WSPiA Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies

Introduction
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Academic Excellence, Professional Relevance and Innovation

Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies at the Department of International Studies of the Mieszko I School of Education and Administration. We thank you for your interest in our programmes.

Our Centre sets out to be a premier international graduate business school that benefits from the energy and innovation of a leading private higher learning institution. It offers cutting edge teaching and research capacity in a wide range of subjects relating to Management Science. More than 4500 students participate in the Mieszko I School of Education and Administration’s programmes. We offer two English language programmes: MA in Law and International Management (two-year blended learning programme) and MBA in Marketing and Supply Chain Management (one-year blended learning programme).

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The Centre uses an integrated, interdisciplinary approach that combines research, practice, and teaching in the curriculum. We seek a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. We focus on creating a learning environment that fosters students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills as well as a sense of global and social responsibility. The approach gives the students the tools, skills and practical experience to successfully manage, lead and communicate in today’s increasingly competitive and interconnected world.

Studying at our Centre, you are at the heart of two European cities: Poznan and Warsaw where the course are delivered. They are infused with history and culture, are rich in cafés, restaurants, shopping facilities, and provide modern transportation including airline connections. You will love studying and living there.

Our staff is at your service to deal with any questions you might have and to make your study with us a fruitful and enjoyable experience that will enrich all of us professionally and personally.

Janusz Musial, Chancellor

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Blended Learning Approach

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies’ Programmes are designed to meet your professional needs and personal commitments. You benefit from face-to-face learning during scheduled residential workshops. These are complemented by interactive online periods providing maximum interaction between students and faculty and allowing you to study when it suits you best. For busy professionals, this planned approach minimises career disruption and cuts down the opportunity cost of graduate study.

Our blended learning approach facilitates a balanced combination of self-study and practical learning with international professionals. A typical semester will include two five-day residential workshops. Concurrently, you will benefit from online tutorial sessions and participate in forum discussions with professors and colleagues. You will also be expected to prepare and deliver group and individual assignments.

Preparatory and Background Research

In-depth reading (theory and case studies), note taking, and consultations with fellow students in preparation for online sessions and residential workshop.

Residential workshops

  • Dynamic class teaching of some 40 hours per module
  • Work in teams to test theory against live cases and simulations
  • Debate specific business problems presented by other students.

Online learning

  • Workshops are supported by e-learning and forum discussions.
  • Team work
  • Work in a team to engage in real life simulation project based on business issue faced by today’s organisations.
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Professional development

  • Attend networking evenings, careers events and webinars
  • Become a member of our alumni association from the moment you start the programme.

Alumni network

Remain an active member of our growing global alumni network and stay connected via the website and social media.

Poznan/Warsaw Method

Building on decades-long experience of other leading business schools and corporate practice, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies facilitates active as well as passive learning. We focus on bringing out individual student experience to be shared by the team and applied to real life professional situations.

The Poznan/Warsaw Method includes:

  • Real-life case studies brought up by faculty and students
  • Student participation in class and online debates
  • Assignments determined by students’ own professional interests
  • Group work and joint presentations with colleagues during workshops
  • Joint assignments facilitating exchange of experience and reflection.

Accreditation

The Mieszko I School of Education and Administration (WSPiA) is a formally recognized, by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, institution of higher education in Poland. The School is accredited by the Academic Information Centre (AIC) and has been awarded a ‘Consumer Quality Certificate’ by the Research Centre and Quality Monitoring Foundation. AIC Accreditation (‘Wiarygodna Szkoła’)

The AIC accreditation is awarded only if all programmes meet the AIC criteria. The accreditation process includes reviewing compliance with criteria which includes:

  • full compliance with legal norms and standards to deliver programmes on offer;
  • compliance of promotional material and information given to prospective students with existing legal requirements;
  • due processes are in place to ensure high standards of teaching and research and support services including programme administration, career and alumni services; student admission; and curriculum content, programme mode and duration; and learning outcomes.

1WSPiA has received this annually renewed accreditation for the 7th year running.

Separately, in recognition of its efforts to build programmes that are particularly relevant to job market requirements, the School has also been awarded a Good School, Good Job 2014 Certificate by the AIC.

The ‘Consumer Quality Certificate’ is awarded for exemplary management processes, stable policies and strategy oriented at securing student satisfaction and constant quality improvement of programmes and support services. The award of this Certificate is a seal of approval to the School as a leader in the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate education of the highest standard. It illustrates the recognition the School enjoys among the corporate world and the satisfaction of the students it serves.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Polish

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Programmes

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MA

MA in Law and International Management

Campus Full time April 2017 Poland Warsaw

This Master’s degree programme is offered in partnership with the Citadel School of Business (USA). [+]

Get your MA degree! Make your choice, do not squander this opportunity You are reading about a Master’s degree programme of an unusual character. In the XXI century many educational institutions have realized that reliance on the XIX century patterns of teaching and learning is a dead end. They have figured out that in the world of rapid technological growth, changing geopolitical realities (a two-superpower world transforming into a one-superpower international system which in turn is sliding into a multiple-power system with many regional powers), and yet-to-fathom demographic shifts, apart from skills and competencies one should learn how to adapt, use one’s imagination and creativity, appreciate diversity and choose optimal courses of action. Indeed, education, especially second cycle education, takes on a completely different meaning in the world where picking up a profession is not a life-long adventure. At the time of your reading these lines many professions that would be important in your life do not even exist. The leading educational institutions, therefore, have begun to seek new solutions to the problem of contemporary education. At the Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies at the Department of International Studies of the Mieszko I School of Education and Administration we have conscientiously scrutinized our own extensive experience and practices of many top-notched schools, universities and institutes offering educational programs related to business, economics, management, law and administration. Our staff have studied and taught at universities and colleges in Amsterdam, Beijing, Brussels, Cardiff, Kiev, London, Lviv, Melbourne, Minneapolis, Moscow, Poznan, Warsaw. Also, we have travelled to and examined study programmes in such countries as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Russian Federation, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, Ghana, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and India. We have come to the conclusion that contemporary business education should be based on three pillars: quality, interdisciplinary character, and international approach. Quality is a truly compact concept. It encompasses high level of instruction, first-class facilities, library resources, etc. In our understanding, it also comprises this special attitude: It is great to come to know something, to read about it, but the genuine understanding comes from action, from sharing how some goal has actually been achieved, from being motivated enough to embark upon action and from having enough ‘élan vital’ (this creative force within you which is responsible for your growth, adaptability and desirable changes) to persevere when a given target seems to be unattainable. The second pillar is an interdisciplinary basis of the curriculum. You will specialize on a specific topic while writing your Master’s thesis. However, the program itself teaches you law and management with hefty measures of international relations, economics, psychology and administration. You will be proud to show your diploma to your employer and you will also be confident that you will be able to take care of your professional tasks in all their variety and complexity. Life does not heed our division of studies into disciplines. It will never adopt to us, this is us who should adopt to it. Life does not long entrust fascinating jobs to the unimaginative, obstinate, narrow-minded and overly specialized. Finally, we do believe that contemporary education should be international. This is the third pillar. As with the concept of quality, ‘being international’ is an intricate notion. It does not only mean that having students from various countries is desirable, it also entails ceasing to be parochial, looking for relevant case-studies in other countries, cooperating with your partners abroad, and trying to fathom global trends. When we study a case far away from us, we learn first and foremost about ourselves as we endeavor to figure how we would behave in a given situation. If you are looking for a Master’s degree, we are sure we have something special to offer to you. Should the above description of our MA in Law and International Management programme taught in partnership with The Citadel Business School (USA) and Pedagogium – School of Social Sciences (Poland) inspire an interest in finding out more about the programme, please write to us at info@icbs.edu.pl Admissions The admissions procedure is based on principles of transparency, nondiscrimination, simplicity and active communication with candidates. One should have a Bachelor’s degree in order to enrol in our MA programme. During the admissions procedure the following documents are to be sent via email (as electronic copies or scans) by a prospective student: A completed application form, Red Check Mark Your CV (Resume), A copy of the Candidate’s high school diploma, A copy of the Bachelor’s diploma together with a copy of the transcript, A copy of your passport or official ID (only the page(s) showing your name, picture and passport number) A formal photo (one of the formats: JPEG (jpg), TIFF (tif), BITMAP (bmp), PNG (png), GIF (gif); min. size is 236 x 295 pixels). Only documents in Polish, English, German, Russian or Ukrainian are accepted without an authorized translation into Polish. There are two intakes per academic year: till the end of October and till the end of March. There is no requirement of sending us a proof of English language proficiency. However, if you have one please send it in the application package. The above documents are reviewed by the Admissions Committee which makes its decision about acceptance of the candidate. Once accepted the Candidate receives an acceptance letter together with the School-Student Agreement to be signed (a scanned copy is accepted). Students commence their studies once the Agreement is signed and the first instalment is paid. During the course of studies international students will have to nostrify their BA/BSc diplomas at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland. To find out more about the nostrification procedure please click here. Because of the above, all the accepted candidates are supposed to bring along and submit at ICBS the originals of their Bachelor’s diplomas (together with the transcripts). The Admissions Committee and the administration of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies are always very positively predisposed to all candidates. We do help them complete all the required documents and pass successfully the admissions procedure. Tuition fees At the Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies at the Department of International Studies of the Mieszko I School of Education and Administration we can do many thing for you once you become our student. We can invite more guest speakers, organize conferences, encourage you to publish in our journal, run cultural events, write you a letter of recommendation, etc. What we cannot do is to further lower the tuition fee. It is truly competitive and allows us to maintain the level of instruction that you and we are proud of. Applying to our MA program you do not pay the application fee. Once accepted you pay the entry fee of 400 PLN (110 USD or 100 EUR) and the first instalment of the tuition fee or its full amount if you wish. The program tuition fee totals to 8000 PLN annually (which is equivalent to 2200 USD or 2000 EUR). Remember that you study two years. You may pay it in two instalments of 4000 PLN (1100 USD or 1000 EUR each). Payments can be made by bank transfer in Polish Zloty (PLN), euro (EUR) or US dollars (USD). Curriculum This Master’s degree programme is offered in partnership with the Citadel School of Business (USA). Here is a list of courses that the curriculum includes: Legal Issues in Business Corporate Finance Project Management Macroeconomics Incentives and Performance Power and Institutions in World Politics Marketing International Business Communication Business Leadership Strategic Management Economic Policy Business Ethics International Financial Institutions International Trade Law International Business Strategies Innovation and Competitiveness Business in Emerging Markets Global Energy Policy Business Organizations Statistics for Business International Competition Law Enterprise in Global Business Global Economic Forecast International Negotiations MA Seminar You will have to complete these courses during four semesters (two academic years) earning altogether 120 ECTS. Some of the courses will be elective (i.e. optional), all others – mandatory. During the course of studies students have to earn 20 ECTS for elective courses. If one miss a given module because of one’s work or family reasons, she/he will have a chance to complete it by writing special assignments through distance learning. Not more than 40% of the MA programme may be completed by distance learning. You will also have to complete an internship (this is an obligatory requirement). Weekly tutorials will be held to assist you in writing your final assignments and in preparing your final MA thesis. The above effectively means that our module-based MA programme is, in practice, a full-time educational offer. Those of you who would be busy at work or would be constrained by family responsibilities could still attend only the mandatory modules, ask for a permission to complete an internship in the home country and do the tutorials online. Our MA in Law and International Management programme taught in partnership with The Citadel School of Business (USA) is flexible enough to accommodate your preferences without lowering the standards of education and compromising the feeling of genuine fulfilment from the studies. At the end of your studies you will defend your MA thesis (about 50 pages). The topic of your thesis should be agreed with your supervisor during the third semester of studies. Upon graduation you will be awarded the Master’s degree in Administration and receive a diploma of finishing the MA in Law and International Management programme taught in partnership with The Citadel School of Business (USA), both issued by the Mieszko I School of Education and Administration. The programme is delivered through modules, tutorials and internships. There will be 8 modules altogether (2 modules per semester). The modules will be held in November, January, April and June. Each module will last five days (from Wednesday to Sunday). Following each module the students will have to complete written assignments. Weekly tutorials will help the students to write these assignments. Also, the students will have to complete an internship. Finally, they will have to write an MA thesis (with the help from their supervisors) and defend it. [-]

Contact

Interdisciplinary Centre for Business Studies

Address 115 Marszalkowska St 1
Warsaw 00-102, Poland
Website http://www.icbs.edu.pl
Phone +48 226207654