The Swiss School of Management 1 year international accredited MBA University Degree Program is designed to equip students with the tools and analytical framework, required for a successful career. The interactive community of faculty and students in an international setting provides students with globally relevant material in today’s ever-changing economy.

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Ranked among the best MBA Programs worldwide

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The Swiss School of Management’s MBA University Degree is awarded in collaboration with INSEEC Business School, whose MBA Degree is ranked among the best Programs worldwide and accredited by the Association of MBAs . Further, the SSM MBA Degree is fully accredited by IACBE and CHEA-Council for Higher Education. Our MBA degree is also accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the USA. SSM is a quality certified school by EduQua, the Swiss Quality Certification label (accredited by the Swiss Federal Government) for Institutions of higher and continuous education.

Throughout the MBA program, students will study leadership, business, entrepreneurship and management philosophies that can be applied to any management role across varied industries. Our business school also gives students hands-on, applicable experience leading groups and classroom discussions.

Our International Accredited MBA includes lectures, corporate visits, visiting speakers, self-assessment exercises and resume/internship counseling. Our goal is to start growing students’ networks from the moment they arrive.

Students will also find that our MBA location in the city center allows students to take advantage of all Rome has to offer. Classes are within walking distance of everything from the Pantheon to the Spanish Steps to the Vatican.
Check out our Executive MBA program and our unique Capital MBA Program as well.

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Full Time MBA Course Structure

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The Master of Business Administration program consists of 15 courses subdivided into 12 core courses and a specialization module comprised of 3 courses. It is mandatory to submit a final project/thesis or business plan in order to graduate, which will be accounted for one additional core course of 4 credits. Most courses are worth 4 credit points and are assessed by either an examination, assignment, or a combination of both. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) university degree is granted to participants who achieve 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

MBA classes are given mostly in the evening to accommodate for professionals who work or for students who would like to work or pursue an internship.

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Core Courses

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GLB555 Globalization

This course is meant to focus on—and facilitate further discussion of—the implications of globalization for businesses and investigating the primary economic dimension connected with the proliferation of globalization. A main objective of this class is to familiarize students with ideas, concepts, and ways of analyzing globalization as well as to spark thinking about the future agenda for global leaders in such a changing environment.

LSP555 Leadership 360 degrees

The objective of this course is to help students acquire and develop skills in relation to effective leadership within organizations. Students will understand and compare different approaches, theories and methodologies about leadership and will practice leadership behaviors through class exercises and assignments.
Further, students will go through the process of the “Personal Success Profile”, which is a personal goal getting process featuring the Leadership Day at the Adventure Camp in Ostia
Goals of the course:

  1. Understand the principal components of a leader’s contribution to high performance working
  2. Understand the different ways leadership has been defined, assessed and appreciated in the academic and managerial context
  3. Practice different behavior indicators related to leadership skills in a working environment
  4. Evaluate elements of key leadership and management theories and translate theoretical constructs to practical applications
  5. Have a personal development plan which includes the development of key leadership behaviours.
AFM555 Accounting & Financial Management

Students are taught the basic topics in accounting and financial management.

Accounting: Topics include accrual accounting, financial statement analysis, tax accounting, backup schedules, ratio analysis, public filing (10-K) review and other select accounting topics. The principal focus is on those aspects of accounting most in use by decision-makers, and most useful to students.

Financial management: Topics include the function of financial markets, analysis of risk and return, time value of money, valuation of financial assets (stocks, bonds, derivatives), capital structure capital budgeting and other select corporate finance topics. The principal focus is on those aspects of analysis most in use by decision-makers, and most useful to students.

LAW555 International Law and Ethics

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and problems of public international law, ethics and of the international legal system.  The course will cover main topics in this field such as the sources of international law, the jurisdiction of States, international law and use of force and the relationship between International law and the internal law of States. It will also address more specific issues such as the international law of human rights and international criminal law. In addition, this course will review and discuss a number of international tribunals, as well as certain treaties, resolutions and other international legal instruments of importance.

GMF555 Global Macroeconomics & International Finance

In this course students assess theories of international monetary relations (often termed by economists as global macroeconomics) and international finance concepts.

  • Global Macroeconomics: Topics covered include international trade, monetary theory, international finance, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments (and trade deficits), capital mobility, government fiscal and monetary policies, international macroeconomic cooperation, economic crises, and the role of international institutions.
  • International Finance: Students learn international finance concepts and develop skills to analyze business potential in emerging markets. We study various international finance tools including hedging, forward and futures markets, exchange rates. Political, economic, social, and legal frameworks, among others, are studied and discussed. Emphasis is on the impact of the financial sector on economic development, performance, and crises.
SMIM555 Social Media & Digital Marketing

In today’s marketplace, organizations need effective, profitable social marketing strategies. In this Course, you’ll learn to match markets to social strategies to profitably grow your business. You’ll use social media tools and platforms to design, manage, and optimize social campaigns to promote growth and position your brand in the global digital marketplace, and you’ll develop targeted content to spark dialogue with various social communities. Following you’ll find the Social Applications you will work on:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram/Snapchat
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • WordPress
THS555 Final Thesis Project

By the end of the MBA program you will be able to apply what you have learnt to your company, and elaborate your own business project. You will raise your own questions, decide on methods can be used, and by a comprehensive analysis conclude to your own recommendations. The summary of that business project called Thesis, should present an original argument, business case or business plan that is carefully documented from primary and/or secondary sources.

The thesis must have a substantial research component and a focus that falls within the scope of topics studied during your specialization. It must be written under the guidance of an advisor who is knowledgeable in this area of study. As the final element in the master’s degree, the thesis gives you an opportunity to demonstrate expertise in the chosen research area.  The thesis should present and investigate a hypothesis or a research question.

Alternatively, you can construct a business plan.  A business plan is a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It includes a description of a company or small business, its services and/or products and how the business will achieve its goals.

The plan includes the overall budget, current and projected financing, a market analysis and its marketing strategy approach. In a business plan, a business owner projects revenues and expenses for a certain period of time and describes operational activity and costs related to the business.

NGS555 Negotiating Globally

Students will learn how to navigate national culture when negotiating deals, resolving disputes, and making decisions in teams. Rather than offering country-specific protocol and customs, Negotiating Globally provides a general framework to help negotiators anticipate and manage cultural differences incorporating the lessons of the latest research with new emphasis on executing a negotiation strategy and negotiating conflict in multicultural teams. We explain how to develop a negotiation planning document and shows how to execute the plan, how the cultural environment affects negotiators’ interests, priorities, and strategies, hot to distinguish good deals from poor ones and good negotiators from poor ones as well as how resolving disputes is different from making deals and how negotiation strategy can be used in multicultural teams.

OBM555 Organizational Behavior and HRM

This course is meant to focus the student to understand the core management principles which applies to individuals, medium and large organizations. We will cover some concepts and theories related to human resource management and organizational behavior. The field of organizational behavior is the study of human behavior within organizations. That is, what people think, how they feel, why they think, feel and act in a certain way. If we can find answers to the above questions then we can exercise better control over human behavior and create a more motivated, efficient and effective functioning organization. In this course we will study individuals singularly, as well as in the form of teams and groups, and try to get an understanding of individual characteristics and group dynamics that shape individual attitudes and behaviors. In addition, we will also talk about some system level components like, organizational culture and major management functions. The main idea behind this course is to equip students with the knowledge to understand, predict and control human behavior and help their current or future organizations in becoming more efficient and effective managers. Further, we will go into the core tasks of a Human Resource Manager and understand the daily routine in the HRM department.

CPS555 Competitive Strategy

The course intends to demonstrate that decisions affecting the expansion of the firm are neither obvious nor totally determined by the technological or economic forces generally associated with globalization.The course focuses on the concepts of Porter as well as SWOT analysis.  Comparisons are drawn between the differences of the fundamental economic, financial, and political factors affecting the international expansion of the firm from purely domestic factors. The course studies that the internationalization of the firm is a sequential decision-making process operating at the country, industry, corporate, business, and subsidiary levels of analysis. This course introduces students to the subject of strategy and helps them to better understand the overall impact of internal and external influences on the firm.  The basic purpose of the course is to provide the student broad insights into the practice of strategic management, and its real significance in contemporary multi-national corporations.

IM555 Investment Management

This course is designed to introduce students to the investment environment in the role of a private or professional investor. This course does not cover pricing, which is a major part of the Corporate Finance course. Instead, it emphasises the use of pricing theory in investment management. It aims to:

  • provide an overview of institutional details linked to financial markets and the trading process
  • provide an overview of historical trends and innovations in financial instruments and trading processes
  • provide an overview of various financial instruments
  • provide insight into the use of finance theory in investment management
  • provide a guide to the measurement and analysis of risk of financial investments
  • provide a guide to the measurement of performance of fund management address key issues in risk management
SMK555 Dynamics of Marketing & Research

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of both traditional marketing and digital marketing.

In the first part of the course we will explore the theory and applications of traditional marketing. It will help students answer the fundamental question of a marketing strategy – what value to provide and to whom – using the tools of segmentation, targeting, and positioning (STP) of brands. Through a mix of cases, discussions, lectures, individual assignments and projects the course will demonstrate how central aspects of the marketing mix programs – product, place, pricing, and promotion utilize STP and how marketing support functions such as marketing research, advertising, and new product development can support effective marketing decisions.

The second part of the course provides an introduction to Digital Marketing. Taking a practical approach, we will examine the role of digital marketing and many of the areas this terminology has grown to encompass. In addition to learning fundamental constructs and principles of the digital experience, students will focus on learning tools and skills necessary for solving business problems and exploiting business opportunities. In-class exercises will be utilized to provide insights and relevancy to this swiftly expanding area of marketing.

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Specialization/Concentration Modules

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The full time MBA Program can be completed in various concentration/majors/specializations.

Please select your preferred major below to see the corresponding curriculum:

MBA in Global Management and Leadership

GML590/HRM 590 Managing and Leading in Different Countries

Capturing the rising influence of culture and the seismic changes throughout many regions of the world, this course, over the years, is now covering more than 60 countries and every major region in the world. It continues to break new ground. The 21st century will be crunch time for Western managers in terms of meeting fierce and unrelenting Asian competition (especially from Asia) and in attempting to gain a share or the mammoth markets that rapidly changing demographics will create in India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Brazil (in 2050 their total population will be four and a half billion). One of the goals of this course is to keep pace with these emerging and changing markets.

GML 591/Individual & Organizational Leadership Skills

In today’s globalized business world, successful leaders need a global mindset. This course takes the complexity out of leadership and is based on one of the most respected leadership books written which illustrates through inspiring stories of what research continues to reveal: when leaders understand that leadership is a relationship.  Discussions range from the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today to changes in how people work and what people want from their work.  Our goal is to create distinctive managers with a unique leadership-oriented career opportunity.

GML 592/NPM 592 Managing Business Ethics

This course is designed to equip students with the pragmatic knowledge they need to identify and solve ethical dilemmas, understand their own and others’ ethical behavior, and promote ethical behavior in their organization. We prepare students for a range of roles in the business world across business functions.  We assess how business does and should affect our individual and social lives, and ask what role business and its values (could) play in our society as a whole.  This course present the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, and explore its relevance to ethical business activity as well as  considers the moral obligations of businesses to the environment and to people in other countries

MBA in Finance

FIN 590 Investing & Private Equity

Course offers an introduction to understanding and managing investment portfolios.  This course examines investment valuation, investor objectives, risk and return, sources of information, security analysis, and portfolio theory with a focus on Equity investments.  This course will also expose the student to the difference between public investing and Private Equity.  Specifically students should understand the essentials of portfolio theory, differentiate between the major types of equity investments, understand how the stock market works and know how to purchase securities, understand the determinants of risk and return,  and understand the difference between different sectors of Private Equity and raising equity by the end of the course.

FIN 591 Mergers and Acquisitions

This course focuses on the primary valuation methodologies currently used on Wall Street: comparable companies analysis, precedent transactions analysis, discounted cash flow analysis, and leveraged buyout analysis. The goal of the course is to cover key aspects of the M&A business process including  corporate strategy, target selection/screening, deal negotiation/valuation, and due diligence.. We will focus our study on current M&A  best practices including the key tools, techniques and trends embraced by the modern deal maker.  The course will seek to apply basic finance principles and analytical techniques to actual problems likely to be encountered by senior management of major corporations or those who are the advisors to such management in the context of an M&A transaction. At the conclusion of the course, the student will have gained an appreciation for the role M&A plays on today’s corporate landscape and have formed an opinion as to whether or not an M&A transaction “makes sense” for the firm.

FIN 592/ENT 592 Entrepreneurial Financial Management

In this course students are taught the financial aspects of entrepreneurship. These include drafting of the business plan and its essential sections – financial, operational, markets.   Additionally, students learn methods to build and manage entrepreneurial ventures.  Specific topics include new venture creation, business development, finance for startups, and Marketing, Management and HR specific to new ventures. Other financial-related areas are also studied including the operating agreement, forms of organization, venture capital, other financing sources and valuation.  Students form and develop a new business idea, a business plan and operating agreement.

MBA in Entrepreneurship

ENT 591/GML 591 Individual & Organizational Leadership Skills

In today’s globalized business world, successful leaders need a global mindset. Focusing on cultural issues and using international examples, International Management Behavior, helps managers develop the skills and knowledge to lead successfully in the global business environment. Designed for tomorrow’s leader, the MBA in Leadership and Sustainability creates distinctive managers with a unique leadership-oriented career opportunity. Topics covered consist of  Interpersonal Skills for International Management, Managing Global Teams and Networks, Executing Global Strategy and Talent Management: Selecting and Developing Global Managers

ENT 592/FIN 592 Entrepreneurial Financial Management

In this course students are taught the financial aspects of entrepreneurship. These include drafting of the business plan and its essential sections – financial, operational, markets.   Additionally, students learn methods to build and manage entrepreneurial ventures.  Specific topics include new venture creation, business development, finance for startups, and Marketing, Management and HR specific to new ventures. Other financial-related areas are also studied including the operating agreement, forms of organization, venture capital, other financing sources and valuation.  Students form and develop a new business idea, a business plan and operating agreement.

ENT 593 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course features contemporary applications such as services (public and private), innovation for sustainability, social entrepreneurship, innovation for development, and creating and capturing value from innovation and entrepreneurship. We will challenge you to think in new ways. Successful innovation involves the dynamic dance of two questions: what is needed and what is possible? What is needed means understanding customer needs and ensuring product design accommodates and responds to them. What is possible depends on resources, technology, social and economic conditions, behaviour of competitors and networks of connections. The relationship between the two is constantly changing.  Students have the opportunity to explore the way in which many innovations involve crossing boundaries; why some innovations fail; what forces lead to diffusion of innovation; how entrepreneurs innovate to survive and the extent to which innovation is a networking activity.

MBA in Human Resources

HRM 590/GML590 Managing and Leading in Different Countries

Organizations thrive or struggle as a result of interactions among team members. To optimize the performance of teams, Group Dynamics and Team Interventions bridges the gap between the most up-to-date academic research findings about group behavior and real-life practice. The course focuses on the theories behind group and team behavior while offering proven application and intervention techniques that can be utilized in workplace settings. Topics addressed include team formation and development; understanding culture and team diversity; improving team cohesion, decision making, and problem solving; managing and reducing team conflict; team leadership, power, and influence; and others. Brief case studies and interventions that illustrate each theory help to enhance the clarity of the topics.

HRM 591 Human Resources Management

This course is designed to help students understand traditional human resource concepts within a decision-making framework. Throughout the course we emphasize how organizations excel when they have consistent human resource practices that align with their strategic direction. The strategic perspective is critical for both business and management majors, since most will work as managers with the charge to lead and direct others. Understanding the strategic benefits of good human resource management can help future managers better secure and motivate talented employees. Topics include; Seeing People as a Strategic Resource,  Securing Effective Employees, Improving Employee Performance and Motivating and Managing Employees.

HRM 592/NPM 593 Managing Business Ethics

This course is designed to equip students with the pragmatic knowledge they need to identify and solve ethical dilemmas, understand their own and others’ ethical behavior, and promote ethical behavior in their organization. Managing Business Ethics is the perfect to prepare students for a range of roles in the business world— managers across business functions, communications professionals, compliance officers, corporate counsels, human resources managers, and senior executives. Topics include;  Ethics And The Individual,  Managing Ethics In The Organization,  Deciding What’s Right: a Prescriptive Approach or a Psychological Approach

MBA in Luxury Management

LM 590 Fundamentals of Luxury Business Management

This course is designed to provide students with a deep understanding  of  luxury culture in a global and dynamic perspective and to give them all the necessary skills and know-how  to successfully manage luxury companies. A solid strategic approach coupled with a creative out-of-the-box attitude are key for business leaders and luxury experts. Main topics will include not only the study of the customer, and of the key players of the industry  but also the fundamentals in operating in this very special sector.

LM 592/MKT 592  International Luxury Branding

This course will specifically analyze brand power as the main challenge for luxury industry. Through case histories, best practices and business models we will focus on the marketing issues related to branding in an industry where this has a very strong impact on the strategic and business decisions. Consumer attitudes, product knowledge, brand image and many other relevant topics will be faced in order to develop a superior knowledge of the world of international luxury.

LM 593 Retail and Distribution Management

This program will focus on issues related to International Distribution defining all the tools that are necessary to enter, expand, understand, and succeed in the glamorous world of luxury retail. Retail experience and management will be examined in all the different aspects of quality and service support  including the Customer Relationship Management, key to a successful customer  experience and sales optimization. A special attention will be dedicated to digital business as internet became in the last years also  an important channel of distribution in the luxury arena.

MBA in Marketing

MKT 590 Marketing Research

In this course, students explore the role of marketing research in the overall marketing effort, the research process and the most common approaches/techniques used. Marketing research is critical to helping marketers make decisions. Students explore the information needs of marketers, develop the research process, and discuss sampling techniques and data collection methods of primary data. Particular emphasis is placed on explorative research: the first and key step into marketing research. Students will analyze company cases to evaluate if, when and how use marketing research tools and will work to complete a marketing research project. The course is aimed at allowing you to grasp the relevance and contribution of marketing research within the overall marketing and management decision making processes.

MKT 591 New Media Marketing

This course discusses and analyses how digital media technology has changed the way people and organizations communicate, and offers perspectives on how these new technologies can be used to communicate an idea or to “sell” a product. During the course we will analyze some of the most important and common new media, describing their nature, the reason why they exist and the kinds of messages they communicate.  We will critically evaluate various forms of new media and determine their uses, benefits and drawbacks, understand the importance of clear and “perfect” knowledge about your idea or product: your identity, analyze different types of public and learn how to communicate with them depending on your message or product, distinguish between new media rules, conventions, ethics and “best practices and plan a new media strategy to communicate with your public.

MKT 592/LM 592 International Luxury Branding

This course will specifically analyze brand power as  the main challenge for luxury industry. Through  case histories, best practices and business models  we will focus on the marketing issues related to branding   in an  industry where this has a very  strong  impact on the strategic and business decisions. Consumer attitudes,  product knowledge, brand image and many other relevant  topics will be faced in order to develop  a superior knowledge of  the world of international luxury.

MBA in Non for Profit Organizations

NPM 590 Managing Non Profit Organizations

This essential course offers an overall understanding of nonprofits based on both the academic literature and practitioner experience. It shows how to lead, manage, govern, and structure effective and ethical nonprofit organizations. Managing Nonprofit Organizations reveals what it takes to be entrepreneurial and collaborative, formulate successful strategies, assess performance, manage change, acquire resources, be a responsible financial steward, and design and implement solid marketing and communication plans. The goal of this course is to manage three critical things equally well: It’s comprehensive, covering all the key topics leaders of NPOs need to know about; it’s practical, providing lots of examples, case incidents, and experiential exercises that connect the content to the real world; and, best of all (and most unique compared to others), it’s research-based, drawing on the latest and best empirical studies that look into what works and doesn’t work in the world of nonprofit management.

NPM 592/ GML 592: Mainstreaming Corporate Responsibility

As managers find that they must grapple with increasingly complex social and environmental problems as an integral part of business strategy and operations, they require different knowledge, skills and competencies than in the past. Mainstreaming Corporate Responsibility pioneers a way for business schools to equip future business leaders and managers to meet these challenges. This course utilize a collection of texts and cases for use across business disciplines as well as Corporate Responsibility.

NPM 593/HRM 592 Managing Business Ethics

This course is designed to equip students with the pragmatic knowledge they need to identify and solve ethical dilemmas, understand their own and others’ ethical behavior, and promote ethical behavior in their organization. Managing Business Ethics is the perfect to prepare students for a range of roles in the business world— managers across business functions, communications professionals, compliance officers, corporate counsels, human resources managers, and senior executives. Topics include;  Ethics And The Individual,  Managing Ethics In The Organization,  Deciding What’s Right: a Prescriptive Approach or a Psychological Approach

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Admission Requirements

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The full time MBA Program can be completed within 4 academic terms which equals a full academic year.

  • Candidates seeking admission to the MBA program should hold a Bachelor’s degree or relevant Undergraduate degree.
  • All MBA candidates must have a sound command of the English language; both spoken and written.
  • Work-Experience is not necessary.
  • The final decision concerning the acceptance in the MBA degree program rests with Swiss School of Management.
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Cost of the program

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Application fee
Enrolment fee
First Installment
Second Installment
Third Installment

Total Tuition Fees:

€ 200  –  due immediately, non refundable
€ 4,600  –  due after Provisional Acceptance
€ 3,100  –  due after three months
€ 3,100  –  due after six months
€ 3,100  –  due after nine months

€ 13,900

The total tuition fees of the program include all study material (except for the books), examination fees, wi-fi access, access to the library, company visits, excursions and Personal Success Profile Analysis and Adventure Day. All fees except the Application Fee are fully refundable in case of rejection of the study visa. Once the enrolment is confirmed, all paid-in fees are not refundable.

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Application Procedures

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Swiss School of Management
University of Washington Rome Center
Piazza del Biscione 95
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Phone:  +39 06 4004 93 20
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Apply for the Full Time MBA Program

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MBA Application

Fill out the application form for the SSM program and send it back to us at info@ssmrome.com to begin the process of applying.

Note: Application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received electronically and the application fee has been received.