Specialised Master’s programmes in business and management have been gaining in popularity in recent years. One such degree, the Executive Global Masters in Management (EGMiM), offered at the London School of Economics (LSE), is an alternative to a traditional MBA.
The EGMiM takes a broader view of the business world than a typical MBA programme as it is designed and delivered by a social science university, rather than a traditional business school. LSE launched the EGMiM programme in 2012 as an ‘executive’ version of the original Master’s in management, with a more advanced curriculum and flexible modular format, to suit experienced working professionals.
The school has one intake each year, beginning at the end of August. There is no application deadline due to rolling admissions, so applicants can apply at any point in the year. “However, we do encourage applicants to apply earlier in the cycle (from October onwards) to avoid disappointment,” says Becky Coggins, programme director, EGMiM, LSE.
The EGMiM is modular, meaning students will attend intensive classroom learning modules in seven short bursts throughout the programme (usually one week), and remain in their home location working full-time in their current job role in between modules. Therefore, the classroom is a global mix of international students living and working in a wide range of places and industries across the world.
The programme includes two overseas modules in Singapore and Istanbul. “Both overseas modules consist of classroom sessions with LSE and guest faculty, as well as company visits to experience local business culture and networking and guest speaker events, where they hear from international industry experts,” says Coggins.
In Singapore, the focus is on the marketing strategy course and students get to explore why the city-state's economic system has become one of the most successful in Asia. In Istanbul, the theme is the foreign direct investment and emerging markets course. “As one of the emerging MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) economies, students get the opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the world's leading emerging markets,” adds Coggins.
“We know that the real world is not neatly divided into narrow academic disciplines, so we teach our students a cross-disciplinary curriculum to give them an insight into the social, political and economic architecture in which businesses operates in different regions across the world. We believe this real-life understanding of the context of global business means our graduates are far better equipped to face real business challenges now and in the future,” she elaborates.
“I would recommend this programme for working professionals, from any industry, who want the opportunity to broaden their management skill set without having to take time out of the workplace to return to studying. The global curriculum provides an international perspective, therefore, preparing students to work in the international business world and outside their home country, if they wish,” sums up Coggins.
Rohan Batra, CEO of the Italian sports lifestyle brand Fila for the Indian subcontinent & Middle East and North Africa (MENA):
I came across the course from the LSE website after I had made the decision to do an executive programme. The reputation of LSE was a major deciding factor given the history of academic research and the legacy of Nobel laureates and government leaders. A traditional business degree has become common currency these days and I was looking for something different as well as a format that makes it easy to structure my work around it. The unique LSE approach directed towards teaching and a modular format made the decision to apply relatively simple.
• Applicants are required to have a good Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a UK 2:1 or higher, 3.5 GPA or higher, or the equivalent international qualification from the country they studied in
• If their native language is not English or if the language of instruction for the previous degree was not English, they would require the ‘higher’ level English language test (IELTS or TOEFL)
• At least three years’ full-time work experience
• As part of the application, applicants need to submit two references, a CV and a personal statement outlining the motivation for the programme
• The programme fee is 54,000 pounds