MBA with Shipping

At Alba Graduate Business School

  • Duration:
    Duration: 28 months part-time
  • Next start date:
    Next start date: June 10, 2024
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    Fees: €9.950




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Prepare for progression with our MBA with Shipping Management

Study an MBA with Shipping Management with a business school ranked top 100 in the QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017 for ‘Superior Business School for Research and Employability’.

The shipping industry is rapidly evolving, and so to keep up with changing trends and to be successful in the industry, you need to evolve your skillset, too.

Alba's MBA with Shipping Management has been designed for professionals already working in this exciting sector who are looking for career progression into senior positions. Alongside core MBA courses which will give you a well-rounded view of best business practice, two specialist shipping management courses will help you to develop management insights on the challenges and opportunities in a capital-intensive shipping industry.

What you'll learn

Core MBA courses will sharpen your business acumen, and two specialist courses will develop management insights on investment decisions and the impact of technology in the industry.

Read more about the program's learning journey here

  • Develop key skills in strategic management and leadership

  • Specialize in maritime technology, business and investments

  • Delve deeper into a business problem of your choosing on the final project

How you'll learn

This MBA with Shipping Management program is taught through an innovative online learning environment which has been tailored to ensure you get the most out of your studies. It can be accessed on a number of devices, from anywhere, and at any time, making the program flexible around your current commitments.

The program features an unparalleled management curriculum and online pedagogy that is dynamic and adaptive to online students’ learning needs.

Predominantly delivered asynchronously, the program cultivates autonomous learning skills and offers the convenience and flexibility required by modern professionals. It also embeds in its courses a unique action learning approach by offering live sessions that augment cognitive and empirical achievements of students.


The program is designed to shape a holistic managerial profile of its participants as future leaders. For this purpose, students will build their core managerial competences through eight core business courses, one course on Business Methods to assist them in coping with critical business problems, two concentration courses and the Business Project course in which students shall apply and practice their interest in a specified area of concentration.

The Shipping Management concentration is made up of two core courses which shall provide participants a deep understanding of the shipping field. Real-life case studies are being used throughout the courses, enhancing participants' practical understanding of key shipping concepts and structures.

From the smaller business to the larger organization in the global economy, companies depend on the motivation and behavior of people with diverse backgrounds and cultural values that have to work together effectively and efficiently. It is the role of managers to plan, organize, direct and control an organization’s resources in the manner most effective for it to achieve human, organizational and social objectives in a changing environment. The specific objectives are to develop an awareness of the knowledge and skills that underlie leadership effectiveness while establishing the foundational knowledge about leadership styles, leadership processes, and leadership contexts.

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This course helps you to understand and practice the marketing management process from the perspective of facts-based decision making and not that of sheer opinions-based decision making. Using marketing management and marketing research concepts, tools and easy-to-use spreadsheet modelling software, you will: get a hands-on experience with the process of marketing management; and focus on the analysis of structured (quantitative) marketing data. The Marketing Engineering for Excel (ME>XL) software add-in and the accompanying case studies (which include datasets) allow you to focus on the complexities and challenges of the marketing management decision-making process without having to directly deal with complex statistical models.

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This course concentrates on the economic foundations of management by developing tools to analyze key issues of the industry (microeconomics) and general economic environment (macroeconomics) of a company. The first part, microeconomics, analyzes consumer behavior, producer pricing and production decisions under different market structures. The second part, macroeconomics, studies the operation of the entire economy, analyzing topics such as the determination of aggregate output, employment, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates and other macro variables.

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This course introduces students to predictive and prescriptive analytics using tools of decision sciences and statistics. Participants will learn to select key information from a problem formulation, develop mathematical/statistical models, and assess goodness of their solution using Microsoft Excel. Topics covered include forecasting, decision analysis, and business optimization. It is a practical course that uses real world examples to illustrate how to apply quantitative techniques to draw useful managerial insight.

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The course seeks to provide students with a broad introduction to the need for external accounting systems, the principles explicit and implicit within such systems, and the strengths and weaknesses in such systems. The course discusses the concepts and tools needed to understand and apply accounting information in optimizing managerial decisions, corporate planning and control. It focuses on the application of cost management, pricing, customer profitability analysis, budgeting, amongst others, for effective decision making. Key concepts and methods of accounting are discussed by focusing on the reporting of the financial position and financial performance of business organisations, the analysis of the financial statements produced by business organisations and the use of accounting information by management for planning, decision making and control purposes

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This course provides a well-balanced understanding of the underlying theory and its most important practical applications that allows managers to take financial decisions regarding the operating, investing, and financing activities of the firm. The course begins with an introduction of the financial landscape. It then examines how corporations create value through capital allocation. Specifically, it focuses on capital budgeting, valuation analysis and financing. Particular emphasis is placed upon the understanding of analytical techniques that provide numerical input to the decision-making process. Finally, the course discusses some key financial functions of MS Excel.

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Production and operations management can be defined broadly as the process steps that fulfil the production and delivery of “goods”, where “goods” include both material products and intangible services that offer some utility to the end consumer and the overall process subsumes all stages required to transform a product from a rough idea in a brainstorming meeting to the end customer offering. This course focuses on managerial decisions in production and operations and their interrelationships with the other functional areas of the firm. Major areas of study include the design of productive systems, strategic planning, and operations planning and control. Specific topics cover the areas of process and job design, facility planning, capacity planning, distribution planning, inventory management and production planning and control.

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As the internal and the external environment of firms are in constant flux, managers need to sharpen their strategic skills. Strategy is the set of objectives and policies that set to define how a firm positions itself to gain competitive advantage and increase returns for its owner and stakeholders. Two questions are of importance, then: “What business should we participate in” and “How should we compete?” In answering these questions, the external environment and the internal firm resources and capabilities take a central role. We also examine strategic choices at the business unit, corporate, and network level. Finally, the course examines strategies in different industries and contexts (mature, new economy, global). Through case studies and assignments, you will learn to use tools for analyzing, creating, and communicating strategies.

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Firms nowadays are presented with complex problems which require strong systems and design thinking skills and competences. Moreover, the speed of contemporary business transformations dictates a more active role of the workforce towards enabling and co-creating firms’ future. In this environment, employees strive for the skills but also the tools to inquire complex problems and design organisationally desirable solutions. The current course comprises a unique introduction to business inquiry methodologies that would allow our students to prepare and take active role in solving business problems and devising future opportunities.

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Concentration Courses

This course will provide insight on the impact of technology on ships and how such technology is being quantified for commercial as well as safety purposes. Shipping as a profession is a synthesis of skills and knowledge from various professions. The technical foundations though ensure the anticipated sustainability that maritime organizations seek. Basic understanding along with the needed vision is transferred through this course.

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Seaborne transportation is a crucial catalyst for world trade and economic growth. Globalization, increased competition, and rapid technological changes have resulted in lower transportation costs, making shipping even more relevant and important for today’s global economy. The shipping industry however is characterized by its cyclicality and capital intensiveness and as a result, stakeholders need to adopt a prudent and diligent approach. The course exposes the participants to the industry’s macroeconomic and microeconomic forces, the economic and regulatory environment whilst it also analyses different capital sources that can be employed by shipping companies in order to diversify their capital structure and maximize shareholders value. Real-life case studies are being used throughout the course, enhancing participants’ practical understanding of key shipping and ship-financing concepts and structures.

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Capstone Course

The course employs a rich curriculum and a gamification approach to learning about sustainability issues, using an interactive and immersive teaching tool in the form of a simulation game. Students will have the opportunity to play the game in groups in several weeks, engage in meaningful discussions and apply skills and strategies they have already developed throughout their MBA studies, which will contribute to long-term success in an ever-changing, dynamic business environment. While playing the game, students will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics, designed to empower them with essential tools and insights for their continuous professional development to be able to lead a sustainable business and address current organisational challenges they may face. Interactive and collaborative learning will allow to reflect on ideas and experiences and contribute to a rich collective experience for all.

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Students who obtain all 36 credits from the 12 courses, will receive the MBA degree from Alba Graduate Business School.

Student profile

This MBA with Shipping Management program is suited to working mid-level professionals who are looking for flexible self-paced study time supported by mainly asynchronous micro-lectures with multiple start opportunities, have already been building their career and are looking for the opportunity to progress into leadership roles.

Online students are more likely to come from international locations with diverse and multicultural backgrounds aiming to improve their global business network and enhance their knowledge of global management practices.

Profile student

Potential career paths

This program will equip you with the skills you need to progress into a leadership position within the shipping industry. You will gain exposure to the industry’s macroeconomic and microeconomic forces, the economic and regulatory environment whilst also acquiring an insight on the technical foundations and the impact of technology on ships. Alba's MBA with Shipping Management has been designed with your future in mind.

Developing you into:


Shipping industry managers


Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs


Creative team players


Mindful business leaders

Admission requirements

To study for this program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum of three years of work experience, acquired post-graduation.
  • Provide a CV with contacts to two references.
  • English language proficiency.
  • Answer three short essays.

Technical requirements:

Student Computer Requirements (all of them must be met)

  • A computer device that is up to 6 years old and has an updated OS
  • Portable web camera OR built-in laptop camera
  • Microphone headset OR built-in computer/laptop microphone
  • Minimum Internet connection speed of 0.400 Mbps (0.900 Mbps is optimal)
  • Minimum recommended RAM of 4GB (free RAM of 2GBs)
  • Minimum recommended free disk space of 250GBs
  • Download and install an Internet Browser (Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome).

To learn more about academic regulations and student conduct at Alba download the Student Handbook

Start dates

We have five start dates a year, so if you choose to study the Alba MBA you could begin within weeks.


June 10, 2024

Next start date

May 26, 2024

Application deadline

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