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UniCredit MBA: Retail in the Banking and Financial Industry

What does the program consist of?

The Alma Graduate School international master "UniCredit MBA Retail in the Banking and Financial Industry" is designed to enhance management knowledge and skills, setting solid foundations for a managerial career in the financial industry, particularly in retail banking.

The program – one year full time and taught entirely in English – offers a unique opportunity to blend theory with experience and provides students a high quality mix of analytical and problem-solving skills required to succeed in the retail banking sector. With over 2,500 MBA programs offered worldwide, the UniCredit MBA is unique in that it is specifically focused on financial retail activities and its ever-changing and ever-evolving sector.

The program is divided into three main areas. General Management is intended to provide the basics to successfully manage a business organization. Finance and Banking and Service and Retail Management aim at presenting the tools enabling the understanding of financial markets and financial instruments, as well as enrich participants with the expertise needed in the field of the retail industry and financial organizations.

Other program features are: career development activities, which are designed to help students develop their professional and interpersonal skills, language courses (Italian and Business English), and a three-month internship.
The internship represents an opportunity for students to analyze real company problems, develop strategies, and elaborate action plans together with upper level managers. Outstanding graduates from the UniCredit MBA will also have the chance to be considered for placement in managerial positions within the UniCredit.

For whom is it the right program?
To apply for admissions prospective students should have:

  • an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution;
  • 3 to 5 years of qualified work experience, not exclusively in the banking or financial sector;
  • proficient skills in English.

Particular emphasis is placed on the international exposure of the applicants.

How does the application process work?
The Admissions Committee, made up of academics and managers from UniCredit, reviews the applications on a rolling basis.

The enrolment process have already started on 15 February 2011 and the submitted applications by this deadline will increase the chances of being admitted into the program. The next cycle of applications is from 16 May to 15 July 2011.

Selected candidates will be invited to attend a personal admissions interview.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all candidates whose native language is not English. Applicants are also required to submit official scores from the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or from the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
Alternatively, students may sit for the Alma Graduate School Admissions Test in Bologna.

For complete information on the admissions process, please contact the UniCredit MBA Admissions Office: unicreditmba@almaweb.unibo.it.

What about scholarships?
Tuition fee
for the UniCredit MBA/ Retail in the Banking and Financial Industry is € 27,000. The tuition fee includes study materials, tutoring for selected courses and the use of Alma Graduate School facilities. The course fee does not include travel or living expenses.

Every year, thanks to the support of its partners, Alma Graduate School offers full and partial merit-based scholarships.

Moreover, thanks to an agreement between Alma Graduate School and UniCredit, candidates for the UniCredit MBA are also eligible to apply for student loans. These low-interest and long-term loans, offering attractive repayment options, will cover up to the full amount of the tuition fee. In addition to this, participants can benefit from a € 10,000 loan, designed to help them cover their living expenses in Bologna during the academic year.

For more details on UniCredit student loans, please contact: unicreditmba@almaweb.unibo.it.

When does the program start and how long does it run?
The starting date is September 2011. The UniCredit MBA runs full-time for 12 months.