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Comprehensive Management Education

The Flexible MBA curriculum will provide you with a comprehensive management education emphasizing:

  • entrepreneurial spirit,
  • applied practical learning,
  • creativity,
  • the integration of business and society,
  • with a global perspective, and ASEAN focus.

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Curriculum Overview

The Flexible MBA program consists of a total of 23 courses (66 credit hours), including 10 core (required) courses, and meeting the Integrative Capstone requirement, and  at least 12 electives courses.

Core courses prepare you to think critically about business issues and provide the foundations for subsequent elective courses.

Courses are normally offered over five-week modules. For exact module dates see Key Dates.

Integrative Practicum Requirement

All MBA students must show that they have successfully fulfilled the Integrative Practicum requirement. This requirement can be satisfied in a variety of ways. You choose the track that best fits your interests.

Initially, the Integrative Practicum requirement will be satisfied by successfully completing any of the following:

  • Global Initiatives in Management (GIM): students interested in gaining more depth in international business will probably choose this as their Integrative Practicum.
  • MIT-Sasin Action Learning Lab: students interested in consulting or working on practical projects in a specific industry, might choose this for their Integrative Practicum.
  • Global Management Practicum: this hands-on consulting course (spanning two modules) can be used to fulfill the Integrative Practicum requirement.
  • Sustainability Practicum: students interested in sustainability management will want to choose this as their Integrative Practicum and work on real sustainability problems, with real businesses.
  • Participating in Startup Competitions can also fulfill the Integrative Practicum requirement: this will probably be the choice of students interested in creating their own start-ups.

Additional tracks to fulfill the Integrative Practicum will be developed and approved from time to time, depending on student demand.

It’s practical, hands-on, teamwork

All tracks to fulfill the Integrative Practicum requirement will involve some common elements, designed to reinforce Transformative Action Learning.

All Integrative Practicum tracks will involve:

  • student teams working together,
  • to solve real world business problems. These practical problems might come from existing business (in the case of GIM for example), or from problems students themselves identify and choose to solve (in the case of start-up business plans for example).
  • Mentored by a resource team of faculty, usually assisted by specialized professionals (who will often be Sasin alumni).

Over a sustained period

The Integrative Practicum requirement will normally be fulfilled over several modules. The regular five-week module will usually not give sufficient time for a practicum requirement.

Students can start on their Integrative Practicum requirement any time after they have successfully completed their first ten core courses. You should be sure to discuss your ideas for Integrative Practicum requirement with a faculty member, and make sure to confirm the details for fulfillment with your faculty advisor(s) in writing.

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Curriculum Details

Pre-MBA Activities

Pre-MBA activities give you the opportunity to meet and bond with your classmates and be better prepared for the program proper.
Pre-program activities usually include:

  • Orientation: introducing you to Sasin facilities, staff and faculty. This often features an alumni panel to advise you on how to make the most of your opportunities at Sasin, and some top business leaders speaking about contemporary business issues,
  • Get-Away Visit: with ice-breaking and group forming activities,
  • Short preparatory courses to make sure you’re all up to scratch in the basics of Math, Statistics, and Accounting.

Core, Required Courses

The first modules of your program focus primarily on core, required, courses. These prepare you for the more individually-tailored curriculum of subsequent modules, which will be driven by your desired choice of electives.

The core curriculum emphasizes deepening and systematization of your management skills, and provides the foundation for your Flexible MBA program.

You must complete ten core (required) courses before advancing to subsequent modules.

After completing those ten core courses, you may also change your rate of progress by deciding to take one course per module (often called part-time) or two courses per module (often called full-time). Or you may choose to ask permission to further accelerate to turbo, and take more than two courses per module. 

Requests to change rate of progress should be made to the Office of the Registrar at Registrar@sasin.edu.

The first core courses are:

The final required course will be the Integrative Capstone (see above), this requirement can be fulfilled in several different ways, depending on your interests.

In very exceptional cases, it may be possible to receive a waiver for one or more core courses. Any waiver inquiries should be directed to the Admissions and Registration Office at Admissions@sasin.edu.

Electives and More

After completing your initial 10 required core courses, you will then complete the Integrative Capstone requirement, and at least 10 more elective courses.

As you plan for the rest of your program, you have four broad options:

Please note that to maximize your opportunities, you need to plan for the electives portion of your program as early as possible! If you need advice, please contact Sasin’s Student Affairs Office at StudentAffairs@sasin.edu, or discuss your concerns with any faculty member.

Internships

If you choose not to go on exchange, you may wish to participate in Sasin’s  Internships in Management Program.

MBA Concentrations

After completing your first ten core courses, you may choose to concentrate on one or more specific areas. Concentrations will be shown on your transcript.

Each concentration comprises 1 or 2 foundation course(s) and 2 or 3 additional elective courses. Courses may NOT count for more than one concentration simultaneously. 

At present concentrations include:

ConcentrationRequired Courses Electives
FinanceFINC D30 Finance I
FINC D41 Finance II
2 electives chosen from:FINC D42 Financial Decisions
FINC D48 Venture Capital Funding
FINC D55 Mergers and Acquisitions
FINC D60 Investments
FINC D78 Strategic Performance Management
MarketingMKTG D30 Marketing I3 electives chosen from:MKTG D52 Consumption & Marketing
MKTG D54 Advertising Strategy
MKTG D55 DigiMarketing
MKTG D59 Services & Hospitality Marketing
MKTG D68 Multicultural Marketing
EntrepreneurshipMGMT D62 Entrepreneurship & New Venture Formulation3 electives chosen from:FINC D48 Venture Capital Funding
LAW D30 Business Law
MGMT D55 Information Technology
OPNS D75 Project Management
MECN D46 Pricing Strategies
MGMT D67 Family Business: Managing Growth & Succession
Management &
Strategy
MGMT D31
Business Strategy
3 electives chosen from :MECN D41 Competitive Strategy and Industrial Structure
MECN D46 Pricing Strategies
MGMT D36 Global Management Practicum
MGMT D54 Formulating Competitive Direction
OPNS D75 Project Management
DECS D50 Decision Analysis
MKTG D54 Advertising Strategy
In all cases, with the prior, written permission of the Registrar's Office, you may substitute equivalent courses for those listed above.
Please note that the decision of the Registrar's Office is final.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Sasin offers many experiences beyond the classroom.  In addition to international opportunities, these include:

  • taking part in local, regional and global startup competitions
  • helping organize Sasin’s own Bangkok Business Challenge (Thailand’s only global new venture, start-up, competition)
  • attending presentations by noted speakers and renowned global leaders
  • participating in Sasin’s ever-changing array of clubs, sports, and networking activities.