University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen
Dufourstrasse 50, CH-9000 St.Gallen
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Accreditations:
AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
2018 Financial Times Ranking: Full-time MBA: 60th

Overall rating: 4.4/5 - 8 votes
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University of St. Gallen is accredited by the three main accrediting agencies (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) .


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Full-Time MBA

St. Gallen
1-year, full-time program

Courses are taught in English.
Duration12 months
IntakeSeptember
Cost56,500 CHF
Application feeCHF 100
Admission Requirements
  • A minimum of two years full-time post-Bachelor degree work experience
  • Fluency in English: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, or PTE Academic
  • GMAT/GRE Score or Part-time MBA Admissions Test
  • Bachelor's degree from a recognised university or accepted institution of higher education
  • Speak with the Recruitment Managers
  • Current resume
  • One career plan essay
  • A digital passport photo and digital copies of all academic transcripts and diplomas
  • Record Video Q&A Responses (six questions)
  • Interview

Part-Time MBA

St. Gallen
Part-time program
3.5 days per month overs two years.
Courses are taught in English.
Duration24 months
IntakeAugust
Cost70,000 CHF
Application feeCHF 100
Admission Requirements
  • A minimum of two years full-time post-Bachelor degree work experience
  • Fluency in English: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, or PTE Academic
  • GMAT/GRE Score or Part-time MBA Admissions Test
  • Bachelor's degree from a recognised university or accepted institution of higher education
  • Speak with the Recruitment Managers
  • Current resume
  • One career plan essay
  • A digital passport photo and digital copies of all academic transcripts and diplomas
  • Record Video Q&A Responses (six questions)
  • Interview

Global Executive MBA HSG

Modules in Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Shanghai, Dubai, Los Angeles and St. Gallen.
Executive MBA program

Courses are taught in English.
Duration18 months
IntakeAugust
CostCHF 89\'000
Admission Requirements
  • Personal Interview
  • Recognized undergraduate degree
  • Five years of work experience with at least three years at the management level
  • Fluency in English

EMBA in Financial Services and Insurance (MBA-FSI)

Modules in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, China, London, Boston, New York
Executive MBA program
Program offered jointly by the University of St.Gallen and Velrick Business School.
Courses are taught in English.
Duration6 periods of two weeks spread over 18 months
Cost€52.000
This tuition fee includes the teaching fees, fees for class rooms, and course materials. Catering, travelling, and lodging costs are not included in this fee.

Executive MBA HSG

online, St. Gallen
Executive MBA program

Courses are taught in German.
Duration20 Monaten
IntakeFrühjahr, Herbst
CostCHF 67\'000
Admission Requirements
  • Erfolgreich abgeschlossene Erstausbildung an einer anerkannten Universität, Hochschule oder Fachhochschule
  • Persönliches Gespräch
  • Online-Assessment
  • Mindestens fünfjährige Berufserfahrung, davon mindestens drei Jahre Führungserfahrung

International EMBA HSG

online, St. Gallen
Executive MBA program
Program consisting of eleven core courses, three electives, and an integrated personal development program, spread over seven modules. Between modules, students have distance learning classe that complement the on-campus sessions.
Courses are taught in English.
Duration18 months
IntakeAugust
CostCHF 76\'000
Admission Requirements
  • Recognized undergraduate degree
  • Five years of work experience with at least three years at the management level
  • Fluency in English
  • Personal Interview

Executive MBA HSG

online, St. Gallen
Blended program

Courses are taught in German.
Duration20 Monaten
IntakeFrühjahr, Herbst
CostCHF 67\'000
Admission Requirements
  • Erfolgreich abgeschlossene Erstausbildung an einer anerkannten Universität, Hochschule oder Fachhochschule
  • Persönliches Gespräch
  • Online-Assessment
  • Mindestens fünfjährige Berufserfahrung, davon mindestens drei Jahre Führungserfahrung

International EMBA HSG

online, St. Gallen
Blended program
Program consisting of eleven core courses, three electives, and an integrated personal development program, spread over seven modules. Between modules, students have distance learning classe that complement the on-campus sessions.
Courses are taught in English.
Duration18 months
IntakeAugust
CostCHF 76\'000
Admission Requirements
  • Recognized undergraduate degree
  • Five years of work experience with at least three years at the management level
  • Fluency in English
  • Personal Interview



Reviews

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/5About
University of St. Gallen MBA

Turn around and run away as fast as you can. This programme overcharges and underdelivers every step of the way. To begin with, it piggy backs on the strong credentials and reputation of the University of St. Gallen as a whole, when in reality there is very little association at all. The MBA acts as its own entity and does not deliver the same quality of education. Only after paying your non-refundable tuition do you start to realize the facade you have been presented with, could not be further from the truth. The year of personal feedback and growth you were promised, instead turns into waiting sometimes up to 3 months just to receive grades, and this happened in a class the director taught himself. This was not an outlier event either, as is often took 2 months for grades and feedback. Furthermore, the director, who himself teaches 3 lackluster classes total, alters all grades before they are passed to students. Grades submitted by professors first pass through the director before being given to students, meaning professors do not know the final grades the students actually receive. Students are also not allowed to contact professors outside of physical class time without going through the programme team. This often resulted in students just being referred back to classmates who had experience in those fields to teach the subject. The network you are paying for is average at best, as a large portion of your 50 person class ends up having to find work outside of Switzerland. Foreign students are told by the recruiters that there is a high possibility of finding employment in Switzerland after graduation, but that is only true if you, at a minimum, also hold some form of EU citizenship. Even then, it is not automatic. Finally, although there is much more to say, one of the biggest letdowns is the facility in which you must spend 50 to 60 hours per week. You quickly begin to wonder how your tuition is being spent. Not only does the lunch room only seat 15 students, out of 50 total, but there is no running water or sink, meaning dish washing happens in the bathroom. Also worthy of mention, the medium size fridge, again for 50 students, that broke during the class and took a month to replace. Luckily it was during the winter, so students could put their lunches on the patio to stay cool. This MBA costs 55k chf, delivers a 20k chf education, and acts as if it is a 120k chf programme. The director is the sole decider during every step of the programme and has free reign to do what he wants. He does not follow university or Swiss law and acts as he pleases. Please do not put your future and education in his hands. The programme team does not care about you and those who do leave within 1 to 2 years when they realize how it is actually run. You may think you have landed the opportunity of a lifetime when you are accepted and lead yourself to believe what I have written here does not reflect the truth, but imagine spending almost 60k chf, on just tuition alone, and then finding out I was right.


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University of St. Gallen MBA

I came to St.Gallen's MBA program for two mains reasons. First, to learn valuable business skills that would make my engineering profile more well rounded and allow me to move into management. Second, to obtain a strong job opportunity in Europe, but ideally in Switzerland. The St.Gallen MBA program is very challenging, but if you commit yourself you can learn a lot. I had little to no business knowledge when I started St.Gallen's MBA program and just 6 months later I can dive into financial statements, evaluate corporate strategies, perform comprehensive DCF valuations and understand the value creation of different industries. I have no concerns of recouping my investment and making a strong return. The program requires absolute dedication in the form of constantly reading, studying and applying concepts to real world examples. The program encourages students to actively read the financial times (ft) to apply the concepts you learn in class to real world examples. My favorite part of the program is the learning assessment week (LAW) oral examinations. The LAW gives students a business question that they must answer and present to a panel of professionals/professors in 24 hours. It is very stressful and difficult, but you grow tremendously. The LAW taught me how global taxation works with tech companies, how steel manufacturers in the west face increasing pressure from China and how the video game industry is shifting into cloud/mobile gaming. The LAW also taught me to look at the big picture, identify the key business levers and to work under high pressure with colleagues. My 2020 MBA class is ethnically very diverse, but they need to attract more women. My classmates are great colleagues and I am very happy to have friends that are from all over the globe. If I ever decide to work in other parts of the world I know having this diverse group of individuals will help me with that. The only regret that I have is not spending more time with them because the program is very challenging. I wish I could have drank more beers, gone skiing or had more fun events with them. However, I really had to focus on learning the business material. This is a one year intensive MBA program that minimizes opportunity cost and gives you the knowledge you need to upgrade your career. My feedback to the MBA program is to more closely monitor the amount of reading that teachers provide students. In the accounting course the professor gave the class a 1000 page book and didn't specify what we should read. About 400 pages into the book, I realized that if I kept going I would burn out. I would encourage the program to continue focusing on quality of material instead of quantity. They do a good job already, but can do an even better job. I would also suggest that the MBA program have a few sessions that link all the core course materials together to provide a final big picture. The last thing I will say, is that a few students had a negative experience. I would say that most of these students have unrealistic expectations or are simply not committed to the program. The MBA program provides students with many opportunities to meet companies and obtain corporate projects, but you have to make your own opportunities to maximize your future. It is more difficult for non-EU students to obtain a job in Europe, but if you sell yourself as a high performing candidate then you can overcome this hurdle. This is not a MBA program for the faint of heart, for those who want to go on vacation or for those that want to party all the time (unless you already have a strong financial background). If you commit yourself to learning and obtaining an opportunity, then this program is a great choice and will help you achieve your goals.


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University of St. Gallen MBA

Great School, awesome reputation which is correctly reflected by the high standards demanded by the programme. The professors leading the the MBA have not only deep experience in the respective field but also forged a specific curriculum for the 50 students in the class. Very high ratio professor to student at a remarkable good value $50k. It is only thanks to this school that I have now my dream job!


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5
/5About
University of St. Gallen MBA

Top-class Professors with good balance between theoric knowledge and practical experience. MBA PT Program is highly demanding in terms of time dedication but rewarding in terms of knowledge and development of critical thinking. Other valuable aspect of the program are the fellow students, whose diversity in terms of experience and challenging discussions enrich the learning experience. Considering my personal experience, the StGallen MBA Degree is highly appreciated by companies in Switzerland and the investment is amortized very fast. My experience is highly possitive and I strongly recommend the MBA Part Time program.


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University of St. Gallen MBA

Following a thoroughly positive which allowed me to perform a 180 degrees career change in a Fortune 500, I would highly recommend the University of St. Gallen Full-Time MBA programme. The programme is demanding but also extremely rewarding. The focus of the core modules is certainly on financial expertise, leveraging the renowned faculty of University of St. Gallen’s BA and MA programmes (#4 European Business Schools 2019 by the Financial Times) to deliver differentiated content. A large portfolio of electives ensures that you are able to customize the curriculum according to your career aspirations. Finally, multiple exchange programmes are available if you want to further expand your elective choices. The programme includes a 3 months graded corporate project (in-house consultancy) which summarizes the knowledge gathered throughout the programme to tackle a real business problem for a corporate client. Worth noting that these are paid positions, and that you have the option of benefiting from one of the positions pre-arranged between the MBA programme and the corporate partners or negotiate one with a company of your own choice.


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4.5
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University of St. Gallen MBA

St.Gallen part-time MBA is a rock solid program - in theory, application and industry connection. It covers the theory through professors with in-depth knowledge with an equally distant view to different schools of thought (perhaps that's what I liked the most, you don't just get the typical Anglosaxon view of the business world like in some US business schools). Some courses can be a rough ride if you have no background on the topic (I was weak at accounting) but that's exactly where you need to put effort prior to the course days and get up to speed. Professors are exceptionally helpful in that, they do listen and respond. I've never had a case where I fell into frustration to be honest, just ask and you get what you need to be at level with everyone else. As for application of business, its pretty much like the Ivy League MBA classes I've attended myself. You read the theory, then an expert from the industry walks in and tells you how that textbook translates into reality. When you have the hands-on people talk to you (C-levels) you can easily link the theory with practice - that's where all start to make sense. One course I recall very well (Global business environment) where a top exec just walked in and brought so wide views that it made me research the topics he covered for 2 weeks - fantastic executive to meet and listen to. That kind of exec talks happen at most courses and you feel inspired and "real" about business life. Industry connection-wise, St.Gallen has a very strong reputation in the German-speaking world, so naturally companies drop by to tell their stories (and assess you as a potential employee). We pretty much had all consulting firms, FMCG, pharma, luxury goods leads - and their top guys through what's called the Industry Days. We even had the option to pick what industry you want to know more about although this is an ECTS course. Execs from the industry you get to meet are mostly alumni themselves. Not coming from Europe myself, I was surprised how the "HSG connection" makes communication a lot easier with them too, also outside the MBA premises in everyday life. You become a part of the club Administration (non-academic) is friendly, easy going and always solution oriented. In my two years of study, even at times of conflict they step in and do their best to resolve issues. They like what they do and you get the feeling you're backed up by HSG rather than confronted by them. That helps you develop a sense of belonging to the brand name. Two things I didn't know (academically) was, what you get out of this MBA depends also on how much you put in it. You get tons of reading and a month to prep for the course. If you do nothing the entire month and show up in the class, you probably won't grasp most of the topics and may even fail a course. Nobody's going to push you for 4 weeks, so you need the self-discipline to get yourself moving and digesting the material. Some courses ask you to submit assignments based on readings, so you're already up to speed. Second important thing to keep in mind is what's called the "LAW" - a big written test on everything you've studied since day 1. You need to make sure you take notes in all classes for the LAW - the first day of classes so you don't fry your brain in the last 6-8 weeks prior to the exam. That matters! What this MBA isn't is - while its relatively easy to land a job after studies with the degree, Swiss immigration regulations are quite strict and you may end up going door to door to find a company willing to apply for a work permit. This is the case for non-EU citizens and the MBA can't do anything about it. If you excel in a specific area with an industry focus, it's quite possible to get a work permit even as a non-EU citizen. Another thing this MBA isn't is - endless bragging about how great and fantastic it is. You won't see big ads and flyers about HSG MBA, you won't get this "Oh we are so special and awesome" talk anywhere. I personally like that. Some MBA schools are about show-off with shiny titles and HSG is just not that. Overall I very much recommend the part time MBA program. What I've learned so much in academic and non-academic content that I can apply to everyday work. You learn stuff you can talk about after the class is over, it gives you a good insight on everything that a business needs to operate. Most importantly, it teaches you where to find information. No MBA will make you excel at all business operations, but HSG makes sure that when your studies are over and you need to learn more - you know where to look and learn. That's some sort of continuous learning skill you get during your studies without even noticing.


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5
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University of St. Gallen MBA

I decided to enroll into St. Gallen's MBA program for a few reasons. The main one though, is to be a better leader. After doing my own research on several business schools (including campus visits, speaking to alumni and current students), I decided that St. Gallen was the right choice for me. I can attest to the previous comments that the program is indeed challenging, but it is also very rewarding. The reading list can be daunting sometimes but you get out what you put in. Content aside, I can say, without a doubt, that my cohort, coach, the MBA team and the excellent lecturers, all contributed immensely to my experience. Coming from a number-crunching background, I found the "softer" modules to be insightful. I am able to see the bigger picture and to weave a more coherent story around the numbers. For those who are concerned about the cost, especially given the economic outlook for 2020/1, it is not the cheapest MBA program but it is certainly worth every Rappen. My goal was to change careers, and within a relatively short period of time, I am able to make this dream a reality. Last but least, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet the 41 special souls, who have become an extended family in such a short period of time. I am sure there will be lots of tears at Graduation Day!


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University of St. Gallen MBA

Having a technical, professional accounting background, I was looking for something which would help me in my career transition. Another reason why I chose the MBA programme was to become a better leader. After performing due diligence, which includes speaking with alumni, current students and sitting in actual classes, I decided to accept the offer from the University of St. Gallen. I attest to the rigor of the programme. Each bit forms part of a building block and it begins to make sense as the programme “unfolds”. The first six months hit me like a tornado – juggling a full-time career, family and the MBA. Despite having the necessary moral support, the amount of commitment can still be a shock to the system. Although it may seem tempting sometimes, don’t outsource your learning. This is where you really reap what you sow. Apart from the content, there is a whole army behind the scenes to provide support for the MBAs. For example, during my career transition, my coach and the MBA team provided tremendous support, which I am very grateful for. Last but certainly not least, is that you will benefit of being part of a smaller cohort. They will become your family during the course and if you’re lucky, these will be precious bonds that you make and cherish for life.





Campuses


Executive MBA HSG
Blumenbergplatz 9, 9000 St. Gallen

+41 (0) 71 224 24 78
Fax:+41 (0) 71 224 2473


Executive School campus
Holzstrasse 15, CH-9010 St. Gallen

+41 71 224 75 00
Fax:+41 71 224 75 10


Dufourstrasse 50, CH-9000 St.Gallen

+41 (0)71 224 21
Fax:+41 (0)71 224 28 16