Warsaw School of Economics

Introduction

About the school

Founded in 1906, SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie, SGH) is the oldest and the most prestigious university of economics and business in Poland.

Education

SGH Warsaw School of Economics offers many opportunities to study economics and business. Besides our Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes we also offer post-graduate studies and executive studies for people interested in life-long learning.

Our educational system complies with the Bologna Declaration, which assumes:

  • a system of academic grades which are easy to read and compare internationally, including the introduction of the diploma supplement,
  • a system based on three cycles: a first cycle (Bachelor) geared to the employment market and lasting at least three years; a second cycle (Master); and a third cycle – doctoral studies,
  • a system of accumulation and transfer of credits (ECTS),
  • mobility of students, teachers and researchers,
  • cooperation with regard to quality assurance,
  • the European dimension of higher education.

Postgraduate studies & MBA programme

Postgraduate studies, with abundance of faculties and courses, are addressed to graduates of various universities. Our candidates can select from over 130 programmes in Polish and English including the prestigious Canadian Executive MBA programme.

Research

Traditionally, SGH Warsaw School of Economics has been a centre for scientific research in economics and management science. Research projects are carried out by five collegia. Each year, our research results in over 1,5 thousand published books, monographies, scripts, coursebooks, articles and research papers. Every year, SGH publishes a bilingual, Polish & English report on the competitiveness of the country’s economy and around 150 expertises.

International cooperation

SGH takes part in a wide range of international student exchange programmes. The School has student exchange agreements with over 270 universities around the globe. SGH is involved in several international programmes for faculty and students. As the only university from Poland SGH is a member of CEMS. It offers a prestigious Master in International Management programme which is conducted jointly by 29 top business universities around the world.

SGH has traditionally been open to exchange of knowledge, educational and research experience with foreign academic centres. The School maintains international contacts cooperating with almost 300 foreign universities, and takes part in research activities conducted in collaboration with foreign centres. Each year foreign academics visit the School to attend seminars and conferences, give lectures and participate in joint research projects.

SGH History

The history of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) begins in 1906 with the foundation of the Private Courses of Commerce for Men.

In the XX century the School underwent numerous changes in its structure and teaching programme. It changed its name a few times, too. The School’s present name (Szkoła Główna Handlowa, literally meaning Main School of Commerce) emerged for the first time in 1933. The outbreak of World War II did not stop the School’s activity, which, under conspiracy, continued with its pre-war programme.

After World War II, under the pressure of the new political system the School Senate approved its nationalisation, trying, however, to maintain the independent teaching programme. In 1949 Polish authorities changed the name into Central School of Planning and Statistics and announced it the first socialist university in Poland, with centrally established programme and organisational principles.

It was not until the political change in 1989 that the School was in a position to officially carry out new programme and organisational reforms in order to comply with market economy requirements. The milestone of this process was the return to the traditional name of the School – Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in 1991 and a reform of the education system, so that all our students can now pursue individual courses of study.

In 2006 we introduced the new Statue, which declares that our educational system is based on the Bologna Declaration.

Graduates

Among the famous pre-war alumni was Stefan Starzyński, an economist and politician, a mayor of Warsaw from 1934 till World War II. One of the most renowned SGH graduates is Professor Leszek Balcerowicz – Deputy Prime Minister in the first non-communist government and the president of the National Bank of Poland. The long list of graduates includes member of the European Commission professor Danuta Hübner, former speaker of the Sejm cabinet of the Polish Parliament Marek Borowski, president of Business Center Club Marek Goliszewski, former Minister of Finance Grzegorz Kołodko, former Prime Minister Józef Oleksy, former Ministers of Foreign Affairs Dariusz Rosati and Andrzej Olechowski, diplomat Jan Truszczyński and co-founder of the Warsaw Stock Exchange Wiesław Rozłucki. Artists: Sława Przybylska, Jeremi Przybora, Stanisław Dygat and Maciej Niesiołowski. Athletes: Teresa Sukniewicz, Ewa Kłobukowska and Grażyna Rabsztyn.

Studies, business and fun

There are over 40 students’ organizations at SGH – among them clubs focused on coaching, real estate, sport management, marketing, IT, negotiations… There is also a choir, dance club, sport association, tourist organization, movie club and many more. They make the university teem with life and activity almost incessantly. Warsaw School of Economics offers its students a possibility to gain professional experience by cooperating with multiple companies and organizations gathered in SGH Corporate Partners Club – among them are Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, L’OREAL, Mastercard, UniCredit and many other. Every student has a chance to complete an internship at these companies.

Students of SGH tend to win regularly international competitions organized by companies and institutions which cooperate with the School. In 2009-2011 students won the European edition of Google Online Marketing Challenge, while in 2012 they became the world champions by beating over 2000 teams from all over the world. In 2014 students won The Negotiation Challenge, the only international negotiation competition in Europe. They left behind teams from Iceland, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Danmark, and United States. Team SGH also won prestigious KPMG International Case Competition and EY Financial Challenger.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Master

MA in International Business (specializations: International Business Management, Business in Central and Eastern Europe)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Poland Warsaw

The aim of the programme is to broaden students’ knowledge of international business environment and prepare them for careers in international companies, with special focus on Central and Eastern European markets. [+]

MA in International Business (specializations: International Business Management, Business in Central and Eastern Europe) The aim of the programme is to broaden students’ knowledge of international business environment and prepare them for careers in international companies, with special focus on Central and Eastern European markets. Intercultural diversity of students combined with the business climate of the top business school in Poland as well as its diversified contacts both with academic and economic institutions all over the world make these studies especially attractive. The courses are fully conducted in English and taught by renowned scholars from Poland and abroad. The graduates of the Master´s Programme in International Business will possess profound knowledge of international business environment with a special focus on the Central and Eastern European markets. They will be capable of understanding the rules of running business on international markets and creating sustainable competitive advantage. The graduates will be well prepared to hold managerial positions in international companies especially those conducting business in Central and Eastern Europe. Doing the Master´s Programme in International Business students will be able to specialize in: International Business Management or Business in Central and Eastern Europe. A graduate of the second-cycle studies in the field of International Business at Warsaw School of Economics: demonstrates the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research within different fields and is able to manage the research process demonstrates the ability to conduct professional activity on a domestic and an international level is able to make a contribution through the original research that extends the frontiers of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publications; in particular is able to find and use the sources of knowledge and acquire facts related to international business is able to communicate his/her conclusions, and the knowledge and the rationale behind them, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously possesses the ability to think logically, and make analyses and as well as syntheses is able to critically analyse, identify and interpret phenomena on the international scale is able to identify competitiveness of the enterprise in the international market and indicate ways of its improvement, is able to assess the impact of different phenomena on managerial processes as well as to prepare and make managerial decisions, especially the strategic ones is able to identify, diagnose and solve problems concerning the managerial functions and management processes in an enterprise operating on the international market is able to manage strategically and participate constructively in the organisational processes of decision making at all management levels in an enterprise is able to organise the strategic analysis process and present its results in a concise way is able to work in a multi-cultural team, organise its work and lead it as well as effectively communicate, negotiate and act above cultural differences existent​ speaks at least one foreign language [-]

MA

MA in Advanced Analytics – Big Data

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Poland Warsaw

The second-cycle studies in Advanced Analytics – Big Data at the Warsaw School of Economics provide advanced knowledge and competencies in the area of data acquisition from variety of sources and their analysis. [+]

MA in Advanced Analytics – Big Data The second-cycle studies in Advanced Analytics – Big Data at the Warsaw School of Economics provide advanced knowledge and competencies in the area of data acquisition from variety of sources and their analysis. A student graduating from the program is able to be employed as a specialist in advanced data analysis in manufacturing companies, banks, insurance and telecommunications companies, public administration and research centers specializing in advanced data analytics. The studies also prepare students to conduct research and to take up the third-cycle studies. A graduate of the second-cycle studies in the field of Advanced Analytics – Big Data at the Warsaw School of Economics can:  acquire data from a variety of sources including databases, text files, multimedia files, social networks, sensor data, geolocation data create queries to both SQL and non-SQL databases prepare data for analysis build models for data analysis using a variety of mathematical, statistical and computer science tools and formulate hypotheses and opinions using the models design representation research and conduct statistical analysis used in studying economic processes and phenomena analyze multidimensional data, apply the methods of multidimensional analysis in business and economic problem-solving, surveys and social analysis analyze spatial data adjust visualizations to clients' requirements implement computer systems based on knowledge processing implement results of data analysis in business solutions implement results of data analysis in business solutions use fluently at least one foreign language, can present research results in writing and speaking in a foreign language and in Polish [-]

MA in Finance and Accounting (with Opportunity of ACCA Qualification)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Poland Warsaw

It is now possible to take up a programme and obtain not only a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), a world class university, but also obtain the ACCA qualification, an internationally recognised professional qualification. [+]

MA in Finance and Accounting (with Opportunity of ACCA Qualification) The second-cycle studies in Finance and Accounting at the Warsaw School of Economics provide finance oriented knowledge which enlarges the knowledge of financial management of business entities, including financial institutions, with particular interest in the determinants of managerial decisions made on the basis of results of financial analyses and research, as well as specialist knowledge giving good basis to exercise professional work and to continue further education. The studies develop competencies that enable, after having done internship, work as an expert or manager in a given field of finance or accounting or business self-employment as well as obtaining certified/licensed qualifications in Poland and abroad. They also prepare students to take up the third-cycle studies. Our graduates will be recognized on the international labour market by outstanding knowledge and practical skills. Our continuous effort to raise the level of education of students enabled us to reach professional heights like the ACCA qualification. The programme is accredited by ACCA and offers full support and resources to enable candidates to complete their ACCA examinations before they graduate from the School. The programme of studies is intense, interactive and case study based. The ACCA Qualification is one of the most highly respected international business qualifications all around the world. A very large number of international companies see it as a credible and comprehensive business qualification providing a wide spectrum of skills and tools. From the early stages of a young person’s career, ACCA equips them with a highly practical, analytical, financial and management skill which help them immediately and directly in their everyday work. Employers are therefore in constant search for such individuals. ACCA is showing an unprecedented rate of growth in many countries and industries. Students that are interested to make a successful career in business will find that being memebers of ACCA will give them an immediate comparative advantage in any market and any industry they wish to work. Graduates of the programme are exempt from nine ACCA papers and are well prepared to pass another five. [-]

MA in Global Business, Finance and Governance (specializations: Global Development and Governance, International Finance, International Venture Management)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Poland Warsaw

The second-cycle studies in Global Business, Finance and Governance at the Warsaw School of Economics provide an advanced Master’s degree curriculum centred on the current, fast changing environment of international cooperation, finance and marketing. [+]

MA in Global Business, Finance and Governance (specializations: Global Development and Governance, International Finance, International Venture Management) The second-cycle studies in Global Business, Finance and Governance at the Warsaw School of Economics provide an advanced Master’s degree curriculum centred on the current, fast changing environment of international cooperation, finance and marketing. The program builds on the Bachelor’s course by enhancing the analytical skills acquired there and adding an array of topics particularly relevant for handling managerial challenges in international trade and cooperation. As a result, the graduates will gain a deep and extensive understanding of the nature and functioning of international business and governance. They would be equipped to perform advanced analytical tasks involving corporate finances, logistics, sales and marketing and as such would be able to take up senior analytical posts in corporations as well as governmental and non-governmental units. The acquired managerial skills will allow them to pursue a career as managers or entrepreneurs in various international and organizational settings. A graduate of the second-cycle studies in the field of Global Business, Finance and Governance at the Warsaw School of Economics: demonstrates ability to conceive, design, implement the process of research within different fields and is able to manage the research process demonstrates ability to conduct professional activity on an international level is able to choose proper analytic tools for economic research on an international level demonstrates ability to observe scientific and professional problems, organize a strategic analysis process and present its results in a concise way is able to communicate with the representatives of the field and other communities is able to work in and lead a multicultural team, organize work, effectively communicate, and  negotiate is able to manage strategically and participate constructively in the organizational processes of decision making at all managerial levels in an enterprise, especially in the international environment​ speaks fluently at least one foreign language [-]

MA in International Tourism, Hotel Industry and Leisure Services

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Poland Warsaw

The second-cycle studies in International Tourism, Hotel Industry and Leisure Services at the Warsaw School of Economics is to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills required to apply the knowledge, particularly focusing on the need to constantly upgrade and develop the knowledge, as a result of changing social environment for business activities in the area of tourism and leisure services. [+]

MA in International Tourism, Hotel Industry and Leisure Services The second-cycle studies in International Tourism, Hotel Industry and Leisure Services at the Warsaw School of Economics is to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills required to apply the knowledge, particularly focusing on the need to constantly upgrade and develop the knowledge, as a result of changing social environment for business activities in the area of tourism and leisure services. Graduates of the major may pursue career in hotel industry, travel agencies, entities rendering recreation and entertainment services, and in other enterprises operating in the tourist market environment. They may also pursue career in public administration institutions, NGOs, and entities specializing in consultancy, tourist market research and leisure services research. [-]

Contact
Location address
Warsaw School of Economics
(Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie, SGH)
al. Niepodległości 162

Warsaw, Masovia, 02-554 PL