What is MBA


The Master of Business Administration type of programme is the most appereciated and probably most fundamental method of manager training all over the world.

The classic two-year day studies of MBA were created in the US in early the 50’s. of the 20th century. They were grounded on teaching experience at Harvard University collected since 1908, where managers training classes incorporated techniques prompting participants to be active. Essentially, they were taught to use logical thinking in diagnosing, analyzing and making decisions. The colleges established close cooperation with the business environment, set standards for the curricula, recruitment of students and lecturers, and even the types of awarded diplomas.

In the 60’s and 70’s, when schools offered this form of educational service, the MBA studies became a hit in the USA and Europe by meeting the demand for qualified managers sought by companies. The popularity grew steadily: in 1965 there were 5000 graduates of business schools; thirty years later – about 100 000 a year. The MBA degree became a standard – a leading and readily produced certificate of being a professional.

It is so because completion of the MBA Programme is a guarantee to acquire general knowledge from the field of business and management supplementing prior education gained at specialist colleges (eg. technical, law or even medical ones)

The MBA Programme appeared in Poland in early the nineties. Today, it is found in many esteemed Polish universities and colleges.

Aim of the Programme

Key objectives

The fundamental aim of the UG EMBA Programme is to teach top executive managers how to direct companies and to cope effectively in the changing market environment.

The aim of the UG EMBA student is to gain or deepen her/his knowledge in the fields of management, marketing, finance and banking, commercial and economic law, making decisions, computer system, logistics, international business environment – knowledge that is needed and useful to run a company in the requirements of the market economy.

Upon successful completion of the UG EMBA Programme graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to direct companies. That is why the curriculum has been so designed to fulfill this purpose. It is grounded on the most modern patterns found in European schools of higher education but also incorporates specific needs of Polish managers. At the same time the curriculum aims at developing students’ personalities and broadening their horizons.

Who is the Executive MBA designed for?

The UG EMBA is intended for individuals who hold a university degree, but not necessarily in economics. Lectures and classes of the Programme are, first and foremost, designed for present or future top executives in companies and institutions, and for those who have decided to specialize in a new field.

Executive MBA students are high-calibre managers, executives and entrepreneurs, with a typical range of three and 20 years of managerial experience. Students come from a huge variety of industries and job functions with experience of working in multi-cultural environments and in different countries.

The Programme Diploma of Completion

Graduates receive a certificate of completion of postgraduate studies at the University of Gdańsk after the pattern apporved by the Ministry of National Education.
Additionally, they receive a diploma of completion of the UG MBA Programme signed by all universities belonging to the consorcium.

Teaching and learning

During the time on campus, students will be exposed to a variety of teaching styles and techniques. A majority of teaching is in the form of structured lectures, facilitated by a faculty member and driven by class discussions and case study analysis.


Our faculty are active and influential in both academia and industry.

They are UG research workers, eminent specialists from other Polish academic centers, lecturers from the foreign universities which contribute to and cooperate with the UG EMBA, as well as representatives of economic practice and they are active in:

  • generating innovative ideas and conducting leading-edge research

  • advising government bodies

  • addressing world forums and high-level conferences

  • serving on company boards.

All this provides the framework in which courses are developed and real-life case studies are brought to the classroom.

Assessment/ Evaluation

Executive MBA courses are assessed using some or all of the following tools:

  • Individual projects/essays/reports

  • Examinations (closed book exam and/or take home exam)

  • Class participation

  • Group assignments/reports

  • Class presentations

For each core course, an assessment scheme will identify a significant component based on individual performance. The faculty member responsible for the course will set the initial grade weighting for each component of the course.

The final-or the degree examination-will also incorporate the defence of diploma project work/a supervising project

Study group

Very important part of the learning process at UG EMBA is collaborative learning. So there is a strong emphasis on group work and class participation. Working as part of a study group enables students to benefit fully from the programme, manage their commitments more easily and develop self-awareness and team skills.