The Master of International Business Administration (IMBA) is a Masters degree with a focus on building skills in all areas of managing and leading organizations, including a complete overview of the way organizations function in the global marketplace. This IMBA is the first of its kind with a stackable learning model that can be tailored to your professional needs.

The IMBA has two stages, the first stage consists of 6 modules and learners who successfully complete this stage will be awarded the Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy (SCQF level 11 Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy) from Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in association with Cambridge International Qualifications (CIQ). This diploma is recognized internationally for advanced placement at the Master’s Degree level.

Additionally, after completing Stage one, learners are eligible for a ‘Certified Manager’ certification from Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK. This certification is optional and will also include a one year complimentary affiliate membership with CMI.

Stage 2 is where you will conduct research and write your Master’s Thesis/Dissertation. Successful students will be awarded a Master of International Business Administration (IMBA) degree, conferred by Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU), Italy. GMU is a fully accredited university located in Rome, Italy and is regulated by both Italian and the EU regulatory agencies.

DURATION

9 - 36 Months

INTAKE

Rolling Intake

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LEVEL

Masters

DELIVERY MODEL

Online

UNIVERSITY

Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy

Course Specifications Fact Sheet
DUAL CERTIFICATION
60 ECTS CREDITS
120 UK CREDITS (SCQF)
$ 5000 Total Fee
PAY Per Module
CONVOCATION ITALY

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5 reasons to choose this IMBA

1

Degree from Top European Awarding Bodies

Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy and Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA), UK are some of the most respected and renowned educational institutions in Europe. Earn a degree that adds value to your resume and is recognised across the globe.

2

Dual Certification

The unique structure of this program allows you to earn an Extended Diploma and a Masters degree for the price of one course. At the end of this course you will have earned an ‘Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy’ and a ‘Master of International Business Administration’ Degree.

3

Additional Certification From CMI

After completing the first stage of this program, you can opt to get a ‘Certified Manager’ certification from Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK – No additional coursework will be required. This certification will also include a one year complimentary affiliate membership with CMI.

4

Cost Effective

The ‘Pay per Module’ payment model gives you financial freedom, unlike most MBA’s. Now, you can start your MBA by paying only for the 1st Module. Earn this coveted degree for a fraction of the cost of most online MBA programs.

5

Graduate in Italy

Guglielmo Marconi University invites its International learners to attend the convocation ceremony held in its historic campus in Rome. Learners interested in attending this formal ceremony will be issued invitation letters for visa purposes (Attending the convocation is not mandatory).

Message from Rector

Prof. Alessandra Briganti
Rector Guglielmo Marconi University

Guglielmo Marconi University, modeled around education and research, promotes innovative ICT-based educational methodologies, stimulating students to develop high cognitive and practical competences. The strong point of this educational system is the focus on the current educational demands required by the ever-changing working environment. By considering these developments, GMU offers students high-quality market-oriented courses. We have been continuously growing our presence around the world through many strategic partnerships during past years and the Westford Education Group was the one of the major partnerships which has been very successful since 2015.

Athena Global Education is a new venture of Westford Education Group. A future ready education solution, Athena Global Education utilizes the latest technology aimed at improving the students’ experience. We are happy to have partnered for this new project and are eager to expand our partnership into different domains. The association with Westford Group has produced hundreds of graduates in past years and we look forward to enhancing the portfolio and providing accessibility to education around the world.

We welcome the students of Athena Global Education to our qualifications and wish them the very best on their future endeavours.

BE A PART OF A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

This MBA program attracts learners from around the globe, which will enable you to network with likeminded people who are at similar junctures of their career.

4 SIMPLE STEPS TO START

1

Register for a
free trial

Register for a free trial and get complete access to the first module of this MBA program for 7 days without any obligations.

2

Submit the online enrollment form

If you are satisfied with the learning, start your enrollment process by using the ‘Enroll Now’ option in the learning dashboard.

3

Make the module fee payment

Once your application is approved, the fee payment option will be activated in your dashboard and you will be able to make the payment.

4

Start the learning journey

Start learning, once you complete the assessment, you may progress to the next module.

Partners of this Programme

Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK

120 Scottish Credit Diploma

Learners in this programme will be awarded an Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy (SCQF level 11 Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy). This diploma is recognized internationally for advanced placement at the Master’s Degree level.

Scottish Qualifications Authority is the executive public body of Scottish government responsible for accrediting educational awards and is accredited by the UK government to offer educational qualifications. Being one of the four partner national organisations in the Curriculum for Excellence, SQA designs and develops new qualifications and assessments and has created the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

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Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy

Master of International Business Administration (IMBA) – 60 ECTS Credits

Successful students will be awarded a Master of International Business Administration (IMBA) degree, conferred by Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU), Italy.

Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU) is based in Rome, Italy and recognized by the Ministerial Decree of March 1, 2004. GMU’s main campuses are based in Rome, and are located around Prati and Vatican neighborhoods. Currently, GMU counts more than 16,000 students enrolled in graduate and postgraduate programs, 300 faculty members and a team of 200 advising experts.

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Chartered Management Institute, UK.

Certified Manager Certification & 1 Year Affiliate Membership with CMI

Learners in this programme are eligible for a ‘Certified Manager’ certification from Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK and it also includes a one year complimentary affiliate membership with CMI.

Chartered Management Institute is the only Chartered body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Practical help whenever you need it; tools and techniques to save time and stress; new ways to enhance your professional reputation; qualifications that show the world you mean business – that’s what CMI is all about.

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Message From Dean

GMU Business School, Italy

FAQs About this program

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

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

  • 1. Possess a bachelor’s degree in any subject
  • 2. If you are not a native speaker, you should have an appropriate English proficiency level, e.g. an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent in all bands or possess a bachelor’s degree delivered and assessed in English, or proof of work experience in an English-speaking environment.
  • 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 3 years.

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

All applicants are required to upload the following documents in order to be eligible for admissions:

  • 1. Proof of having earned a Bachelor’s Degree - such as a Degree Certificate. If the documents are not in English, official translations should be submitted.
  • 2. The final transcript of Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 3. A copy of the government-issued photo identity card.
  • 4. If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree, you can still apply through the mature entry route. You will have to upload an updated resume along with the relevant work experience letters issued by your employer/s. You may also be contacted by our faculty for a telephone interview in order to ascertain your eligibility for the program.

What is the admissions process for the GMU IMBA?

Follow these steps to formally enroll into the Master of Business Administration program by GMU

  • 1. Register on Athena Global Education for a free 7-day trial.
  • 2. Upload all the documents as required under the ‘Eligibility Criteria’ to the learning portal by clicking on ‘Enroll Now’ on the learning dashboard.
  • 3. The academic panel will then review your documents and if found to be eligible, send you an ‘Admission Offer Letter’.
  • 4. On receiving the ‘Admission Offer Letter’, you can pay for one module (or one “course” if you are an American).
  • 5. You can pay for multiple modules together if you like. However, you will be given access to subsequent module content only after completing the previous module.
  • Once your payment is confirmed, you will be sent an official ‘Admission Letter’ along with a receipt for the amount paid. You will also get access to the Assignment related documents in the ‘Project Details’ section.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or if you do not have a Bachelor’s degree, then contact us at support@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.

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

Once you register for the course, you will have access to the learning resources of the first module (or “course” in the American system) where you can access the learning materials and the e-library. Your access to these learning resources will end after 7 days of registration and you will need to enroll for the program by paying fees for the first module. In order to be eligible for admission, you must upload all the eligibility-related documents on the learning portal and subsequently must have received an ‘Offer of Admission’ letter.

How will I learn?

The core resources of the program are video classes and related reading material. Each module is divided into about 50 easy-to-assimilate videos to make your study easier. The video lessons provide you with adequate knowledge to understand the module content.

Apart from the video classes and reading material, you will be given access to live, interactive online classes where you will be able to attend a virtual classroom and communicate with instructors and your fellow students. This is an opportunity for students to clarify their doubts and get a clear understanding of how to work on the assigned project.

Additionally, you will also be learning from webinars, online library, and participation in the discussion boards, additional learning materials and case studies curated by faculty.

How do I access online live classes?

Upcoming live-classes will be listed under the “Online Classes” section, where you will be able to register for those classes that are convenient to your schedule.

Once you register for the live class, you must log in to the learning portal 5 minutes prior to the class start time. You will see an option to launch the class; just click on “Launch Class” and attend the virtual class from any smart device. You may be asked to download “E-lecta” software when connecting for the first time and you will also need to allow popups within your browser for our website. If you are unable to attend these classes, a recording of all such past classes will be available to you in the “Online Classes” section.

Do you provide Student Support?

Each program has one Module leader and you can email him/her to clear any doubts you may have about the program. If you experience technical issues, you can report them through our live ‘Chat’ facility on the website or email us at itsupport@schneideit.com. At this time we do not provide placement support to our learners due to geographic limitations.

What is the course structure of IMBA?

The IMBA has two stages, the first stage consists of 6 modules and learners who successfully complete this stage will be awarded the Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy (SCQF level 11 Extended Diploma in International Business and Strategy) from Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in association with Cambridge International Qualifications (CIQ). This diploma is recognized internationally for advanced placement at the Master’s Degree level.

Additionally, after completing Stage one, learners are eligible for a ‘Certified Manager’ certification from Chartered Management Institute (CMI), UK. This certification is optional and will also include a one year complimentary affiliate membership with CMI.

Stage 2 is where you will conduct research and write your Master’s Thesis/Dissertation. Successful students will be awarded a Master of International Business Administration (IMBA) degree, conferred by Guglielmo Marconi University (GMU), Italy. GMU is a fully accredited university located in Rome, Italy and is regulated by both Italian and the EU regulatory agencies.

Course Details Credits
Sustainability and Business 20 Credits (SCQF)
Operations and Project Management 20 Credits (SCQF)
Strategic Leadership and HR Practices in Organisations 20 Credits (SCQF)
Accounting for Next Generation Leaders 20 Credits (SCQF)
Strategic Management 20 Credits (SCQF)
International Marketing Management 20 Credits (SCQF)
Project Work
Research Methods & Dissertation / Thesis 20 Credits (ECTS)
Total 60 Credits (ECTS)

How do the Exams and Assessments work?

There are no written exams for this IMBA program. All the modules are assessed based on the module-specific project. Once you are enrolled in the module, you will be able to access the assignment brief under the ‘Project Details’ section in the learning portal. Apart from the assessment brief, you will be given the learning outcomes and performance criteria to know what is expected in the project from the learner. If you still have questions concerning the assignments, you can seek the support of the faculty during the live classes for the module. We are here to give you the help you need.

As soon as you are enrolled in a module, you will have 90 days to submit the assignment. However, submissions will be accepted from the 21st day of enrollment. You can choose to submit anytime during this 21-day to the 90-day timeline and immediately proceed to the next module. You can use this time to go through all the videos, read all the case studies and articles, and ask questions as you begin to write your assignment. 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 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 classes every month which you need to attend to get a clear understanding of dissertation work and what is expected out of your research. This is in addition to the Dissertation guide meetings. Once you submit the final dissertation, then you may be called for a “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 enrollment. In case of failure of submission, an extension fee will be applicable. The shortest time allocated to submit the dissertation is 90 days.

What is the Minimum and Maximum Course Duration of this programme?

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.

What is the 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.

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

Will I be eligible for further studies?

Yes, the IMBA 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.

How can I check the accreditation status of this programme?

This Master’s 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

What if I have to leave this programme midway?

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.

Will there be a Graduation Ceremony?

Successful learners will be able to attend the annual graduation ceremony conducted in Spain. UCAM will provide an invitation letter to all such learners which can be used for processing your visa for this purpose.

FAQs About admission, fee & other charges

What are the applicable fees for the IMBA course?

The following fees will be applicable for the IMBA Course:

Description Amount Total Units Total Amount USD
1 . Module Fee 500.00 6 Modules 3000.00
2 . SQA Diploma Certification Fee 300.00 1 Unit 300.00
3 . Research Methods and Dissertation Guidance Fee 500.00 1 Unit 500.00
4 . Research Methods and Dissertation Assessment Fee 500.00 1 Unit 500.00
5 . IMBA Certification Fee 700.00 1 Unit 700.00
Total 5000.00
6 . Certified Manager – CMI Certification Fee (Optional) 300.00 1 Unit 300.00

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Are there any extension fees?

Once you have registered for the IMBA program, the maximum time allowed to complete the program is 36 months. If you are unable to complete the course within 36 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.

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

If you fail to submit the assignment within 90 days of the enrollment date, you can request an extension of not more than 30 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 30 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 ($150). You will have another 90 days of access to the resources and will need to submit the assignment within these 90 days from the retake date. The process then restarts as mentioned above.

Sample Video Lectures

Sustainability and Business
International Human Resource Management

key learning resources

1

Recorded Video Lectures

Each module includes detailed video lectures which provides a fundamental understanding of the subject.

2

Reference Reading Resources

Each video lecture is followed by 3 levels of reading resources - Essential reading material, Reference reading and Additional reading, to enhance your knowledge further.

3

Live Interactive Sessions

Our module leaders and faculty will conduct regular live sessions, such as orientation to the module and assignment support sessions. This platform helps learners to directly interact with our Academic team.

4

E-Library Access

Each learner is given unlimited access to our E-Library, which contains more than 50,000 resources such as E-Books, Journals, White papers, videos and so on.

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