The York Business School MBA in Leadership and Management is designed for a diverse range of students who share a passion for leadership and management more generally and who wish to move into or further develop their careers in leadership and management. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management from a leadership and people perspective, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and leadership development. The programme offers opportunities to explore, evaluate and apply key theories of leadership and management theories and concepts as well as encouraging creative and innovative thinking in the application of relevant models and frameworks.
The programme brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with a practical understanding of activities within organizations. You will explore issues that have a significant impact on organizations by working with others and building on both their experiences and your own.
As you progress through your studies you will not only explore academic theory related to the subject but will be encouraged and supported to develop skills that will prepare you for developing your career, especially related to leadership and management. The programme provides opportunities for you to work with other leaders and professionals developed by enabling you to share knowledge, relate this to theories developed from relevant research, and learning by practical application.
Much of the learning is developed through the establishment of collaborative learning communities of programme participants and tutors – and you will become part of that community of learning. Your understanding is developed around the key skills, processes, and practices of leadership and management. Solutions to real problems are suggested, discussed and analyzed within the learning community with the support of tutors and fellow learners.
The programme is international in its design and engages with themes on an international basis. Many different cultural contexts are utilized to help provide the setting for discussions. This programme provides opportunities to grow global networks both virtually and also through the residential activity that creates an environment for cross-cultural peer to peer learning.
On completion of the programme, you will be able to critically evaluate a range of theories and models relating to organizations, leadership, and management, and apply these to real-life situations in order to inform your decision making. The network that you will develop over the duration of the programme often continues to be a supportive and strong community of practice post-graduation.
Most of the programme is delivered online, but you must attend a 5 day residential in either York or Zürich as part of the Capstone Project module. This is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow professionals, share learning and understanding, and build global relationships, alongside learning about how to conduct academic research to support you in the completion of your capstone project.
Minimum 12 months, maximum 3 years.
Mostly online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration, plus a one-week compulsory residency. The residency is held at two locations, Robert Kennedy College in Zürich and at York St John University in York, both taught by York St John University faculty.
The number of places per term is strictly limited to 60.
Four terms per year (winter, spring, summer, and autumn).
13,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This fee includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest-free installments. The fees are for the entire programme and include all the courses as well as supervision for the final dissertation. Residency costs, such as airfare and accommodation, plus a 2,000 CHF (Swiss Francs) tuition fee for the residency, and some of the textbooks that you will need for the course are not included in these fees.
Accreditation and Recognition
This programme is offered in exclusive partnership with York St John University. After successfully completing your studies at Robert Kennedy College, you will receive a degree from York St John University which is duly accredited by the British Government. York St John University degrees are recognized worldwide.
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