areas of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Capital Budgeting, Real Options, Management Accounting and Strategy. His research focuses on new applications of real options in management decision making and the development of decision techniques in Corporate Finance and Strategy literature.

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Course Faculty
Reader in Economics at Cardiff Business School view more
Professor of International Business and Strategy view more
Evangelia Baralou Academic Director of the MSc in Tourism Management
Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Open University, UK view more
Assistant Professor of International Business view more
Principal lecturer Int. Business & Strategic Management, Nottingham Business School view more
Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Amsterdam Business School view more
Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, The Stavros Costopoulos Chair in Human Resource Management view more
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Leadership, NEOMA Business School view more
Lecturer, DEREE-The American College of Greece view more
Christos Koritos Academic Director of the MSc in Marketing
Assistant Professor of Marketing view more
Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos Associate Dean of Academic Programs Enrollment; Academic Director of Executive MBA Academic Director of ALBA - Eurobank MBA in Financial Services
Professor of Strategy and Marketing view more
Director Career and Alumni office view more
Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences view more
Reader in Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Director of MBA Programmes/, Sheffiled University Management School view more
Pavlos Vlachos Academic Director of the ALBA MBA
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MARKETING view more
Assistant Professor of Strategy view more
Stefanos Zarkos Academic Director of the MSc Programs: MSc in Finance; MSc in International Business & Management; MSc in Business for Lawyers; MSc in Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor in the Practice of Finance view more

CAREER

After completing the program, participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend qualitatively and quantitatively the core areas of business.
  • Be effective decision makers, capable of solving a variety of business problems.
  • Craft an effective business plan and learn how to manage the project.
  • Display strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Be a valuable team player in a multinational-multicultural business environment.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships Scheme

You can secure pre-approval of your scholarship, before you apply for admission to the MBA or MSc program of your choice.

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GMAT Scholarships

 Those candidates who bring GMAT score from 700 and above, will be granted a scholarship of 60% of the total tuition fees for all MBA and MSc's (Excluding the Executive MBA, Double Masters for Lawyers and the MSc in ISF Programs). Candidates with high GMAT bellow 700 are also eligible for smaller scholarships.

AHEAD Scholarships for Micro Enterprises

The ALBA Hub for Entrepreneurship and Development (AHEAD) offers one partial scholarship for any of the Academic Programs at ALBA aimed at prospective students from competitive micro enterprises. (Executive MBA, MSc in ISF and Double Masters for Lawyers candidates are not included). Scholarship is  open to entrepreneurs, involved family members and managers from micro businesses with less than 10 employees.

Next Generation Family Business Scholarship

ALBA Graduate Business School offers two partial scholarship  for any of the Academic Programs at ALBA (Executive MBA, MSc in ISF and Double Masters for Lawyers candidates are not included) to a member of the next generation of a family business. It aims to encourage growth and succession in Greek family businesses, and support upcoming business leaders so that they can excel in such a demanding role.

SEV (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises) Scholarships

SEV (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises) offers five (5) partial scholarships for graduate studies at ALBA.

Scholarships are open only for the academic year 2017 – 2018, will cover 40% of total fees and are addressed exclusively to Small and Medium Enterprises – members of SEV, offered as rewarding services to the members of the Federation.

Applications can be submitted online at https://applications.alba.edu.gr/ with the indication “SEV scholarship” noted at the field Scholarship-Financial Aid.

Note that the evaluation of applications and the final selection will be made from ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece.

All applicants need to meet the eligibility criteria of the program they apply for and to go through the standard admission procedure and personal interview.

For any additional information applicants can contact Ms. Antonina Kalkavoura at 210 8964531 (ext. 2253) or through e-mail at akakalvo@alba.edu.gr.

23th Economia Competition

Partial scholarship to all members of the winning team of the “Economia” competition for any of the below stated MSc Programs:

  • MSc in Strategic Human Resources Management
  • MSc in International Business and Management
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Marketing
  • MSc in Business for Lawyers
  • MSc in Shipping Management
  • MSc in Tourism Management
  • MSc in Entrepreneurship

Democritus University of Thrace

Partial up to full scholarships to graduates of the Law School of Democritus University applying for the MSc in Business for Lawyers Program or the MSc in International Business and Management

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for admission, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree; - Provide evidence of excellent command of the English language;
  • Need to be currently employed or self-employed (valid for the part time mode only) GMAT tests are optional unless the Academic Committee requires the applicant to take them: in any case, scores of 550 or more (GRE >155) can strengthen your application and help you secure a scholarship.

Candidates must submit:

  • The completed application form, including one recent photograph in jpeg format;
  • Two letters of recommendation in Greek or in English language.
  • Official Academic Transcripts as well as Certified copies of degrees from each undergraduate, graduate or professional degree earned;
  • Proof of competence in the English language (unless schooled in English), e.g. Proficiency or TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Three Essays, as indicated in the Application form;
  • Receipt of the non-refundable application fee's [€60] deposit

Click here to download the details for admission.

To learn more about academic policy, course credit policy, fees policy and rules for student conduct read the Academic Regulations.

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