This is the flagship programme of the Institute as well as the Xavier University. The Program leads to the MBA degree of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar. While the Program is based on the standard model of management education as practised by top ranking institutions, this Program is distinguished by its rigour and discipline.
This Program is designed to develop competent men and women into accomplished professionals, capable of working in various organisations in the private as well as the public sectors. This MBA Program is designed to develop holistic perspective about an organization and gain knowledge of various business functions and skills. They would also learn to work in teams and effectively communicate in oral and written form. The program aims to develop strong analytical skills among the students coupled with awareness of social and ethical responsibility.
The Program consists of core course-credits and elective course-credits totaling 105 credits. A course can be of 1.5, 2,3 or 4 credits. One credit is equivalent to 10 contact hours. In the first year, the students are exposed to the core courses only. These are certain basic and functional area courses. The objective is to expose the students to the social and economic environment within which businesses operate in India.
At the end of the first year (during the summer vacation), the students are required to spend a minimum of eight weeks in an organization doing a project on some significant aspect or management problem to be given by the host organization. The objective of the summer project is to provide the students with an opportunity to observe an organization in operation and to relate what they have learnt to actual practice. The student is required to submit the project report to the guide in the organization and also to the faculty guide at the Institute for evaluation.
This is a compulsory requirement to be eligible for the award of the Degree.
Every year, each Area announces the list of electives to be offered. In an effort to continually update the syllabus, keeping with the faculty interests and industry requirements, elective courses can be added or deleted from the list.Currently, around fifty-three electives are being offered from the various functional Areas which is one of the highest amongst B-schools in the country. Only core courses from the OB and HR area offered to MBA - BM students. Electives from the OB and HR are generally not available for students of MBA - BM. Electives will be offered in groups of subjects and students would be required to choose one elective from each group, subject to a minimum and maximum.
The academic year consists of three terms, each of approximately three months’ duration.The first term extends from June to September, the second from September to December and the third from December to March. The full-time residential Program involves an average of 14 class sessions a week, each of 90 minutes’ duration.
The students’ work load, including class sessions, required readings, term papers, project work and field visits, is expected to require about 70 hours of work per week.
Over and above the regular courses offered in the program ,senior executives from industry are also invited regularly to offer Immersion Courses for the students with an objective of providing insightful discussions on specific topics, which are normally not covered in the regular course curriculum. Moreover, project assignments, seminars by eminent scholars and executives, and summer training in industry help the students acquire practical knowledge about the technical and human problems in organisations. The students are there by enabled to observe the prevailing methods and practices in organisations, and relate them to the knowledge gained in the classroom lectures. These immersion courses,seminars and projects aim at generating and evaluating alternative solutions to management issues. The students are thus prepared to face with confidence,the problems they may encounter in their professional career.
The institute has students exchange program under which students from XIMB are sent to Universities in Europe. Similarly, students from Europe visit XIMB and undergo course work along with the MBA Students at the institute. For the work done in different places, the students get credit transfer. Our students have done their exchange Program courses in EUROMED Marseille Institute of Management, France, IESEG School of Management, Lille Catholic University,Lille, France and REIMS Management School, Reims Cedex-France, etc.
As a policy, the Institute encourages students to develop citizenship qualities in addition to academic accomplishments. The Institute encourages students to understand the community in terms of their problems,difficulties, way of living, livelihood systems, interface with the market, etc.Enough scope also exists in the campus for other extra-curricular pursuits such as sports, social service, book club,music, debates, quizzes, contests, etc.through area-specific, voluntary student associations.
The University awards the MBA in Business Management to the students who have successfully completed the course work equivalent to 105 credits, fulfilled the prescribed academic standards, and have done the summer project as per the prescribed requirements. The Degree is awarded at the Annual Convocation which is usually held in the month of March/April.