During the Access MBA Spotlight on the topic of the Advantages of a Full-Time MBA, potential applicants had the chance to get valuable information about the full-time MBA journey directly from the representatives of three renowned business schools.
The live chat welcomed EU Business School (Europe), Rotterdam School of Management (The Netherlands), and the University of Geneva, Geneva School of Economics and Management (Switzerland) in October 2017.
Here is a detailed transcript of the Q&A session regarding full-time MBA programmes.
Q: What are the available scholarships for your programmes?
Rotterdam School of Management: For our Full-Time MBA programme there are different scholarships available. You can contact us directly for further information and how you could potentially qualify for a scholarship.
EU Business School: We offer merit-based scholarships. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
University of Geneva: We have a scholarship programme including a merit scholarship as well as a scholarship for priority countries.
Q: Do you offer specialisations?
Rotterdam School of Management: Our Full-Time MBA programme is a general management programme, however the students can pick also a career concentration among five different options.
EU Business School: We offer a variety of specialisations, ranging from the traditional to the most up-to-date areas of international business. These specialisations include International Business, Communication & Public Relations, Entrepreneurship, Sports Management, and E-Business to name a few. We also offer an Online MBA programme, designed for those who would be unable to study for an MBA on campus.
Q: What is the job market like in Rotterdam?
Rotterdam School of Management: Rotterdam is very international and there are different opportunities for our graduates. MBA graduates tend to find jobs all across the Netherlands.
As a student you get a 15 month student visa and upon graduation you get a one year search visa which allows you to stay in the country and look for employment.
Q: What accreditations do your programmes have?
Rotterdam School of Management: We are a triple-crown accredited school and all of our MBA programmes are accredited by AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS.
University of Geneva: Our MBAs are accredited by AMBA, APSIA, and Eduqua.
EU Business School: The school is accredited by ACBSP, IACBE, CEEMAN, IQA, CHEA, and eduQua.
Q: What is the weekly workload in your full-time MBA programmes?
University of Geneva: An average of 20 hours of class attendance per week.
EU Business School: 15-20 hours of class time. For every hour in class you should look at one to three hours of studies outside of the classroom set up.
Rotterdam School of Management: Around 25 hours in class and you should account one to three hours of studying outside for every class hour.
Q: Does EU Business School provide job assistance for its Online MBA for students outside Europe?
EU Business School: Our Online MBA students have the opportunity to visit our three campuses during the course (Barcelona, Geneva, Munich), meet our faculty in person as well as make the most of the career & alumni services staff. So we do provide our Online MBA students with job seeking assistance and advice.
Q: What is the class size of your full-time MBA programmes on campus?
Rotterdam School of Management: Our full-time MBA has around 120 students per year.
University of Geneva: The average number of students per class is 18-20.
EU Business School: 15-25 persons.
Q: Is the GMAT/GRE mandatory for your programmes?
Rotterdam School of Management: GMAT/GRE is required for our full-time MBA programme. PhD holders can potentially receive a waiver.
University of Geneva: GMAT/GRE is mandatory and cannot be waived.
EU Business School: GMAT is not a mandatory requirement if students have more than two years of professional work experience.
Q: What is your full-time MBA’s placement rate within three months of course completion?
EU Business School: On average, our students take within six months to find a job. Salary uplift is at 138%.
Q: For the specialised MBA programmes, should I have relevant experience in the field of the specialisation?
EU Business School: Many engineers and IT professionals have enrolled in our MBA in order to either change career paths or land a more senior managerial position in the same industry.
University of Geneva: Each year, students coming from the private sector join the International Organisations MBA with the objective of changing their career and working for international non-profit organisations. We support them to transfer the knowledge and skills acquired in business to this new field.
Rotterdam School of Management: You do not need to have prior experience in the specialisation you will select within the MBA. The specialisations can be used for a career transition and there are several examples of graduates who have successfully pulled this off.
Q: What feedback do you receive from your alumni about your programmes?
Rotterdam School of Management: Most of our graduates really appreciated the opportunity they had to study in a very international and diverse environment that our FT MBA programme offers. In addition, they appreciate the chance to work with a company as part of their curriculum, and also the high-calibre faculty, the networking, and the career services.
EU Business School: The most common feedback emphasises our networking focus and passion for the entrepreneurial spirit. Students also speak highly about our faculty and guest speakers. All EU MBA specialisations feature guest speaker sessions led by high-profile international business leaders, and industrial visits to the likes of the UN, Garmin, FC Barcelona, UEFA, Nestlé, and BMW. This blend of the academic and professional worlds supports a unique and exceptional quality of learning, reinforcing our pragmatic approach to education.
University of Geneva: 1: The quality of the faculty. 2: The quality of the network they built and the support of the career services. 3: The experience of spending a year in Geneva.
Q: How international are your classes?
University of Geneva: Our classes are very international with almost as many nationalities as students. Last year (2016-2017) we had 18 nationalities for 20 students.
Rotterdam School of Management: About 96% of participants are international, representing over 35 different nationalities.
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