The York Business School MBA in Leadership and Management is designed for a diverse range of students who share a passion for leadership and management more generally and who wish to move into or further develop their careers in leadership and management. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management from a leadership and people perspective, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and leadership development. The programme offers opportunities to explore, evaluate and apply key theories of leadership and management theories and concepts as well as encouraging creative and innovative thinking in the application of relevant models and frameworks.
The programme brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with practical understanding of activities within organisations. You will explore issues that have significant impact within organisations by working with others and building on both their experiences and your own.
As you progress through your studies you will not only explore academic theory related to the subject, but will be encouraged and supported to develop skills that will prepare you for developing your career, especially related to leadership and management. The programme provides opportunities for you to work with other leaders and professionals developed by enabling you to share knowledge, relate this to theories developed from relevant research, and learning by practical application.
The programme is international in its design and engages with themes on an international basis. Many different cultural contexts are utilised to help provide the setting for discussions. This programme provides opportunities to grow global networks both virtually and also through the residential activity that creates an environment for cross cultural peer to peer learning.
On completion of the programme, you will be able to critically evaluate a range of theories and models relating to organisations, leadership and management, and apply these to real life situations in order to inform your decision making. The network that you will develop over the duration of the programme often continues to be a supportive and strong community of practice post-graduation.
Most of the programme is delivered online, but you must attend a 5 day residential in either York or Zürich as part of the Capstone Project module. This is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow professionals, share learning and understanding, and build global relationships, alongside learning about how to conduct academic research to support you in the completion of your capstone project.
You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study. In addition, you must have:
- bachelor’s degree or equivalent, achieved at Class 2.2 or above, from an approved University or Institution;
- current or recent work experience (within the last two years) appropriate to enable you to contribute to the programme;
- Entry via Open Access Module
If you have extensive work experience appropriate to enable you to contribute to the programme you can gain entry to the programme through the APEL (Accredited Prior Experiential Learning) process. This should be demonstrated via the application form and a CV and will enable you to enter the programme via the Open Access Module MMK002 The Essence of Leadership. If passed, this module will provide the required evidence for you to join the full programme and the credits will count towards your Master’s degree.
YSJU in exceptional cases reserve the right to interview applicants directly to help clarify their eligibility, as appropriate. When this is the case, interviews would normally be conducted virtually.
If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University. You might be able to demonstrate English Language capability through work based references.
If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL).