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MiM Offers an Alternative for the Ambitious

‘Employers are increasingly looking for emotional intelligence and social leadership potential.’

Published: February 26, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • A Masters in Management offers a fast track to business success for those unable or unwilling to pursue an MBA.
    Photo: Matt Buck / Flickr

With the effects of globalization creating a volatile and ever-changing business environment, it’s no surprise that this in turn has affected business education, in terms of both the value and popularity of certain qualifications. While the Master of Business Administration, or MBA, still remains the most recognized management credential, the number of students applying for the program has fallen in recent years in favor of a more accessible and affordable option — the Masters in Management, or MiM, degree.

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The recent surge in popularity for the MiM is especially evident in Europe. From the number of students who sat the Graduate Management Admissions Test, or GMAT, last year, 44 percent applied to MiM programs — an upswing of 23 percent from 2008. In Russia, growth last year was just as significant with 32 percent of GMAT applicants looking to complete a MiM — up from 17 percent in 2008.

Roland Siegers, executive director of CEMS, a global alliance in management education that runs its own MiM programs around the world, is not surprised by the figures. He believes that the MiM is on track to replace the MBA as the management degree of choice.

“Beyond excellent grades and proven intellectual capacities, which remain a must, employers are increasingly looking for emotional intelligence and social leadership potential,” he said, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times.

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“The MiM’s young graduates are increasingly being seen as an asset as they are not only university-trained generalists in management but are more willing to accept change and better deal with the evolving business market.”

The major difference between the two programs is the entry requirements. The MiM is immediately available to Bachelor graduates with little or no work experience whereas the MBA can only be undertaken after at least five to six years of experience. There is also a substantial difference in cost. The MiM is similarly priced to a Bachelor’s program whereas an MBA can cost up to twice that amount.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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