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The UPF-BSM full-time MBA is an official master's degree, accredited by AMBA, and endorsed by the rigour and excellence of Pompeu Fabra University. It will provide you with a global and innovative vision of management.

  • MBA
  • International
  • Leadership

Next edition

Classes start: 27 September, 2023 (To be confirmed)

Classes end: 30 October, 2024 (To be confirmed)

Program ends: 30 November, 2024 (To be confirmed)

Modality

On-campus

Language

Spanish

ECTS credits

90

Schedule

Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm

Price

To be determined

The MBA is a full-time program. It is aimed at people with a minimum of three years of professional experience who want to take a step forward in their profession or start their own business.

With this master's degree you will gain a strategic vision of the main functional areas of a company. You will develop specific skills and knowledge for business management. It is a flexible and personalized program through which you can create your own itinerary, incorporating content on innovation, business development, sustainability, leadership, etc.

In the full-time MBA you will attend individual coaching sessions, development and personal branding workshops, and activities with the professional careers department, which will provide you with the tools you need to launch your professional career. In addition, you will have a mentor who will accompany you in the development of your master's final project from day one.

You will be part of an international educational program in a European business school, and have the possibility of a study trip to Stockholm. This will allow you to learn about other innovative business realities.

Sustainability and business ethics, as well as culture and humanism, are also integrated into the program through case studies, conferences with managers, seminars, etc., making participants aware of the importance of social responsibility and management of diversity in the world of business and organizations.

The Full Time MBA is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

Why choose this program

01

Study at an accredited school

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, an international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.

02

Campus in the centre of Barcelona

The full-time MBA sessions take place in the Balmes Building, a campus located in the heart of Barcelona. You will experience innovation in the centre of a city that breathes creativity and business life.

03

Elite faculty

The full-time MBA has the highest level of teaching staff. The program is taught by management professionals from leading companies and professors of recognized international prestige from the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University.

04

Dynamic and interactive learning

In the full-time MBA you will combine theoretical sessions with learning-by-doing. The program has innovative and interactive methodologies such as business simulations. They will help you be ready to make strategic decisions in an uncertain and changing world.

05

Personalization

You will have a personalized development plan for leadership and managerial skills. Your plan includes individual coaching sessions, activities with the professional careers department and a mentor who will support you in the development of your Master's Final Project.

Who is it for?

The full-time MBA is a program aimed at university graduates, both national and international, who have recently started their career. People with a minimum professional experience of three years, who want to take a step forward in their profession or start their own business.

Admission and enrolment

Accreditations

UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Ibero-American university and the 16th placed university in the world, among those under 50 years of age, according to the Times Higher Education ranking.
 
UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally, and places itself among the top business schools in the world.
 
The Full Time MBA has AMBA accreditation from the Association of MBAs, which recognizes UPF-BSM for its academic quality and reputation.
 
The Full Time MBA is an official master's degree and has the academic recognition of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain. The Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU) has also institutionally accredited UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

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Curriculum

The full-time MBA is structured over 12 months in which students will participate in core and elective subjects. 

We have identified a set of key competencies that favour the professional development of participants: leadership, communication, cooperation, adaptive and critical thinking, decision-making, and autonomous learning. You will work on these skills in an integrated and transversal manner throughout the MBA. 

The full-time MBA is taught in Spanish, but there are classes in English among the optional subjects. 

The program also consists of an individual project that students start during the first weeks of the master's degree and that they will develop throughout the entire MBA.  

Intensive week/immersion

Introduction to the program
Introduction to the Master's Final Project
Leadership and managerial development - Careers

You will analyse and practice the skills necessary to obtain results through and with people: ethics and sustainability, cooperation, adaptive thinking, self-knowledge and autonomous learning, personal leadership and leadership models and styles (online and remote included), teamwork, dealing with and management of conflicts in the organization, crisis management, negotiation, motivation, communication and skills to lead meetings, and presentations and business communication skills, emphasizing especially practical exercises and role playing. This course also includes a block focused on the acquisition of skills and competencies so that you can make successful public presentations, as well as individual and personalized coaching sessions with an expert coach in profiles like yours. You will also have individual and personalized sessions with a career advisor from our Careers Department specialized in MBA profiles, so that you can manage and develop your professional career in accordance with your objectives and concerns.

Core subjects in the first trimester

Competitive Strategy and New Business Models
Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making
Business Economics
Marketing Management
Business and entrepreneurship simulation

Core subjects in the second trimester

Management Accounting
Management of Logistics and Production Processes
Strategic and Digital Marketing
Leadership and Management of Teams
Operations and Global Supply Chain Management

Core subjects in the third trimester

Corporate Finance
International Business Management
Digital Companies and Technology
Company Simulation/Business Game
Mercados Financieros

Profundizarás en las claves de la inversión y la financiación y su relación con los aspectos macroeconómicos, así como en los criterios para insertar los conceptos financieros en la estrategia y la planificación empresarial.

Bootcamp

En el contexto de la asignatura transversal Liderazgo y Desarrollo Directivo, el Full Time MBA incluye en este tercer trimestre un fin de semana de desconexión en un hotel de montaña, en el que se realizarán actividades de team building con el objetivo de identificar roles y liderazgos y mejorar las habilidades directivas y de gestión de equipos.

Core subjects in the fourth trimester

International Track

Master’s Final Project

Trabajo Final de Máster

Al iniciar el programa definirás el proyecto individual (TFM) que vas a trabajar durante el Full Time MBA. Debe dar respuesta a un reto empresarial real y permitir desarrollar aptitudes de análisis y diagnóstico empresarial, así como formular propuestas viables para su implementación.

Elective subjects

Global Vision of international business reality- Study Trip Stockholm
Company Valuation (in English)
Business Transformation
Innovating to Transform
Strategic Risk and Corporate Governance (in English)
Behavioral Science for Managers (in English)
Key Factors for the Success of a Start-up
Entrepreneurship and Development of New Business Models
Technological Disruption in Organizations
Business Analytics & Data Economy
Negotiation
Talent Management
Note on elective courses
The elective subjects and complementary activities offered and their language of instruction may vary depending on demand and the availability of teaching staff.

Complementary activities

The full-time MBA also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

  • The International Study Trips are short stays that will allow students to get to know other realities within the framework of the world of business. Previously we have visited Shanghai (China) or London (United Kingdom), among others.
  • The MBA Challenge, a four-day competition in which you will have the opportunity to work on a real challenge from a large corporation. Companies such as La Fageda, the Oncology Foundation of Catalonia, the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, and the Josep Carreras Foundation have already entrusted their cases to UPF-BSM participants.
  • Bootcamps
  • CV, LinkedIn, Speed Networking, Talent Up, and interview workshops
  • Sessions on self-knowledge and self-assessment skills based on DISC test
  • Sessions with managers and entrepreneurs
  • Conferences with CEOs and general directors
  • Visits to companies, innovation hubs, and accelerators
  • Sporting competitions with school students (MSc, etc.)
  • Workshops for entrepreneurs/diversity management
  • English classes. Business English
  • Activities with the UPF-BSM community
  • Attending 4YFN/MWC, Smart City

Qualification obtained

Once the program has been completed, students will be awarded the Official Master's Degree in Business Administration and Management, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.  
 
Official Master's Degree: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya) must be paid for the rights to issue the degree certificate. This fee varies annually and the amount in force at the time of requesting the degree certificate will be applied. 

Faculty

The UPF-BSM full-time MBA is taught by management professionals from leading companies and professors of recognized international prestige from the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University. This ensures high-level training, combining conceptual aspects and practical approaches.

Academic directors

Susana Domingo Pérez
Susana Domingo Pérez

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department of Business and Management Strategy

Faculty

Joan Anton Ros Guasch

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM

Miquel Planiol Ribera

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Alexandra Dominique Theben

Tenure Track UPF-BSM

Julia V. Schuckmann

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Andrei Boar Boar

Teaching Assistant UPF-BSM

Llorenç Bagur Femenías

Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Dean

Susana Domingo Pérez

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department of Business and Management Strategy

Oriol Montanyà Vilalta

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Vice-Dean for Development & Partner Programs

Ana Maria Freire Veiga

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department of Operations, Technology & Science

Ernest Solé Udina

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Associate Provost for Strategic Projects

Emma Rodero Antón

Full Professor UPF

Josep Maria Raya Vilchez
Daniel Serra de la Figuera

Full Professor UPF

Mercè Martín Vicente-Ruiz

Lecturer UPF-BSM
Head of academic area: People and Organization

Xavier Marcet Gisbert

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Alfons Cornella Solans
Lluís Vicent Safont

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Enrique Schonberg-Schwarz Letzen

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Luz Parrondo Tort

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department of Finance & Control

Xavier Sobrepere Profitós

Tenure Track UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department Business & Management Strategy

Nia Plamenova Djourova

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Methodology

The full-time MBA combines basic content, fundamental for any managerial professional, with specific content, which is personalized with the mentor according to the skills and professional project of the participant.

The program also includes the possibility of participating in professional and personal growth activities:

  • International Study Trips: work trips that you will make to other countries to discover new markets and visit innovative companies
  • the MBA Challenge: a four-day competition in which you will have the opportunity to work on a real challenge from a company or institution
  • business simulations
  • team building activities
01.

The best of theory, the best of practice

The methodology of the UPF-BSM full-time MBA combines theory (the introduction of concepts), with practice (where these concepts are put into action). To do this, we promote interaction with the economic fabric: visits to companies, sessions with managers, etc.

02.

Master’s Final Project

You will develop your Master's Final Project individually. You will be under the supervision of a mentor and have access to the advice of experts and professionals from UPF-BSM.

03.

Team building: you will learn to compete and cooperate

The program also includes the possibility for you to participate in group activities such as the MBA Challenge, business simulations, or activities outside the classroom. In these activities you will work on cooperation between groups in competitive scenarios.

04.

Internationalization

During the program you will develop a series of activities that value internationalization. We highlight the Study Trips to European capitals such as Stockholm. These visits include sessions with local professors and professionals, as well as visits to their main companies.

Evaluation

The UPF-BSM full-time MBA program is made up of different evaluation systems according to each subject: exams, group work, individual work, and the individual Master's Final Project.

Tools

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The full-time MBA is a program aimed at both national and international professionals, with a minimum professional experience of three years. People who want to take a step forward in their profession or start their own business. They have in common their desire to acquire strategic and business management skills.

Student profile

The full-time MBA ecosystem is made up of young professionals with high growth potential, or those who want to start their own business.

The diversity of profiles and sectors represented in the MBA (entrepreneurship, finance, consulting, law, management, team leaders, engineering, young scientists, medicine, professionals from the pharmaceutical industry, the banking sector, etc.) is a great added value for your learning. Their diverse geographical and cultural, national and international origin, will enrich your training experience, while allowing you to network a large group of contacts.

Career opportunities

The full-time MBA will be a springboard to launch your professional career: you will develop the specific skills and knowledge demanded by companies and organizations of all kinds.

You will also have at your disposal the UPF-BSM Job Exchange in our Department of Careers. A Career Advisor will help you and support you to achieve your professional growth goals in a personalized way.

If you are an international student and do not have a European passport, our Careers Department will also help you find a business project according to your profile. The full-time MBA program does not include internships.


  • Assistant to the General Management of companies and organizations of any kind.
  • Venture Capital Manager, Private Equity Manager, and Strategic Consultant.
  • Management positions in any of the functional areas of a company: marketing, finance, human resources, production, etc.
  • Entrepreneur of your own project.
  • Intrapreneur: undertaking projects within your organization.

 

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application in order to preserve the quality of the group, as well as the quality of the training and the experience, and understand the work capacity of the students. 

Who can apply?

The full-time MBA is aimed at university graduates, with a minimum experience of three years, who wish to extend their previous university education and boost their professional career.

The program is designed to also respond to entrepreneurs who want to consolidate their business project or who want to make it grow.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

Although not essential, a good level of English is highly valued by the Admissions Committee.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
230/11/202215/12/2022
315/12/202210/01/2023

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Applications are subject to the number of places available on the program.

Admission

  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.

Enrolment

  • Resgistration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • If you have a foreign degree, we will indicate you in the admission letter the specific instructions of the documents required
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1574.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different methods of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worries. We offer you the opportunity of financing part of your program either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through aid from entities dedicated to promoting education, or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts

Funding

Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

Go to the simulator

Collaborating entities

In addition, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

Full Time MBA

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