MBA in Strategic Management (16 Months Online)


Program Description

The strategy is an integral part of every organization’s management model. It is through the implementation of strategy, organizations can achieve their vision, mission, goals, and objectives.

Strategic Management is the utilization of key knowledge, skills, techniques, and tools to achieve the organizations’ goals. The aim of strategic management is to provide the organization a well-researched, documented blueprint for the management of the strategic planning cycle. Organizations that perform with the best outcomes usually have strong strategic planning processes, and the management is well trained and experienced in ensuring strategic planning and implementation are in place.

Strategic management involves the processes that are needed to reach the strategic planning phase. It ensures that management has the best information to develop a strategic plan that has the most likelihood of success. Risk management, dynamic planning, change management, milestone measurements, action plans, gap reviews, etc. are some important aspects to be kept in mind when developing a strategic plan.

The Rushford MBA in Strategic Management has been developed to suit experienced professionals as well as new graduates who would like to gain knowledge and skills in Strategic Management. The aim of the program is to inculcate strategic thinking, critical analyses, big picture view, line of sight, and business acumen.


Courses Overview

The Rushford Online MBA program in Strategic Management is comprised of a total of 27 courses and each course lasts approximately 3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 2-4 ECTS credits. Students must complete 18 core courses, 5 out of the 9 Elective courses, and a capstone project to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Strategic Management award.

  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Skills
  • Accounting for Financial Reporting
  • Accounting for Managerial Decisions 
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Management 
  • Operations Management: Productivity & Quality 
  • International Business Environment 
  • Leadership and Managing Human Capital 
  • Marketing Management 
  • Financial Statement Analysis 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law 
  • Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective) 
  • Sales Management (Elective) 
  • Organizational Behaviour (Elective) 
  • Business Communications (Elective) 
  • Business Law (Elective)
  • The Nature of Strategic Management
  • Strategy Formulation 
  • Strategy Implementation 
  • Strategy Evaluation And Governance 
  • Strategic Management Case Analysis 
  • Innovation and strategy 
  • Corporate Strategy and Growth
  • Strategic Management Consulting
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technological Transformation
  • Capstone Project

Careers & Outcomes

The Rushford MBA in Strategic Management puts an intense focus on ensuring that the student receives comprehensive exposure to training in strategy. Students who aspire to be part of teams that look at the big picture must look at this MBA as an excellent choice to pick the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. The strategy is a skill-based science that is based on fundamentals that when used appropriately impact the organization in a highly positive manner. In that context, this MBA is for all seasoned professionals who aspire to grow into strong business leaders. For new graduates, this MBA provides a steppingstone to demonstrate keen interest and knowledge in strategy.

This MBA puts emphasis on business and market fundamentals that build on the concepts that have been taught in the core MBA before embarking on this specialization. Most of this specialization is taught through real case studies and students are guided to critically analyze the case studies. This MBA provides you with the edge that is needed to perform at the highest level with the organizations’ vision and mission in focus. Students of this MBA assume a more holistic view of the business and are thus able to derive insights that are usually unlikely at a business unit level.

After completing this MBA, you can expect to make a positive impact on your current role and demonstrate a visible talent in strategy for your peers and management to visualize. This is usually the first step in a positive direction for your upward career progression.

Rushford offers avenues for networking, internships, industry mentors, site visits, and other opportunities for overall student experience and learning.


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.


Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline

Qualifications Waiver

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). SSBIM generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree. 

Proficiency in English

Evidence of Proficiency in English

  • IELTS 6.0+ or
  • PTE 50+ or
  • TOEFL 550+ or
  • Any other proficiency test that was taken in the last 2 years

English Proficiency Waiver

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

  • Native English Speakers or
  • Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB) or
  • Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country or
  • 2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work



EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions.  EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.

EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations:

• Swiss Federal Government
• Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
• State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
• Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK)
• Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA)
• Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

ACBSP is the only global accrediting body, which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


Swiss Higher Educational Institution

James Lind Institute is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland under the UID CHE-255.747.977.


International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.


International Organization For Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified

James Lind Institute (JLI) is fully accredited by the AMERICAN BOARD OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES (ABAS) as per ISO 9001:2015 standards for providing Training & Education Programs related to healthcare and allied sectors.

Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also uniq ... Read More

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also unique in our offering of several MBA programs with technical specializations and we continue to add more technical specializations as we keep growing. Our 100% online programs are well suited to students from all over the world who would like to receive a high-quality education from a premier European Business School at an affordable tuition fee. As part of the JLI global institution, we leverage the networks, knowledge, experience and geographic spread to the advantage of our students. Read less