This is a defining moment in history and there’s never been a better time to work together toward creating positive change in the world. Emerging trends in business are forcing business administration programs in higher education to reimagine the future. Digital social media, data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) are churning the business education landscape. This one-year English-language program brings together leading innovative faculty from premier universities around the world to continuously reimagine education – to keep it relevant and always looking forward. The program offers a Global MBA degree that aims to give students a life-changing experience and deliver maximum value especially in the terms of global mobility, responsible leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, and knowledge of big data, artificial intelligence and digital media. It prepares professionals and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds for a variety of careers in the digital age.

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The one-year Global Leaders MBA curriculum focuses on creative business design and social innovation, while gaining language, intercultural communication and leadership skills. Master's students work with renowned faculty who are scholars, practitioners, and mentors. The methodological focus is on learning by doing, constant reflection and iteration, and collaboration. To fulfill the requirements for the program, Masters students complete the open graduate-level business administration courses offered as part of the Aalto University/aSSIST University program and the additional degree-specialization requirements listed below. Students will graduate with a Masters in Business Administration from Seoul Business School at aSSIST University and have the option to add a second corresponding degree from Aalto University if they participate in a two-week Summer Resident Program in Helsinki and complete an extra semester of coursework.

Core Business Administration Courses: Mandatory courses following the general MBA curriculum that focuses on the four core business areas of strategy, leadership, finance, and marketing, with special emphasis on strategy and leadership in a global context.
Design Thinking and Innovation: Learn new creative methods for questioning, prototyping, and iterating in order to solve the most complex business problems and create social impact.
Social Innovation Management: Combines leadership, innovation, design, digital transformation, and community building to help you develop a proactive growth mindset for creative social entrepreneurship.
Global Leadership: Skills for problem-defining and problem-solving in international and global contexts are explored and you will learn how leadership is practiced in different countries.
Sustainable Development: Covers integrating sustainability and social responsibility into business strategy to work towards the three key areas the UN identifies for sustainability, which are economic, social, and environmental development.
International Business Team Project (Thesis): Students join a team to solve a live international business problem for which they will apply their knowledge to propose strategies to well-known corporate clients or new startups.
Note: One module is comprised of total 24 hours (1.5 credits per module). The requirements of each dual-degree programs will vary; please check the individual program specific pages for details.

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Aalto EMBA Dual-degree Option

The Global Leaders program brings together a modern Masters in Business Administration with Aalto University to create a transformative learning environment. It provides enterprising and socially-minded individuals the unique opportunity to participate in classes taught by Aalto University faculty and an intensive Summer Residency Program in Helsinki, Finland. The purpose of the study abroad time is immerse students in a new landscape and to develop and implement their tools in business projects in an unknown territory. Aalto University is ranked 42 in the world by Financial Times Executive Education, 2020. And, It holds the 'Triple Crown' of accreditations granted to only 0.5% of the world's business schools: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. T

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Fast-track Your Studies


cademically promising students may enrolled in the Fast-track to doctoral studies program and complete their doctorate degree in less time by taking advantage of this new path. The direct entry from the Master’s to the Doctorate degree allows a Seoul Business School graduate student to start Doctoral studies without having to complete a Master’s degree. With our Fast-track option, part of your Masters coursework counts towards your progression to a PhD degree and you can begin your thesis or dissertation research early to expedite your path through the program. This allows you to potentially shorten your studies by up to one year and pay less tuition.

You just need to submit a Fast-track application to the Doctoral program according to the aSSIST University’s procedures and deadlines and be accepted to the program (space is limited). Once you have competed courses for the Master's program, you will have up to 13 of those credits transferred to the Doctorate program. You are then considered a second year student in the doctoral program. During your remaining years in the program, you will fulfill the same requirements as Doctoral students. As a fast-track program participant, you must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in your Masters-level studies. You must also provide strong evidence that you are capable of successfully completing appropriate research for the Doctoral level.

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Be Part of Something Big:
International Business Project

The Global Leaders program is has created a bold new vision of graduate business administration education that includes merging business leadership, design, systems engineering, corporate responsibility, and information technology with the hands-on potential of digital learning in a global context. The students work with real world challenges not just theories and essays. Each cohort of students will work as a team throughout the program on an international real-life strategic, case study or other business project for a company in our global network. Students collaborate on problem solving, creating new solutions and applying digital technologies. They develop ideas, concepts and business plans for clients. They create prototypes, facilitate workshops and implement campaigns for actual projects and products. From this transformative experience student gain critical practical knowledge and skills.

Scholarships Overview

To provide international students with opportunities to conduct advanced studies in graduate programs at Seoul Business School, students can apply for the means-tested Global Leaders Scholarship Program. This means-tested scholarship awards is primarily based on a sliding household income scale, availability of funds, slots available, and number of eligible applicants. Applicants are required to submit supporting documents that verify their income and expenses. To find out if you are eligible for this program, please contact us for more details.

President TaeHyun Kim


The application period for studies beginning in the Fall, 2021 to the Global Leaders program is available until July 31, 2021. You are eligible to apply if you meet the criteria listed below. Start your electronic application by clicking the "apply online" button.


Bachelors Degree

Undergraduate (or expected graduate) degree from an accredited college or university.

3+ Years Work Experience

At least 3 years of work experience including at least 1 year of professional job experience.


  • Application Form
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • Transcript
  • Certificate of Work Experience
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official English Proficiency Test Certificate (TOEIC score above 700)
  • Passport Size Photos
  • Copy of Passport
  • Document Submission Form


Application fee

~30,000 won (additional fee may apply for the Aalto dual-degree program application)


9.7 million won per semester

Additional 10.3 million won for students who choose the dual-degree option with Aalto University and attend the Summer Residence Program in Finland.

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