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The Master of Business Administration is designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Business Administration or earned a similar degree from a recognized university and wish to develop their management skills to advance their professional careers. Those students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree in business are required to complete the Beginning Certificate in International Business.

St. Thomas University offers a Master’s in Business Administration emphasizing a synergistic interdisciplinary approach to innovative and sustainable business concepts and practices. The degree integrates dominant paradigms in management, sociology, ecology, and technological innovation to provide tomorrow’s business leaders with the skills vital for success. Tomorrow’s business leaders cannot simply follow the examples of their predecessors. The next generation must seek to promote financially sound, ecologically sustainable, and socially just initiatives within their organizations and economic spheres. Companies must pursue sustainable practices and actively meet current trends. They must meet the social and governmental challenges for change. The curriculum is structured to give students a foundation in traditional business practices and the latest sustainability principles in business operations. In addition to core materials and philosophy, the international and cultural diversity of the
student body, faculty, and staff combine to provide a rich learning experience.

STU’s MBA program offers five different curricula:

Green Management, Energy, and Corporate Social Responsibility

The Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Green Management, Energy, and Corporate Social Responsibility prepares students to apply sustainable development skills and respond to the needs and potential for social transformation. The program focuses on global development and environmental problems recognized in international agreements. It also explores how to find solutions to these challenges by promoting sustainable development, which is becoming the focus of business models. Economic sources must strike a balance between profitability, social equity, and environmental responsibility based on both culture and philosophy that transforms the organizational structure and succeeds in making Corporate Social Responsibility n, not an industry issue but the very DNA of companies that promote the country’s development. The master’s degree aims to provide a space for reflection to promote sustainable development, as well as the result of critical, analytical, and integration skills for solving environmental and sustainable development challenges.

International Banking and Finance

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in International Banking and Finance provides students with an in-depth analysis of how the banking industry works, the risks and challenges it faces, and the regulatory framework. This area of specialization focuses on the role of banks and other financial institutions, where the main types of financial institutions and the risks they face will be discussed; bank liquidity management and systemic risk; the regulatory framework, with a focus on capital requirements and the resolution framework; and the challenges for the financial industry due to the interest rate environment and the Covid-19 crisis. Special attention will be paid to banks that operate exclusively online.

Marketing and Digital Communication

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing & Digital Communication is aimed at those who want to acquire the tools to implement omnichannel and customer-centric digital marketing plans. It is dedicated to students who, alongside the skills acquired in business administration, want to grow professionally in marketing and digital communication.

Cyber Risk Strategy and Governance

The Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Cyber Risk Strategy and Governance focuses on studies principles and economic, managerial, and legal aspects related to cyber risk to develop skills 2 Master in Business Administration and soft skills to build relationships at all levels of an organization, influence strategic decisions, and implement actions necessary to limit risks in the age of the digital economy.

Circular Economy Management

The Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Circular Economy Management aims to train professionals capable of operating in the markets of end-of-life product management, recycling of raw and secondary materials, energy saving, sustainable mobility, and in the implementation of industrial symbiosis projects by closely combining production, environment, and business. The Circular Economy, now considered the fourth industrial revolution, radically influenced production and distribution processes in the prevailing part of economic sectors. It represents an opportunity for sustainable development and requires a widespread and radical renewal of managerial skills.

Green Business Management
Green business management trains professionals to work in all types of organizations but provides further specialization in green or greening operations. In today’s world, green business management prepares managers and their companies to reassess business models in relation to the economy, social relations, and the environment.
Educational objectives and methodology

The main objective of the Master of Business Administration degree is to provide the in-depth preparation in knowledge and skills needed to succeed in managerial roles in general management as well as functional directorates in various types of companies operating in diverse sectors. In particular, the focus is on organizational behavior negotiation techniques and change and innovation management important for holding managerial and coordinating positions. The knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • use quantitative data processing methodologies to support decision-making processes;
  • interpret the global macroeconomic and geopolitical scenario to contextualize business activity and identify development opportunities and threats;
  • enhance the sustainability of business activity, including the perspective of process quality and environmental protection;
  • understand the regulatory and fiscal environment in both national and international contexts;
  • determine the business’s financial needs and how best to meet them;
  • assess the exposure of businesses to the various types of risks and develop plans to contain exposure;
  • interpret and process economic and financial information for business performance planning, control, and evaluation;
  • identify management and business development strategies best suited to the contextual conditions.

The curriculum includes a series of core teachings aimed at delving into business management from the perspective of complex, multi-national organizations. After the core teachings, students select their specialization.
Students will prepare a final thesis on developing and deepening the skills acquired in the selected field. In lieu of a thesis, students may choose to do a project report. Both the thesis and project report are guided and directed by a faculty member.

Job opportunities
STU offers an MBA education emphasizing a synergistic interdisciplinary approach to mastering sustainable business concepts and practices. Its educational philosophy integrates the dominant paradigms in management,
sociology, ecology, and cultural studies to develop the skills tomorrow’s business leaders will need to thrive in the business world. After the MBA, the graduates can work in any field of economics, from local businesses to the high financial world.
Curricular program
  1. CORE COURSES: these courses provide the foundation for graduate courses.

    BUS/555 – Advanced Accounting
    BUS/560 – Corporate Finance
    BUS/565 – Quantitative Methods for Decision Making
    BUS/570 – Ethics, Law, and Business
    BUS/575 – Marketing Strategy and Implementation
    BUS/585 – Organizational Theory and Operations Management
    BUS/590 – Global Economics
    BUS/605 – E-Commerce
    BUS/610 – Business Strategy
    BUS/612 – Entrepreneurship

  2. CONCENTRATION AREA: Students must choose a concentration area and select three courses to complete their MBA. The courses build on what students have learned in the MBA core courses and allow students to choose the courses that will be most relevant to their career goals. Students should consult with their advisor about scheduling and availability of classes to plan their second year of study accordingly.

    Green Management, Energy, and Corporate Social Responsibility
    BUS/620 – Corporate Social Responsibility
    BUS/621 – Sustainable Supply Chain Management
    BUS/645 – Sustainability Strategies
    BUS/646 – Energy Economics
    BUS/647 – Economics of Renewables and Energy Saving Technologies

    International Banking and Finance
    BUS/613 – Advanced Applied Finance
    BUS/614 – International Financial Statement Analysis
    BUS/615 – Money, Banking, and Financial Markets
    BUS/619 – International Corporate Governance
    BUS/634 – Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship

    Marketing and Digital Communication
    BUS/648 – Web marketing and digital advertising
    BUS/649 – Digital communication goals: branding and performance
    BUS/650 – Digital communication strategies
    BUS/660 – Influencer marketing
    BUS/670 – Reputation and crisis management

    Cyber Risk Strategy and Governance
    BUS/635 – Strategy and Governance for Cyber Risk
    BUS/636 – Methods and Data Analytics for Risk Assessment
    BUS/637 – Institutional Scenarios of Cyber Risk
    BUS/638 – Data Protection
    BUS/639 – Business and Cyber Intelligence

    Circular Economy Management
    BUS/640 – Circular Economy and Circular Districts
    BUS/641 – Circular Economy as a New Economic Paradigm
    BUS/642 – Benefits of the Circular Economy on the Environment
    BUS/643 – Circular Economy as a Business Model
    BUS/645 – Collaboration and Circular Economy in the City


    BUS/690 – Capstone Project

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