St. Gallen, Zurich (Switzerland)
Nestled in the rolling green hills that overlook the Swiss town of St. Gallen you’ll find the University of St. Gallen, a historic institution with one of the most picturesque campuses you’re ever likely to see. Whilst the town of St. Gallen has a population of just 80,000, it is home to a vibrant community of young people and foreign nationals make up almost 30% of its residents. Both the town and the country hold important strategic locations; St. Gallen lies between the major economic centres of Zurich and Munich whilst Switzerland is more or less located in the geographic center of Europe. Throw in one of the highest average national salaries in the world, stunning natural scenery and it’s soon obvious why the quality of life in Switzerland is consistently placed near the top of global rankings.
The University of St. Gallen maintains enviable corporate connections in both Switzerland and Germany, which a business school located outside of a major city could only achieve by having a strong reputation. The school benefits from these links by regularly co-creating courses, workshops and trainings with them, ensuring that the MBA program continues to meet the needs of employers in the ‘DACH’ region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
The very structure of the MBA program at the University of St. Gallen has been designed in close collaboration with these regional companies. The course focuses on developing two core skills – problem-solving and communication – which employers have identified as the most valuable skills for their organisations. MBA candidates will benefit from a data-driven curriculum that emphasises numeracy in problem-solving, whilst workshops on topics such as body language, slide design and structuring arguments all help to improve your communication skills throughout the course.
MBA Programs offered by University of St Gallen:
- Full-time MBA
- Part-time MBA
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the key characteristics of the St Gallen MBA?
Our personal MBA programme is founded in a rigorous academic experience focusing on integrative thinking. This is supported by career development courses, career services and corporate interactions that are dedicated exclusively to the MBA. Our programme experience leverages our location in German-speaking Switzerland to bring you in contact with over 70 firms per year. We provide international exposure through study missions and electives delivered in collaboration with partner institutions.
Why an MBA in Switzerland?
When selecting an MBA programme, the location plays a strong role in many people’s decision. There are perspectives on business and society that are characteristic of various regions. There are local business practices and etiquette to be learned. There are strategic industries that influence both the in-programme experiences and post-graduation career paths. Our geography is broadly characterized as the German-speaking area of Europe. It is one of the most exciting and diverse places to live and do business.
Taken as a whole, the population of the German-speaking region is approximately 100 million people. It most traditionally encompasses Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. However, there are official German-speaking parts of Northern Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium too. Germany alone is the fourth largest economy in the world with a 2019 nominal GDP of USD $3.85 trillion. Many of our alumni live and work in this dynamic and wealthy country, and we maintain relationships with many companies in Germany because of its regional and global power in business. Switzerland is also a wealthy country and home to a highly international professional community. The following information paints a picture of the domestic professional environment our MBA is embedded within.
Multinationals from a wide range of sectors have chosen to locate their global or regional headquarters in Switzerland for many decades. This is due to favourable tax rates, a stable currency, an educated workforce and the quality of life employees experience. According to a 2019 report by McKinsey & Co., 26% of jobs in Switzerland are in multinationals. They are spread across the country too, rather than clustered all in one major city. Key global headquarters include: ABB, Credit Suisse, Glencore, Holcim, Lonza, Nestlé, Novartis, Richemont, Roche, Schindler, Sulzer, Swatch Group, SwissRe, UBS, Zurich Insurance Group and more.
While multinationals may create 26% of the jobs in Switzerland, the other three quarters are spread largely through Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). In fact, according to data from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, 99.6% of all registered companies in Switzerland are classified as SMEs, which by definition employ less than 250 people per firm. SMEs are especially prevalent in the Manufacturing, Electronic and Metals sectors, which employs 320,000 people in Switzerland. The entire workforce is roughly 5 million people. No matter which industry is considered, SMEs are a critical part of the Swiss economy. There are many career opportunities in companies you many not have heard of.
The prevalence of SMEs in Switzerland showcases the entrepreneurial spirit that has existed in the country for generations. Nonetheless, we now associate the term ‘startup’ with specific types of entrepreneurs, investors, policies, technologies and so forth. Switzerland is also a growing home to this type of entrepreneurial ecosystem. In data published by Startup Ticker, in 2019 CHF 2.3 billion was invested in 266 Swiss startups across a range of sectors. Of that, CHF 1.2 billion was invested in ICT startups, a category that includes Fintech. While we do see startups being founded all over the country, 84.8% of the total amount invested in all Swiss ICT startups was raised in canton Zurich, making it the clear hub of activity for this type of venture.
NGOs and NPOs
To round out our discussion of the economy, it is important to circle back to another historically important component: Non-Governmental Organisations and Non-Profit Organisations. Switzerland holds global significance partly because it is the home to the United Nations (UN), World Economic Forum (WEF), World Health Organization (WHO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), International Basketball Federation (FIBA), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and many more groups like this. These organisations add to the intellectual, human and cultural capital of the country.
What's the tuition fee of the St Gallen MBA?
Pursuing an MBA is a lifetime investment in yourself and in your future. It is therefore important to make a well-considered decision and crucial to plan your finances carefully. The finance department of the University of St.Gallen MBA is happy to assist you in planning your finances. The following information is designed to give you an overview on fees, discounts and financial aid. More detailed information will be available if you receive an offer.
|Fees||Full-time MBA||Part-time MBA|
|Enrolment||6,500 CHF||10,000 CHF|
|Tuition||45,000 CHF||53,000 CHF|
|Support||7,000 CHF||7,000 CHF|
- An additional application fee of CHF 250.00 is payable during the online application process.
- To secure your seat once you have accepted an offer, you must pay an enrolment fee, which is deducted from the total fee.
- Both fees are non-refundable.
What scholarships does University of St Gallen offer?
For candidates with academic background in sciences and/or engineering, and in particular for those who went on to work in the fields of health, medicine, pharmaceutical industry, food science, manufacturing, procurement and logistics.
This scholarship is for applicants who have been able to successfully progress in their career despite challenging personal, professional, socio/political or economic circumstances.
Emerging Markets Scholarship
For candidates from emerging markets, who can evidence the interest and motivation to use their post MBA knowledge and skills to contribute to the future growth of an emerging market country.
Women in Business Scholarship
This scholarship is aimed at women who can demonstrate the ability to perform based on having successfully led people, realising fast-paced and difficult projects, or showing a consistent role progression.
Outstanding Candidates Scholarship
For outstanding candidates with excellent academic qualifications and an impressive career progression. Leadership and/or international experiences are beneficial for this scholarship, but not essential.
Early Achiever Scholarship
For young and confident career achievers, with less than 4 years of work experience, who show the potential to learn fast. We look for candidates who excel beyond their age.
The LGBTQ Scholarship is aimed at LGBTQ identified candidates who have demonstrated dedication to promoting equal rights, and have contributed towards making a positive and significant social change.
Scholarship donated by MBA alumni: For candidates with outstanding contributions to similar networks (e.g. in extra-curricular activities, industry clubs, sports associations etc.), and the application is by invitation only. Candidates will be interviewed by the Alumni Board on their potential for future contribution to the alumni community as well as other criteria. Value CHF 10,000.
Scholarships you are automatically considered for
MBA Event Scholarship
The University of St.Gallen MBA is committed to help outstanding individuals from various regions around the world. If you meet one of our Recruitment Managers face-to-face at regional fairs or events, you are eligible to apply for the MBA Event Scholarship.
Additional Scholarship Awards
The Admissions Committee has the right to award additional scholarships, for which you automatically could be considered for upon submitting your application. The selection criteria for these scholarships are within the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
Exclusively for members of e-fellows.net or candidates who attended the e-fellows MBA-Day. Please indicate membership on your online application or the date of the MBA-Day you attended. Value CHF 10,000.