KAIST College of Business

EFMD Equis Accredited

The First & the Best MBA in Korea

KAIST Business School is a highly respected graduate school with a stellar reputation in Korea and throughout the world for research and teaching in technology-based management. The schools was founded in 1996 as the first full-time MBA program in Korea. KAIST Business School is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, and it is a member of GMAC and the World Economic Forum. In addition, it is the only school in Korea ranked in the Financial Times as one of the Top 100 MBA programs.

KAIST College of Business is located on a forested slope in the northeastern area of Seoul,
about 100 miles from the main campus of KAIST. The KAIST College of Business campus is at
the heart of a major academic area that hosts four universities and five research institutes. The
modern facilities, attractive campus and dynamic urban location make for a unique, highquality
learning environment.

Seoul reflects the economic dynamism of North East Asia and allows students and faculty
to maintain both a global perspective and a Korea base. In addition, our location in the
heart of Korea’s business and political capital fosters close relationships with a large number
of companies and governmental organizations. KAIST College of Business students have
numerous opportunities to meet and interact with prominent business leaders.


  • To become a top 10 level member in the world for academic excellence
  • To foster highly qualified and creative managers with dedication to the nationand excellent leadership skills
  • To spearhead scientific and technological innovation towards greaterinternational competitiveness


  • Commitment to Excellence in Education and Research
  • Integration of Management and Technology Education
  • Dedication to Initiatives Benefiting Society

General MBA

  • Techno-MBA

Initiated in March 1995, Techno MBA was the first MBA program in Korea. The school has
the longest MBA history and largest MBA alumni network in Korea, and boasts of a worldclass
team of professors with a stellar reputation for academic excellence, supported by
student achievement and staff accountability. The program offers rigorous academic and
applied courses along with extensive international exposure and a number of specialized
concentration areas. Upon graduation, an MBA degree is offered with up to two certificates of

  • IMBA

“I” for IMBA represents “Innovation”, “Ingenuity”, “Inspiration”, “Integrity” and “Internationalization”. This intensive 1 year full time general MBA program trains students to think outside the box to infuse them with an entrepreneurial and innovative mind-set. With integrated practice oriented teaching methods, IMBA aims to cultivate future CEOs and company executives in various sectors of industry.

Specialized MBA

  • Finance MBA

KAIST College of Business offers a two-year Finance MBA Program that is designed to
help students prepare for their future careers in the global investment banking and asset
management industries. KAIST started to offer this unique Finance MBA Program in 2006, and
over 700 graduates are currently working in major Korean and global financial institutions.
For those who are interested in pursuing careers in the emerging Green/Carbon Finance
area, the program also offers a track to specialize in Green/Carbon Finance. To enhance global
competitiveness, students are required to undertake one semester of overseas study.

  • Information & Media MBA

The program is the 1 year full-time MBA aimed to provide management education specialized
in the IT/Broadcasting/Telecom/Media/Content convergence industry. Therefore, the curriculum is focused not only on general management training, but also on courses related to the recent trends, industry and technology of IT media. In particular, the program consists of courses in management & marketing strategy related to the changes of platforms & networks, the appearance of smart devices, vitalization of social media, and changes in the smart business environment under the circumstance of the rapidly changing trends of Entertainment and Media Contents.


2011: KAIST was ranked in Financial Times Top 100 Business Schools
2010: EQUIS Accredited
2010: Joined GMAC
2010: Continue on Partnership with World Economic Forum
2009: Ranked 45th-Financial Times Executive Education Rankings 2009
2009: Continue on Partnership with World Economic Forum
2008: AACSB Reaccredited
2008: Appointed as Korean Partner School by World Economic Forum
2008: Joined UN Global Compact
2008: KAIST was ranked 95th in the world by the Times Higher Education – QS World University
2006: Ranked 13th in Information System Research Industry
2004: Found AAPBS (Association of Asia- Pacific Business Schools)
2003: AACSB Accredited

• Key founding member of Association of Asian Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS), and the founding president was the dean of KAIST.

• In 2003, KBS was the first business school in Korea to acquire AACSB International accreditation, and in 2008 we extended the accreditation for an additional 5 years.

• World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-profit foundation. KBS has been nominated as a partner institute for representing Korea since 2008.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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