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Postgraduate & Mid-career Development Unit

Postgraduate & Mid-career Development Unit The main objective of the Postgraduate & Mid-career Development Unit (PGMCDU) is to develop, organize and ensure the smooth functioning of postgraduate and mid-career development programmes for executive and managerial staff of modern day organizations with the ultimate goal of enhancing managerial capabilities for the betterment of our society. At present, the PGMCDU conducts several programmes such as  MBA, MBA in Finance, MBA in HRM, MBA in Marketing and Executive Diploma in Business Administration (EDBA). In addition to the regular Master’s and Diploma programmes, tailor made training programmes on management are also organized by this unit to train the employees of any particular organization on request.

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University of Colombo
The University of Colombo, which can be claimed as the oldest University in Sri Lanka, has been associated with higher education for over 100 years. It is a metropolitan university and the students are at a distinct advantage being at the hub of the cultural, economic and political activities of the country. University of Colombo has become a leading university in the region and has received high international rating being the best University in Sri Lanka. In that University of Colombo is the best known Sri Lankan University throughout the globe.
The Faculty of Management & Finance which was established in May, 1994 has nearly thirty years of history in management education, despite being the youngest Faculty of the University of Colombo.

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Faculty of management & Finance and her MBA Programmes




The history of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme of the University of Colombo runs into more than two decades and it is one of the oldest MBA Programmes not only in Sri Lanka but also in the South Asian region. During these two decades, it has produced a significant number of professional managers who work in different parts of the world. Meantime the MBA of the University of Colombo has transformed itself into one of the well recognized MBAs offered by universities in South Asia.
Students who are enrolled in the MBA Programme have the option of reading for the traditional general MBA or specialized MBA. This facilitates students to customize their learning experience to best suit their career aspirations, learning habits and interests. It is the belief of the Faculty that all these features would help to reach the following valued learning outcomes of the MBA Programme. 

  • Leading any organizational transformation effectively and managing the organization efficiently.
  • Being critical in translating the science of management into business decision making so that he/she is capable of responding to the decision making context  in the most suitable manner.
  • Being a competent team player with the highest commitment in developing a sense of community within the organization.
  • Being a professional manager in all his/her conduct within and outside the organization.
  • Being a responsible and valued citizen.

Currently the Faculty offers four (04) different MBAs namely MBA, MBA in Finance, MBA in HRM and MBA in Marketing. The students can choose an appropriate Programme as each programme has been designed to cater the unique needs of different groups of managers.

MBA
This programme  is mainly intended for managers who need to acquire multi-disciplinary skills and for those who are aspiring to be members of the corporate management team.
MBA in Finance
This programme is intended for Finance Managers, Fund Managers, Senior executives of the financial sector and those who are aspiring to be members of the corporate management team with specialization in finance.
MBA in HRM
This programme is mainly intended for Human Resource Managers/Managers who are aspiring to be members of the corporate management team with specialization in HRM competencies.
MBA in Marketing
This programme is mainly intended for Marketing Managers/Managers who are aspiring to be members of the corporate management team with specialization in marketing competencies.

Options Available
Students have three options in reading the selected degree programme namely, Course Work Option, Research Paper Option and Thesis Option.
Course Work Option
This option is offered to students who are interested in reading for a more professionally oriented Master’s Degree. They complete their degree earning all required credits from taught courses.
Research Paper Option
This option is offered to students who wish to maintain a balance between professional and academic orientation in their Master’s Degree. They complete their degree, following a course on Research Methods and writing a research paper together with taught courses
Thesis Option
This option is more suitable for academics and professional researchers who need and wish to have a rigorous training in management and business research. Ideally this is appropriate for those who have a plan to read for a higher degree. They complete their degree following the three courses on Research Methods, writing a Thesis together with taught courses.

Duration of the Programme

The duration of the programme is four (04) semesters and each semester runs into six months and thus the programme runs into two (02) calender years. The traditional classroom learning is essentially coupled with residential workshops, soft skills development sessions, field visits, seminars/conferences, online learning, off-campus assignments to augment the learning experience.

Who should apply
Any person who possesses any one or more of the following qualifications is eligible for applying to the MBA or any specialized MBAs offered by the Faculty
(a) (i) A four-year Special Degree with a First Class or Second Class (Upper Division) Honors in Management Studies, Commerce, Economics, Public Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Law or Engineering from this University or any other recognized University and a minimum of one (01) year post qualifying work experience in managerial capacity
OR
(ii) A four-year Special Degree in Management Studies, Commerce, Economics, Public Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Law or Engineering from this University or any other recognized University and a minimum of two (02) years post qualifying work experience in managerial capacity
(iii) A Degree in any discipline and at least a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, Commerce, Economics or Public Administration from this University or any other recognized University and a minimum of one (01) year post qualifying work experience in managerial capacity
OR
(iv) A Degree in any discipline from this University or any other recognized University and a minimum of three (03) years post qualifying work experience in managerial capacity
OR
(v) A membership of any relevant Professional Institution acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University of Colombo and a minimum number of years of post qualifying work experience in managerial capacity
OR
(vi) A professional/academic qualification obtained from a recognized institution acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University of Colombo and a minimum number of years of post qualifying work experience in  managerial capacity*
OR
(vii) Such other educational and/or professional qualification/s and work experience of such duration and nature obtained from or in a recognized institution acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University of Colombo*
AND
(b) has demonstrated management ability and potential for future career development in management
AND
(c) has a good knowledge of English
* More detail can be obtained from the Postgraduate & Mid-career Development Unit of the Faculty of Management & Finance of the University of Colombo

Selection Procedure
The selection procedure includes three steps. First, the suitability of the applicants to the programme is assessed using the information provided in the application. All the applicants who do not satisfy the minimum qualifications including academic and/or professional qualifications and post-qualifying experience at managerial capacity will be rejected. Second, the remaining applicants will be called for a written examination in which analytical skills, conceptual skills, knowledge of the business environment and proficiency in English will be tested. Finally, the applicants who are successful at the written examination will be called for an interview in which the applicants are assessed in terms of their demonstrated management competencies, career prospects and personal characteristics.

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Contact Us

Unity Coordinator
Postgraduate & Mid-career Development Unit
Faculty of Management & Finance
University of Colombo
Colombo 03
Sri Lanka

Telephone: +94-011-259030/+94-011-4713418
Fax: +94-011-4713418
E-mail: mba2007_2009@yahoo.com
URL: www.mgmt.cmb.ac.lk
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