MBA Programmes

Action Learning: learn to act, act to learn

International Action Learning MBA

Real-time, Real-life, Project-based.

BSN’s MBA programme teaches you a different way of management thinking and problem-solving through Action Learning. All our MBA projects and assignments are based on actual problems in your organisation. By undertaking these projects, you will make a significant impact in your organisation and deliver measurable value to your employer.

Please see the table below for General Information, Admission Requirements, Programme Structure and Fees & Start Dates

Characteristics International Action Learning MBA (CROHO-register 70053) at BSN
  • Taught in English
  • Teaches you the unique Action Learning methodology
  • Projects are based on real challenges and opportunities in your organisation
  • Maximum of 25 students per group
  • Two conference weeks in the Netherlands
  • Part-time and online studying with a flexible timetable
  • No conventional examinations
Accreditations and Industry Recognition 
Why Choose BSN?
  • One of the most recognised business schools in The Netherlands
  • Active for more than 30 years in developing and offering MBA and DBA programmes
  • Programmes that actually change your management thinking
  • Join a global network of dynamic alumni
  • Learn from experienced coaches and tutors from various industries and backgrounds

 

The applicant:

    1. holds a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or higher,
    2. is a manager or management trainee,
    3. has a minimum of 2 years appropriate and relevant post graduate work experience,
    4. has approval from his/her organisation to do research and practical projects within their work environment,
    5. has internet and e-mail access and
    6. should the applicant’s mother tongue not be English he/she will require a TOEFL or IELTS language test. The minimum pass mark for TOEFL is 550 (paper); 213 (computer) or 79/80 (internet based) and IELTS 6.

Exemptions:

  1. In addition to a: Mature and experienced applicants who do not hold such a degree, may also be considered. The guideline here is a minimum of 7 years demonstrable, appropriate and relevant postgraduate work experience.
  2. In addition to b: Applicants who are not in a formal management position but to whose professional development the learning programme will significantly contribute, may also be considered. This would apply to professionals who operate at post graduate level but are not necessarily (continuously) involved in management of people or a department. For instance; policy officers, accountants, consultants etc.
  3. Based on a thorough verification of submitted documents in respect to the above and, if deemed necessary, a personal interview, BSN will determine the applicant’s aptitude to participate in an Action Learning MBA programme.

 

Programme Overview

MBA PhasePhase IPhase IIPhase III
Duration2 Months16 Months6 Months
Type of AssignmentOrganisational Analysis and Action Learning Literature ReviewAction Learning Projects and ExamsDissertation, Viva Voce, EAML and Graduation
Skill Phase 1 (2 months)

Here we lay the theoretical foundation upon which your future study will be based; this creates a common conceptual framework for the whole set whilst you follow the International Action Learning MBA. You will write an Organisational Analysis of your company as well as an Action Learning Literature Review. This is based upon your current leadership skills and competencies, and you will be encouraged throughout the programme to consider areas for development.

Practice Phase 2 (16 months):

7 Core Courses, 4 Action Learning Projects (ALPs), including 1 Group International Management ALP and 2 trips to the Netherlands. The seven core courses offered in the second Phase of the programme are:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Information Management
  • Strategic Management
  • International Management
Graduation Phase 3 (6 months):
  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation Support
  • Dissertation
  • Evaluation of Managerial Learning (EAML)
Majors

When enrolling, you are able to apply for a Major, if you meet the entry requirements. In order to qualify for the Major endorsement on the MBA degree, the following conditions apply:
The student:

  • Attended the respective Masterclass, i.e. Food Security, Water Management, etc;
  • Passed the assignment ‘Personal Effectiveness Paper’ related to the respective Masterclass;
  • Incorporated the Major subject as the leading theme of ALP 1, 2, 3 as well as the Dissertation;
  • If applicable, is active in the respective field of business. In addition to the 9-day conferences, depending on the Major selected (Food Security, Water Management or Project Management & Control), an additional four to six days of mandatory Masterclass attendance of the selected Major will be required

 

Duration

24 months

Set Meetings

Online and two conference weeks in the Netherlands

Start dates 2020

10 February 2020 (late applications accepted until the end of February 2020)

18 May 2020

07 September 2020

Maximum of 25 students per intake

Full Course Fee 

EUR 27,500

Full and partial scholarships available >

We followed Laurie Meiring MBA during his MBA study:
Read the interview we had with Laurie after completing his first conference week

 

Word of advice from Laurie: ‘The programme is demanding, daunting and incredibly challenging… but you can do it!’.

Laurie Meiring

Student, International Action Learning MBA

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