MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency

MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency



12 September 2016


MGIMO MBA Programme provides in-depth analysis and practical application of cutting-edge management tools and seeks to systematically develop the skills of a modern manager in a global multicultural business environment.

The MBA Programme is focused on giving substantial theoretical and practical knowledge of management principles, as well as instilling skills for independent use of such knowledge to develop an efficient business development strategy tailored to the best international management experience. The MBA Programme is designed for managers and specialists with higher education and at least three years of experience who plan to further their career and will need knowledge and skills to run the relevant business processes. Upon completion, each student is granted a MGIMO Diploma as a Master of Business Administration.

The target audience is top and middle managers, business owners, people with successful careers, ambitions, and leadership potential. 

MBA Programme objectives are:

  • To train highly professional managers and practitioners that apply state-of-the-art knowledge and skills to efficiently run a company in any sector of economy, to make independent decisions and solve extraordinary interfunctional managerial problems on the basis of practical research and global practices.
  • To harmoniously combine research and educational components so as to further and support the student’s previous knowledge, skills, achievements, and personal goals.
  • To focus on the problems of Russian business and management while also studying international business and management experience.
  • To shape a generalist programme based on comprehensive research into all of the management aspects.
  • To master the analytical management tools while tailoring them to real business.
  • To further the skills of innovative application of theoretical methods and approaches to the actual business practice; finally, to enable each student to put their outstanding leadership qualities, reputability and reputation into good use.

Expected learning outcomes:

The MBA Programme is expected to provide in-depth knowledge and skills needed to efficiently run a company or a corporation, as well as to run one’s own business. These include:

  • in-depth understanding of a complex of related business and management areas;
  • the ability to create and integrate new knowledge;
  • in-depth knowledge in conceptualization and structuring;
  • research, methodology, and arrangement of R&D efforts;
  • understanding the role of internal and/or external business consultants;
  • the ability to present research results and related practical proposals before scientific and professional communities;
  • the ability to make managerial decisions in a dynamic environment, to create innovation and steer the change.

Programme Structure

The Programme comprises 3 units: core courses, elective courses, and specialization courses.

Core courses comprise economics, law, finance, etc., to help the student understand the basics of business and its external environment; they also include courses relating to management and business development strategies, which are fundamental to solving the management problems from the standpoint of functional positioning in a strategic perspective

Elective courses are the ones the student can choose to tailor the programme to their personal interests for a greater engagement in shaping the personal learning curve.

Specialization courses are functional and industrial courses that consider the most important aspects of business and management in detail; they are tailored to the specialization. These courses are adjusted to the students’ personal organizational and career interests.

We offer the following specialization modules:

International Oil and Gas Business
The fuel and energy complex is the powerhouse of the Russian economy and is largely presented by the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas business has become more and more global over the years, which makes it imperative that the industry is filled with highly professional top and mid-level managers with knowledge of the basics of economic and managerial disciplines. Training is designed to feature the specifics of the oil and gas business, which allows the graduates to apply the knowledge when they have to form an effective development strategy for the company.

Economics and Management in International Business
In order to be efficient at operating in the international market it is essential to be educated in the features of economics and management in the context of globalization. While training, listeners will learn to apply their theoretical knowledge in real world market situations, which down the road will allow them to make the best management decisions when their companies enter the world market of goods and services.

Finance and Investment
The training is designed for professionals with experience in finance who wish to improve and expand their professional skills, as well as for those who would like to change their current management area and master the key aspects of CFO expertise.

Strategic Marketing and Management
jointly with British Higher School of Art and Design (“BHSAD”)
The Strategic Marketing and Management specialization combines traditional marketing disciplines and up-to-date management disciplines, including leadership and talent management, risk management, financial management and personnel management. Within this Specialization, strategic management represents the upper level of a company’s management, and is designed to provide for a company’s development avenues and its commercial sustainability.

Digital Economy
Joint Programme with Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Providing a fast, reliable Internet connection to every Russian citizen including residents remote locations, replacing university diplomas and employment record books with career pathways, building «smart» cities, and even automating the system of making government decisions – these are the main goals set forth in the programme for developing Russia’s digital economy. In this training students will develop an understanding of the features and capabilities of and the current promising information and communication technologies that form the basis of the digital economy.

Entrepreneurship and Corporate Governance
The Entrepreneurship and Business Management Specialization is meant both for entrepreneurs who find business development and transformation very topical issues, and those working in Russian and overseas companies and public corporations and ready to face changes in their career.

Programme format:

Modular. 20 months. 6 two-week full-time intensive modules (from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.)

Weekend. 20 months. Once a month (Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. till 7 p.m.)

Admission requirements:

  • Higher education degree
  • At least 25 years of age
  • At least 3 years of managerial experience
  • Applicant must have a leadership potential and a strong motivation to learn

Selection process for the MBA programme

Stage 1

Stage 2

  • Solving of a business-case
  • Testing of English language skills

Stage 3

  • Interview with the supervisor of the program
  • Enrollment decision

Selection Date and Start of the Programme. Group formation terminates 2 weeks before the start of the training.

The Programme start: 21 October 2022

MBA Programme students: