What are the eligibility criteria required by Guglielmo Marconi University’s IMBA?

Learners wishing to be admitted to the IMBA students should satisfy the following requirements

  • 1. Possess a bachelor’s degree from an approved institution
  • 2. Have an English proficiency equal to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, be a native speaker.
  • 3. Applicants without a bachelor’s degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they have relevant managerial experience of not less than 5 years.

What are the documents required for admission to GMU’s IMBA?

All applicants should submit the following documents:

  • 1. Proof of holding an earned Bachelor’s Degree. If the proof is not in English, legal translations should be submitted)
  • 2. Final year transcript (official) of Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 3. If you don’t possess a Bachelor’s degree, you need to send an updated resume, proof of experience, and a copy of highest qualifications/certificates/diplomas you have earned to info@athena.edu.

What is the admissions process for the GMU IMBA?

Follow these steps to formally enroll on a journey that will change your life.

  • Enroll and pay for one module (or one “course” if you are an American). You can enroll for more if you like, but you need to enroll and pay for at least one.
  • Once your payment is confirmed, go to your profile and update the details there. This is where you will upload these documents:
    • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree
    • Transcripts of your final year
    • Proof of identification (passport or national ID or a US Driver’s license) that clearly shows your date of birth.
  • When you update your profile, AGE will notify you of your new admission status.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or if you do not possess a Bachelor’s degree, then contact us at info@athena.edu and attach the relevant documents in your email. You won’t be asked to make a payment until we determine you are eligible to be admitted.

What are the applicable fees for the IMBA course.

We charge the fee based on the module credits as follows

1 SCQF Credit (UK) : USD 25 (USD 12.5 for Module Fee & USD 12.5 for Assessment Fee)

IMBA course is Dual Certification programme which has a total fee of USD 5000.00. It has 6 modules, one dissertation (thesis) and successful students will receive both an Extended Diploma Certification and an MBA degree.

Details of fees as follows
  • Extended Diploma Certification Fee : USD 300.00
  • MBA Certification Fee : USD 700.00
  • Dissertation Guidance Fee : USD 500.00
  • Dissertation Assessment Fee : USD 500.00
Other Charges
  • Re-submission Fee assignment : Nil
  • Retake Fee for assignment: USD 150.00
  • Extension of Assignment Deadline: USD 100.00
  • Courier Charges : USD 50.00
  • Extension of Module access : USD 100.00
  • Early Exit Awards: USD 100.00
  • UK Apostille Attestation : USD 300.00
  • Prefecture Attestation Italy: USD 400.00

How long can I use the free trial and what can I access during trial period. What happens after trial period?

Once you register for the course, you will have access to the learning resources of one module (or one “course” in the American system) where you can access the learning materials and the e-library. Your access to the materials will stop after 7 days and you will need to enroll in the module by paying USD 250 ($250) to restore the access to the module. Once you have made the payment, you need to an update your profile and submit the admission documents to complete your admission to the course. You may enroll in one module (course) at a time or multiple modules at the same time by enrolling and paying for multiple modules.

When you enroll in a module, you will have 90 days to complete the module. You will be able to see the assignment brief (assessment paper for the assignment) and can start working on it immediately.

How do I learn?

The core resources of the program are video classes and related texts. Every module is divided into about 50 units, small bites to make your life easier. The video classes provide you with adequate knowledge to understand the module content.

Apart from the video classes and readings, you will be given access to live, interactive online classes where you will be able to attend live lectures and communicate with instructors and your fellow students. This happens twice a month for each module and each class is 3 hours long. This is an opportunity for students to clarify their doubts and get a clear understanding of how to do the final assignment.

You will also be able to attend free webinars, access the online library and the discussion board and additional learning materials and case studies curated by faculties.

And if all that isn’t enough, you will be able to ask questions through our “Ask your faculty” option in LMS and you will get a response to your questions within 48 hours.

How do I access online live classes?

All of the upcoming classes for the modules in which you are enrolled will be listed under the “Upcoming Online Classes” where you will be able to register your interest in attending the class. Registration to such events will close 24 hours prior to the start date of the class.

Once you register for the live class, you will need to login to your LMS 15 minutes prior to the class start time. You will see an option to launch the class; just click on “launch” and attend the class. You may be asked to download “e-lecta” software when connecting for first time and you will also need to allow popups within your browser or the platform may not open.

Do you provide Student Support?

Each program has one program leader and you will have be able to email him and clear up any doubts you may have the program. If you have technical problems, you can report them through our live chat window. We also provide attestation (legalization) services for you for the relevant countries: we charge a fee for the certificate issued as noted in the fee schedule above. At this time we do not provide placement support.

What is the course structure of IMBA?

IMBA is a dual certification program and that means you will be able to achieve two distinguished qualifications. It has 2 parts, one Master level Diploma stage and other one MBA (Top-up or degree completion) stage.

Stage 1: You will study 6 modules each of which has 20 Master level UK credits, totaling 120 UK credits. After you successfully successful complete this stage, you will need to pay USD 300 ($300) for the Diploma Certification which is awarded by Scottish Qualification Authority. The certificate will be titled, “SCQF Level 11 Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy”. Level 11 SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework) means that it is a Postgraduate or Master level qualification. You will be given access to the SQA system where you can authenticate your achievement. SQA is governmental body that regulates the qualifications in Scotland.

Stage 2: Upon successful completion of the Diploma, you will be able to progress to the final stage of MBA by transferring the credits earned from the SQA qualification and then you may complete the MBA by submitting a Dissertation project. The MBA will be issued by Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy, which is an accredited university by the Ministry of Education, Italy. The European Union requires that all students need to achieve 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to achieve a Master’s Degree. 1 ECTS credits is equal to 3 UK credits and by transferring 120 UK Credits from the Master Diploma from SQA, that will convert to 40 ECTS credits. The Dissertation (or the “thesis” in the American system), will carry another 20 ECTS credits from GMU and therefore complete the 60 ECTS credit to obtain a Master’s Degree.

Both your Diploma and your Degree are accredited, regulated by governmental agencies, and recognized globally.

How do the Exams and Assessments work?

There are no written exams for this MBA program. All the modules are assessed based on case studies and projects. Once you are enrolled in the module, you will be able to access the assignment brief/project under the Projects Session of the LMS and that file clearly explains the assessment criteria and marking rubrics. You will read exactly what you are expected to learn and the level of mastery for each of the assessed learning outcomes. If you still have questions about doing assignments, you can seek the support of the faculty during the live classes for the module or use the “Ask Faculty” option in LMS. We are here to give you the help you need.

Once enrolled in the module, you will have 90 days to submit the assignment. You may use this time to go through all the videos, read all the case studies and articles, and ask questions before you begin to write your assignment. You can also choose to submit early if you wish. Once submitted, you will not be able to make any changes.

After you have submitted the assignment, the faculty will evaluate and provide feedback, including results (your grade), within 21 days of your submission. If you fail, you will be given feedback on the assignment stating the reasons for failure. You will have to rework the project according to the feedback provided by the assessor. You will need to rework only the areas where you failed and not on the entire project. You will have to resubmit the assignment within 21 days of the publication of the result (grade). There are no additional fees for the resubmission.

If you fail to submit the assignment within 90 days of the enrollment date, you can request an extension of not more than 60 days and pay a fee of USD 100.00 ($100)

If you do not resubmit the failed assignment within 21 days of the published results, you may request an extension of not more than 60 days by paying USD 100.00 ($100).

If you fail again on your RE-submission, you may apply for a Re-Take by paying USD 150 ($100). You will have another 90 days of access to the resources and will need to submit the assignment within 90 days from the retake date. The process then restarts as mentioned above.

Dissertation Guidance and Process

Once the you move to the dissertation (thesis) stage, you will be assigned a Dissertation guide who will be support you through the Research and Dissertation project. The Guide normally has 4 meetings with the student: first, the proposal meeting, then the first review, third, a second review and lastly, a final review.

A dissertation will have about 10,000 words. We will be conducting Dissertation guidance online classes every month which you need to attend to get a clear understanding of dissertation work and what expected out of your research. This is in addition to the Dissertation Supervisor/guide meetings. Once you submit the final dissertation, then you may be called for “viva” to defend your dissertation depending on the decision of the assessor. The result will be published within 30 days of submission of the dissertation; if you fail the dissertation, then you will have an opportunity to resubmit the work as per the feedback provided by the assessor and the corrected work should be submitted within 30 days of publishing the results.

If you fail on your resubmission, then you may have to pay the dissertation fee again and you will need to start over on a new project.

Once you have enrolled for the Dissertation, you need to submit the final work within 6 months of the enrollment. In case of failure of submission, an extension fee will be applicable. The shortest time allocated to submit the dissertation submission is 90 days.

Minimum and Maximum Course Duration

Once you have registered for the IMBA, the maximum time allowed to complete the program is 24 months. If you are unable to complete the course within 24 months, you may apply for an extension of 12 months by paying a Course Extension fee of USD 500.00 ($500).

The minimum duration of the course is defined as 9 months though some exceptions may apply.

Minimum and Maximum Duration of Modules

Each module must be completed within 90 days of the enrollment date. The shortest time allowed for submission of assignment is 21 days from the date of enrollment.

Will I be eligible for further studies?

Yes, the MBA is awarded by a University approved by Ministry of Education, Italy as well as ENIC NAARIC (National Recognition Information Centers of the European Union), hence it is globally accepted. However, different countries have different requirements, so they may enforce their own regulations.

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus can be accessed from the site on the respective course pages by clicking “view details” next to the modules listed.

Accreditation Status

Master Level Diploma is awarded by the Scottish Qualification Authority, UK, which is a governmental body that regulates higher education in Scotland. This qualification is listed under the regulated credit rated qualifications in UK under the SCQF credit framework. To verify this please go to www.scqf.org.uk and follow the process.

Click on the “THE FRAMEWORK”

Click on the “SEARCH DATABASE”

A search form will appear. Please go to “Owner of qualification/programme” in the form and fill “Westford Education Group Ltd”.

It will display all our approved qualifications with course level and credits. If you click on the course, it will provide more details of the course. This is the database of credit rated programs in UK.

To see the course module details, please go to https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/46406.html You will see a search form there, please fill “Westford Education Group Ltd” at “owner”. You will see all the courses approved for us and if you click on the course, you can see the details of the modules for each course. To see our accreditation with Guglielmo University, https://www.gmuonline.org/en/partners/agreements

Early Exit Awards:

Under any unforeseen circumstances, if you want to withdraw from the program, you may apply for an Early Exit Award. Based on the credit earned and modules completed, you might receive a credit statement or a diploma or an extended diploma by paying the certification fee. You will be able to resume the course at a later date by re-enrolling and may resume from where you stopped, depending on the availability of that particular course at the time of re- enrollment.

Graduation Ceremony:

The students will be able to attend the annual graduation ceremony conducted in Italy. GMU will provide invitation letter for the visa purpose.

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