Master of International Business Administration

Program provides graduates with hands-on experience via internships and through close links to the industry. At the same time, students benefit from a holistic approach that encompasses Ethics, Law, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship while developing creativity, communication, and teambuilding.
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Overview

The Master of International Business Administration (MIBA) program at the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland ensures that our students are fully prepared to lead and manage in today’s competitive and changing global marketplace. We focus on integrating traditional business knowledge with practical decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, and strategic thinking while engaging in real-world projects. We create a practical learning and research environment that emphasizes collaboration and active engagement with industry leaders.

The curriculum links cutting-edge business theory to practical research and applications as students are guided to solve real-world challenges. This environment emphasizes collaboration and team building alongside healthy competition. At AUS, top-tier internationally diverse classmates come together, share professional experiences, and form synergistic groups where mutual commitment and joint accountability lead to highly effective teams.
Each course integrates at least two experiential learning activities such as:
  • Simulations
  • Presentations – individual and/or group
  • Case studies
  • Projects – individual and/or group.
Beyond the depth and breadth of knowledge gained in the classroom, the life-long connections developed while attending AUS will be of immeasurable value. To this end, we require and actively support internship placement, on-site company visits, and executive mentoring. With our vast network of contacts at nearby, world-renowned corporate headquarters, students are sure to find opportunities tailored to meet their specific needs. Whether the student’s aspiration is to manage a leading company, have their own business, or work for a family-run business, AUS provides the tools to follow the desired career path. AUS graduate students are expected to produce quality and practical business research summarized in their Master's Capstone submission. AUS awards prizes to the best Thesis.

Why AUS?

Campus
The inspiring, modern campus of the American University of Applied Sciences Institute in Switzerland features all you could need, from state-of-the-art learning spaces to cozy corners, an on-site Starbucks coffee machine, and dedicated sports facilities.
Multiple Specializations Options
You can study an undergraduate or graduate degree in business or specialize, and also choose to engage in the Dual Degree Program in conjunction with Tiffin University in the United States.
Multiple Intakes per Year
We have three admission intakes per year: fall, winter, and spring.
Learn more about Admission and Application Deadlines

International Recognition

AUS is chartered under Swiss law and recognized by the Department of Education in the Canton of Vaud as an Institute of Higher Education.
Learn more about Accreditation and Ranking
Soft Skill Development
As an accredited institution with the IBM Academic Initiative, AUS has a first-hand view of the latest technologies and business trends across several industries. As an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education, students learn how to code, create and build apps.
Personalized Learning
With a class size of 15 to 20 students and a faculty-student ratio is roughly 1-7, facilitating a deeper working relationship between students and professors coupled with feedback and coaching.
Support Services
AUS provides various support services to students such as: Career Support, Dedicated support, Learning Support. All students will meet with the Academic Coordinator each academic term.
Great Student Life
With our campus located amongst the Swiss Riviera's beautiful scenery, we organize trips to explore the rich cultural heritage and beautiful architecture. Offering plenty of nearby attractions, destinations, and ski resorts or visit local festivals.
Cultural Diversity
At AUS students from over 45 nationalities from 6 continents come together to learn and share experiences, cultural perspectives, and varied work experiences with students from all over the world.
Student Housing
AUS has several fully furnished single and shared rooms within a five-kilometer radius of the university campus.
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Dual Degree Accreditations

Program Structure

Duration:
2 years
Entry Dates:
September / January / April
Study Mode:
Full-time
Credits:
90 CH | 120 ECTS
Each term typically includes ten weeks of instruction and two weeks of examinations. A standard course of study to complete a MIBA program over two years requires the completion of fifteen core courses, twelve elective courses. In addition, nine credit hours are required for Capstone work which starts during the last academic term and can be completed up to six months after graduation.
The MIBA Capstone work can be either a thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
Core
15
45
60
Elective
12
36
48
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
9
12
Courses
#
CH
ECTS
Core
Elective
15
45
60
12
36
48
Capstone: Thesis or Business Plan
9
12
The conferring of a MIBA degree from AUS follows only after completing all the following requirements:
  • Academic credit requirements - a minimum of 90 CH | 120 ECTS.
  • Academic performance requirements - a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Capstone: Thesis in the form of a research proposal, where the validity of one or more hypotheses is investigated, or in the form of a business plan.
  • Attendance and residency requirements.
MIBA students have other credit-earning opportunities, when available, through internships and by working with professors on research initiatives and program activities surrounding their specialization.

Course Examples

Managerial Economics
This course builds on basic concepts of microeconomics and places an emphasis on the firm’s use of limited information in an uncertain environment. A global perspective is stressed.

Managerial Finance

Financial decision making addressing the structure of capital, its cost, availability, and selection, along with management of cash flows and distributions are the focus of this course.

Management of Human Resources

The focus of this course is the human side of enterprise. The sub-functions of human resource management, diversity in the workplace, rights of the individual, and the various legal and ethical issues in the area are addressed.
Quantitative Business Analysis and Research
This course focuses on developing the use of statistical analysis necessary to develop managerial problem-solving techniques. Additionally, students will learn how to apply this analysis to research methods and tools used by decision makers in organizations.
Global & Transnational Management
This course deals with the management of multinational enterprises and managing in a global economy. Building on the interdisciplinary knowledge gained throughout the program, this course deals with cross-cultural issues, sociopolitical and economic concerns, and international strategic management.
Organization Analysis and Design
The examination of organizations in terms of patterns in design and operation through topics including organizational-environment interface, structure, technology, and socio- technical systems and culture are the basis for this course.
Strategic Management
Strategic Management is required as a capstone course in the MBA curriculum because it involves the most sophisticated and comprehensive approach to the process of organizational management. Key elements to the understanding of strategic management are: Internal organizational analysis, analysis of the external environment, and directing a successful fit between the organization and its environment.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Management
The ethical and legal issues facing managers in the public and private sectors are the focus of this course. Current issues, regulations, trade practices, and liability will be discussed.
Innovative Decision Making
This course explores the various aspects of decision making in business organizations. Primary attention is given to the processes that surround and shape the decision-making process. Information processing, attention allocation and preference processing are also examined. Attentional biases and other decision-making pathologies are examined in the hopes of improving the decision-making process. a power-based model of decision making is also addressed.
Marketing Management
This course examines the role of the marketing function of firms participating in both consumer and business markets, with emphasis on tactical and operating decisions and decision-making processes. Areas studied include market and customer analysis, market segmentation, and marketing mix tactics and implementation.

Program Learning Outcomes

1
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
2
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
3
The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
4
The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
5
The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate (beyond the level of understanding) the performance of a business in the functional areas of general management (accounting, economics, finance, and marketing).
The successful MIBA participant will be able to analyze and evaluate decision alternatives using theories, tools, and techniques (such as a cash flow statement, market segmentation, and sustainable competitive advantage) applied to the internal and external analysis of a business or industry situation and are able to support and defend their recommendations.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to create and present advanced oral and written business presentations (such as a research proposal or a business plan) in a supported and scholarly fashion.
The successful MIBA participant will set an example to other students by conducting their affairs in a businesslike manner (such as respect for their appearance, timeliness, and preparation) and possess the ability to work cooperatively in mixed teams on diverse projects towards a common goal.
The successful MIBA participant will be able to develop life-long learning skills that will support them to continue their studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner.

Specialization Options

The IBM Academic Initiative program allows AUS students to receive IBM credentials as digital ‘badges’ marking their learning achievements using Credly. The students can easily share and promote their achievements on social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, as well as your own personal webpages and blogs.
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Career

The MBA degree focuses on developing competencies in communication skills, leadership and teamwork, information technology, and problem solving. A distinguished faculty lead a rich and diverse student body through current issues in management and prepares the students for the technology-driven global workplace of the third millennium.

Obtaining a degree allows you to pursue or progress in your career in:

Business Consultancy
Business Development
General Management
Logistics and Distribution
Business Research and Analytics
Marketing and Communications

Tuition & Fees

MIBA
Master of International Business Administration
CHF 18’000.- per year
2-Year Master’s Degree Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
Application Fee = Free of charge
MIBA
Master of International Business Administration
CHF 18’000
2-Year Program
Admission Fee = CHF 3’500.-
(Payment upon acceptance)
flexible payment options available
per year
Application Fee = Free of charge
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