FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About The IME Mini MBA Program

FAQ about the IME Mini MBA program

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the IME Mini MBA Executive Program

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the IME Mini MBA Executive program.

At IME we want to involve with people who desire to acquire new business skills which they can use immediately because they need it now. That is our ideal Mini MBA candidate.

In Singapore, the demands on you as a professional are fierce and there are lots of people out there who are more than willing to take your place if you don’t perform. There are a lot of ambitious and hard working Singaporeans. It is part of the culture. The demands are high, the expectations are high, the working hours are long. That is why people usually do not have the time to do a full MBA. To complete a Mini MBA requires time and prioritization, but you do not need to sacrifice years to further qualify yourself and your family and workplace does not need to be without you for a longer period of time. With one to two workshop-days per month during the 6-months period, the program is easy to fit in your busy everyday-schedule.

Here are a few examples of our average Mini MBA candidates:

  • Business Owners / Entrepreneurs who need reinforcement of their core business knowledge and administration skills for daily running of their business.
  • Senior / Middle Managers who have been promoted successfully throughout the years in specialized roles that only cover the areas of their expertise (such as Engineering, Retail, F&B, etc.) and want to gain a wider understanding of the various business areas and how they come together as a whole.
  • Executives aspiring for a more senior position and therefore need to increase their leadership capability and acquire the general managerial skills to stand out from the crowd.

Endorsements from our current students and our alumni can be found here.

The IME Mini MBA Executive program follows the six modules of the classic MBA-program, which are: Strategy, Human Resource, Finance & Accounting, Marketing and Social Media, Change Management and Process & Lean. Besides that the program has a continuous focus on leadership and personal development through Design Your Career module. That makes it 7 modules in total.

Read more about the modules here

Each of the six classic modules (mentioned above) are full-day workshops and always take place on Saturdays. The seventh module is Design Your Career (DYC) module and it has a unique five-workshop structure, meaning that each of your full-day modules will start with one hour of DYC lecture.

Each year we start with a new class in February and August. As a participant you will have one to two full-day workshops per month (always Saturdays). In total, the program takes 6 months (from start to certification). It requires approx. 25 hours per month for preparations, assignments and workshop.

The detailed schedule can be found here.

We believe that the good experts / lecturers can do wonders. They are inspiring, motivating, knowledgeable and has one foot planted directly in the business. Our experts are from a wide range of industries and organisations, with many years of work experience. Read more about them here.

The program takes a very practical approach. It is a combination of intensive modules and self-study processes. The modules are organized around the real-world dilemmas and business challenges and choices that can be applied to your work. Furthermore, the program has a continuous focus on personal development.

We believe that desire to develop yourself as an individual is important. As well as we belive in importance of work life balance, increased self-awareness and an enhanced ability to prioritize and take control of your own life. In the constantly changing business environment, increasing your self-awareness helps you to enhance your managerial strengths and develop your management skills.

Through Design Your Career (DYC) module the Mini MBA program animates the participants to take a step back and reflect on themselves, their lives, their careers, and the choices they have made and will have to make in the future in order to realize their full potential in the best possible way. This is a unique five-workshop module with a special focus on personal leadership and development components.

Read more about the DYC module here.

Yes! The conclusion of the program is a written assignment, a challenge directly related to your organization and linked to the knowledge you have gained during the program. Upon completion, you will receive a grade assessing your performance. Upon successful completion of the program you will receive an IME Mini MBA Certificate.

For sure! The small teams and the high degree of participant involvement will increase the likelihood that you can strengthen your personal and professional network. During the classes there will be active sparring, knowledge sharing and interesting discussions with committed fellow students from a wide range of industries and organizations.

Upon completion of the program you will become a part of the IME Mini MBA Alumni group, which we will nurture and help to strengthen the ties between the fellow alumni and IME friends and partners through continuing IME events and activities.

This is a six-month program and the other participants of the Mini MBA are counting on you and every other participants to be fully present on all 6 workshop days. However, we understand that sometimes personal and work plans can’t be changed. In case you can’t attend one of the modules, we can discuss an exemption where you can be granted an option of attending the said module with the next class.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

The answer is no. The number of ECTS (Equivalents Credit Table) points are an indication of how much studying time is expected from a participant to understand and pass the course in question. The ECTS points do not give any indication of difficulty or quality of the program. As the Mini MBA does not have accreditation, there will be no formal indication of the number of ECTS points corresponding to the course.

However, if you still wish to get an idea about the number of ECTS points or work time that is required in the Mini MBA, we can start by pointing out that the agreement is that 1 ECTS-point matches approximately a workload of about 27-28 hours. If we imagine that it takes about 25 hours a month to complete the Mini MBA (including teaching, preparation, exercises and assignments), and that the total number of studying hours is 150, we would be talking about 5.5 ECTS points.

We would love to hear from you and meet for a cup of coffee or two. Please contact:

Asger Daugbjerg
Director, IME Singapore
+65 8699 5705


Frank Leong
Consultant, APAC
+65 9866 5165

The program costs are 7.500 SGD excl. GST.

You can apply for the program here –  simply just by filling out the form.

All the full-day workshops will take place at hotel Hilton Singapore:

Hotel Hilton Singapore

581 Orchard Road, 
Singapore 238883

This Post Has 4 Comments

    1. Dear Shiryn, thank you for you question! The IME Mini MBA does not have an accreditation like the MBA programs do there are no ECTS points corresponding to the course. You receive the certificate upon successful completion of the program. Kind regards/ IME Singapore Team

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