International Executive MBA Katowice

About program

Why Executive MBA?

The Executive MBA GFKM program prepares its participants for effective management in the VUCA world, where success depends on quick and accurate decisions, made in constantly changing environment. It develops a comprehensive knowledge of business processes, a holistic view of the organization, and the ability to manage a complex structure of the organization. It provides exceptional satisfaction and confidence in action, that comes with graduating from a prestigious, demanding managerial program. The Executive Master of Business Administration diploma is an element of the personal brand of a professional manager. It is synonymous with broad and practical business knowledge. Above all, however, it confirms the highest management and leadership competencies.


Why the International Executive MBA program at GFKM?
  • All classes emphasize the practical aspects of management, enabling participants to efficiently implement the latest solutions in their daily work. All faculty members have extensive business experience and expertise in various areas of management.
  • The International Executive MBA GFKM program is a process of comprehensive development, covering a wide spectrum of modern business knowledge and fostering the development of managerial and leadership competencies. Experiencing this valuable process allows Participants to become even better leaders, meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Attractive, diverse and interactive forms of classes allow to effectively enrich key competences at the optimal time. The dynamic formula of participation mobilizes to seek and test innovative solutions and new methods of operation..
  • 40% of the program is conducted in English, including classes led by foreign lecturers from leading European business schools (INSEAD, Rotterdam School of Management, Aalto University, Porto Business School, Institut d’Administration des Enterprises Aix-Marseille)
  • Program participants are experienced managers from various industries, which enables sharing of experiences, learning about proven solutions and mutual inspiration. Networking provides valuable individual and corporate business contacts
  • Graduates of the program occupy high positions in organizations in Poland and around the world. Completion of the Program allows you to join the prestigious group of GFKM Executive MBA Program Alumni and the international community of MBA Diploma holders.
  • The scope of the International Executive MBA Program covers contemporary issues of international management. It is also possible to participate in EMBA sessions at partner foreign universities.

The position of the Executive MBA GFKM program is confirmed by the prestigious International Quality Accreditation (CEEMAN IQA), the international title of Business School with Significant Impact (BMDA) and the highest Master Class in the MBA SEM FORUM Program Rating. However, the most important are the opinions of Program graduates, who emphasize its exceptional practical value, unique content and modern teaching methods. When choosing the GFKM Executive MBA Program, over 60% of candidates follow the recommendations of graduates, who appreciate its impact on the development of their professional careers and the business successes they achieved.





The GFKM Executive MBA program is implemented in cooperation with the University of Gdańsk and validated by the Institut d’Administration des Enterprises Aix-Marseille.

The Institut d’Administration des Enterprises Aix-Marseille – IAE Aix-Marseille (at the Paul Cezanne University in Marseille) is a leading French business school. IAE specializes in postgraduate studies for business, its MBA Program has two international accreditations, EQUIS and AMBA.


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Objectives and methodology

The objective of the Executive MBA GFKM program is to develop competent, innovative, socially responsible leaders and managers, who care about the sustainable development of enterprises and fulfilling the social functions of enterprise. The program enhances the comprehensive skills of modern leadership, integrating competences from various areas of management in an attractive formula. It prepares leaders to tackle the challenges of today’s and future global business environment.

The proprietary myMBAexperience® methodology creates a coherent, consistent development process – customizes participants’ experience in the Program, supports them in reaching their development goals and career plans. The curriculum of the Program creates a logical structure with an increasing level of advancement. It also integrates additional development activities in order to strengthen the learning outcomes.

The International Executive MBA program is based on 4 pillars:

1. Key business issues

The first pillar includes a compendium of knowledge and skills, constituting the foundation of professional management, essential to succeed in any career. It includes subjects such as Strategic Management, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Business and International Law, Ethics and CSR, Process Management, Team Management, and Organizational Behavior.

2. Specialist and advanced issues

Courses delivered in this pillar allow to go deeper into some of the disciplines covered in the first pillar and put forward a few new areas, depending on participant’s personal interests. They include some obligatory courses and electives, including courses at Executive MBA programs of partnering foreign universities. The pillar includes courses such as Advanced Financial Management, Digital Marketing, Global Business, Innovative Leader – Innovative Team, or Project Management.

3. Business challenges

These are activities focused on analyzing complex business challenges and making managerial decisions. They develop a holistic view of management problems and dilemmas. They combine various, interdependent areas of knowledge and business competences. As part of this pillar, participants learn good management practices during visits to companies, implement team projects, solve real business dilemmas (live cases), meet business practitioners and inspiring leaders.

4. PROLider Personal Development Program

Leadership is the key to effective management. PROLider is a series of personalized development activities carried out during the Executive MBA program. Their objective is to support the personal development of participants through the identification of their potential and provision of professional support in the implementation of individual development plans. Key elements of the PROLider program – 360-degree feedback, MindSonar®, coaching sessions, action plans – allow participants to get to know their strengths and weaknesses and determine the optimal path of development. The PROLider Personal Development Program accompanies participants on their development journey during and after International Executive MBA Program.




The Master Classes

The Master Classes in the Executive MBA programme are a special opportunity where renowned experts and well-known business leaders share their wealth of experience. These session meetings are unique in that they offer direct contact with some of the most prominent figures from the business world, enabling you to benefit from their knowledge and practices and providing inspiration for MBA Students. Participants have a unique opportunity to network, establish valuable relationships and exchange ideas with professionals who are shaping the face of modern business. The Master Classes are a key element of the programme, highlighting its prestige and practical approach to leadership education.

Among the special guests invited are:

Prof. Dariusz Filar
Marzena Strzelczak
Bartosz Ciepluch

Scope of the program

Semester I

Class Grade Hours
Strategic Business Simulation Game I PG 27
Organizational Behavior PK 18
Effective Team Management A 18
Conducting Effective Meeting and Presentations A 9
Business Ethics and CSR A 9
Strategic Management E 27
Economic Aspects of Management PK 27
Total 135
Written exam
Control work
Group project
Active participation in classes

Semester II

Class Grade Hours
Managerial Accounting PK 18
Marketing Management E 27
Process and Quality Management PG 27
Project Management PG 27
Diversity Management A 9
Innovative Leader – Innovative Team A 27
Total 135
Written exam
Control work
Group project
Active participation in classes

Semester III

Class Grade Hours
Human Resource Management E 27
Modern ICT Technologies – Managerial Perspective PG 18
Business Law PK 18
International Law A 9
Results Oriented Leadership A 18
Financial Management E 27
Elective PK 18
Total 135
Written exam
Control work
Group project
Active participation in classes

Semester IV

Class Grade Hours
Strategic Business Simulation Game II PG 27
Global Business PG 27
Change Management A 18
Digital Marketing A 9
Elective A 18
Elective A 18
Elective A 18
Total 135
Written exam
Control work
Group project
Active participation in classes
Total 540


Organizational information

Program duration: 4 semesters (2 years, 20 sessions)

Classes are held once a month during 3-day sessions (Friday-Sunday) in the following hours:

  • Friday: 11:00-19:00
  • Saturday: 08:30-16:30
  • Sunday: 08:30-16:30

The Program starts in October 2024.

Location – Katowice

Upon successful completion of the Executive MBA program, students receive an Executive MBA diploma signed by all partner institutions:

  • IAE Aix-en-Provence
  • University of Silesia in Katowice
  • Gdansk Foundation for Management Development

 Requirements for graduation:

  • to pass all the courses taught during four semesters of the Program
  • to receive a positive evaluation from the supervisor and the reviewer for the final diploma project written in English



Admission until 2 September 2024!
Eligibility conditions:
  • University degree: a bachelor’s or a master’s
  • Work experience of at least 3 years at managerial level
  • Positive results of the English language test and admissions interview

To qualify for the program:

  • Complete the application form
  • Send the required documents (copy of university diploma, employment certificate)
  • Pay the application fee of PLN 450 (plus 23% VAT)
  • After the documents have been reviewed, a written English exam and an interview (in English) will be arranged
  • Pass a written English test
  • Get positive interview results





Tuition fees for participation in the International Executive MBA Program in Katowice:

Tuition fee for the program Tuition fee for one year Tuition fee for one semester Installment
Lump sum payment 43 000 zł
Payment in 2 yearly installments 45 000 zł 22 500 zł
Payment in 4 semester installments 47 000 zł 11 750 zł
Payment in 20  installments 49 000 zł 2 450 zł


  • Net prices. 23% VAT should be added to all prices
  • In the case of payment in 4 semester installments, the payment for each semester is made before the beginning of each semester
  • In the case of payments in 20 installments, the installment payment dates will be agreed before the Program starts
  • Participants, who recommend another participant to the Program, are entitled to a 5% discount! For more details contact MBA Office




Bank transfer details

Gdańska Fundacja Kształcenia Menedżerów Pekao S.A., IV O/Gdańsk,


NIP: 584-030-46-15

Application form

If you are interested in participating in the program and meet the criteria, please complete the application form


“The Executive MBA program at GFKM allows for broadening of business knowledge and strategic thinking skills. Personally, the most important practical test came when I was offered a chance to develop a company in a difficult market – Ukraine. Building the structures the right way or improving them and determining the right strategy is a big challenge. It becomes easier when you are a graduate of the GFKM MBA.

When I started the Executive MBA program, I did not realize how important exchanging experiences is – both with instructors and participants. Executive MBA studies have consolidated and enriched my knowledge about the functioning of an effective manager.

I recommend Executive MBA program at the GFKM to everyone. Especially to those who care about their own development and about the most valuable aspect of the program – exchanging experiences with people working in a wide variety of industries“.

- Wojciech Maciejewski, Managing Director of KONE Ukraine and Development Director of KONE Sp. z o.o. Poland

“At the time of starting the MBA program at GFKM, I took on the position of the head of the department, whose competences were not precisely defined, and the tasks performed in one process were scattered throughout the organization. Existing processes required rearrangement and unification. The knowledge and skills that I gained during the MBA program allowed me to efficiently and successfully carry out the planned changes. This is just the beginning of implementing the knowledge acquired during the studies. Furthermore, I met wonderful people who willingly shared their experience and with whom I keep in touch to this day”.

- Marta Popek, Head of the Contract Management Department, Energa Obrót SA


What are the English language proficiency requirements?

To participate in the program, you must be able to use the language freely, both orally and in writing. Generally, those who use English in their daily or occasional business dealings are eligible to participate in the program.




Can I enter the qualification with a bachelor's degree?

It is possible to enter the qualification only with a bachelor’s degree, however, the candidate must have particularly extensive professional experience.




Must the program be completed within two years?

The program we offer is designed for four semesters (two years). During the implementation of the Executive MBA program, breaks are allowed, however, from the beginning of the Executive MBA program to the award of the diploma, no more than 3 years may elapse.



How is tuition levied and does it remain the same throughout the entire study period?

Tuition fees must be paid each time at the beginning of each commencing semester. The Board of GFKM reserves the right to a one-off increase by the inflation rate after the first year of studies.




Is it possible to pay tuition fees in installments?

Yes, it is possible to pay in installments. The price list is presented above on this page.

What education services are included in the tuition fees?

As part of the paid tuition fees, Executive MBA program students are entitled to participate in classes and activities provided for in the program. They receive teaching materials (scripts) for all classes and textbooks for some subjects.

How often are the classes held?

Classes are held once a month during 3-day sessions (Friday-Sunday) in the following hours:
Friday: 11: 00-19: 00
Saturday: 08: 30-16: 30
Sunday: 08: 30-16: 30


In what form are the classes conducted?

The program includes interactive lectures, exercises, case work, presentations, management games and workshops.




Co to jest projekt dyplomowy?

The diploma project is an individual work containing independent solutions to a practical problem in the sphere of management.




What is the qualification procedure?

To qualify for the program:

  • Complete the application form
  • Send the required documents (copy of university diploma, employment certificate)
  • Pay the application fee of PLN 450 (plus 23% VAT)
  • After the documents have been reviewed, a written English exam and an interview in English will be arranged
  • Pass the written English test
  • Get a positive test result and interview




Does a documented employment period of less than three years disqualify a candidate?

The candidate should have at least three years of documented professional practice. In special cases, the decision is made by the Recruitment Committee.

Is it possible to subsidize the program?

Information on currently available forms of funding can be obtained here.


Halina Frątczak

MBA Organization Director
Mob.: +48 600 095 672
Ph.: +48 58 558 58 58

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