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Barcelona – Online


October, January, April


Full time – 60 ECTS



We receive applications all year round and recommend that you apply as soon as possible to secure your place at our next intake.

We review all applications with a holistic approach by looking at all elements of your application and above all your motivation and passion in pursuing a career in business, regardless of citizenship or country of residence. Each academic year we bring together a group of high-achieving, intellectually gifted students from diverse backgrounds to create an exceptional, inclusive learning environment.

Before you proceed with the application, we recommend that you read carefully all the information provided on this page, containing details on the application process, standardized admission requirements, and financial aid programs. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Application Guidelines

To be qualified for admission to the Master of Business Administration program you must:

  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or higher
  • Provide proof of English language proficiency
  • Complete all required forms for admission and submit all required documents
  • European three-year initial degree or a recognized equivalent of EQF/MQF Level 6.
  • A foreign university degree from outside the EHEA that allows access to graduate studies in the country of origin.
  • A minimum of two years full-time relevant professional experience post-graduation
Required Documents

To apply for our MBA program, you must show successful completion of your undergraduate studies from an accredited higher education institution. This should include your bachelor’s degree certificate and final academic transcripts including courses taken and grades achieved. There are no prerequisite subjects for our MBA Degree program.

In the absence of a Bachelor’s degree, you can apply with evidence of accredited professional experience of at least 5 years in the relevant sector. The documents that must be presented are (1) Employment history document (for example the Vida Laboral in Spain), except if your work experience was in a country where this document does not exist. (2) A signed company certificate that includes the start and end dates and the functions performed.

All documents must be issued in the English language, and bear the stamp and signature of an authorized university official. An official translation will be required for documents issued in any language other than English.

You must be fluent in English to participate and fully benefit from our programs.

These are the multiple ways to prove your proficiency in English:

  • English as a native language.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT): Minimum score 57.
  • Internet-Based Test (iBT): Minimum score 61.
  • International English Language Test (IELTS): Minimum score 6.0.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report: Minimum score 44.
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum score of 95.
  • 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET): Minimum score 53.
  • Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE): Minimum score 650/LP.
  • Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE): Minimum score 650/LP.
  • Internal English level testing at Swiss School of Management Barcelona.
  • Cambridge ESOL, Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – Minimum score: C
  • English as the language of instruction during previous studies in the formal educational system.

The student must have studied at least one year in classes taught in English. Taking classes to study the English language is not sufficient.

If your proficiency in the English language is not up to par, we offer an intensive English Language Preparation course that you can take before commencing your degree studies

Your motivation level will determine your success as a leader. This also applies to your studies at Swiss School of Management Barcelona and your future or current professional career.

Your statement of purpose is your Motivation Letter telling us about your background, experience, why you have chosen to apply for the program, why you consider yourself a good candidate, and your future professional goals. Your statement should be at least 300 words in length in essay format.

Someone who is able to comment on your academic or professional performance should write your letter of reference. This can be a professor who has taught you or a current / ex-employer if you have work experience. The letter should include the referee’s relationship with you, how long they have known you, your abilities, and why they consider you a suitable candidate for the program. Your reference letter should also include the contact details of your referee.

If you are an EU citizen, you can apply with a valid national ID card. If you are a non-EU citizen, you must apply with a valid international passport valid for the duration of your program. You will need to send a scanned copy of the data page of the document in color. 

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) should be a summary of your accomplishments and responsibilities over the years. It should be clear, concise, and complete with up-to-date and verifiable information about your education, employment history, and unique abilities. Your CV must be submitted in English.

Annual Intake

We have a continuous enrollment cycle all year round. We review applications and conduct interview to potential high-caliber students and assist them with inquiries and preparations in moving to Barcelona or finding accommodations for their year of study.

Our annual intake starts every month of October, January and April. See our academic calendar below for reference.

Academic Calendar

Master of Business Administration
Academic Year 2023-2024
SSM Barcelona

General Orientation: September 28, 2023 (Thursday)
Start of Class: October 2, 2023 (Monday)

October 2- November 4, 2023
Module 1: Thesis & Research Methodology
Module 2: Negotiating Globally
Submission of Research Idea (for Thesis)

November 6- December 1, 2023
Module 3: HRM & Organizational Behavior
Module 4: Leadership 360 Degrees
Submission of FIRST Draft: Thesis Proposal

December 4, 2023- January 8, 2024
Module 5: Management in the Digital Economy
Module 6: Global Macroeconomics & International Finance
Submission of Second Draft: Thesis Proposal

January 9- February 9, 2024
Module 7: Accounting & Financial Management
Module 8: Investment & Financial Management
Submission of the FINAL Thesis Proposal

February 13- March 8, 2024
Module 9: International Law & Ethics
Module 10: Globalisation
Selection of Research Director

March 12- April 5, 2025
Module 11: Competitive Strategy
Module 12: Strategic Marketing & Social Media Planning
Start of Data Collection

April – May 2024- Thesis Writing, Data Analysis etc
June – July 18- SCHEDULE OF THESIS DEFENSE (Viva Voce)

Note: The Academic Dean of the Swiss School of Management Barcelona has the right to change the Module distribution within the year provided that the schedule will not change.

What Happens Next

Upon submission of the academic requirements, an application Fee of 60€ will be invoiced and the Academic Council will review the students’ credentials, subject to due diligence. The Registrar will contact the student’s school to authenticate the submitted documents. Once everything is verified, the Acceptance letter is issued, and the student will be scheduled for an interview with the In-Residence Program Director at SSM Barcelona.

After successfully completing the admission interview, the In-Residence Program Director will recommend to the Academic Council the student`s eligibility for admission to the Swiss School of Management, Barcelona. Once approved, an acceptance letter will be provided, containing instructions on where and how to make the necessary payments.

Once the student confirms receipt of the Acceptance Letter, we request payment of the 1st tranche of the tuition fee (4,740€). The student will receive detailed instructions via email regarding the timing and process for making the payments. Once payment is confirmed, we can issue the Enrollment certificate.

To apply for a visa, students should visit the website of the Spanish Embassy in their respective cities. The Swiss School of Management will assist the student in the visa application process by providing the Acceptance Letter and any additional documents required by the embassy. It is important to note that the final decision on approving the student visa rests solely with the Spanish Embassy. The timely submission of all the required documents is crucial in getting your student visa approved. For further information on the visa application, we suggest scheduling a meeting with us, where we can provide a detailed explanation of the process. Alternatively, you can visit here for further information.

Students are allowed to work part time (20 hrs per week/ 4 hrs per day).

Attendance at the orientation day is mandatory for students, whether on campus or online. During this session, students will be introduced to the program`s academic requirements and become familiar with the Swiss School of Management system.

Transfer Credit Policy

Applicants aiming to join the MBA program and who have already started a master’s level program in an authorized institution other than SSM are subject to the below transfer policy:

  • An official transcript of record showing courses and grades earned must be scanned. All certificates and transcripts should be translated into English unless they are issued in German, Italian, or French.
  • The admissions department validates the authenticity/legality of the transcript and its issuing institution.
  • Once authenticity is proven, a copy the transcript is sent to the transfer committee comprised of the Academic Dean and Head of Admissions.
  • The Academic Dean matches and maps the transcript courses with a passing grade against SSM’s list of courses for transfer equivalence decisions. Certain courses, even though passed, might not be transferred in case they substantially differ from SSM’s master’s courses.
  • The committee then approves transfer of credits of courses that are only passed and strictly denies transferring credits of failed courses based on the Academic Dean’s transfer equivalence decision.
  • The number of credits to be transferred are modified so that they fit a common practice or norm used for conversion into the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
Policies and Procedures for Exceptions to Admissions Criteria
SSM allows candidates who hold recognized secondary schoolcertificates as per the entry criteria but not a BBA or BS degree to enrol at the MBA program Level and take courses and thesis toward a degree from SSM. Such applicants should have gained at least 10 years of leadership experience and passed any of the designated internationally approved English Exams stated within the admission criteria section of the MBA program.
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